A Day in Africa with Brook Silva Braga
How to travel around Africa?
Have you ever dreamed of one day watching giant elephants using a fountain, a lion licking his lips greedily at an enemy or a leopard sprinting through the grasslands? A trip to Africa is a great opportunity for you to discover wildlife and their daily lives in the wild. The East Africa region (Kenya and Tanzania) is full of great parks, providing us with somewhat adventurous opportunities to get up close and personal with wildlife.
These types of tours are not usually reserved for long-term travelers with a tight budget. Exploring safari in Africa often has to cater to rich and luxurious customers who want a short break and will choose package trips without having to think too much about the cost. However, there are still a few ways to save money on safari in Africa , with only a few hundred dollars. And of course, how much it costs depends a lot on your personal choices.
Africa Package Tour
There are many tour companies that specialize in selling package tours for guests who don’t want to risk too much, just want to sit in a car and be transported everywhere and don’t have to worry too much. These safari tours in Africa are convenient and value for money if you don’t have a lot of time to research the destination, or you simply don’t want to take the risk.
Premium tour packages often have one price that includes everything from round-trip transfers (including airport pick-up options), to meals, admission tickets, and transportation. and accommodation costs. Prepare an amount of about 200-400 USD per day for package tours like this. Of course they can’t be cheap!
When looking for companies that sell package tours to Africa, you can choose to join groups with an available schedule (this is not a bad choice for those of you traveling alone), or you You can tailor an adventure package with your own itineraries (this is great if you’re traveling with a group of friends).
Go to Africa to explore nature on your own
You can completely design your own self-sufficient African nature adventure , but it will take a little more work. Here are the guidelines for you to go on safari in Africa on your own :
Rent a vehicle
Almost right next to the big parks there are car rental offices. This is great for you to save money, and you also have a lot of freedom to do whatever or go anywhere you like. You can rent a car and drive yourself, or rent a car with a driver, for an additional cost of about 20-30 USD per day.
A five-seater SUV costs about $75-200 a day to rent, depending on the brand and type of vehicle. Self drive car rental companies in Africa usually ask for a daily itinerary of your sightseeing, where you are going, how many people are in the car, and how long you plan to rent the car because of a number of reasons. for safety reasons and for management.
There are many hotels and resorts, and even high-end campsites, to choose from, depending on where you plan to park. Hotels often require reservations several weeks in advance, especially during peak season. The average cost of hotels in Africa is 80 USD or more per night.
On the contrary, if you are an adventurous person and want to touch nature, as well as confident in your ability to ensure your own safety at night, self-camping is not a bad choice. In Kenya, there are popular national parks with camping rentals such as Hell’s Gate National Park, Tsavo East, Mt. Kenya National Park, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli, and Aberdare National Park.
Camping costs in Kenya are about 25 USD/adult/night.
If you’re in Tanzania, the national park’s camping areas require reservations, and can only be chosen between Beho Beho Bridge and Lake Tangalala. It costs about $20 per person per night and must be pre-registered at the Dar Es Salaam center in the city before heading to the park. Alternatively, you can email the national park directly for more detailed instructions. Costs range from 20 to 30 USD per person/night.
- National park entrance ticket
Admission to national parks in Africa fluctuates daily. Some small parks like Nairobi National Park (Kenya) cost 40 USD/day, or Mikumi (Tanzania) 30 USD/day, and many more cheaper options. Popular parks like Maasai Mara (Kenya), Serengeti (Tanzania) or Ngorongoro Crater (in Tanzania) can cost up to $60 per day, depending on peak season or not. If you drive by yourself, you have to pay extra for parking, usually 30-40 USD/day.
- The right season to travel to Africa
The dry season (Running from June to October) is the best time of year for wildlife exploration, but also the most expensive and crowded time of the year. Depending on your time and money budget, you can choose the best time for you. If possible, consider exploring Africa just before the peak season begins.
- Other Notes
Your guide will take you to see five of East Africa’s most famous things: lions, jaguars, elephants, buffalo and rhinos. Besides, there are many other wild animals that are equally spectacular for you to admire, including leopards, hyenas, hippos, giraffes, crocodiles and antelopes.