Who doesn’t like an adventurous safari exploring Africa’s wildest and most spectacular destinations? This season, families should definitely turn their attention to a new type of travel experience – a more exciting, spectacular and truly unforgettable one. The African continent boasts with stupendous sights and places of interest very few people have the chance to see in a lifetime. Most safari trips begin with Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and end up in South Africa’s Cape Town. General prices packages are displayed in USD, and they don’t usually include the price for accommodation and flights.
To make sure you don’t go over budget, it might be a good idea to plan your trip in advance and enjoy a safari in the off-season. Africa has nice temperatures all year round, which means you’ll definitely find a place to fit your budget.
Masai Mara, Kenya
A trip to the Masai Mara in Kenya costs an average $250/day. Budget option available should be made in advance, and if you’re traveling with the kids your chances of scoring a good increase. Onsite you’ll be amazed by the diversified fauna and flora. Cheetah, elephants, antelopes, lions and wildebeests are everywhere. Traveling between the months of July and October will also allow you to admire the great migration. The wildebeest herds are preparing to cross from the Serengeti territory into the Mara; just admiring them is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so you don’t want to miss it out. These are camping sites in the Masai Mara reserve with platforms tents for those on a budget. If you want to lodge in a guesthouse, the nearest town is Nakuru. Prices for accommodation tough begin at $100.
Uganda – gorilla safari experiences
In general, gorilla safaris are expensive due to the increased cost of the permit (about $600). However, in the off-season – during the months of April, May and November) – prices are heavily reduced by the Ugandan Wildlife Authority. Local tour companies offer 3-day gorilla safari experiences for a third of the normal price. This means that you can enjoy this memorable experience for nearly $200. As far accommodation is concerned, the most convenient lodging spot is Matoke Tours; a beautiful place overlooks the stunning Lake Mutanda and the breathtaking volcanoes belonging to the Virunga Mountains. Complete travel packages also include a 2-day safari where adventurers will also have the opportunity to explore the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Matoke Tours charge $895 for a 2-travel package in the months of April, May and November. Within the package, travelers have transportation included from Kampala, all-inclusive accommodation for 2 nights, and gorilla safari trip with permit included.
Seeing the Serengi reserve in Northern Tanzania should be on your bucket-list for this summer season. The spectacular game reserve prides with the most alluring woodlands and expansive savannahs. In July (when the wildebeest migration begins) adventurers will have the chance to admire over 2 millions animals on the run. Furthermore, your kids will be delighted to admire the big five for the first time in their life. In terms of safaris, most common packages last for 4 days. Amania Afrika has some pretty attractive offers that start at $1,200. In the package tourists are offers transportation from Arusha, all-inclusive accommodation for 3 nights in the Simba and Pimbi campsites, covered park fees and full camping gear.
No trip to Africa is compete without a visit to its famous country – South Africa. Dominated by the grandiose Table Mountain and surrounded by comfortable accommodation facilities, South Africa has something for everyone. Whether you’re determined to engage in a safari trip near Cape Town or lie on the beaches of Camps Bay, there’s no doubt that you’ll have a lot of fun. Many of South Africa’s activities are free: the parks, the harbor, the beaches and more. This might come in handy when traveling with the kids.
Budget-conscious families don’t have to spend a fortune to benefit from a memorable safari. Africa has packages for everyone; starting from the most affordable to the most expensive. Plan your trip with at least 4 months in advance and you’ll enjoy the finest trip to Africa without making a huge hole into your spending budget.
By Alfred Stallion and YellowZebraSafaris.com!