Whereas Africa has a lot more in offer for its world’s visitors when it comes to culture, adventure, history and breathtaking sceneries, on the other hand wildlife usually feature as its major tourist attractions. And given this fact, it is safe to say that an African vacation is most likely to cost significantly more than spending a holiday around Asia for instance. To others, this may seem surprising however; there are many reasons behind this.
Wildlife tours and gorilla safaris are by nature restricted to only remote areas with vast tracts of undeveloped land. Wildlife must be well conserved and preserved from hunters and poachers hence requiring a contingent of rangers. The price of accommodation is generally fully inclusive of meals and sometimes even drinks. It also usually covers game activities in specially modified cars with a well-trained and professional tour guides while in other areas you find trackers.
The lodges on the other hand come in small size and intimate most of which accommodating not more than 20 visitors. The supplies on the other hand have to be transported across different areas to remote corners of the continent. With all these, you may wish to save some money while on your trip and you can do so by considering these tips;
Look for value for money regardless of your budget
Just like other parts of the world, prices differ from those of zero star backpacker hostels to luxury five star hideaways. There is also tendency where most visitors believe that higher prices come with better experience. However, this may not be the case. You therefore need to make a choice on lodge that provides much better service than their more expensive competitors.
This means, you need to weigh different options to come with the better one. A stay at a national park usually comes with some premium to staying at a lodge on the outskirts. Most importantly, make your own budget that you think travel will cost-take note of all the key things you wish to take part, where you are to do them, their costs and others. The other areas include food, transport, flight to and fro, insurance, accommodation, activities and all that you feel will contribute to your travel.
Head to see other tourist attractions
Intersperse your wildlife viewing with time appreciating the other sites that Africa can provide like the city destinations where accommodation is generally cheaper than on a safari.
Weigh up your budget in relation to your time frame
Saving time charge money, but if saving money is rather your priority then consider taking option means of transport to flying. For instance, Namibia lends itself to self-driving but because of its vastness and you need enough time. Others have scheduled flights from national parks for instance in Botswana and South Africa.
Avoid group safaris
Usually, group safaris are not necessarily a cheaper to travel in Africa and are definitely poorer value than personal itinerary in which local guides are substituted for tour leaders. To some people, group safari can be a cheaper way to get to Africa’s destinations the fact that some costs are shared for instance car hire provided the group members have shared travel goals.
Choose your destination carefully
For great value for money, South Africa and Namibia are great value for money because of the weak African currency and lower park fees compared to most parks in East Africa. Zimbabwe is equally pretty good value for money.
In conclusion, with the above tips, we believe that you will have the best of your safari in Africa. Take note of them and you won’t be disappointed because of shortages.