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Is an affordable safari possible?

In this blog, we will explore the best safari options on a budget. Fear not. It is possible to go on an affordable safari!

Affordable Safari Adventures on a budget in Africa

If you’ve ever dreamt of embarking on a thrilling safari adventure in Africa, you might have been deterred by the high costs associated with traditional safari lodges, which can range from $1,000 to a staggering $20,000 per night per person. However, fear not! An affordable safari is indeed possible, and we’re here to share some budget-friendly options for avid wildlife enthusiasts.

buffalo drinking water after the floods
Buffalo is one of the Big 5 you can experience on safari

Self-Drive Safari

One of the most cost-effective ways to experience a safari is by embarking on a self-drive adventure. For example, Kruger National Park in South Africa offers self-drive options, allowing you to explore the wilderness at your own pace without the hefty price tag of a guided safari. You can rent a vehicle and stay at affordable rest camps or budget-friendly accommodations within the park, which can significantly reduce costs while providing an authentic safari experience. Keep in mind to follow all park regulations and guidelines for self-drive safaris to ensure safety and conservation practices.

affordable rental car for an affordable safari
An expensive rental is not required for most safari destinations

Self-Catering Accommodations

Another option to consider is renting a self-catering accommodation and sharing it with your travel companions. Many national parks and game reserves in Africa offer self-catering cottages or chalets, which can be a cost-effective alternative to luxury lodges. These accommodations often come with basic amenities for self-catering, allowing you to prepare your own meals and save on dining expenses. It’s a great way to experience the wilderness and immerse yourself in nature without breaking the bank.

Hoedspruit, situated close to the Kruger Park, is widely regarded as the Safari capital and boasts a wide range of budget-friendly accommodations, catering to diverse preferences.

Camping Safaris

working in the wild
A 4x4 with rooftop tent gives a unique and affordable safari experience

If you’re an adventurous traveler, camping safaris can be a budget-friendly option. Many national parks and game reserves in Africa offer camping facilities, where you can pitch your own tent or rent one, and enjoy the thrill of camping under the stars in the heart of the wilderness. Camping safaris are often more affordable compared to lodges, and they provide an authentic and immersive experience of the African bush.

Group Travel

Traveling with a group can help reduce costs as many accommodations offer group discounts. You can also share expenses such as vehicle rentals, fuel costs, and other fees, making it more affordable for everyone. Group travel can be a fun and cost-effective way to enjoy a safari, especially if you’re traveling with like-minded friends or family.


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