Who said that going on an African safari is only for the rich and famous? You can go on an African budget safari and still have an exceptional safari experience with incredible stories to tell.
There are many African budget safari options available. You can tailor-make a fantastic affordable safari with the help of the team of seasoned safari experts from the Safari Index.
First, there are a few things that you need to iron out when planning your dream African budget safari. Let’s take a look at a few questions you can ask yourself when planning your African budget safari:
- Where would you like to go? South Africans often say that “local is lekker”- some of the best holiday destinations are often right on your doorstep. Southern and East Africa are home to so many parks and reserves that it is safe to say there will be a park or reserve within a couple of hour’s drive of you at any time.
- Once you know where you would like to go, you need to decide what type of accommodation you would like to stay in. For the very budget-conscious, camping is always popular. For those wanting to sleep under a roof, self-catering chalets in national park camps are a great and affordable option. The facilities at these camps include basic kitchen equipment, linen and towels, and braai (barbeque) areas in which to cook your meals under African skies. When camping and staying in self-catering camps, you will generally travel in your own vehicle and self-drive around the various national parks.
- Those looking at travelling without any can opt for full-board lodging at a private game lodge. Although these lodges cost more than self-catering camps, they offer an amazing safari experience, as the rate usually includes one or two guided game drives each day. These affordable and cost-effective private lodges offer great value for money, especially to international travellers on their first trip to Africa.
- Those looking to get the most bang for their buck can also look for last-minute deals and great specials (such as local resident rates), where meals and game drives are often included at a very low rate.
- Then there are alternative budget safari experiences which offer great value for money. 3 to 4-day wilderness walking trails are an incredible way to get truly in touch with nature at budget-friendly rates.
- An affordable budget safari tour or overland safari tour is another way to see a lot for very little. If you have 2 to 3 weeks or more to spare, then this is the best bet for you.
- A cheap safari doesn’t have to be a bad safari. Draw up a budget and give yourself enough time to save up for that trip. One dream trip a year is worth more in memories then several rushed holidays to cheap and nasty destinations.
The Safari Index Africa has some great African budget safaris and budget-friendly game lodges which they recommend in some of Africa’s best game parks and nature reserves. The majority of game lodges, bush camps and safari tours in Big 5 areas are generally expensive, given the costs of getting the various first-world luxuries into the lodges and camps, which are located in remote wilderness areas.