The Budget Safari Blog

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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African Destination Features

Getting Medieval on the Garden Route

What looked like giant waves crashed relentlessly against the orange rocks beneath the steely sky. I…

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The breeding of captive lions for ‘canned hunting’ is a blight on South Africa’s image as a travel destination, so much so that a recent report has damned lion breeding farms in the country and called for an end to the practice. Read more about this complex topic and how you can contribute toward protecting Africa’s apex predator.

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Africa is full of unique tribes and traditions. Visiting these fascinating tribes and immersing yourself in their tribal customs is a sure way to make your African safari an unforgettable experience. Here are six African tribes and their cultural traditions that will inspire you when planning your African safari.

Briony Chisholm
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Preparing for your African safari is part of the exhilaration of the trip and we’re often asked what books people should read before coming. In this blog we list some of our favourite recommendations.

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You’ve booked your dream safari to Africa and now your mother/father/friends keep calling and telling you dreadful stories of tropical diseases and illnesses you’ll be exposed to on your trip. Fret not! With good – and well-in-advance – planning and a few simple preparations, you can ensure a hassle- and sickness-free trip of a lifetime.

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There is only one species of leopard, which is divided into nine sub-species, one of which is found throughout Africa: Pathera pardus pardus. This is the one you’ll see, if you’re lucky enough to spot one of these beautiful, but elusive, creatures. In this blog we talk everything leopard.

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Travelling ethically and with a social conscience is important, but how do you achieve that on safari? In this blog, we give you some ideas for responsible travel in Africa.

Sutirta Budiman
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Put the Big 5 on the backburner, in this blog we talk about the small, the bashful and the less-fortunate-looking African animals. Yip, there are a Little 5, Shy 5 and Ugly 5, in addition to the Big 5 animals of Africa.

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This blog, the last in our three-part series on things to do in Cape Town, lists just some of the incredible offerings the areas surrounding the Mother City has for both locals and visitors.

How has overland travel in Africa evolved over the decades? We chat with two pioneers in the Africa overlanding industry, Ken Hill and Vivian McCarthy, to find out what’s changed. And, in some cases how the adventure has stayed the same.

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The low season offers distinct advantages in East Africa's top destinations - Masai Mara and Serengeti. One of the most delightful rainy season discoveries is that it's birthing time for many of the animals. Saving on costs is another major perk of low season safaris in East Africa, but that's not all...
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