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Kruger Safaris - South Africa’s Budget Safari Solutionby Tania Wheeler

For the ultimate wildlife adventure, working out a Kruger safari budget is essential to ensure that you get the most from this spectacular game reserve. Kruger National Park is situated in the South African province of Mpumalanga, and is widely considered to be one of the largest and most outstanding game reserves in the world. While safaris here are affordable if you know how to get the best safari deals, setting aside a South Africa safari budget will help you ensure the most rewarding experience – putting your money into things that count, rather than forking out thousands for luxury accommodation, only to not be able to afford to enjoy game drives and other activities.

Here are some additional tips to consider when planning your Kruger adventure on a budget:

Consider the length of your safari While longer trips may seem to give you more ‘bang for your buck’, they often end up costing way more than a shorter trip. On a four day safari, you will be able to enjoy a host of attractions, including game drives, bird watching, sundowners and game viewing, and it will end up costing you way less than a longer two week holiday. Working out a Kruger safari budget for four to seven days will ensure that you get to enjoy good accommodation, a number of added activities and your travel expenses – allowing for a rewarding safari expensive that can be worked into your budget fairly easily.

High season versus low season Another thing to consider is the time of year that you take your safari in Kruger. Always ask your travel specialist about peak seasons versus low seasons, as this will affect the final cost of your safari quite drastically. High season is classified as the busiest or peak season, which is when more travellers flock to Kruger National Park. This time is the most expensive time to visit, while low season, when less people are visiting, is more affordable. Ask your safari specialist for more information on the best time to visit Kruger, to help you plan your South Africa safari budget more effectively.

Straight Kruger tour or fuller Southern African safari Tours that focus solely on Kruger National Park safaris are generally more affordable, as additional travel costs are taken out of the equation. However, tours that cover a greater area could end up giving you a wider experience for your money – for instance Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls that give the chance to see more during your trip. If your South Africa safari budget only stretches so far, you could consider a shorter tour that covers more than one area, or you could choose a longer tour that focuses on the Kruger area solely.

Choose the simplest way to travel While we all dream of luxury Kruger safaris that offer sumptuous accommodation and comfortable tented camps, this is out of the budget of most travellers. One of the best ways to get all the benefits of a Kruger safari, complete with spectacular game viewing and activities, is to consider overland tours. These tours take you across outstanding Africa destinations by overlanding truck, and give you a chance to experience the thrill of camping in the beautiful Kruger National Park – right in the middle of all the action. You will be able to travel with like-minded travellers, and you will enjoy a ‘real’ African safari adventure, for the experience of a lifetime. Plus, this is one of the best options for those on a Kruger safari budget, as it is a highly cost-effective way to travel, making it the perfect way to enjoy a Kruger adventure.

For all South Africa and Kruger safari trips and information contact the team at OverlandingAfrica.com or post your comments below.

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