- 1 1. Where to go: the best safari destinations in Africa
- 2 2. Prices and Costs of Safaris in Africa
- 3 3. Transport
- 4 4. Individual or group safaris?
- 5 5. Expectations and degree of participation
- 6 6. Duration
- 7 7. All Inclusive versus Pay-As-You-Go
- 8 8. Brochures and Online bookings
- 9 9. Ask the right questions
- 10 Which is the best safari in Africa?
Safaris are one of the most beautiful experiences you can live, and there is only one place you can go to live these memorable experiences: Africa. Safaris in Africa are in fact one of the most desired by those who love breathtaking landscapes and animals, as this land is home to some of the most beautiful parks, lakes and landscapes in the world, including an extraordinary diversity of animals.
There are hundreds of different places to go on safaris in Africa, from Kenya to Tanzania, and each gives travellers a unique adventure in close contact with nature and distant cultures. Experiencing and organizing a safari in Africa is however not an easy task. You need to know the prices, the costs of the tour operators and accommodation. You need to be able to choose the best itineraries and possibly be able to book low cost flights, so as to enjoy a perfect and cheap tour in Africa.
You will find all the information you need below! Happy reading.
1. Where to go: the best safari destinations in Africa
If your passion and love for animals have led you to decide on a tour in Africa, then the best places to go are definitely Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, where you can easily encounter the Big Five. Should you be interested in seeing gorillas and hiking in the wilderness, then you should be thinking Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya.
Should culture be your drive, then Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana might be the most suitable destinations; otherwise, if you’re trying to get off the beaten track, then try Cameroon and Gabon in Central Africa. And if your purpose to Africa is to meet distant cultures, then you might be interested in one of our many itineraries in Tanzania, where we offer you the opportunity to meet the Masai tribes.
Let’s see in more detail where to go on tour in Africa.
Safari in East Africa:
Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania offer a particularly African type of safari; the roads, services and cultures are more authentic than in southern Africa. Getting to these magical places will be like taking a dive in the past, immersing yourself in native cultures with customs and traditions very distant from what you know.
Some of Africa’s most famous national parks are located in this area, such as the Serengeti Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, two of the most popular safari destinations in Tanzania. You can also visit Kenya’s tropical African coast and the famous spice island of Zanzibar, which can also be visited with our Rhino itinerary.
Safaris in East Africa, especially in Tanzania, Zanzibar and Kenya, are the best ever, as they allow you to meet a large number of animals and see a variety of landscapes and breathtaking indescribable scenes.
Safari in Southern Africa:
Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa are more western and comfortable than East African countries, and tend to lack that “real Africa” atmosphere, that feeling of magic and adventure that can be felt in Tanzania or Kenya.
The most famous parks in this area are: Chobe, Etosha, South Luangwa, Delta and Kruger; the famous Namib Desert and Fish River Canyon near the Stellenbosch wine region. The South of Africa, however, offers a very different experience from East Africa, and it is preferable to go there for luxurious or very comfortable tours.
Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana are great destinations if you’re not too culture and wildlife oriented. Mali is famous for Djenné, Timbuktu and Dogan country; Burkina Faso is well known for its musical scene, and Ghana offers historical sites from ancient times, tropical beaches, and some game parks with very few animals.
Cameroon and Gabon are great adventures for travellers. A safari through these countries will take you to an alternate universe of tropical beaches, pygmies, bush meat markets, surfing, hippos and thousands of lowland gorillas. This part of Africa is far less travelled by tourists on average, and it can be difficult to find an English speaking guide to accompany you on a tour through Africa in these parts.
2. Prices and Costs of Safaris in Africa
Safari prices in Africa can vary greatly depending on many different factors. The cost of a trip to Africa depends on the lifestyle you intend to live, the duration of your stay, and the type of tour (a photo safari and an African holiday on the beaches of Zanzibar vary inn cost). The costs are generally around 200 € per day.
You can take a look at our itineraries in Tanzania to have an idea and check out the costs of a tour in Africa.
Luxurious safaris and tours in Africa
East, Southern and West Africa all offer 5-star hotels and luxury camping accommodation. A minimum of 3-5 star accommodation can be expected in Central Africa.
The facilities are excellent, offering well-stocked bars/restaurants, swimming pools, hot showers, toilets, as well as romantic African tourist cottages and colonial-style hotels.
Campsites here have changed tremendously over the years. Gone are the days when there were no turf for tents, cold showers (when public water supply was used), and hot drinks in fridges. Most campsites in the East and South Africa are very well served and equipped, boasting hot showers, drains, large bars and restaurants with good clean room accommodation (if the camp does not meet your nightly needs). There are of course a couple of drawbacks, but the campsites offer excellent value for money and all the comforts the average traveller could wish for.
Africa has a wide range of transport options and costs. Depending on budget and personal needs, your choices range from an aircraft to a 4×4 Land Cruiser/Mini Van.
The most expensive, perhaps even the most practical, way for those with a large budget and no time to lose, is to fly from destination to destination. Most parks and major African tourist attractions have airstrips built to particularly meet tourists’ satisfaction. The downsides of flying during a safari are the loss of local sites, sounds, smells and culture of a country.
Going for a 4×4 Land Cruiser or minivan is far more convenient than flying, and gives you a more authentic and indigenous experience.
The most economical options are trucks built and customised for safaris. Most safari truck tours are camp based, with the exception of a couple offering hotel/lodge accommodations. Travelling in a large safari truck gives you the best perspective for your experience in Africa. The vehicles are totally self-sufficient, complete with camping equipment and an extensive self-catering kitchen. Travelling in groups of 13-25 people in a communal living style is particularly popular among individual travellers or elderly couples looking for some extra security.
These safaris often combine animal watching and community projects with adventure activities, appealing to the 20-40 year old traveller. These tours are also becoming increasingly popular with other age groups, especially among the over-50s looking for a more adventurous travel experience. Nothing comes close to open fire cooking, shopping in local markets, and socializing with locals.