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How Much Does an Africa Safari Cost?

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Africa Safari Prices Explained

How much does an Africa Safari Cost?

The costings table provides a quick overview of the typical expenses for an Africa safari in each destination. Use this guide to help you select the best destination based on your budget.

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Botswana

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Kenya

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Mozambique

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Namibia

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South Africa

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Zambia

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Zimbabwe

Budget

LOW SEASON

HIGH SEASON

R7,600

R14,250

R7,600

R14,250

R8,360

R11,020

R1,330

R2,945

R5,928

R8,550

R6,650

R11,400

R4,750

R7,600

R3,800

R5,700

Mid-Range

LOW SEASON

HIGH SEASON

R11,400

R22,800

R9,500

R17,100

R10,450

R13,300

R2,394

R4,674

R9,861

R13,148

R9,500

R17,100

R7,600

R15,200

R6,650

R12,350

High-End

LOW SEASON

HIGH SEASON

R19,000

R57,000

R15,200

R34,200

R14,250

R17,100

R8,018

R20,083

R19,741

R30,267

R16,150

R38,000

R11,400

R28,500

R11,400

R22,800

How much will my Africa Safari Cost?

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What makes up the Cost of an African Safari?

Three primary factors significantly impact the cost of your safari:

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Depending on the the itinerary, Our African safari pricing does not include international flights, but it does include all local flights, transportation, and transfers.

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For groups of six or more, we can negotiate improved room rates. We are committed to finding ways to lower your overall rate whenever possible

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The pricing shown is for adults. Child rates differ depending on the lodge and may include reduced rates or family room options. Our experts can provide personalized recommendations for the best options for your family.

Africa Safari Costs: What to Keep in Mind

At Exodus Safaris, we collaborate with you to craft a journey that optimizes your time and budget. Our approach prioritizes upfront inclusion of costs to avoid any unexpected surprises during your safari experience.

1.Your travel dates and time

We specialize in guiding you to take advantage of lower rates during off-peak seasons.

Most destinations have high-season rates that can be double the rates during low seasons, with shoulder seasons falling in between. Having flexible travel dates allows us to advise you on leveraging shoulder and low season rates effectively. It’s important to note that the prices displayed on our website and other platforms are based on low season rates. Therefore, if the quoted price is higher than what’s online, it’s likely due to travel dates outside the low season. Additionally, the duration of your safari impacts costs directly, so shortening your trip can reduce expenses significantly!

 

We’re here to help you maximize savings during the off-season. Every location experiences peak seasons with significantly higher rates, often double that of low-season prices. Additionally, there are shoulder seasons, offering rates between these extremes. Flexibility with your travel dates allows us to guide you on leveraging these shoulder and low-season rates effectively. Keep in mind that the rates displayed on our site and others are based on off-peak periods. If you receive a quote higher than the online rates, it’s likely due to peak season demands. Adjusting the duration of your safari also plays a role in managing costs effectively

2. Your accommodation

Accommodations expenses typically constitute the largest portion of your safari budget, making your choice of accommodation crucial. The cost can vary significantly, from several hundred dollars to over $3000 per person per night. We have insights into the hotels and lodges that provide excellent value for your money, and these are the ones we suggest. It’s essential to consider what is covered and what isn’t. While an all-inclusive lodge may appear pricier upfront, a seemingly cheaper option could surprise you with high costs for additional services like drinks, laundry, internet access, and other amenities.

Accommodations play a significant role in your safari expenses, influencing your budget the most. Prices can vary widely, ranging from a few hundred dollars to over $1500 per person per night. Our expertise allows us to pinpoint hotels and lodges that offer exceptional value for your money, and we’ll gladly suggest these options to you. It’s essential to consider what’s covered and what’s not. While an all-inclusive lodge might seem pricier upfront, choosing a lower-cost option could lead to unexpected charges for amenities like drinks, laundry, internet access, and more.

3. Your destinations

Choosing island and beach destinations can offer a more budget-friendly option compared to national parks. However, keep in mind that adding more destinations or countries to your itinerary can increase overall costs due to transportation and possible visa fees. It’s generally more cost-effective to opt for a comprehensive safari experience that covers everything you want to see rather than splitting it into multiple smaller safaris.

Island and beach locations typically come with lower costs because they don’t involve entry or park fees, and accommodations tend to be more affordable. For instance, a combined six-day safari in Tanzania with six days in Zanzibar can be cheaper than a 12-day safari alone. Alternatively, you can explore lesser-known parks and reserves, which are often less expensive yet offer equally enriching experiences. Keep in mind that popular destinations like the Serengeti, Masai Mara, Okavango Delta, and gorilla sanctuaries usually come with higher price tags due to their popularity and demand.

Opting for beach destinations and islands often proves to be a more economical choice compared to national parks. However, adding additional stops or countries to your itinerary can escalate the overall safari costs due to transportation and potential visa fees. Despite this, consolidating your safari into one comprehensive journey to see everything you desire remains the most cost-effective approach, rather than splitting it into multiple smaller safaris.

Island and beach getaways typically come with lower expenses as they don’t entail entrance or park fees, and accommodations are generally more budget-friendly. For instance, arranging a six-day safari combined with six days in Zanzibar could be more economical than a 12-day safari alone. Alternatively, exploring lesser-known parks and reserves can offer equally rewarding experiences at a lower cost. It’s worth noting that renowned attractions like the Serengeti, Masai Mara, Okavango Delta, and gorilla sanctuaries often come with higher price tags due to their popularity and demand.

4. Your group size

Opting for game packages that involve flying between camps and sharing lodge vehicles for game drives may initially appear cost-effective due to shared vehicle expenses with fellow guests. However, the expenses incurred from flights between camps can offset these perceived savings. Depending on your group size, opting to hire a private vehicle (with the option of a driver/guide) and driving from camp to camp could be more economical. The costs of the driver, vehicle, and fuel remain consistent and can be divided among group members, potentially saving up to $1000 per person over a week. These are the types of details we specialize in assisting with.

East African Safari Cost Guidelines

Kenya boasts renowned destinations such as the iconic Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park, and Samburu National Park, alongside scenic spots like Mount Meru, Tsavo, and the Aberdares. On the other hand, Tanzania showcases its world-class attractions including the legendary Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, as well as the vast expanses of Selous and Ruaha national parks.

Tanzania and Kenya collectively form the essence of East Africa safari, renowned as the cradle of safari adventures. Here, amidst this natural wonderland, awaits the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Great Wildebeest Migration safari, a testament to the region's rich wildlife and breathtaking landscapes.

Masai Mara vs Serengeti Exodus safaris
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Kenya

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Tanzania

Budget

LOW SEASON

HIGH SEASON

R7,600

R14,250

R7,600

R14,250

Mid-range

LOW SEASON

HIGH SEASON

R11,400

R22,800

R9,500

R17,100

Luxury

LOW SEASON

HIGH SEASON

R19,000

R57,000

R15,200

R34,200

All prices per person, per night, sharing.
Prices are based on an average of lodge prices within the applicable category and are just an indication pricing.
    • The cost varies based on the destination, accommodation level, group size, and the season of travel. Luxury lodges and peak seasons often entail higher expenses.
  • Safaris can be pricier due to unique experiences and remote locations. However, various budget options and package deals make them accessible to different travelers.
  • Typically, safari costs cover accommodation, meals, park fees, game drives, and sometimes domestic flights. Some packages may also include guided tours and cultural experiences.
  • Additional costs may include visas, alcoholic beverages, optional activities like hot air balloon rides or guided walks, gratuities, and souvenirs. It's essential to budget for these extras.
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  • Low season and shoulder periods often offer discounted rates and fewer crowds, making them ideal for budget-conscious travelers. Booking in advance or opting for last-minute deals can also save costs.
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East Africa Popular Safaris and Tours

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These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and how many people you're planning to travel with.

Southern African Safari Cost Guidelines

Botswana boasts renowned wildlife destinations like the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. South Africa stands out with attractions such as Kruger National Park, Cape Town, and Sun City. Namibia's highlight is the breathtaking Etosha National Park, while Zimbabwe and Zambia jointly showcase the majestic Victoria Falls. Each country offers a unique safari experience, ensuring an unforgettable journey through Africa's diverse landscapes and wildlife wonders.

Namibia and South Africa stand out as the most budget-friendly safari destinations among our offerings. Opting to rent a vehicle and stay in self-catering accommodations can significantly reduce expenses. However, while this approach lowers costs, it also adds a bit of responsibility to your vacation by requiring you to drive and handle meals on your own.

July and August mark the peak season, driven by dry winter conditions and high international demand. The transition periods between high and low seasons, often termed as 'shoulder season,' witness changing weather patterns like the onset or conclusion of rains and shifts in temperature. During this time, there's typically good availability and favorable rates.

South Africa stands out with its exceptional game viewing opportunities throughout the year. Zambia experiences a heavy rainy season from November to May, causing many camps to close during this period. Botswana's October sees the peak of heat and dryness, ideal for game viewing but can be uncomfortable without proper cooling facilities. As the rains disperse animals by November, game viewing becomes more challenging in certain regions.

Kruger National Park
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Botswana

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South Africa

Budget

LOW SEASON

HIGH SEASON

R7,600

R14,250

R7,600

R14,250

Mid-range

LOW SEASON

HIGH SEASON

R11,400

R22,800

R9,500

R17,100

Luxury

LOW SEASON

HIGH SEASON

R19,000

R57,000

R15,200

R34,200

All prices per person, per night, sharing.
Prices are based on an average of lodge prices within the applicable category and are just an indication pricing.
  • The cost varies based on factors like the destination, accommodation type, group size, activities, and the time of year

  • International flights, visas, travel insurance, gratuities, additional activities, and personal expenses are usually not included.
  • Booking a package often includes more amenities and guides, while self-drive safaris can be more budget-friendly but require more planning
  • Yes, opting for camping accommodations, choosing less popular travel times, and joining group tours can reduce costs significantly.
  • Booking several months to a year in advance is recommended to secure better rates, especially for popular destinations and peak seasons.

East Africa Popular Safaris and Tours

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These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and how many people you're planning to travel with.

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