Guide to Safari Costs
How to get the most for your money on your safari holidays
When it comes to creating your perfect safari, cost is often at the forefront of many people’s minds. Due to the array of choice in regards to destination, transport and accommodation, prices can vary quite substantially depending on what you choose.
Destination is paramount. If you’re looking for specific wildlife, such as gorillas, then your options in terms of destination are limited. But if your requirements include seeking out the Big Five or simply a selection of wildlife, then your choices are much more varied.
You’ll pay more in smaller lodges, or those inside the parks overlooking salt licks and lakes – all the places where animals congregate – than in larger resorts or those just outside of the parks. Upgrading to a private safari can be pricey, so finding a safari that uses a minibus instead of 4x4 can save pennies, especially if you choose an overland rather than fly-in safari.
Time of year will also play a role in your costs. Going to the Serengeti or Maasai Mara at the height of the Great Migration will cost you far more than going at other times of year. Travelling just before or after the wet season or last minute can also help save you money, but still offers a great range of wildlife.
When you are looking at prices, make sure you check out what is included. For example, at Kuoni we include the cost of the gorilla permit in our price, meaning everything is paid up front, leaving no surprises upon arrival.