The best things in life are free… or cheap. If you are thinking of going on a safari but are afraid that you can’t afford it, don’t fret. You can still enjoy the good things in life without breaking your bank. Here are a few ideas.
Book your flight early
If you plan your travel months or even a year ahead, you can be sure to get a huge discount on your plane ticket. If you can, talk to travel agents to see if they have better deals.
Go on lean months
Depending on your itinerary, there are some months that are considered peak seasons for a safari. If you go on these months, you will surely pay more. If you go on lean months, you will be surprised at how low the rates are. The only downside is you won’t be able to see some events such as the wildebeest migration. But aside from that, you can still enjoy the rich wildlife that Africa has to offer.
Look for a good, affordable Safari Lodge
There are so many lodges available in Africa that cater to every budget, you can be sure to find one that fits yours. These lodges still have the basic necessities such as water and electricity, so don’t be afraid that you might need to go out in the bushes at night to use the bathroom. Even budget lodges are safe and secure.
Look for packages
Some travel agencies or lodges offer packages. These include tours, food and shelter during the night while traveling. They will also provide you with guides. You may need to help out pitching the tent or cooking the food but that’s all part of the experience.
Plan your suitcase well
Make sure that you have all the necessary items in your bags to avoid last-minute shopping. Some things like batteries and bottled water are expensive in some parts of Africa. You don’t want to break your budget just because you forgot to bring extra batteries for your camera. Be prepared.
If you have a long flight, you will usually be served just the main meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner. You might get hungry in between so be sure to bring some airplane-friendly snacks with you. This way, you won’t have to pay overpriced airplane food that usually does not taste very good. Plus, you can choose the foods you like to eat and plan a healthier meal.
Try these tips not only for your Safari but for your other great adventures on a budget as well!