What does a safari cost?

What does a safari cost?

A safari is one of the most exciting and memorable holidays you’ll ever undertake. There are lot of factors that go into the cost – such as location, time of year and level of accommodation – but there are also some good rules of thumb to bear in mind for your safari budget:

  1. Package deals are not necessarily cheaper. A tailor-made safari will be crafted to your specific budget, allowing you to save and splurge where you and your agent feel it’s necessary. A package deal or scheduled departure tour locks you in to a specific itinerary and non-flexible price.
  2. The more privacy and exclusivity you want, the more you will spend. But you can still have a great time in a less luxurious environment – this is where your agent’s knowledge and experience are so important.
  3. South Africa remains one of the most affordable safari destinations thanks to a favourable rand-dollar exchange rate. South Africa is a fantastic option for first-timers to Africa and an excellent ‘introduction’ to safari. But it also offers rich rewards for experienced safari goers.
  4. ‘Doing it yourself’ is not necessarily cheaper – or often even possible. In many places, you need your agent’s specialized knowledge of light aircraft schedules, transfer companies and ground handlers for your itinerary.
  5. Using an agent gives you a single ‘all inclusive’ price. Your agent will have access to room availability, special deals and other factors that allow him or her to create an entire itinerary – including international flights – with one cost so there are no ‘surprises’.
  6. One of the most cost-effective ways of seeing Africa is to do an overland trip. You spend a lot of time on the road and have to go as part of a group, but many overland trips offer comfortable accommodation in no-frills lodges.

IMPORTANT All costs are an average for per person, per night, sharing a room in peak or high season.  They exclude international flights, visas and optional activities. Note that conservation fees, levies and permits are all subject to change.

Peak season generally runs over Christmas and New Year, and from about July to October. Gorilla trekking is best during the dry months. Click each country for more information.

What it costs to go on safari in East Africa: Kenya and Tanzania

 
Kenya is home to the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park and Samburu National Park, among many others like Mount Meru, Tsavo and the Aberdares. Tanzania counts the equally famous Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater Conversation Area, Selous and Ruaha among its national parks.

Together, Tanzania and Kenya make up East Africa and are considered to be the birthplace of safari. This is also where you will encounter the Great

 

Tanzania

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$330 - $500 $380 - $500 $580 - $840 $630 - $1000 $900 $1 300

Kenya

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$260 - $340 $300 - $500 $420 - $480 $580 - $680 $800 - $880 $920 - $1120

Tanzania and Kenya combined

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$305 $380 $500 - $760 $700 - $900 $940 $1400

What it costs to go on safari in Southern Africa: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe

 
Botswana’s most famous wildlife areas are the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. South Africa is home to the Kruger National Park, Cape Town and Sun City. Namibia’s big hitter is the astonishing Etosha National Park while Zimbabwe and Zambia share the Victoria Falls.

Namibia and South Africa are the most affordable of all the safari destinations we offer because you can rent a vehicle and drive yourself around, as well as stay in self-catering accommodation. Driving and cooking yourself will bring costs down but will add to the ‘work’ you do on vacation.

Peak season once again falls between July and August, thanks to a dry winter and huge demand from international visitors. The times between high and low season are known as 'shoulder season': the rains are starting or ending, the weather is heating up or cooling down and, generally, both availability and rates are good.

South Africa offers the best year-round game viewing. Many camps still close for Zambia's intense rainy season, which falls between November and May. October is the hottest and driest month in Botswana, which makes for good game viewing but uncomfortable conditions unless you are in an air-conditioned lodge - by November, the rains have scattered the animals, making for challenging game viewing.

Botswana

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$400 $550 $550 $850 - $950 $1000 $1200 - $2000

Namibia

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$195 - $275 $215 - $295 $400 $450 $975 - $1080 $1050 - $1180

South Africa

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$350 $400 $500 $550 - $750 $700 $750 - $1200

Victoria Falls

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$350 $400 $400 $450 - $600 $650 $700 - $1200

Zambia

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$580 $690 $600 $800 $1000 $1400

Zimbabwe

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$499 $500 - $700 $600 $1000 $1850 $1850

What it costs to go gorilla trekking: Congo, Rwanda and Uganda

 
Gorilla trekking takes you into the pristine and unbelievably beautiful heart of Africa, to the green hills and rainforests of Congo, Uganda and Rwanda that endangered gorilla call home. Tourism is a non-negotiable part of gorilla conservation and some porters and guides are even reformed poachers who now derive an income from protecting Africa’s great apes.

Congo

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$800 $1090 $800 $1090 NA NA

Rwanda

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Low High Low High Low High
$770 $1850 $770 $1850 $1800 $2000

Uganda

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Low High Low High Low High
$400 $750 $400 $750 NA NA

The important thing to remember is that these costs are guidelines only. Your agent at Go2Africa is an expert at maximizing your budget so you get the most safari bang for your safari buck. Don’t be shy to find out what you can get for your money – you may be very pleasantly surprised!