By Oliver Browne
Africa is a continent that offers plenty to the intrepid traveller, including age-old histories, diverse cultures, and breathtaking landscapes. Arguably, however, its most fascinating offering is its exceptional and varied wildlife. That’s why the idea of an African safari appeals to so many travellers across the globe. For many, the idea of an African safari seems like a pipe dream due to expenses involved. However, one does not necessarily have to be rich to partake in the vacation of a lifetime. With some planning and financial maturity, your African safari dream can very much become a reality. Here are 4 tips to help you save money when organizing your African safari.
Tip #1 – Plan Your Flights in Advance
Your African safari will be a tremendous journey and something you won’t forget. However, such a trip requires concrete planning. If you are coming from far overseas, you will want to sort out your airfare well in advance. For an international flight to Africa, the best time to buy plane tickets to Africa is about 199 days from your departure date. February is the cheapest month to travel to Africa, with Tuesday and Wednesday being the cheapest days to fly. Utilizing a travel rewards card can also help you save a significant sum if used to purchase your flights and other travel expenses. Travel rewards cards are tailored to complement the journeys of a frequent traveller, offering rewards points and travel-centric benefits. On a long-distance flight, a substantial number of points can be gained by using such a card.
Tip #2 – Contemplate Avoiding Peak Season
Prior to choosing the country and area you wish to safari in, you should do your research on a number of African safari spots. Like most tourist hot spots, safari destinations often have peak seasons and low seasons. If you are flexible on the time of year you travel, taking a safari in a low season can save you a substantial amount of money in accommodation, tours, and booking flights. In many scenarios, the low season can be just as beautiful, and less crowded than peak season. However, when researching safari destinations look into why their low season is that time. Sometimes this can coincide with worse weather or less of an opportunity to see Africa’s famous animals. Prior to booking a low season safari do your research.
Tip #3 – Choose a Less Visited Safari Destination
When it comes to safaris, places such as the Serengeti in Tanzania and Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya are household names. They are the ideal spots for classic or luxury safari experiences. However, these well-known destinations can also have the highest prices and the most tourist traffic. If you are travelling on a budget, there are a number of lesser known but still amazing safari experiences that can save you money. This includes the Okavango Delta in Botswana and the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. Choosing a less busy safari region can not only net you substantial savings but can also help you avoid crowds of tourists.
Tip #4 – Look for Package Deals
Afro Tourism is constantly updating its package deals on a range of different African holidays, safaris included. Not only can a package deal save you a substantial amount in itself, but AfroTourism also regularly holds major discounts. If you are contemplating a safari vacation, it would be worth keeping tabs on the package deals and special offers available.
In conclusion, with the right planning, the vacation of your dreams can become a reality. When planning your African safari, make sure to keep these tips in mind and see how AfroTourism can help you achieve your perfect vacation.
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