This is the #1 question we get, and rightly so. Going on an African safari is the ultimate bucket list trip. The cost can vary widely depending on when you plan on visiting, where you are going, how you want to travel get from place to place (drive or fly), what activities you are interested in, and the level of accommodations.
It is important to determine your realistic budget. This way our safari experts can curate the perfect itinerary and at the same time you don’t have to worry about spending more than you planned on.
There are differences between safaris in East Africa versus southern Africa, but these are some considerations to keep in mind:
Scheduled or private safari:
Scheduled (small group) safaris allow you to share the cost of the guide and vehicle with other travelers. Often this may be a better option if you are traveling in a small group (less than 4 passengers) and enjoy interacting with other travelers from around the world. You can expect to pay more for a private safari; however, if traveling with a bigger group going the private safari route may cost the same and therefore be beneficial. A private tour allows you to customize your itinerary to your specific interests and preferences.
Where do you want to visit?
Some destinations are more budget-friendly than others. As an example, if you want to stay in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve within the Greater Kruger National Park of South Africa, you will pay a premium. If you choose to stay in a lesser known reserve, you can save on cost and have an equally good game experience.
When do you want to visit?
Seasonality is a huge factor is determining the cost. Although wildlife can be seen year-round, the best game viewing is during the drier seasons. Therefore, what you can expect to pay is influenced by when you decide to go. During high/peak season prices are higher and accommodations tend to get fully booked faster. Whereas if you want a good value, fewer tourists, and an easier chance of booking your desired camp or lodge, then traveling during mid to low season might be a better option. Do you want to visit during high season, or are your travel dates flexible? Would you prefer to save on cost and take your chances with precipitation or temperature?
Type of accommodation:
Africa offers a variety of places to stay. Ranging from modest lodges to small and luxurious tented camps with butler service. Where would you like to stay?
What activities interest you?
Most itineraries include a variety of activities each day during you trip such as day and night game drives, boat cruises, cultural visits, city tours and sightseeing. However extra activities may require an additional fee. For example, taking a hot air balloon safari through Serengeti National park or taking a helicopter ride over Victoria Falls.
Using an expert tour operator:
In an attempt to save money, some travelers try to make their own bookings. This is not advisable in Africa due to exchange rates, light aircraft flight schedules, transfers, and the myriad of local ground handlers. This requires the help of our experienced specialists and is the reason that we often work with travel agents. Here at Safari Ventures, we will be very clear about your costs. There will be nothing unexpected unless you decide to adopt a baby elephant and bring it home!
Below is a guideline of what you can expect to spend on average per person sharing, per day. Please keep in mind the destination and time of year will also affect pricing. In order to get a more accurate cost, click here to receive a free quote!