We always receive inquiries and the first question we experience is, how much will it cost for a certain number of days of Safari? Senior Consultant,
John of Cheetah Safaris explains.
Planning an African safari is easy and simple, yet experiential and fun to do. A safari in African Should not break an arm to afford it, there are many ways you can have a budget safari and still experience the best.
Just to explain further, a Budget safari is an adventure that allows you to experience a holiday on a good affordable budget. This means you will have a well-planned safari, and staying in great accommodations, and engage in interactive activities.
In most cases, people or rather tourists would want to spend very less that will downgrade their holidays and thereafter make them have a bad experience which was not worth their money. It’s better to plan early, get a good budget that is comfortable for you, and still ensure it’s one that will give you a lifetime memorable experience.
Safaris have become exclusive and expensive out of selling an exclusive experience. But not many can afford such holidays, and therefore, options are always available for anyone on a budget to still have a holiday in Africa.
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How to Plan The Best Affordable African Safari on a Budget
So we will dwell on tips and guides into planning an affordable, incredible, and memorable safari holidays to Africa. You have been planning to travel to Africa and enjoy the pure bliss of the continent, but you are stuck on budget, what to do first, and where next.
Our experts have compiled a detailed list to guide you. See below:-
- Plan on the dates of Travel:- In the initial process, you as a guest, have the plans and deep urge to visit Africa, but you should know when is the best appropriate time to visit Africa in order to help you maximize your holiday time. Africa has different times and seasons and recommended periods when it’s possible to do safari comfortably and at ease. Different regions such as East and Southern Africa, all have different seasons which determines the best time to visit. East Africa, including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia all have 3 seasons. These seasons include Low Season, High Season, and Peak Season.The low season is experienced when rains are high and sometimes the region experiences floods. But again, when the season is favorable, it’s the best time to have your safari with exclusivity and still enjoy luxury treats. It has high chances of wildlife sightings and amazing lush green plains. this is between April and June, and from Nov to Mid December of every year.The High Season:- A high season comes in during the summer times of January to March of every year. This is a dry season, but one of the best if you would love to spot wildlife out of crowded seasons such as peak season. Wildlife is easily spotted during this season and in plenty. Accommodation and the entire safari experience aren’t that expensive but not low as how low season rates would be.Peak Season is the most active and most visited time of the year. It falls in the long summer season, between July and October of every year. People come on holiday to East Africa to experience quite a variety of activities and phenomena in the region. Some of the most wanted and prime sightings include the wildebeest migration and beach vacations.
- Engage a Tour Operator:- ” The best way to get the most out of your safari is by engaging a tour operator. They are more knowledgeable and experienced to advise you and plan your holidays accordingly.” John from Cheetah Safaris and Karanja Njiiri from Features Africa reiterated. As ground handlers, they are in a better position to offer you options that you feel meet your preferences. They can even customize and tailor-make your safari. This is the most crucial part of your planning. The best way is to offer them your budget and wait for their advice, most budgets are slightly above your own, which in most cases applies to be the best. In this instance, if your budget is between USD 3000 and USD 4000, inquire and share your budget as USD 3000 so that in case the budget increases, you will have a soft landing.
- Choose an affordable destination:- Most parks, reserves, conservation, and protected areas have their own different rates on entry, concession, as well as accommodations. Once your ground handler or the Tour Operator advises you, you will know the best affordable safari destinations to choose from. Kenya is known to be an affordable destination but still offers incredible high-end safari adventures. Tanzania, Botswana, and Namibia are categorized as the most expensive destinations. But that does not mean there are no budget experiences. You can do a self-drive excursion with camping and other budget options available in the safari destinations.
- Scale Down Your Safari:– Instead of taking a flying safari, if you can manage a road transfer, it’s the best option. Road transfers are considered to be friendly, refreshing, and interactive. You get to enjoy more of the sceneries, interaction with people, and the environment from the different places you will traverse across. Flying safaris are suitable for exclusive and luxury safaris, or aged senior citizens who have medical problems, or for guests who are on a short stay and would love to visit a destination for a short time and maximize their short holiday.
An African Safari is said to be the only way to get a climaxed experience in your lifetime. But depends on how you would want to spend it. The most recommended option is to use a properly licensed tour operator, whether in East or Southern Africa, to help you plan your travel accordingly.