Most people who travel to Africa are looking for a tour or safari that can take them to all the places they want to see. This can come at a high price, but there are always ways to make it more affordable. Luxury safaris and private tours are more expensive, yet there are also budget-friendly options available. I recently had the opportunity to explore the east of Africa as economically as possible, while still ensuring safety and working with a reputable company.
We camped out every night in tents, helped our chef cook our meals, and cleaned the dishes. There were opportunities to upgrade to hotel rooms along the way, but it wasn't a luxurious safari. We made stopovers in Europe, as there are no direct flights from Toronto to Nairobi. The cost of my 2.5 week trip included transportation on our tour bus, an additional taxi fare from Uganda to Rwanda, and two buses to and from Nairobi airport.
All accommodations were included and we stayed in tents. At the end of our trip we had an extra day in Nairobi and had to pay for an extra night at the hotel where our tour ended. Most travel companies don't include all optional activities in the cost of the tour, so it's important to budget for excursions and tips for tour guides. It is essential to be generous when tipping and not be stingy. Accommodations in these countries aren't as cheap as one might expect, so this is where you'll likely spend most of your budget when taking a tour. I spent 3 months traveling around Africa, mainly South Africa, and then I visited some places in Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Most of South Africa and Namibia are malaria-free, but it's important to take health precautions when traveling to Africa. It's also important to have travel insurance for your trip, as medical care is not free. For a complete overview of the cost of traveling in Africa, check out the NHS website, Fit for Travel and always consult your doctor. Also known as the travel cost index or the backpacker index, the countries below are ranked from most to least expensive according to the average daily travel price per person per day. Landing by land is a relatively cheap way to get around Africa if you don't want to travel alone. In this post I look at the pros and cons of this approach. When planning a trip to Africa, it is important to consider all aspects of cost.
From transportation costs such as flights and buses, to accommodation costs such as hotels or camping sites, there are many factors that can affect your budget. Additionally, you should factor in any optional activities you may want to do while on your trip such as excursions or safaris. It is also important to consider health precautions when traveling in Africa. Malaria is still present in many parts of the continent so it is essential that you take preventative measures such as using mosquito repellent or taking anti-malarial medication. Additionally, it is important that you have adequate travel insurance for your trip as medical care is not free. Finally, it is important that you research the cost of living in each country you plan on visiting before you go.
The NHS website Fit for Travel provides an excellent overview of the cost of living in each country so you can plan accordingly. Traveling in Africa can be expensive but with careful planning and budgeting it can be done affordably. Researching transportation costs, accommodation costs, optional activities and health precautions will help ensure that your trip is both safe and enjoyable.