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How To Safari In SA On A Budget

If you don’t enjoy a bush trip (safari to the newbies out there), then you may well have a screw loose upstairs.

We live in a country, and a continent, blessed with an abundance of beauty to explore, but sometimes finding the money to do so can be a bit of a problem.

Just when you think you have the cash stashed away, something unexpected comes along and dents the coffers.

But here’s the thing – a safari bush trip doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, because there are ways to safari on a budget.

First up you’ll want to check what time of the year you’re travelling in – if it happens to be peak season or school holidays, there’s a good chance everything is going to cost that little bit more.

Kruger during the school holidays, anyone?


Nah, I’m good.

You’ll also want to keep an eye on the exchange rate – if you happen to be travelling to a place that charges in U.S. dollars, like many places in Africa do, speak to someone about when is the ideal time to change your travel money to dollars.

There’s always the option of topping up the coffers by playing online roulette – win some quick cash and you can afford to splurge on those extras that always pop up along the way.

Next there’s the issue of getting around – if time allows for it, maybe consider travelling by road rather than by plane.

Luxury is paramount to some, but if it’s a budget safari you’re after you can’t really look past an overland trip. You might have to get your hands dirty along the way – helping out with the cooking and pitching your own tent for example – but if you join a good bunch of people you’re usually in for a great time.


Of course you can save a whole whack of cash if you’re not spending on accommodation – like renting your own camper, or hooking up a rooftop tent.

Here in South Africa we have places like the Kruger (right time of the year), Addo Elephant National Park and Kgalagadi National Park that are primed for driving around on your own mission.

Whatever you choose to do, and however you choose to do it, just be thankful that we live in a part of the world where a safari trip is an option.

And if you don’t like safaris – again, please have your head checked out.

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