So, how much does an African safari cost ?
The most common question we get asked is, how much does an African safari cost? This definitive guide to prices, specials, seasons, destinations and more provides the information you need to plan your adventure budget.
We’ll work with you to create a journey that makes the most of your time and money. As a rule, we prefer to include as many of the costs up front so that there are no unpleasant surprises once you’re on safari. A trip booked through us will never be more expensive than if booked directly. Neither our company nor any members of our staff hold ownership in any lodge, camp or African safari companies in Africa or beyond. We are completely independent and not tied to any agent or on-the-ground operator and because of this we bring you the best values no matter what you want or where you go.
Over the past 5 years we have developed strong relationships with most of East Africa’s camps and lodges plus many East African safari guides, and operators. Having these relationships has given us an advantage in the travel industry and therefore allowed us to pass along excellent value directly to our clients. We provide expert advice on where to save and where to spend to maximize your travel dollar.
Depending which country you want to visit, how long the trip is for, what you want to do and see, where you stay, how you get there and, most of all, the style of your trip, the price of an African safari can jump from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars… and more!
At GoExplore Safaris, we strive to build the best possible safari for you – within your budget. Here we describe the main factors that affect the price of your safari. We also explain how pricing on our website works. There are majorly six (6) factors that will affect the price of your safari or tour and we highlight these below.
The duration of your safari will directly have an impact on how much the safari will cost you. Simply shortening a tour by a few days can sometimes cut the cost by hundreds of dollars.
On the other hand, the time and expense in getting to Africa is significant, so we would encourage you to spend as much time as you possibly can in this amazing part of the world. Rushing your trip to save money is rarely worthwhile, and many guests find themselves going back time and again.
It is important to understand how seasonal trends might affect your trip. Remember, however, that weather is variable and so it is quite possible to go for days without rain during the rainy season, or have thundershowers in the middle of the dry season! High season, as across the world, means higher rates. Because peak season coincides with the North American and European summers, and demand for accommodation is much higher, meaning you have to make your booking further in advance to ensure your first-choice of lodge. Travelling in the low season/off-pick season can be cost-effective.
Your destination highly determines the safari costs. If the places you want to visit are a bit far from the city center, then the cost of your safari will increase but if they are nearer, you will spend less. The activities that you want to carry out on your safari will also affect the safari costs.
As with any holiday, accommodation is going to eat up the lion’s share of your budget. Starting at the very top are the highly exclusive, tented camps often found in private or community conservancies. Deliciously romantic they might be, but there’s no getting away from the fact that these places cost a fortune. In high season many come in at a cool $2,000 per night for two people.
One good way of saving money is by travelling in a group. A customised safari for 4 guests will be more affordable than for 2 guests, simply because the cost of some logistics, such as transfers and vehicle, is costed across more people. Small group set departure safaris are typically more affordable because the itinerary is costed on a minimum group size.
Travelling by road or air is an important factor to consider in selecting a safari. While flying is generally more expensive, it is the most efficient means of transportation, transferring you between safari camps easily and with plenty of time to enjoy activities at both camps, which is why you are on safari after all. Travel by road can be exhausting, covering considerable distances on dusty roads in safari vehicles and it is definitely time-consuming. Nevertheless, overland travel affords you the opportunity to see some of the countryside and local villages between destinations, perhaps giving you a more realistic glimpse into a day in the life of the people whose country you are visiting. For some travellers, this is the best way to go.
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