How much does a safari cost?
The magic of safari is what entices me to return to Africa again and again, and it’s definitely an experience everyone should enjoy at least once in their lifetime. There’s a huge range of safari holidays on offer, varying from budget campsites to the private luxury reserves and breathtaking boutique lodges. This has, however, made the question of ‘How much does an African Safari cost?’ harder to answer.
Safaris are the type of holiday where you do tend to get what you pay for, which is why our experts at VIVID Travel would never offer you a truly ‘budget’ safari. We would never send customers on an overland trip with 30 other people on a huge safari-adapted coach, where you’d have to pitch your own tents and cook your own food. Even our trips at the ‘value’ end of the scale offer incredible experiences, put a high focus on conservation and animal welfare, and offer comfortable accommodation.
Key factors to consider when you’re looking at costs is the time of year, style of accommodation, the location and the exclusivity of the reserve. The guide below is to help you understand the differences between value, mid-range and luxury safaris, so that you can begin to plan out the budget required to curate your dream itinerary.
What's included in the price of a safari?
On the surface, safari trips to Africa may appear much more expensive than other holiday destinations, but a lot of elements are included within this price
Due to the remote locations of the properties within national parks, all meals tend to be included
Local game activities with an experienced local guide are a part of your package when on safari – this could include game drives, bush walks, boating safaris and more
Park entrance fees, conservation fees and tourism levies are incorporated into the total price
All internal travel between reserves, whether by plane or safari vehicle, are included
Safari Costs Across Africa
The costings below are to give you an idea of how much a safari might cost per person per night in each of the destinations. This excludes additional costs, such as international flights, tips and personal spending. Whilst this guide is here to help, my advice would also be to speak to your expert travel designer so that we can truly understand what you want to get out of your safari and ensure that the perfect holiday is planned just for you.
- Value - £200
- Mid-range - £500
- Luxury - £1,300+
- Value - £260
- Mid-range - £450
- Luxury - £1,100+
- Value - £240
- Mid-range - £475
- Luxury - £1,200+
- Value - £200
- Mid-range - £400
- Luxury - £700+
The ‘value’ safaris we offer will never be bargain basement trips, but instead, focus on the adventure! The best value accommodations are often tented camps outside of the game reserve – consider the Kati Kati Tented Camp in Tanzania or Woodbury Tented Lodge in South Africa. The location may mean that there is a slightly longer transfer to your game drive in the morning, but you’ll still have the same incredible experience once inside. Whilst there are fewer luxuries at the camp, comfort is always a focus, as well as great service, food and knowledgeable staff.
Mid-Range safaris are a really popular option as they tend to be located within the parks and reserves, which means that there is a higher likelihood of seeing animals in and around the property. The property itself is often smaller, boutique in style and offers more amenities, such as a swimming pool or spa. Whilst they are described as mid-range, these safaris include some incredible 4 & 5-star camps and lodges, always with an impressive level of service and guiding – options include Little Vumbura Camp in Botswana or Kubu Kubu Tented Camp in Tanzania. There will be a few more inclusions too, such as sun-downer drinks or bush breakfasts.
These safaris are the best of the best and are perfect for those wanting exceptional service and exclusivity. The lodges are typically within the reserve within private locations, such as Namairi Plains in Tanzania, which is the only property in the region (an area previously closed off for 20 years to allow for cheetah research to take place). These lodges often offer an all-inclusive service with a range of activities on offer too, as well as luxurious amenities such as private plunge pools, massage rooms and viewing decks. One way to incorporate the luxury safari experience into a more economic trip is to stay just a couple of nights as part of your trip – it’s a great way to also experience a variety of different game drives.