What does an African safari cost?

One of the first questions we ask clients planning an African safari for is a guideline of their budget. Africa can be a very expensive or very affordable destination depending on various factors (what time of year you travel, how you get around, what areas you want to see, and what level of luxury you’d like to experience). As we customise our safaris, we can work with almost any budget, but by booking through us you’re assured of excellent value and competitive rates. 

The figures below are estimations based on safari travel to Africa’s most popular destinations – based on a 10-day itinerary, which would include accommodation in privately run camps and lodges and be fully inclusive of all internal flights and transfers, all accommodation, meals and local beverages; and exclusive of international airfare. 

– Value or budget-orientated safaris (3*) cost between US$2 000 to US$3 000 per person sharing

 – Mid-range or standard-level safaris (4*) cost between US$3 000 to US$5 500 per person sharing

 – Top-end luxury safaris (5* plus) cost from US$7 500 and above per person sharing

Note that costs vary dramatically by country and according to ease of access/availability of accommodation – for example, an itinerary to the remote areas of Botswana, Tanzania and Kenya will cost more than an itinerary to Zimbabwe, South Africa or Namibia. Timing can greatly impact cost for certain destinations too – booking during Green Season or the Shoulder Seasons will save you money, for example. We recommend speaking to us about crafting a cost-effective itinerary based on your chosen destinations, should your timing be flexible and budget be a factor. 

Great efficiencies in cost can be found in travelling as a group of family or friends, especially where vehicle and accommodation costs can be split between the group. 

We work closely with suppliers on being able to provide special offers and last-minute booking deals. These specials often reward longer stays (four nights or longer) or when a supplier has short-notice availability.

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