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



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