Sunday, 15 April 2012

Safari Planning - How to keep the costs down

How can I keep the cost of my safari down?
I have to be honest and say that this the first question that I would ask. But I am from Yorkshire and the inhabitants of that fine county do have a certain reputation for lets say ‘finding the best value’.
However there are ways that you can make your safari cheaper without cheapening your safari.
You could opt to visit in the off-season (Feb – May). Conventional safari wisdom says that the dry season is the best time to go on safari. It's when the animals congregate around waterholes and the grass is short, i.e. better game viewing opportunities. But go on a small safari tour to private game reserves with a great guide and you will be have an incredible safari in any ‘off –season’, and that is when you can find some discounted safaris.
Go with a friend or a group. You can really cut the costs of a safari and retain all the benefits, if you travel with friends. We always offer discounts to groups.
Forego the extra luxuries - You can get a great safari experience with a good guide and good accommodations for much less money, if you cut down on some of the ultra luxurious perks. These would include a private plunge pool, a spa, personal staff, gourmet meals cooked to order, a large selection of wines, etc.

Find a good safari operator.  A good safari operator will take the time to listen to what you want out of a safari and will get you the best value based upon your personal preferences. African safari specialists will know when a regional flight makes more sense than driving, or whether it's worth spending your first night at a hotel rather than game reserve, where you could miss out on a game drive due to a late afternoon arrival. They understand that if you wish to go on a walking safari and want to do night drives, that you have to safari in a private reserve.
In the end, it pays to book your safari with an expert to get the safari you want, at the price you can afford. 
We'll tailor our safaris to suit you pocket.

Written by Will Fox

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