In this section, we provide a few notes to help you make the most of your African Safari Budget
It doesn’t mean you have to choose budget Safari over Expensive Safari, Only You Need Is To know “This Safari Plan Will Reflect back the best Experience that’s a rim to Price Offered”
Tailor-made safari trips to Africa can range literally from USD 2,000 to USD 50,000 per person.65
In this article, we effort to explain the key variances between low and high-cost trips, in the hope that it will help you to work out your own target budget.
The first big expenditure on your trip is your flights to Africa. For economy seats you can expect to pay USD 1800-2500 per person from North America, USD 600-1000 per person from Europe, Australasia and the Far East.
Prices can infrequently be suggestively lower out of season and higher during peak August, Christmas periods.
If you want to fly Business Class or First Class then you are usually looking at prices 3 to 5 times those levels.
For most guests, it is really important to secure well-priced flights. If you allow them to eat too far into your total budget, then your trip can really suffer in other areas.
On the other hand, you do not want to trim too tight and end up on unfavorable routings or timings. For example, if you are heading to Serengeti but book to arrive into Nairobi instead of Kilimanjaro International Airport then you may save USD 200 on your long-haul, only to incur USD 500 extra costs in Africa.
Our safari experts are familiar with all the options and will be able to help you with this.
Please do not book your flights in advance if you can help it.
The most expensive part of your trip will almost certainly be the core safari nights.
Safari is expensive for so many reasons, it is a rare and over-demanded commodity, it is a very small scale and logistically very expensive to operate.
Perhaps most importantly in most safari countries, taxes on travel are extraordinarily high. The money that you spend pays for the conservation of these amazing places and contributes hugely to wider infrastructure and welfare projects. Safari is a massive force for good in Africa.
Safari prices range from around USD 300-2500 in East African Safari Countries, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda.
More expensive safaris tend to offer…
- – More remote and wild areas
- – Lower visitor densities
- – Smaller and more intimate lodges
- – Higher quality safari guiding
- – Higher levels of service and reliability
- – Higher levels of comfort and luxury
However, it is not always the case that a more expensive safari is a better safari. There are plenty of higher-cost locations that surf on their reputation without delivering and there are a fair few middle and lower-cost locations that over-deliver on expectations.
Once we have some kind of handle on your budget, we will be sure to get you to the best and most appropriate locations.
Unfortunately, many of us are locked into traveling during holiday seasons and school holidays. The best ways to get value into peak season trips are to take advantage of the multiple camp combination discounts that are offered by some lodge owners, to book very early in an attempt to avoid future price rises or to book very late to take advantage of last-minute offers. Unfortunately, the latter is rarely feasible in high season as the good lodges are almost always full.