How To Do an African Safari on a Budget
If you’ve been daydreaming about an African Safari for the last few weeks, but have also taken a long hard look at your bank balance, you may be feeling a bit despondent about ever being able to go on one of those trips you saw one of your friends take on Instagram. With a little bit of planning, going on an African Safari should be possible, especially when budgets are tight. When it comes to going on Safari, you’re paying for an experience and at times, for convenience, but there are a couple of ways to cut back on costs, which we’ll explore a little bit today.
Accomodation: National Parks vs. Private Reserves
When it comes to the postcards you’ve seen, it’s important to consider that those Safari’s tend to take place on private reserves. These can be very expensive, so when planning your trip, look at accommodation in national parks to find a better deal. Also consider that camping, rather than staying in a lodge with villas, will be more affordable, albeit a less comfortable (but more exciting) experience staying out in the wild. It’s all about managing your expectations, and doing thorough research on deals around national parks, before deciding to take the plunge and book your trip.
A New Take on Game Drives
Game drives are a pivotal part of the African Safari experience, but there are ways for you to go about them without having to fork out an arm and a leg. As a first option, explore trip packages that have these included, as often they may be an added value as an inclusive package. If this is still too expensive, explore renting your own vehicle. While you probably won’t be able to see much without the help of a guide, you are able to book a guide at relatively short notice, and your costs will be less than if they used their own vehicle. You’re also getting a more private, intimate experience, than being in the car with a bunch of people you don’t know. At times, this can be fun, but it all depends what you’re after, so get clear on what you want, and explore the options from there.
Budget or Not, Affordable Packages Are Out There
Last but not least, if you’re looking to save on some costs, you should explore some of the season specific specials and packages offered by providers in the area you are looking to visit. Adventour Africa, for example, offers camping packages that last from three to fourteen days, where you have a fixed itinerary and there are many inclusions in the process. You don’t have to feel like taking out a loan to go on a safari adventure is the only way to go. If you do enough research, and are clear about what it is you would like to do, while remaining flexible to the options available to you, the right opportunity will show up eventually, and before you know it, you’ll be off.
The True Meaning of a Rustic Experience
Doing an African Safari on a budget is all about your mindset and expectation setting. Being in the wild will be a more rustic experience, regardless of whether you’re staying at a lodge or not. The point of an African adventure is to “get your hands dirty” and to take part in something unique and completely different to what your used to. You won’t be able to immerse yourself in the culture and truly learn more about nature if you’re not willing to rough it a little bit. A more rustic experience may also give you a chance to gain a bit of perspective on your own life, and to be grateful for the things you have. Keep this in mind before you take stock of what a trip like this may cost you financially. Emotionally and spiritually, it could mean a great deal more.