Our best African budget safari holidays are all about great value, affordable African budget safari holidays in Africa’s best game parks and reserves. For those looking to go on a safari the first thing one often worries about is how much does a safari cost. The majority of game lodges, bush camps and safari tours are relatively expensive given the costs of getting all those first-world luxuries in to the lodges and camps which are located in remote wilderness areas. Although few and far between, there are some fantastic budget bush lodges, safari camps and tours that offer exceptional value for money. The Safari Index team has provided a list of our top cheap, comfortable and affordable budget safaris that provide a great safari experience. These budget safari experiences are suitable for travellers looking for an affordable safari that won’t break the bank.

 

Due to the popularity of these affordable safari destinations it is advisable to book well in advance as they do get booked up quickly especially over weekends and public holidays. 

Cradle Boutique Hotel

The stunning Cradle Boutique Hotel is situated in the Cradle of Humankind Nature Reserve in South Africa’s Gauteng province. This incredible wilderness is amazingly situated just a stone’s throw away from the second-largest urban area in Africa, Johannesburg. The luxury hotel features 16 timber-and-thatch suites, each with a full range of facilities and amenities. These include air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, satellite…

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Crater Forest Tented Camp, Ngorongoro

Crater Forest Tented Camp is an eco-friendly safari camp located in a spectacular setting. The camp is found on the edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania, which is home to famous Ngorongoro Crater. The lodge is situated on a highland coffee plantation, at an altitude of 1800m, providing stunning views of the Ngorongoro Forest and the coffee plantation.…

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Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp, Kruger

This small and delightful camp is situated in the south-eastern corner of the Kruger National Park, on the northern bank of the Crocodile River, from which it derives its name. Accommodation at the camp comprises 20 air-conditioned bungalows with en-suite bathrooms, two of which are equipped with facilities for the disabled; 8 budget safari tents with showers, fridges and communal…

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De Hoop Camp Site, Ai-Ais Richtersveld

Conjure up a desolate and forbidding landscape, seemingly devoid of life. This is the vast mountain desert of the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. Rugged kloofs, high mountains and dramatic landscapes sweep away inland from the Orange River. Here, on the soft sandy banks of the river, De Hoop Camp Site is found. Wide, open and shady, guests can pitch their…

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Delwerskamp Campsite, Namaqua

Renowned for its stunning, striking carpets of flowers that bloom after the spring rains, the Namaqua National Park in South Africa is one of nature's greatest spectacles. Butterflies, birds and long-tongued flies dart around among the flowers, seemingly overwhelmed by the abundance and diversity. The Speckled Cape Tortoise, the world's smallest, is found here. A number of rustic campsites can…

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Desert Camp, Namib Desert

Desert Camp in Namibia provides self-catering accommodation at its best! It is situated on the doorstep of the park, only 5km from the gate to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon. It provides a fantastic 180-degree view of the surrounding desert landscape and mountains. The camp is the perfect base for nature and landscape photography enthusiasts. Desert Camp is made up of…

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Desert Quiver Camp, Namib Desert

Desert Quiver Camp is situated on the edge of Namibia's spectacular Sesriem Region, only 5km from the main entrance gate to the park. The Camp consists of comfortable, stylish and modern self-catering accommodation, surrounded by magnificent views of granite rocky outcrops and roaming desert wildlife. Each self-catering room has an en-suite bathroom, spacious bedroom, private parking, and shaded patio areas.…

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Djuma Galago Lodge

Galago is the perfect retreat for small groups looking for an exclusive safari experience in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. As the lodge is self-catering, guests can bring their own food and cook for themselves in a basic kitchen. A chef from the other Djuma camps can be hired at an additional charge. The lodge has five spacious en-suite bedrooms,…

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Dolomite Camp, Etosha

Dolomite Resort is located in the western region of Etosha National Park in Namibia, in a section that was previously restricted to visitors, opening up a whole new area for safari and nature enthusiasts to explore. The area is rich in biodiversity due to limited human presence in the past. The camp is surrounded by the dolomite formations that give…

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Domwe Island Camp, Lake Malawi

Domwe Island Camp is located on Domwe Island in Lake Malawi National Park on the biggest uninhabited island in the lake, and is home to a large diversity of species, most notably its interesting mammals. The camp is situated on the west of the island, and overlooks a small beach. It is intimate and exclusive, and offers excellent self-catering accommodation.…

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Duinepos Chalets, West Coast

Wake up to the chattering of birds and a beautiful sunrise, surrounded by the silence of nature itself. Take in the fresh sea breeze and azure waters. Affordable and beautiful, Duinepos Chalets, located in South Africa's West Coast National Park, are a peaceful, private haven of tranquility. The 3-star accommodation blends in with West Coast fynbos. Each chalet offers 2…

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Dzimbabwe Houseboat, Lake Kariba

Dzimbabwe Freestate Houseboat is located on the beautiful Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe. The boat can accommodate 12 guests and is the perfect place to lie back, soak up the African sun, and take in the views across Lake Kariba. The cabins are air-conditioned and also have fans, with en-suite bathrooms. The top deck of the boat is the perfect place…

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Dzimbabwe Lodge

Dzimbabwe Lodge is an upcoming lodge with amazing views of Lake Kariba, which is a 5 minute walk away. Guests can see and hear elephants, hippos, zebras and antelope from their windows or balconies. The lodge is surrounded by indigenous trees such as Cluster Leaf, Bush Willow, Mopani, Acacia and many others. There is a wide variety of bird species…

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East Africa Overland Tour (Vic Falls-Nairobi)

The classic and affordable East African overland camping tour starts in the fun-filled adventure town of Victoria Falls and ends in Nairobi, Kenya. The trip goes through 5 countries and showcases some of the best Africa has to offer. From the idyllic Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar and the white sand beaches of Lake Malawi, to the vast game-rich plains…

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Ecolux Boutique Hotel

Ecolux Boutique Hotel provides a luxurious retreat in the heart of South Africa's Lowveld wilderness. This 5-star establishment is nestled within peaceful gardens in the small town of Komatipoort, which rests on the slopes of the Lebombo Mountains, at the doorstep of the world-famous Kruger National Park. The Kruger is renowned worldwide for its sheer size and staggering diversity of…

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Elandsberg Wilderness Camp, Tankwa Karoo

In the Tankwa Karoo National Park, in the hills known as Elandsberg, lies the isolated and romantic Elandsberg Cottages. Designed using locally made unbaked clay-and-straw bricks, with sections of walls built with rock, a bygone era is evoked, one of simpler times. The rustic design of the cottage gives the visitor a true bushveld experience. Each cottage boasts beautiful views…

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Elephant Point, Kruger

Elephant Point Resort is a luxurious safari getaway, located in one of Africa's most famous wildlife destinations- the Kruger in South Africa. It is set on a private reserve bordering the Kruger National Park, surrounded by pristine bushveld and close to the banks of the Sabie River. There are several luxurious villas on the estate, perfect for families or groups.…

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Elephant Rock Safari Lodge, Nambiti

Superbly sited overlooking a waterhole, Elephant Rock is a charming boutique safari lodge offering luxury accommodation for up to 10 people. Experience a home-away-from-home true bush lodge experience for the entire family including extraordinary game viewing, on game drives; exquisite cuisine; and high standards of service - all at exceptional value for money. Elephant Rock Private Safari Lodge boasts five…

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Essence of Tanzania Tour

Imagine finding yourself under the vast African sky in the middle of one of the last expanses of true wilderness left on our planet, possibly listening to the haunting and mysterious sounds of night predators and their prey as the drama of their interactions unfold. This safari will allow you ample time to visit the famous wildlife areas of Serengeti,…

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Full and Half-Day Kruger Safari Tours

The Kruger National Park in South Africa is renowned worldwide as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries on earth. Massive, wild, and teeming with flora and fauna, the Kruger is one of the best places in the world to encounter wildlife species in their natural habitat. Although most famous for its big game species, such as Africa’s legendary Big 5,…

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