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How Much Does an African Safari Cost?

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African Safari Prices Explained

  • We’ll work with you to create a journey that makes the most of your time and money.
  • As a rule, we prefer to include as many of the costs up-front so that there are no unpleasant surprises once you’re on safari.
  • Pricing depends on the destination, your accommodation, how big your group is and the time of year you travel.
  • Not all companies price with everything included which means your holiday becomes unnecessarily expensive.

How much does an African Safari cost?

The costings table gives an instant overview of how much a typical safari costs in each of the safari destinations. This will guide you to choose the right destination for your budget.

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What makes up the Cost of an African Safari?

There are three main factors that will make a big differnece in the price of your safari:

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Our safari pricing exclude international flights, but do include all local flights, transports and transfers.

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Pricing displayed is for adults. Child rates vary from lodge to lodge. Some offer reduced rates or family rooms. Talk to our experts and we’ll recommend the best for your family.

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If you are a group of six or more, we can negotiate better room rates for your group. We’ll always do what we can to bring your rate down.

African Safari Costs: What to Keep in Mind

We’ll work with you to create a journey that makes the most of your time and money. As a rule, we prefer to include as many of the costs upfront so that there are no unpleasant surprises once you’re on safari.

1. Your accommodation

Accommodation usually makes up the bulk of your safari’s cost, so where you stay has the biggest impact on your budget. Options range widely, from a few hundred dollars to over $3000 a night per person.  We know which hotels and lodges offer the best value for money and these are the ones we’ll recommend. Remember to pay attention to what’s included and excluded. A lodge with all-inclusive rates may seem more expensive, but a lower-priced lodge may charge exorbitant rates for your gin & tonic, laundry, internet or other extras.

Because lodging accounts for the majority of your safari’s cost, where you stay has the most impact on your budget. The prices range from a few hundred dollars to over $1500 per person per night. We know which hotels and lodges provide the best value for money, and we’ll recommend them. Keep an eye out for what’s included and what’s not. While an all-inclusive lodge may appear to be more expensive, a lower-cost lodge may demand excessive charges for your gin and tonic, laundry, internet, and other amenities.

2. Your travel dates and time

We can advise you on how to benefit from low season rates.

Every destination has busy peak season rates, which can be as much as double the low season rates. Sometimes there are also shoulder seasons, priced between the two. If your travel dates are flexible, we can advise you on how to benefit from shoulder and low season rates. It’s important to be aware that the prices shown on our website – and on other travel sites – are based on low season rates. So if the price you’re quoted is higher than the prices you see online, it’s because you’re probably requesting travel dates that fall outside of the low season. Obviously, the time you spend on safari also has an impact. Reducing the length of your safari will certainly reduce what it costs!

We can help you take advantage of low-season pricing. Every destination has high season rates, which can be twice as costly as low season rates. There are also shoulder seasons, which are priced in the middle of the two. We can advise you on how to take advantage of shoulder and low season pricing if your travel dates are flexible. It’s crucial to note that the prices displayed on our website – and on other travel sites – are based on off-season rates. If the price you’re given is more than what you find online, it’s usually because you’re looking for travel dates that aren’t during peak season. Obviously, the length of your safari has an effect. Reducing the length of your safari will undoubtedly lower the expense!

3. Your destinations

Island and beach destinations are often less expensive than national parks. Each destination and country you add to your itinerary increases the price of your african safari because of the transport involved as well as possible visa costs. However, it is still more cost effective to do one proper safari and see everything, rather than three smaller ones. Island and beach destinations are often less expensive than national parks as there are no entry or park fees involved, and accommodation is also usually more economical. For example, if we were to book you six days on safari and six days in Zanzibar, it would be less expensive than 12 days on safari. Another option would be to include visits to some of the lesser-known parks and reserves, which are more affordable and often just as good. Popular destinations such as the Serengeti, Masai Mara, the Okavango Delta and gorilla sanctuaries come at a significant premium.

Beaches and islands are frequently less expensive than national parks. Because of the transportation needed as well as possible visa expenses, each stop and country you add to your schedule raises the price of your safari. However, rather than three smaller safaris, it is still more cost effective to go on one large safari and see everything. Because there are no entrance or park fees, island and beach destinations are frequently less expensive than national parks, and lodging is usually less expensive as well. It would be less expensive to book you six days on safari and six days in Zanzibar than to book you 12 days on safari. Another alternative is to incorporate visits to some of the lesser-known parks and reserves, which are often as good as the more well-known ones. The Serengeti, Masai Mara, Okavango Delta, and gorilla sanctuary are all popular attractions with a high price tag.

4. Your group size

Game packages, where you fly from camp to camp and join the lodge vehicles for game drives, often seem more affordable because you are sharing vehicle costs with other guests. However, the flights between the camps can negate the savings. Depending on your group size, it can be cheaper to hire your own vehicle (with an optional driver/guide) and drive from camp to camp. Your driver, vehicle and fuel costs remain consistent and can be divided by the number of people in your group. This could save you up to $1000 per person over a week. Once again, these are the kinds of things we can help with.

Because you are sharing vehicle expenditures with other guests, game packages where you fly from camp to camp and join the lodge vehicles for game drives appear to be more reasonable. However, the cost of flying between the camps may outweigh the savings. It may be less expensive to hire your own vehicle (with an optional driver/guide) and drive from camp to camp, depending on the size of your group. The prices of your driver, car, and gasoline stay constant and can be divided by the number of passengers in your group. Over the course of a week, this may save you up to $1000 per person. These are the kinds of things we can assist with once again.

East African Safari Cost Guidelines

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 Conservation 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 Wildebeest Migration.

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The average cost for a low budget African safari in Kenya starts from 350 USD in low season.

The average cost for a mid budget african safari in Kenya starts from 500 USD in low season.

The average cost for a luxury african safari in Kenya starts from 1000 USD in low season.

The average cost for a low budget african safari in Kenya starts from 750 USD in high season.

The average cost for a mid budget african safari in Kenya starts from 900 USD in high season.

The average cost for a luxury african safari in Kenya starts from 1800 USD in high season.

There is no standard price for a Rwanda safari; each Rwanda gorilla tour itinerary has its own pricing, which is influenced by a variety of criteria such as the tour package chosen, the cost of the trekking permit, transportation costs, lodging costs, etc. Request a quotation for the gorilla trekking safari of your choosing today.

The average cost for a low budget african safari in Tanzania starts from 350 USD in low season.

The average cost for a mid budget african safari in Tanzania starts from 600 USD in low season.

The average cost for a luxury african safari in Tanzania starts from 850 USD in low season.

The average cost for a low budget african safari in Tanzania starts from 600 USD in high season.

The average cost for a mid budget african safari in Tanzania starts from 900 USD in high season.

The average cost for a luxury african safari in Tanzania starts from 2000 USD in high season.

The cost of gorilla trekking in Uganda is determined by a variety of elements, which must be considered in order to determine the cost of Uganda Gorilla Trekking. When calculating the cost, one must consider the entire Uganda tour package. Which includes the cost of the gorilla trekking permit, the vehicles used, the lodgings chosen, the porters you hire etc.

Southern African Safari Cost Guidelines

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.

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The average cost for a low budget African safari in Botswana starts from 400 USD in low season.

The average cost for a mid budget african safari in Botswana starts from 600 USD in low season.

The average cost for a luxury african safari in Botswana starts from 1000 USD in low season.

The average cost for a low budget african safari in Botswana starts from 750 USD in high season.

The average cost for a mid budget african safari in Botswana starts from 1200 USD in high season.

The average cost for a luxury african safari in Botswana starts from 3000 USD in high season.

The average cost for a low budget African safari in Mozambique starts from 440 USD in low season.

The average cost for a mid budget african safari in Mozambique starts from 550 USD in low season.

The average cost for a luxury african safari in Mozambique starts from 750 USD in low season.

The average cost for a low budget african safari in Mozambique starts from 580 USD in high season.

The average cost for a mid budget african safari in Mozambique starts from 700 USD in high season.

The average cost for a luxury african safari in Mozambique starts from 900 USD in high season.

The average cost for a low budget african safari in Namibia starts from 70 USD in low season.

The average cost for a mid budget african safari in Namibia starts from 126 USD in low season.

The average cost for a luxury african safari in Namibia starts from 422 USD in low season.

The average cost for a low budget african safari in Namibia starts from 155 USD in high season.

The average cost for a mid budget african safari in Namibia starts from 246 USD in high season.

The average cost for a luxury african safari in Namibia starts from 1057 USD in high season.

The average cost for a low budget african safari in South Africa starts from 312 USD in low season.

The average cost for a mid budget african safari in South Africa starts from 519 USD in low season.

The average cost for a luxury african safari in South Africa starts from 1039 USD in low season.

The average cost for a low budget african safari in South Africa starts from 450 USD in high season.

The average cost for a mid budget african safari in South Africa starts from 246 USD in high season.

The average cost for a luxury african safari in South Africa starts from 1593 USD in high season.

The average cost for a low budget african safari in Zambia starts from 250 USD in low season.

The average cost for a mid budget african safari in Zambia starts from 400 USD in low season.

The average cost for a luxury african safari in Zambia starts from 600 USD in low season.

The average cost for a low budget african safari in Zambia starts from 400 USD in high season.

The average cost for a mid budget african safari in Zambia starts from 800 USD in high season.

The average cost for a luxury african safari in Zambia starts from 1500 USD in high season.

The average cost for a low budget african safari in Zimbabwe starts from 200 USD in low season.

The average cost for a mid budget african safari in Zimbabwe starts from 350 USD in low season.

The average cost for a luxury african safari in Zimbabwe starts from 600 USD in low season.

The average cost for a low budget african safari in Zimbabwe starts from 300 USD in high season.

The average cost for a mid budget african safari in Zimbabwe starts from 650 USD in high season.

The average cost for a luxury african safari in Zimbabwe starts from 1200 USD in high season.

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