A safari is one of the most exciting and memorable holidays you’ll ever undertake. It’s a life-changing experience that’s on most travellers’ bucket lists. But cheap African safaris are unfortunately tough to find – see our comprehensive guide on African safari costs.
Our affordable African safari tours and packages have been designed with the aim of delivering genuine, value-for-money safari experiences in the continent’s most iconic destinations – see our recommended safaris below.
Authentic itineraries in Kenya or Tanzania are available in our range of affordable African safaris. And with destinations like the Masai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater included on our tours, you won't miss out on any of East Africa's top experiences either.
Affordability is also the name of the game with our Botswana, Namibia and South Africa safari packages. Our best-value itineraries enable you to experience some of Southern Africa's top game viewing and most dramatic scenery – but for far less than you thought. We've pared down the luxury element, but with classic big game destinations such as Botswana's Okavango Delta and South Africa's Kruger National Park plus must-visit Cape Town and Victoria Falls, you won’t even miss it.
Tips on How to Book an Affordable African Safari
1. Stay Longer in One Place
Internal flights in Africa can get pricey, so choosing just one park or game reserve to spend your entire vacation in is a great way to cut down on domestic flights and road transfers. Make your decision based on what you want to see and do on your safari. If you want to see the Big 5, then opt for the Kruger or Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. If you’re set on witnessing the Great Wildebeest Migration, then head for the Masai Mara between about July and November, or the Serengeti around December to July.
2. Choose the Right Destination
Choosing the destination that best suits your budget is vital when booking an affordable African safari. While East Africa is synonymous with safari, a trip to countries such as Kenya and Tanzania can be an expensive holiday because of factors like high national park fees and vast distances to cover between destinations.
While Botswana and Zambia can work out to be a more affordable African safari compared to East Africa, some destinations like the Okavango Delta are rather remote and only accessed via charter plane – which will increase your trip expenses.
The most affordable African safari destinations are those that are accessible, offer plenty of choice when it comes to game reserves, and charge fees in local currencies rather than US dollar. With favourable exchange rates and fantastic infrastructure for self-drive holidays and camping trips, South Africa and Namibia are more geared for budget African safaris. Zimbabwe is another destination that offers great value for money, thanks to low accommodation, food and transport costs.
3. Use a Local Safari Operator
Booking your trip with a reputable safari company that’s based in Africa not only offers you better rates, but it also means your travel agent can offer a thoughtfully curated list of specific suppliers that are trusted. Furthermore, you’ll have professional support 24/7 on the ground – not at a call centre in another time zone!
4. Consider a Self-Drive Holiday
If you’re an independent traveller or perhaps an adventurous family, then a self-drive holiday will offer you an affordable African safari experience. Renting vehicles in countries like South Africa and Namibia are straightforward and offer excellent infrastructure, good road networks and safari parks.
5. Compromise on Luxury
Compromising on the level of luxury at your accommodation can reduce your costs drastically. Choosing to stay at a tented camp rather than a luxury safari lodge is not only an authentic and affordable African safari option, but it also offers you the romance of sleeping under canvas in the African bush. It also doesn’t mean you have to rough it either – most tented safari camps have amenities like flush toilets, warm showers, comfortable beds and even swimming pools.
6. Travel During Low / Green Season
Safari’s low season usually coincides with Africa’s rainy season. Prices for safari tours and accommodation are low during this time of year – usually from about November to April, depending on the destination.
But budget African safaris are not the only incentive for traveling during the low or Green Season. The rains transform the African bush into lush, emerald landscapes that deliver breath-taking photography conditions. Plus, there are far fewer tourist crowds in the national parks and game reserves.
Ready to Plan an Affordable African Safari?
Browse our selection of affordable African safaris below, or get in touch with one of our Africa Safari Experts to help tailor-make the best itinerary for you: