There are a number of things to consider before simply setting off on your next safari. Certain bits and pieces need to be sorted. If you are looking to plan a safari on a budget then here are a few recommendations and must-do’s to keep in mind when looking at pre and post safari costs.
Pre Safari Cost
Pre-Payment is usually required upfront for most tours and self-arranged, tailor made safaris. When planning a safari on a budget keep in mind that the earlier in advance you book and pay, the more chance you have of getting a decent discount with early bird rates. Pre-booking also means you can properly plan your safari on a budget by knowing that the basics are covered before you depart.
Passport & Paperwork
Above: Don't forget to take into account the cost of getting a passport. Photo by Benjamin Earwicker
If you are travelling in from abroad you will need to make sure your passport is valid and that you have a visa to enter the country you plan on visiting. The cost of a new passport and the cost of a visa will depend on where you are coming from and where you plan on going to. When planning a safari on a budget, make sure you're applying for the correct visa as you cannot get a refund.
Before departing for travel in Africa, ensure that your pets are taken care of by booking them into a kennel for the time that you are away. If you are planning a safari on a budget then the more cost effective option might be to get an animal sitter. Getting an animal sitter can save you money. Simply make sure you get an animal lover, leave enough food and your contact details.
Above: Book flights early to snag the best deal. Photo by NiteLife
As with accommodation and other bookings, the earlier you book your flights, the cheaper you will find them. Planning a safari on a budget would mean that every penny counts and planning ahead means you can save money by booking your flights in advance.
On overlanding adventures there is no need for car rentals. Travelling together reduces fuel costs, making for a great safari on a budget option. Overlanding means you don’t need to worry about when to fill up, the cost of fuel going up overnight or changing a tyre if you get a flat. That's what the experienced, well-trained overland trip staff are for. Overlanding saves you time and money, allowing you to safari on a budget.
Above: Don't forget to purchase malaria medication. It's a life saver. Photo by dima v
You will need to get malaria medication and start treatment prior to leaving for travel in Africa, to explore this awesome land and discover the magic of safari. Many reserves and national parks in Africa are high malaria areas and medication is exceptionally important. Ensure you take it prior to your departure; continue throughout and for as long as required after your return. There is no room for leaving out this important cost, even if you are looking to go for a safari on a budget.
Before entering a national park or game reserve you will be required to pay park fees according to the length of your stay. Park fees will depend on where you are staying and what size vehicle you are entering the park with. Some countries will not allow park fees in local currency if you are an international guest and US dollars will be required.
Post Safari Cost
Since most of your safari will be prepaid and the costs paid up in full before your arrival, that means that post safari costs are minimal, if not non-existent. The only thing you'll have to worry about is buying gift bags for those trinkets and gifts you bought for loved ones along the way. Now that you're up to speed on the pre and post safari on a budget costs, why not check out the overland trip expense example for the 14 day Swakopmund to Victoria Falls overland trip.