You have probably never been to Africa but have heard or read so many wonderful things about the Continent. However, you don’t know how much it will cost to explore the beautiful things that the Continent takes pride in. Well, an African Safari costs from $120 to $1500 per person per night depending on the country/destination visited and whether you are traveling on budget, midrange or luxury package.
The budget safaris can cost on average $150 per person per night, the midrange can cost up to $350 per person per night while the luxury ones are about $750 but the extremely luxury ones can go up to $1500 per person per day.
However, it should be noted that these costs usually include the activities, airport transfers (probable), ground transportation, meals and accommodation but exclude personal insurance, personal expenses (cigarettes, laundry services, beverages and telephone bills), tips, International flights, visas. There are a number of factors that will affect or make a difference in the cost of your safari and these include:
The group size
The tour packages where you share vehicles for travelling to the destination and game drives are always more affordable because vehicle costs are shared with other guests. Depending on the group size, it may be cheaper to hire a vehicle to drive from destination to destination (especially Parks) because the fuel costs, driver and hiring vehicle will remain consistent and can be divided by the number of people in the group.
Every destination you add on your itinerary increases the cost of the safari due to the transport involved but did you know that beach and island destinations are less costly than visiting the National Parks? This is because there are usually no park and entry fees yet the accommodations are normally more economical. For instance, 12 days-6 days in Zanzibar and 6 days on a safari is less costly than 12 days on a safari because you will be paying entry fees for all the days spent. Also, the popularity of the destination (especially National Parks) affects its cost because lesser known places are more affordable yet authentic because fewer tourists tend to visit them. Renowned places like Mountain gorillas Parks (Bwindi and Volcanoes National Parks), Serengeti, Maasai Mara and Kruger National Parks as well as Okavango Delta come at an outstandingly additional fee.