Affordable Safari Options
What on earth do we mean by “Affordable Safaris”? Elsewhere we’ve talked about how a safari is often more than you want to spend. Faced with this reality, sometimes you may decide to increase your budget for the safari, especially if it’s a special trip. But at other times that’s just not possible.
So here are some of our more affordable safaris and less expensive game lodges and camps…
These tend to be mainly – though not exclusively – in South Africa. Here the Rand is relatively weak versus the major world currencies giving you better value for your money. Also our sample South Africa safaris usually combine a safari with areas such as Cape Town and the Garden Route. This brings down the overall cost. Plus you can opt to self-drive when not on safari which also brings down the cost still more.
What do you get at our affordable game lodges?
In this world of online travel sites, it’s easy to get confused as to why a game lodge is comparatively inexpensive. All game reserves are NOT created equal. So if a lodge seems very reasonable, you need to ask why? When choosing an affordable safari, we steer clear of the lesser game reserves. (They may say they are Big Five reserves but how many of each species do they have, and are they free-roaming? Are you really looking for a zoo experience or do you want a proper safari?)
Instead we focus on the more modest game lodges which are in good game-viewing areas. The accommodation will be simpler, the food more of the home-cooked variety, and yes, the guiding may be a little less refined. But you will be on safari in the same terrain as much more expensive lodges, tracking the same wildlife…
As long as you have the correct expectations, these affordable safaris can be every bit as good as their pricier cousins.