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The latest on travelling Africa the way it should be travelled – on a shoestring. Here lie tales of budget travel heroism, up to the minute travel news and despatches from tents on the front line of the safari dream.

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How to Make the Most of your African Safari

Before you hit the road check out some useful tips and tricks for smooth and happy travels in Africa. Here…

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2018 is National Geographic’s Year of the Bird. It’s a celebration of the over 10 000 bird species found globally in just about every habitat known to man, from the ocean to mountain heights and everything in-between. To celebrate with them, African Budget Safaris has compiled a short list of the most iconic birds in South Africa.

Ingrid van Wyk
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It’s always nice to get an inside view of what to expect on safari. In this blog, African Budget safaris travel consultant, Ingrid van Wyk, takes us along to Kruger.

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While things are pretty dire, water-wise, in Cape Town and all the media reports are bemoaning our decreasing dam levels and dwindling water supply, it’s not all bad. We’re still privileged to live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world and there are still plenty of fun things to do that won't waste water. Here, we’ve listed some, so that both locals and foreign visitors can still enjoy the beauty of Cape Town and all that it offers. 

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​ South Africa’s mother city, the splendid jewel that is Cape Town, is in the midst of a water crisis. By crisis, we mean that Cape Town is running out of water. Dams are dangerously low. Restrictions to certain residential areas are in place. Residents and visitors are being warned to brace for ‘Day Zero’. But what does this mean for you and your trip to Africa? We answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Cape Town's current water crisis.

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Choosing where to go on safari is hard, we know. In this blog we discuss the pros of booking your safari to Namibia, South Africa, or both – spectacular wildlife, breath-taking scenery and, very much more affordable than safaris further up Africa.

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While it might sound a little odd that your personality should be taken into consideration when choosing your safari, it's not. Some are better suited to introverts who like their quiet time, while others are perfect for young bucks who’re keen for some adrenaline-pumping activities and socializing while experiencing the best Africa has to offer. In this blog, we’ll outline suggested safaris on personality type and the slightly more esoteric Greek elements!

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With 2018 just around the corner African Budget Safaris takes a quick snap shot of some of the top stories that have come out of Africa in 2017. Or as we like to think about it, A few MORE reasons to start thinking about your next Southern African safari…

 If you are from the north, far North America or Europe, you’ll have a particular idea about Christmas. This traditional Christian festival is celebrated the world over with the red-clad talisman of the frozen poles. But here, in South Africa, Christmas has always felt just a little bit different. Let’s take a look at what it means to do Christmas in South Africa.

Radek Borovka
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 In Part III of Southern Africa Biomes, we take a look at what to expect from the Masai Mara and the Serengeti. We also move beyond the great plains to the moister regions, Lake Malawi, Virunga, Bwindi and Volcanoes National Park and the habitats that mountain gorilla's call home.

As December flies toward January and 2018, we took some time out to chat to African Budget Safaris’ owner and founder, Terry Murphy, to find out what’s changed in the African travel landscape in 2017 and how will those changes affect the 2018 safari season.
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