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On a budget? Travel to South Africa and get real bang for your buck!by Tania Wheeler

Looking for the perfect tour without breaking the bank?

Budget travel in South Africa offers an excellent safari experience at affordable prices – ensuring a memorable tour in one Africa’s most diverse and interesting countries.

While it may not seem too obvious choice for a safari compared to ‘wilder’ destinations such as Botswana or Namibia, South Africa is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations for safari and game viewing.

With no malaria to worry about, and one of the world’s largest and most famous game reserves at Kruger National Park, South Africa also boasts the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo), spectacular bird life, and lush biomes ranging from desert to shrubs and forests – offering an excellent destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy a riveting safari experience in Africa.

Here are some of the biggest advantages to choosing South Africa as your safari destination:
- Easy on your wallet
South Africa budget travel gives you all the benefit of a tourist-friendly economy with competitive prices on all goods – especially basics such as food and supplies. With excellent deals from leading travel agencies in the country, visitors can be sure that they are getting affordable rates on overlanding tours, accommodation, flights and any other travel related expense, and still have spending money that will stretch if spent wisely (this means avoiding the over-priced ‘tourist trap’ goods such as curios!). The Euro, Pound and Dollar are especially strong to the Rand giving visitors from these destinations an even bigger budget advantage. Plus, there are many great specials for off-season travel on offer in South Africa.

- Spectacular wild life and bird life
Whether you are a seasoned birdwatcher or simply love to enjoy nature, South Africa is sure to provide an amazing experience. With a range of environments to explore, plus hundreds of endemic and migratory bird species, an abundance of game ranging (from small mammals such as the ubiquitous dassie to baboons), all the way up to large predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah, the country has a wide diversity of species across its various regions. Plus, South Africa is also home to the world-renowned Kruger National Park, which is one of the largest reserves in the world. Budget travel in South Africa helps you get the most out of your experience with a number of tour options ranging from short tours to long tours.

- Diverse and colourful cultures and traditions
Another major highlight to enjoy with South Africa budget travel is the diverse culture of its people. South Africa is one of the few countries on earth that has eleven national languages, with each major tribe represented. Although English is widely spoken throughout the country, you may also hear local languages such as Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho and many others during your travels. In addition to this, there are a number of different racial groups, religions and cultures present – creating a melting pot of culture that has its own unique charm. During your tour, you may have the chance to witness traditional dancers, visit a local shabeen, try delicious dishes such as samoosas, boboti, boerewors, rotis, seafood or bunnychow to name but a few, or simply enjoy the warm hospitality and engaging nature of South African locals.

- Wide range of things to see, try and do
Yet another major benefit of South Africa budget travel is the wide number of activities and attractions on offer across the country, all at highly affordable rates. Speak to your travel operator or OverlandingAfrica.com for more information on things do with budget travel in South Africa.

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