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Breaking Down the Safari Investment: What to Expect and What's Included

Embarking on an African safari is an incredible, unparalleled experience! However, understanding the costs associated with a safari trip can be daunting for first-time travelers. In this article, we'll break down the typical costs of a safari and explore what's included in the price, helping you make an informed decision as you plan your dream adventure.

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Safari Costs: Factors to Consider

The cost of a safari trip can vary widely depending on several factors, such as the destination, duration, type of accommodations, and time of year. Here are some general guidelines to give you an idea of the range of safari costs:

  • Mid-range safaris: Travelers looking for a balance between comfort and affordability can expect to pay between $500 and $800 per person per day for a mid-range safari. This price range offers comfortable accommodations, such as tented camps or lodges with en-suite facilities, and often includes smaller group sizes and more personalized service.

  • Luxury safaris: For those seeking the ultimate in comfort and indulgence, luxury safaris can cost anywhere from $800 to $2,500+ per person per day. These trips feature high-end accommodations, fine dining experiences, and exclusive services, such as private game drives and expert guides.

It's important to remember that these price ranges are approximate and can vary depending on the specific safari package you choose.

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What's Included in the Price?

While safari packages can differ in their inclusions, most trips will cover the following costs:

  1. Accommodations: Your safari package will include lodging for the duration of your trip, ranging from comfortable tented camps to luxurious lodges.

  2. Meals: Most safaris include three meals per day, often served in communal dining areas or as picnic lunches during game drives. Some luxury lodges may also offer additional snacks and beverages throughout the day.

  3. Game drives and activities: Safari packages typically include at least two game drives per day, as well as other activities such as guided bush walks or boat cruises (depending on the destination). These activities are led by experienced guides and rangers who are experts in tracking wildlife and sharing their knowledge of the African bush.

  4. Park and conservation fees: National park entrance fees and conservation levies are generally included in the price of your safari. These fees contribute to the ongoing protection and management of Africa's precious wildlife and natural resources.

  5. Transfers: Ground transportation between airports or airstrips and your accommodations is usually included in your safari package. Depending on the itinerary, this may involve a combination of private vehicles and shared shuttle services.


Additional Costs to Consider

While many aspects of your safari experience are covered by the package price, there are some additional costs you should budget for:

  1. International and domestic flights: Your safari package typically does not include the cost of your flights to and within Africa. Be sure to factor in these expenses when calculating your overall trip budget.

  2. Travel insurance: It's essential to purchase comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and other unforeseen circumstances.

  3. Visas and vaccinations: Depending on your nationality and the countries you'll be visiting, you may need to obtain visas and receive vaccinations prior to your trip. Be sure to research these requirements and budget for any associated costs.

  4. Gratuities: While not mandatory, it's customary to tip your safari guides, rangers, and camp or lodge staff in appreciation for their service. Be prepared to set aside a portion of your budget for gratuities.

  5. Souvenirs and personal expenses: Finally, don't forget to budget for souvenirs, alcoholic beverages (if not included in your package), and any other personal expenses you may incur during your trip.




Understanding the typical costs of a safari trip and what's included in the price is essential for planning your dream adventure. By considering factors such as accommodations, activities, and additional expenses, you can create a realistic budget and choose the safari package that best suits your needs and preferences.


In case you haven't yet grabbed our complimentary resource, "Discover the Wild: Your Guide to a Luxury Safari," it's brimming with valuable insights and must-know advice to ensure a seamless safari experience. Don't miss out on this essential guide before embarking on your unforgettable adventure!

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