Not as much as you think
Picture an African safari and the classic images spring to mind of orange sunsets, pith helmets, flowing Hermes scarves and a team of porters carrying gramophones into wild country.
The original safaris were indeed journeys across the bush and involved vast armies of support – Roosevelt famously had 500 porters carrying a piano and a tin bath for him amongst other things. These early pioneers were not bound by time or budget restraints. This was extravagant luxury travel at its most unashamed. So, with this as the founding plan, safari trips have always been construed as expensive and elitist holidays. There is no getting around the fact that because of the logistics needed, the distances involved and the wild nature of the country that costs can spiral. However, nowadays you don’t have to to take your own bath.
To cut to the chase what is this trip going to cost? In simple terms, it all depends just how far up the spectrum of luxury you wish to go.
At the simplest level, it is possible to camp. This takes a certain kind of adventurer and requires a level of self-sufficiency that will not appeal to all. Camping in campsites can be from as little as £20 a night for a pitch, you will of course need to to get there and take all of your own provisions but the sensation of freedom and exploration makes this one of the purest and best ways to travel. Have a look at some of the sample itineraries on our website for price guides, for example, see our Camp Namibia itinerary.