SAFARI BUDGETS & COSTS

AFRICAN SAFARI BUDGETS - Information on Tour and Safari Lodge Costs in Africa
Safari Budgets
WHAT DOES IT COST TO GO ON SAFARI? AN AFRICAN SAFARI CAN COST AS MUCH AS US$800 PER PERSON PER DAY OR AS LITTLE AS US$ 100 A DAY. WE GIVE YOU GUIDELINES ON WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR SAFARI TRIP, INCLUDING BUDGETS, ACCOMMODATION AND TRANSPORTATION.

This is perhaps the most important question. An African safari can cost as little as $100 per day for a participation camping overland safari to well over $500 a day. Some companies specialize in budget safaris for the young “back-packer” wanting to “rough it” on an overland safari, while others cater to the more affluent seasoned traveler who wants to experience Africa in style and comfort. Here are some things to consider when choosing a safari that matches your budget and desired comfort level.
Leopard Hills · EXCLUSIVE SAFARI LODGES...are either permanent tented camps such as those found in Botswana, or permanent stone and mortar lodges of world class standard, such as many found in the private reserves around Kruger in South Africa. These lodges have everything the discerning traveller could wish for in comfort, style and luxury. Most of these camps fall into our DIAMOND & PLATINUM categories.
Duba Plains Tent · LUXURY TENTED CAMPS...are mostly found in private concession areas of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. The canvas tents are large rooms, beautifully furnished, with en-suite facilities. These camps usually acommodate no more than 24 guests and are situated in some of the most pristine wilderness areas. Most of these camps fall into our PLATINUM & GOLD categories.
Bakubung Lodge · LARGE GAME LODGES...are establishments usually on the perimeter of national parks, have many rooms, all well furnished with en-suite facailities. Game drives are done within the national park. These lodges are less expensive than small-tented camps and safari lodges in private concession areas. Most of these camps fall into our GOLD & SILVER categories.
Meru tent · LUXURY OVERLAND SAFARI TENTS...where you do not participate in camp chores. Tents are semi permanent Meru style, with two full size beds, two bed side tables, two canvas cupboards, floor mats and usually with en suite toilet and shower facilities. Most of these camps fall into our SILVER category.
Penduka Tent · PARTICIPATORY OVERLAND SAFARI TENTS...where you pitch your own tent and participate in camp chores, are the least expensive of all safaris. Tents sleep two, usually on stretcher beds. Shower/Toilet facilities are shared between 6 guests maximum. The canvas shower cubile hosts a typical bucket shower hoisted over a tree branch and fasted with a rope. Most of these camps fall into our BRONZE category.
TRANSPORTATION
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Overland safaris use big trucks with a low level of comfort.
· Comfortable minivans are used on some safaris in East Africa.
· Land Rovers and Land Cruisers are comfortable but more expensive than minivans.
· Fly-in or 'winged' safaris are more expensive than using vehicles, but save valuable time.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:
·Often more expensive safaris have more experienced guides.
· Always check what is included in the safari price.
· Private game reserves are more expensive than government managed parks and reserves.
· As a general rule, the more expensive the lodge or camp, the better the food.
· Up-market camps and lodges usually include wine with dinner and sometimes have an open bar policy.
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