Are you a nature lover who has included a safari experience in South Africa in your bucket list? If you are, you probably already know that getting close up with wildlife is going to be one of the most amazing experiences you can have in your lifetime.
Yet we all know that a safari trip to South Africa can get pretty costly, especially private lodges and fully serviced camps. But with some tips from us, there is still a way to avoid unnecessary costs and go for a trip without breaking your bank!
Here’s How To Budget For An African Safari Without Breaking Your Bank.
GO TO NATIONAL PARKS INSTEAD OF PRIVATE LODGES
The South African National Parks (SANParks) takes care of over 20 parks in the country and entrance to these parks tend to be cheaper than privately owned lodges.
Some of the national parks to consider are Kruger National Park and Mapungubwe National Park which are more well known for the best wildlife experiences.
PLAN TO GO DURING LOW SEASON
For safaris, high and low seasons are caused by precipitation levels. Low peak periods are generally during rainy seasons when prices can be significantly lower. If you do not mind the rain, seek safaris that open even during the low season.
Low seasons in South Africa runs from May to September when they are facing dry winter. Apart from saving on the entrance ticket and facing a smaller crowd, there is also a higher chance of witnessing the birth of baby animals!
CHOOSE YOUR ACCOMMODATION ACCORDING TO YOUR BUDGET
Be sure to check if your safari package includes accommodation. If you have yet to decide on the package, check out the type of accommodation the safari offers as it can vary significantly.
For instance, staying in a tent or a five-star luxurious lodge comes with different price tags. Cost-conscious travellers may just need a simple and comfortable place to stay in without all the frills.
CONSIDER THE COST OF EXTRA ACTIVITIES
All extra activities are additional costs which you have to budget for should you wish to include them in your itinerary. Is it really necessary to include bungee jumping or canoeing into your safari trip? You would have to make that judgment for yourself.
KNOW THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CAMPS
Fully serviced camping safaris offer ultimate comfort where someone will set up the tent and even cook for you. A well-informed guide will also accompany you on your safari trip to the best wildlife regions.
Participatory camping safaris are for budget travellers who are usually grouped together and led by two guides during the expedition. Visitors are likely to visit national parks that are heavily visited by tourists.
It is also possible to self-drive, although a hiring a guide is recommended for first timers. Travellers can buy their own camping gear and make their own meals to save on expenses.