Safari Planner - page 6
By: David Anderson
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Cheap – As low as $100 per day – Overland safaris and participative camping
Budget – $100 - $200 per day – Cross-country and driving safaris where you stay in large lodges.
Moderate - $200 - $275 per day – Full service camping, the larger lodges, and safaris that have some flights.
Deluxe - $275 - $350 per day – Smaller lodges and camps and flights between the game parks and reserves.
Luxury - $350 - $500 per day – Luxury mobile tented camping, Exclusive lodges and tented camps. Private reserves. Charter aircraft.
The Best - $700 + per day – Over the top but worth it if you can afford i
Safaris featured in this On Safari book fall in the deluxe to luxury category.
What are your interests?
Do you have special interests in for example; birding, culture, and wildlife? If wildlife photography is your passion, you will want to go on a safari whose guide understands the needs of the photographer. You may even see your pictures in the next edition of this book!
Are there any special activities you would like to incorporate into your safari?
Do you have your heart set on climbing to the 'Rooftop of Africa' - Mt. Kilimanjaro, or standing on the rim of Victoria Falls? Do you want to see animals from a hot air balloon? Fish for giant Nile perch? Would you like to explore the bush on a walking safari or canoe on the Zambezi River?
Do you want to travel with a group of like-minded travelers or do you prefer independent travel?
The popularity of group travel has decreased dramatically over the past ten years. The safari industry has adapted to this trend by offering a number of fly-in safaris where your guide stays at the camp and does not travel with the group. There is very little difference in the cost for a private safari now over a group scheduled departure.Once you have answered these questions, it will be time to pick up the telephone and call a safari specialist to help you find a safari that matches your interest and budget.