Kenya Nature Safari: Wildlife Heritage
This East Africa safari features the best of Kenya’s wildlife treasures. Start with famed Tortilis Camp in Amboseli National Park and Mt. Kilimanjaro as a spectacular backdrop. Next is Mt. Kenya Safari Club in the central highlands. Continue to Larsens Tented Camp in Samburu National Park. The grand finale is Governor’s Camp in the famed Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Africa can be expensive, but it is also incredibly cheap. The cost of day to day living, transport, and accommodation helps to make Africa budget tour destination. What gets expensive are the cost of safaris, wildlife viewing, and other adventure activities.
You must travel to Africa with a plan of exactly what parks you want to visit, what activities you want to do, and what your daily budget should be. You can blow this really quickly so careful decisions must be made. You will have to give up luxury in some areas in order to be able to do more of the things Africa is famous for.
You can spend approximately $6,950 over 5 months. This included the very expensive gorilla trekking in Uganda, white water rafting the Nile, and safaris in the Masai Mara, Kruger National Park, Addo Elephant Park, and Etosha National Park. So if you work this out, we spent around $50 a day for 2 people, including everything. From the research on prices currently, it does not look like daily costs have gone up too much. The following is just a general overview
You want to know how you can reduce the backpacking Africa costs. You can camp for almost the whole way. All you need is a lightweight tent, a sleeping mat, and a sleeping bag/sheet. You nightly costs ranged from $1 to $5 a night. You’ll find most backpackers and hostels have areas set aside for campers, so you still get full use of the backpacker facilities, but at budget prices.You can camp at your favorite backpackers
Food choices for budget travel in Africa rarely differ from budget food choices backpacking in any country. It will be cheaper if you eat with the locals or cook food yourself.
Most African hostels and backpackers will have kitchen facilities, and markets and supermarkets provide cheap food options. You can carry around two plastic bowls and spoons, a packet of cereal and powdered milk. This is the cheap breakfast every morning. Camping facilities usually have fire circles, so braais or barbecues are easy to do and cheap.
Cheap fish with rice and tomato cooked on the beach fire
Hostels usually have restaurants where you can purchase food. It will be a little more expensive, but can be a nice break. Look out for drink specials as well. Be warned that if you order fries you could be waiting hours for it, particularly in Uganda where they don’t have the proper cooking facilities for it. If you can, camp under a mango tree, so they can drop on your tent all day for free food–and delicious too.
You can also carry a water filter around with you to reduce the cost of bottled water. Africa is hot, you drink a lot, and this can really add up to dent your budget.
Travel in Africa is really cheap. But it comes at a different sort of price–it uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous. Put it this way, you’ll get to know your heart and breath a lot better, and maybe have more conversations with those guiding forces from ethereal lands.
In each town, local min-vans will zip you to wherever you want to go from anywhere from 20cents to a couple of bucks. Mini-vans, otherwise known as matutus, or pickup trucks can also take you on longer distances between towns for a couple of bucks more. Buses will cost anywhere from $3-$32 depending on distances.
Pick up travel in Africa
Train journeys although infrequent are more comfortable and safer. A second or first class sleeper is the best way to travel and fares are usually around $20-$30.
You are going to need careful planning for your safaris. They can get really expensive and you have to be selective about which parks you go to.
Do your research. You can read more about our Africa budget tour tips. You really only need 2-3 days max in the parks. It can get very tiring looking for the animals.
You have to weigh up the costs of doing a safari with your own hire car, or on a guided tour. It is usually best to book the tour when you arrive in the nearest town to the park. In Masai mara you need to book with Africa budget tour and all the rest you can hire cars from us and you go alone.
3 Day camping budget safari tours of the Masai go for about $390 pp all inclusive. This would be a better option in Kenya as car hire is not as easy as it is in South Africa and Namibia.
When you work out the costs of car hire (watch for extra mileage charges), fuel, accommodation and food, it usually works out to be cheaper, more practical and flexible to do it yourself. To reduce the cost of the expensive car hire, you can camp at the designated campsites and cooked your own meals around the campfire. We do recommend allowing for extra costs such as guided night drive or walking safari. Limit this to just once, in one park. Allow for around $300- $400 for a 3-day do-it-yourself safari. The more people you can travel with the less that will work out individually. If you are on your own, then a tour might just be easier.
Gorilla trek in Uganda
Didn’t Craig and I get off lightly for this one? Right time, right place. It cost us $250 each for the licence to trek for gorillas in Uganda and then it cost about another $20 each to get there (which is a lot for African travel). My sister did the trek in August for $600 each and it is soon to go up to $750. This is only for an hour. You can take comfort in the fact that a lot of this money goes to gorilla conservation. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Plan for it and make room for it in your budget. Camping is looking more attractive.
Camping safaris are a great option in Kenya, and you can organize them as small group tours, so you’re not stuck on a massive tour. Was it worth it to see gorillas in the wild? It’s not something you have done yet.