Budget Travel in Africa & African Budget Safaris

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African Budget Safaris is an experienced team of African travel fanatics based in Cape Town, South Africa. Through years spent bundu bashing up and down the African continent, we've tried every type of tour and safari under the sun and sorted the diamonds from the rough.

With all this African travel experience under our belts we can guarantee that all of the adventure travel tours, budget tours & safaris, camping safarisoverland tours, city & short stay packages and self drive trips we carry are the best African budget travel packages available. Budget doesn't have to mean cheap and nasty!

How do I find the tour that's right for me?

Being Based in Cape Town Means We Know Our Stuff

From our base in Cape Town's ‘Republic of Hout Bay’ we dedicate ourselves to bringing you the best value tours and safaris available on the African continent. Being close to the African destinations our tours visit means we have an intimate understanding of budget travel in Africa. If it’s hiking up the mighty Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, visiting the “Smoke that Thunders” in Victoria Falls, or diving with the Great White Sharks off the South African coastline - we have your African bases covered!

The Best Possible African Travel Prices

Our safari travel buying power means our tour prices are virtually unbeatable in the marketplace. Where many African travel companies like to splash out on fancy offices to impress clients, we prefer to save on running costs so that we can pass on the savings to our travellers. We're pretty sure nobody comes to Africa to check out our offices, at least we hope so.

Here is a breakdown of the different kinds of tours we offer:

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South African Safari - Southbound

Priced from pps R13950 $1328 £791 €961 A$1424 C$1464 NZ$1550 Full pricing info
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2014 Tour Rates:

R13950 per person sharing.
Single supplement - R520 (where applicable).

Activity Package - R1950

Activity Package

This is an optional payment that covers what is considered to be ‘essential activities’ on Safari. The Breakdown of the Activity Package is available on enquiry. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased prior to your arrival or through your guide on day 1 of your tour.


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Please note that this tour price is set in South African Rands . Our website’s currency converter allows you to view prices in several other currencies. Conversions are based on today’s exchange rate. Prices shown in other currencies will change as the exchange rate changes.

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Rhino and calf in game park A comprehensive camping tour of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland starting in Johannesburg and ending in Cape Town. Highlights include Kruger National Park, Swaziland, Kwazulu Natal, Drakensberg Mountains, Lesotho pony trekking, Addo Elephant National Park, Garden Route and Cape Winelands.


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African Budget Safaris is SATSA bonded.

African Budget Safaris is SATSA member no.1793

Our SATSA membership means that any deposit you pay to us comes with a third party financial guarantee.

Budget Safaris

Check out our wide range of Budget Safari options. From Ethiopia to South Africa and everything in between, we have East and Southern Africa covered.

There are numerous options for each country, these include Lodge style safaris to camping safaris to safaris aimed at travellers over the age of 50, as well as exclusive safaris that are aimed at travellers that are looking for that extra bit of comfort - you choose.

You are guaranteed to find a tour or safari to suite your needs and most importantly your budget.

Featured Budget Safaris

Best of Kenya and Tanzania Parks Safari

Priced from pps R39608 $3770 £2245 €2730 A$4043 C$4156 NZ$4400 Full pricing info
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2014 Tour Departure Ranges

Tour Rates

Double Room p/p

Triple Room p/p

Single Room Supplement

From 11 Jan to 15 Feb

US$4748 US$4539 US$928

01 Mar & 15 Mar

US$4262  US$4108 US$879

05 Apr

US$3770 US$3653 US$517

19 Apr

US$3930 US$3807 US$517 

03 May & 17 May 

US$3770 US$3653 US$517

31 May & 14 Jun 

US$4613 US$4416 US$781

From 28 Jun to 18 Oct 

US$5055 US$4809 US$968

From 01 Nov to 06 Dec

US$4096 US$3948 US$836

22 Dec

US$5141 US$4914 US$985

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A great 12 day affordable lodge Safari to some of the top Game Parks of Kenya and Tanzania. Highlights include: Nairobi, Lake Nakuru NP, Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Amboseli National Park.


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Overland Safaris

Experience overlanding with African Budget Safaris. We have a large range of camping, fixed accommodation and exclusive overlanding options available. Each category covers most of East and Southern Africa so you really do have a wide choice or areas to explore. In addition we have Great budget travel specials and discounts that are unique to African Budget Safaris on offer.

Go off the beaten track with one of our African Overlanding options.

Featured Overland Safaris

Lodge Safari from Cape Town to Victoria Falls

Priced from pps R44000 $4188 £2494 €3032 A$4491 C$4616 NZ$4888 Full pricing info
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2014 Rates:

  • Low Season (January to March): $4188
  • Mid Season (April to June & November to December): $4313
  • High Season (July - October): $4438

Single Supplement:

$798 (January - December)

Meal Plan:

$330 (includes 13 dinners)


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Please note that this tour price is set in US Dollars . Our website’s currency converter allows you to view prices in several other currencies. Conversions are based on today’s exchange rate. Prices shown in other currencies will change as the exchange rate changes.

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A perfect safari option that starts in Cape town and covers the lesser explored areas of the Northern Cape of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana before ending at Victoria Falls.


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Short Stay Package

A perfect add on to any Safari ending or starting in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban or Victoria Falls.

The City & Short Stay Tours are also great for travellers with limited time who want to make the most of their stay. The budget tours themselves are carefully put together to take in all the top highlights of the particular African destinations.

Featured Short Stay Package

Cape Town Adventure and Explore Package

Priced from pps R4302 $409 £244 €296 A$439 C$451 NZ$478 Full pricing info
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Dorm accommodation: R4302 (based on one person)


Single room - shared bathroom: R4959 (Based on one person)
Double shared bathroom: R8798 (Based on two persons sharing)
Double en-suite Guesthouse accommodation: R9531 (Based on two persons sharing)

Please note that you can add additional days and tours from our other packages to your stay, for details please contact African Budget Safaris.


Important : Currency Conversions

Please note that this tour price is set in South African Rands . Our website’s currency converter allows you to view prices in several other currencies. Conversions are based on today’s exchange rate. Prices shown in other currencies will change as the exchange rate changes.

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A fantastic adrenalin and adventure filled few days in Cape Town. From the thrill of diving with Great White Sharks to pleasure of exploring the scenic Cape Wine Route!


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Adventure Travel

Feeling energetic and want a cycling holiday in Africa, or would you prefer to spend your time in a 4x4 Landcruiser traversing this great continent? If you want a trip that is heavy on experience and light on gazing out the tour bus window, adventure travel is for you.

Check out the various Adventure Travel Tours on offer through African Budget Safaris and combine your passion with a fantastic African experience.

Featured Adventure Travel

5-Day Kruger Park Hiking Safari

Priced from pps R9620 $916 £545 €663 A$982 C$1009 NZ$1069 Full pricing info
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2014 Tour Rates:

R9620 per person sharing.

Please Note:

  • Plus Klaserie Conservation Fee - R100 per person (to be paid at camp)
  • Children under 12 pay 50% of the adult rate
  • Rates include return transfers (btw Johannesburg & Kruger return)

Children aged 5 years and older are permitted on this safari. The age restriction for walking safaris is over 16 years. Children between the ages of 5 and 16 years will be taken on morning game “bumbles” or drives (depending on their age) while their parents enjoy their morning walking safaris.


Important : Currency Conversions

Please note that this tour price is set in South African Rands . Our website’s currency converter allows you to view prices in several other currencies. Conversions are based on today’s exchange rate. Prices shown in other currencies will change as the exchange rate changes.

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A fully inclusive Kruger hiking Safari to South Africa's Greater Kruger National Park. A real bush experience, the perfect safari for active travellers to get up close and personal with Africa's wildlife. Stay in a private game reserve in Greater Kruger.


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Self Drive Tours

Self-drive holidays offer flexible itineraries, lower costs and virtually unlimited time for off the beaten path touring and sight-seeing.South Africa with its first world infrastructure is a great place for a self drive holiday.

Let us take the hassle out of arranging your accommodation and car hire and send you to the top places in South Africa with detailed route maps that will ensure your time here is a magical!

Featured Self Drive Tours

Cape Town to PE Garden Route Tour - Self Drive Package

The Cape Town to Port Elizabeth self drive option takes in some of the top highlights on offer in South Africa including the Cape Winelands, The whale capital of South Africa - Hermanus, the Garden Route and Addo Elephant National Park.


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