How much does an African Safari cost – 2021 Guide to Luxury Safaris cost

Article about How much does an African Safari cost – 2021 Guide to Luxury Safaris cost

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Tommy Aroyo activities: Chief Executive Officer
on the timeline of AROYÓ Safari

Jan 22, 2021

A safari is one of the most exciting and memorable holidays you’ll ever undertake. There are a lot of factors that go into the cost of an African safari – such as location, time of the year, and level of comfort – but there are also some good rules of thumb to follow for your safari budget…

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Luxury African Vacation – Bush Lunch in the Park

African Safari Costs: What to Keep in Mind

  1. Package deals are not necessarily cheaper. A tailor-made safari will be crafted to your specific budget, allowing you to save and splurge where you and your agent feel it’s necessary. A package deal or scheduled departure tour locks you in to a specific itinerary and non-flexible price.
  2. The more privacy, exclusivity and personalization you want, the more you will spend. But you can still have a great time in a less luxurious environment – this is where your agent’s knowledge, expertise and experience are so important.
  3. ‘Doing it yourself’ is not necessarily cheaper – or often even possible. In many places, you need your agent’s specialised knowledge of light aircraft schedules, transfer companies and ground handlers for your itinerary.
  4. Using an agent gives you a single ‘all inclusive’ price. Your agent will have access to room/villa availability, special deals and other factors that allow him or her to create an entire itinerary – including international flights – with one cost so there are no ‘surprises’.
  5. One of the most cost-effective ways of seeing Africa is to do an overland trip. You spend a lot of time on the road and have to go as part of a group, but many overland trips offer not-so-comfortable accommodation in no-frills lodges.

IMPORTANT: All the costs in this blog are guidelines only and an average for per person, per night, sharing a room in High and Low Season.  They exclude international flights, visas and optional activities. Note that conservation fees, levies and permits are all subject to change. Peak or High Season generally runs over Christmas and New Year, and from about end of June to October.

East African Safari Cost Guidelines

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Endless Plains of Serengeti – Zebra grazing

Kenya is home to the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park and Samburu National Park, among many others like Mount Meru, Tsavo and the Aberdares. Tanzania counts the equally famous Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater Conversation Area, Selous and Ruaha among its national parks.

Together, Tanzania and Kenya make up East Africa and are considered to be the birthplace of safari. This is also where you will encounter the Great Wildebeest Migration, particularly in Tanzania, Serengeti.

Tanzania

NOTE: All Costs are Per Day, Per Person basis

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$450 – $600$500 – $650$700 – $1050$850 – $1200$1100$1650

Kenya

4-star comfort4-star luxury5-star luxury
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$450 – $650$400 – $700$700 – $750$700 – $850$1000 – $1050$1100 – $1750

Tanzania & Kenya Combined

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$400$500$600 – $950$900 – $1100$1150$1700

 

Southern African Safari Cost Guidelines

Botswana’s most famous wildlife areas are the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. South Africa is home to the Kruger National Park, Cape Town and Sun City. Namibia’s big hitter is the astonishing Etosha National Park, while Zimbabwe and Zambia share the Victoria Falls.

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Luxury Family Safari – South Africa

Namibia and South Africa are the most affordable of all the safari destinations offered because you can rent a vehicle and drive yourself around, as well as stay in self-catering accommodation. Driving and cooking yourself will bring costs down but will add to the ‘work’ you do on vacation.

Peak season once again falls between July and August, thanks to a dry winter and huge demand from international visitors. The times between high and low season are known as ‘shoulder season’: the rains are starting or ending, the weather is heating up or cooling down and, generally, both availability and rates are good.

South Africa offers the best year-round game viewing. Many camps still close for Zambia’s intense rainy season, which falls between November and May. October is the hottest and driest month in Botswana, which makes for good game viewing but uncomfortable conditions unless you are in an air-conditioned lodge – by November, the rains have scattered the animals, making for challenging game viewing.

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$500$650$650$1050 – $1150$1200$1500 – $2400

Namibia

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LowHighLowHighLowHigh
$250 – $350$300 – $400$500$550$1150 – $1300$1300 – $1450

South Africa

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$450$500$600$650 – $1000$900$1000 – $1550

Victoria Falls

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$450$500$500$550 – $750$900$900 – $1550

Zambia

4-star comfort4-star luxury5-star luxury
LowHighLowHighLowHigh
$700$800$750$1000$1200$1700

Zimbabwe

4-star comfort4-star luxury5-star luxury
LowHighLowHighLowHigh
$600$900$750$1200$2400$2400

 

 

Gorilla Trekking Cost Guidelines

Rwanda

Mountains Gorillas – Volcanoes National park; Rwanda

Gorilla trekking takes you into the pristine and unbelievably beautiful heart of Africa, to the green hills and rainforests of Congo, Uganda and Rwanda that endangered gorilla call home. Tourism is a non-negotiable part of gorilla conservation and some porters and guides are even reformed poachers who now derive an income from protecting Africa’s great apes.

Congo

4-star comfort4-star luxury5-star luxury
LowHighLowHighLowHigh
$1000$1450$1000$1450NANA

Rwanda

4-star comfort4-star luxury5-star luxury
LowHighLowHighLowHigh
$950$2300$950$2300$2150$2500

Uganda

4-star comfort4-star luxury5-star luxury
LowHighLowHighLowHigh
$500$950$500$950NANA

Ready to Start Planning Your Dream Safari?

The important thing to remember is that the above costs are guidelines only. Our very own Luxury Safari company, AROYÓ Safari will happily help you plan, advise on how to do so, guide on the best places to be and all things safaris.

 

ABOUT AUTHOR:

Tommy is a luxury safari enthusiast and have been planning and advising on African Safaris for over 10 years. Having visited nearly all safari destinations in Africa, his expertise is overwhelming.

Articles authored by Tommy Aroyo