Going on an African safari will normally cost you anything from $150 to over $1500 pp per day. But there is still a way to go on a budget safari in Africa for under $60 a day for a week or more.
Sounds almost too good to be true doesn't it? But only $410 per person sharing for a 7 day safari in one of the best game parks in Africa is still possible and it can be done if you know exactly how and where.
And I do because I have been on over one hundred safari trips over the past twenty five years which has given me relevant, first hand knowledge on how to go about this.
With the added bonus of inside information from the tips and recommendations in the trip reports that I receive at African Safari Journals.
I often plan budget safari trips like this for myself so this is not just wild theory that it can be done for less than $60 per day. I'm putting it into practise and you can too...
So What Does a Safari Normally Cost?
It varies widely but a guided safari can cost you anything from $150 to over $1500 per day.
The overland safaris normally cost the least because accommodation is in camping grounds and you participate in cooking the food and washing up (and pushing the safari vehicle if it gets stuck).
There are good economies of scale because of the size of the groups that go on each trip which drives the price down (this is not an overland tour however).
Full guiding with room and board in luxury lodges or tented accommodation starts to increase the price and in some exclusive reserves in South Africa like Mala Mala you can pay $1025 per day for the privilege of enjoying the African wildlife, but you do get waited on hand and foot and have to do very little more than turn up, eat, sleep and enjoy.
Self guided safaris can be extremely affordable but you do need to have very good local knowledge so that you can avoid paying more and so that you know where to find the wildlife. You have to do all the work yourself in this case (the same as many other holiday experiences) but you pay a lot less.
The Longer You Stay The Less You Pay Per Day
I have done all the costing and planning for a budget safari trip like this already because I regularly go on self guided safaris sometimes lasting for up to two weeks.
Of course, you might not want to go for that long (I love the safari lifestyle - the longer the better for me) which is no problem because you can tailor it according to your needs.
If the high price of safaris has been putting you off going to Africa until now this could be your opportunity.
Just follow the guidelines that I use to plan my budget safari trips below which provides detailed information about exactly what you need to do to go on a low cost African safari for a week or more at less than $60 per day.
Here's What the Budget Safari Guidelines Contain:
Better Safari Photography e-book - Free book to help you improve your wildlife images.
Camping list - Here's a seperate list of what to pack for the camping side of things.
How To Guide Your Own Safari - Everything you need to know to successfully and cost effectively do a self drive safari in Southern Africa.