The most frequently asked question when visiting Africa is, ‘how much does an African safari cost?’ Here we explain what factors influence the cost of African safari and how we can help stretch your budget.
How Much Does an African Safari Cost?
Safaris in Africa are not cheap. According to Travel Africa magazine, the average cost of a 10-day safari in Botswana is US$8,500-11,000, or the African safari cost per person per day $850-1100 per day. For Tanzania or Kenya safaris, major international safari companies routinely quote $750-1000 per person per day.
African Safari Costs: What to Keep in Mind
1. Package deals are not always less expensive
A custom safari will be tailored to your specific budget, allowing you to save and splurge where you and your agent believe it is necessary. A package deal or scheduled departure tour binds you to a fixed itinerary and price.
2. How many people will be on the trip?
African safari prices are typically stated as ‘cost per person,’ but this can be misleading because the figures are based on two people sharing a room. If you’re travelling alone or want your own room as part of a family or group trip, you’ll most likely have to pay a single supplement.
3. The more privacy and exclusivity you desire, the more money you will have to spend
You can still have a good time in a less opulent setting; this is where your agent’s knowledge and experience come in handy.
4. How do you intend to travel?
Private transportation? Helicopter? Camel? Or are you willing to consider a shared transfer to save money? Whatever you prefer, we can make it happen, and we recommend discussing various options if you have a specific budget in mind.
5. South Africa is still one of the least expensive safari destinations
South Africa is an excellent introduction to safari for first-time visitors to Africa. However, it also provides excellent rewards for seasoned safari visitors.
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6. Your Lodging
We know which hotels and lodges provide the best value for money and will recommend them. Remember to pay attention to what is and is not included. All-inclusive rates may appear to be more expensive, but a lower-priced lodge may charge exorbitant rates for your gin and tonic, laundry, internet, or other extras.
7. Doing it yourself is not always less expensive
For your itinerary, you will need your agent’s specialised knowledge of light aircraft schedules, transfer companies, and ground handlers in many places.
8. Do you have any particular interests
Do you want to concentrate on photography and birdwatching? Or how about spending a week horseback riding across the Maasai Mara? How about going gorilla trekking instead? More niche-focused activities and excursions can raise the cost of a safari because they require additional costs such as permits, private guides, equipment, and so on.
9. The dates and times of your trip
This is a critical question because travelling during the off or shoulder season rather than the peak season can save you up to 50%! When you plan your safari carefully, luxury options in places like Botswana and Tanzania suddenly become much more affordable.
10. Hiring an agent provides you with a single ‘all-inclusive’ price
Your agent will have access to room availability, special deals, and other factors that will enable him or her to create an entire itinerary – including international flights – with a single cost, eliminating “surprises.”
11. Your travel plans
Island and beach vacations are frequently less expensive than national park visits. Each destination and country you add to your itinerary raises the cost of your African safari due to transportation costs and possible visa fees. However, it is still less expensive to go on one large safari and see everything rather than three smaller ones.
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