How to do Kenya Safari on a Budget
It is with no doubt that Kenya is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, from the vast savannah of Masai Mara to the white sandy beaches of Diani and the scenic views of Mt Kilimanjaro just to say the least. In order for you to experience all these, you have to open a travel kitty to save until you get the money you need! Luckily at East Africa Adventure Tours and Safaris, we have safari packages for everyone if you are interested in budget or luxury safari we got you! This article is going to focus on doing a Kenya budget safari.
So, what determines the cost of a safari?
The cost of a safari is determined by several factors ;
- Duration/length of safari,
- Choice of safari lodges and tented camps,
- Safari vehicle choice,
- Safari year seasons – the dates of your visit,
- Number of persons booking together,
- National parks visited and extra activities included.
1.) Visit Kenya on Low Tourist Season ( April – June)
Kenya safari tourist seasons fall into three categories. The tourist seasons are a considerable factor in the determination of your safari tour package budget.
This is during the anticipated long rainy season in Kenya which coincides with the Spring season in Europe and most of North America. Few tourists visit Kenya during this period and thus its reference as a low tourist season. The rainfall doesn’t adversely affect the quality of the safari game viewing drives and also lowers temperatures. Accommodation prices in the safari lodges and tented camps are low which reflects on the total safari package price. The advantage of travel during this period is the uninhibited movements and more intimate moments with wildlife and nature due to little tourists’ presence. If you’re looking to go on a safari during the long rains season, you will get the benefit of enjoying low safari package rates, as this is a time period with few tourists. The low tourist season period is when touring package prices are at their lowest and you can enjoy a low budget safari.
2. Accommodation choice
Safari accommodation is the main component of your tour package cost and thus a consideration on your Kenya safari budget.
Almost all economy lodges and tented camps (except a few) are located outside of the National park boundaries and just next to the park. They are simple, comfortable, and sufficiently adequate for relaxation, overnight and meals although relatively basic compared to the luxury and comfort options. Rooms and tents are private and have en -suite bathroom facilities. Most of the economy options may also have a swimming pool. Your safari package budget shall be lowest if you choose to stay in the economy accommodation.
3.) Safari vehicle type
Your choice of safari vehicle to journey through Kenya is important due to the nature of roads and the rough terrain of the safari country in the national parks and game reserves.
The safari vehicle is the direct link between your wildlife dreams and the actualization of the same. It brings you right where the wild animals are and gets close enough for the most memorable photographs.
- The Jeep’s 4 x 4 all-wheel drive and higher platform will get you through the toughest terrain, up hills, crossing streams, and over the rough bush.
- The higher seating in a Jeep creates better visibility to view and photograph wildlife
- Jeeps go where other vehicles fear to tread – head deeper into the bush and easily go off-road to pursue that elusive leopard
- The Jeep’s special suspension offers a more comfortable ride on rough ground.
- The 4×4 Jeep is built for the demands of a safari adventure – more doors for easy access, 2 fuel tanks, and two spare tires
- More roomy and stable than a minivan
- The Jeep’s pop up top ensures an unobstructed view
You’ll be journeying to and traversing the African landscape in the ultimate safari vehicle as adventurers have for over 70 years.
The safari Jeep as part of the safari package price is a considerable factor in your Kenya safari budget.
4.) Kenya National parks and game reserves
Kenya national parks, game reserves, and conservancies charge an entry fee based on 24 hours stay. The entry fees is a considerable component of your Kenya safari budget. The National parks and game reserves you choose to visit during your safari budget also play a role in the determination of your safari package budget. National parks are classified as class A, B, C D according to their popularity which is based on access and wild game visibility opportunities. Park entry fees for the national parks are charged per day with a validity of 24 hours. Premium parks have a higher entry fee than the lower premium parks.
5.) Safari group size
During your Kenya safari booking planning, the number of persons in your travel group is also a strong determinant of your Kenya safari budget. The larger the group, the cheaper per person price for each individual. Family groups, student groups, same interest travel groups traveling together enjoy better safari package prices. This is because the vehicle and room costs which are constant are shared between trip participants.
Our safari cruisers seat a maximum of 6 persons with guaranteed window seats and safari rooms in lodges and camps sleep a maximum of 3 persons.
Children prices are lower in family safari packages with 3-year-olds and less traveling free while the above 3 and below 12 years age pay 75% of the adult tour price.
There is a further slight safari price discount for those over 12 years and lower than 18 years
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