Safari tips you can trust
Budgeting too little
for your safari trip
A safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so you could later regret it if you skimp. When planning your safari, make the most of it.
While I've found that some travelers go beyond their doable budget, most do the opposite.
the real cost
Some travelers have only a hazy idea of safari rates. To give you a rough idea of them, I list below current safari-tour prices. They are the typical per-person-per-day rates based on double occupancy for the high season (and will vary by locale). Low-season prices are about 25% lower.
For packaged bare basic camping safaris, plan on US$150 to US$200.
For packaged mid-range lodge or camping safaris, count on US$250 to US$400.
For packaged luxury lodges and camps, expect a US$450 to US$650 charge.
For a private tour safari for two people, increase the packaged tour prices by 25 to 33% - and for a foursome, by 10 to 20%.
Learn ahead of time exactly what's included before you book. Normally, these are covered by the rate:
And these normally are not:
Different safari operators have different inclusion and exclusion policies. Always check first.