The Safari Experts

Costs of travelling in Africa


Travel in Africa can be very expensive, so whilst most travellers are primarily concerned about the quality of their trip, elevated price levels really can become a major issue.

Our primary concern is to tailor-make trips which are ideal for our guests and a big part of this is trying to hit the right budget. We do not want you to spend any more or less than you are happy with.

We modify the cost of a trip by varying dates and durations, swapping out the various components in a transparent and easy to understand way.

Unlike most specialist safari companies, who commonly offer only one level of cost options, we work very hard at maintaining as wide a range of lodges and transport providers as we can. This enables us to achieve an unusually broad range of budgets.

Estimating ...

Trips to Africa range so widely in price that it would be pointless to offer guidelines. A two week trip, excluding international flights, could range from as little as US$1000 per person for a lower cost beach or self-drive trip to US$20,000 or more per person for a very top-end safari.

If we take a two week trip which spends a week on safari and a week on the beach, then the price for a decent lower-medium level trip would be maybe US$3500 per person, rising to maybe US$7500 per person for a much more upmarket version.

The best way to get a handle on costs is to contact us and have a quick chat, after which we will be able to send you a selection of bespoke trips illustrating a range of contents and prices.

Suitability ...

If your budget is in the upper medium, high or very high ranges then there is a very good chance that we will be able to help.

If your budget is in the lower medium range then we should be able to help in most areas, it is certainly worth making an enquiry.

If your budget is in the low and very low ranges then the chances are we will not be able to help.

Charges ...

The service that we offer is free of charge. We work on commissions paid to us by the lodges and other service providers. We do not levy any consultancy fees, nor do we have any hidden costs, as detailed below.

Value ...

We expect our quotations to be amongst the lowest priced in the marketplace. We guarantee to match or beat any legitimate competitive quotation.

We also guarantee that a trip booked through us will never be more expensive than if booked directly with the lodges and transport operators, often it will be considerably cheaper.

We try very hard to be as transparent as we can on prices. The most important aspect of this is that fact that all of our trip quotations contain full line-by-line pricing in order that you can see exactly how much each element costs and exactly what is and what is not included. This enables you to decide during the trip building process where to splash and where to save. It also helps you manage expectations at the various lodges.

We also guarantee that all customers are quoted the same prices from the outset. This is in stark contrast with some of our competitors, who employ a strategy of pricing a trip at whatever they think they can get away with. Call us old-fashioned, but we don't think much of that kind of practise.

Budgeting ...

If you have no pre-conception of how much a trip to Africa may cost, then the best thing to do is spend some time in our trips section on the menu top left, which enables you to search our database of trips that we have created for other guests. The prices shown are only for guidance, but should enough to give you a ball-park reckoning.

The sure way to find out the price of a trip is to make an enquiry to us. It is never too soon to get in touch ... often it is much easier if we get involved during the more formative phase of your planning. When you contact us, all you need to do is give us some vague indication of what you would like to do and how much you would like to spend. We will then try to come back to you with a handful of suggested trips showing a range of different options and prices. All our itineraries are fully itemised, so in this way you will be able to clearly see how it all fits together and how much each element costs. A couple of iterations and the picture should start to clear pretty quickly ... we should be well on the way towards the perfect trip!

Do please note that in all cases our estimates and quotations exclude international flights to and from Africa.

Website prices ...

In the "maps" and "places" sections of our website on the menu top left, each lodge is provided with a guide price. This is an approximation of the high season price per person, based on two people sharing a room and with the usual inclusions and exclusions at that lodge.

On many of our more popular lodges you can also follow a link further down the page which will enable you to look up the exact prices of rooms for specific dates. Many of these pricing pages also show live availability.

In all cases the actual price you pay will be that shown on your quotation rather than any indication shown on the website.

Hidden charges ...

Hidden charges are commonplace in our business, which can make it very difficult to compare quotes from different companies.

We have always taken the position that we would rather not have any hidden charges, even if it might make our quotes seem slightly less competitive when compared with companies which use these techniques.

The first main area is credit card charges. Some of our competitors, especially those based in Africa, quote trips at unusually low prices, only to claw back margin by imposing higher than usual card payment levies or disadvantageous exchange rates.

We try to offer as broad a range of payment options as possible in order to minimise the charges you pay, both to us and to your bank.

US$ bank transfer : no charges
US$ debit card : no charges
US$ credit card : 2% charge

non US$ bank transfer : exchange rate only
non US$ debit card : exchange rate only
non US$ credit card : 2% plus exchange rate

The second area is exchange rates. Our guests regularly tell us about other companies working this area little too hard. The exchange rates that we use are always as provided to us daily by our bank and are typically just below the mid rate. It should be noted that we do retain the option to float or fix the rate between the first and second payment for your trip, in order to protect ourselves from adverse currency fluctuations.
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