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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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Safari Accommodation

Safari Accommodation 101

So you’re planning your safari to Africa and you’ve picked the places you want to see, the vehicle you’d…

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 Elephants walking by a hair’s breadth away from your vehicle, penguins floundering on the beach, gorillas sitting damply in a green-jungle cloud. There is a reason that travel to Africa is on just about everyone’s bucket list. Many of these sort-after animal sightings are endangered and so, difficult to spot.  Luckily here in Southern Africa, we have a network of conservationists working, not only to keep these animals alive but to keep them thriving. To help you navigate our pristine wilderness, here’s a list of some of the vulnerable or endangered species and the best places to see them.

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Pristine, palm-fringed Indian Ocean beaches, rain forests, lemurs, chameleons and baobab trees: Madagascar offers visitors an unspoilt and vastly varied paradise.

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The excitement and rush of your wedding is over and now it’s time to relax with your new spouse and enjoy your honeymoon. What better choice of honeymoon than a safari in Africa, with its huge skies, incredible game viewing and spectacular scenery?

Chris du Preez
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Chris, from African Budget Safaris, shares his amazing adventure in Botswana. This first-hand safari account gives all the ins and outs of navigating Botswana as well as the low-down on the camps he visits and the journey he takes to get there.

Harriet Purser
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Sabi Sand Game Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger Park, is known for its incredible game sightings and fabulous camps. We delve into what makes Sabi Sand special in this blog, and show that it’s an affordable destination too!

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Everything you ever wanted to know about the Kruger Park is in this easy to navigate FAQ blog.

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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 Africa. In this blog, African Budget safaris travel expert, Ingrid van Wyk, takes us along to the best wildlife areas in Greater 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 prepare 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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