How to save on safaris

If you’re planning an African safari adventure and have looked into the cost, there’s a fair chance this may have deterred you. But it shouldn’t.

Companies such as Wonga South Africa can provide short-term loans if you’re looking to organise the trip of a lifetime, but it’s a good idea to cut the cost right down and there are numerous ways you can do just that.

First off, the luxury safari holidays cater mainly for well-paid tourists looking for an action-packed vacation for a week. So if you can avoid it – don’t do this. Instead, come for longer and take your time.

If you have your own suitable vehicle, you can take as long as you like – so if you’re on a gap year etc., it may be a good option for a few of you to club together for a very sturdy vehicle.

But this is too problematic for most tourists, so if you can’t organise your own transport, then here are some other ways you can save…

Go with a group of people. The web gives us great facilities for finding like-minded travelers who can join together and negotiate their own transport and tour guides. This will usually consist of a vehicle such as a land cruiser for around six to eight people, including your driver-cum-tour guide.

Try not to book your safari in advance as organizing the booking before you get to the country via a travel agent on the web etc., is the most expensive method. Instead, travel to the vicinity of your intended safari and start to negotiate locally.

If you have the time, this will work out a lot cheaper. Alternatively, if you know someone you can trust already in the area – they can do this for you.

Try to take your safari in the low season if possible as prices vary quite a lot, and travel to the National Parks that are closest to wherever you are.

Remember, too, that National Park entrance fees are paid on a per-day basis, so try and plan well to make the most of your time in the park thereby maximizing your value.

Try and make sure you find a place to stay outside National Parks, as staying in them is generally a lot more expensive. NB: Please note, however, that camping facilities within reserves usually offer great saving potential. In other words, make sure you look at the overall picture when planning your safari trip.

Eating out at the main hotels isn’t a good idea, obviously. Instead, look around for the local places where the staff eat etc., or bring your own food and drinks.

Above all, though, stay safe and enjoy your safari.

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