How Much Does it Cost to Go on Safari?

From $120 per day for an all-inclusive safari package. That's the no frills option, but the sky is the limit in terms of luxury if you want to spend more. Seasonality, level of accommodation and the destinations you're visiting all make a difference as we explain below.

Good news! There is literally a safari to suit every budget.

There are fantastic options available at the cheaper end of the spectrum - from $120 to $250 per day per person.

Luxury safaris are not the only safaris!

For many years the African safari experience has been actively promoted as a luxury item. Why is that? Because luxury travel is where the big bucks are to be made for luxury travel agents. Tailor-made safari experiences, with personalised itineraries, private guides, chauffeur driven airport transfers, five star accommodations, haute cuisine, charter flights and other needless expenses can run into the 100's of thousands of dollars. Nice for some, but not for everyone. 

We're here to tell you that, not only do affordable options exist, but they are top notch value for money. There is a huge range of trips to suit every travel style and length of stay. Check out our safari search to get an idea of what's available. We cover 14 different countries from South Africa to Kenya and beyond. 

Affordable safaris get rave reviews

Read our TripAdvisor reviews and you will see that the budget safari has come of age. Here in Africa, we've figured out how to cater to everyday people, so you won't need to remortgage your house, cancel college or cash in your retirement annuity in order to see our amazing landscapes and wildlife.

Figure out your budget per day

Below we have five budget ranges based on US dollar per-day pricing. These budget ranges are designed to help you figure out how much you can expect to spend per day on your safari package. Our trips range from 1 day to 56 days in length, so once you know more-or-less how much you are spending per day, you can then figure out how long you can afford to travel for.

  1. $120 - $150 Per Day - No Frills
  2. $150 - $250 Per Day - Standard Budget
  3. $250 - $500 Per Day - Mid-Range
  4. $500 - $700 Per Day - Luxury for Less
  5. $700+ Per day - Tailor-made and Charters

Ross HuggettBotswana - Ross Huggett

Where you go and how you travel makes a difference

We have broken down each price bracket in terms of the relevant destinations and the types of trip applicable. Some destinations are more affordable than others - a South African safari is typically cheaper than East Africa, where park fees are significant and pricing is based in US dollars.

Spending more doesn't always amount to a better trip

It comes down to personal preference, but your trip price is not necessarily a reflection of the quality of the experience. To give an example, some travel styles are cheaper than others. A camping overland trip costs less per day than a lodge-based safari, but if you like travelling in a group and camping out under the stars, you may well enjoy it more than a lodge-based experience.

Dan MaudsleyMother and Cubs - Dan Maudsley

To find out more about each travel style, follow the green links in the tables to go to the main listing page for that trip type. There you will find a detailed description of what to expect for the given style of trip - in the right hand column.

$120 - $150 Per Day - No Frills

For the shoe-string budget this is perfect. You will still get all that Africa has to offer. It’s a No Frills option, camping, basic meals and a little bit more wild than pizazz. The No Frills option can be broken down into the following categories:

Travel Style Destinations you can visit for $120 - $150 per day
Budget Camping Malawi Mozambique Namibia South Africa Zambia Zimbabwe
Family Overland Botswana Kenya Malawi Mozambique Namibia Tanzania Zambia Zimbabwe
Overland Camping Botswana Kenya Malawi Mozambique Namibia South Africa Tanzania Zambia Zim
Accommodated Overlands Malawi Mozambique Namibia South Africa Tanzania Zambia Zimbabwe

$150 - $250 Per Day - Standard Budget

This is just a notch above basic and will get more of a spread of experiences, camping with the odd lodge, depending on where you travel.

Travel Style Destinations you can visit for $150 - $250 per day
Exclusive Budget Malawi Mozambique Namibia Zambia Zimbabwe
Budget Camping Botswana Kenya Tanzania
Lodge Safaris Namibia South Africa
Accommodated Overlands Namibia South Africa

$250 - $500 Per Day - Mid-Range

This price range gives you just a little more care and comfort but still keeps exotic destinations at the heart of things.

Travel Style Destinations you can visit for $250 - $500 per day
40 Plus Botswana Namibia South Africa
Exclusive Budget Botswana Kenya Tanzania
Lodge Safaris Botswana Kenya Malawi Mozambique Tanzania Zimbabwe
Accommodated Overlands Botswana Kenya Malawi Mozambique Tanzania Zimbabwe
Expedition Tours Botswana Malawi South Africa Zambia Zimbabwe

$500 - $700 Per Day - Luxury for Less

In this price range you will not want for any sense of luxury, great food, great accomodation and even the bees knees:

Travel Style Destinations you can visit for $250 - $500 per day
Lodge Safaris Botswana Kenya Tanzania Zambia

$700+ Per day - Tailor-made and Charters

With this option, not only is the world your oyster but you also get to decide when, where and how it gets served, oh and did I mention yu can have your cake AND eat it?

If you have any questions at all about your safari budget, destinations or travel style you can drop us a message here and one of the team will get right back to you.

Darren GlanvilleBlouberg Sunset - Darren Glanville


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