|Elephants spotted on Safari|
A trip to Africa can be an expensive one, but there are two sides to the coin as, with sound knowledge, costs can be reduced a lot. The day to day costs such as accommodation and transport can be very cheap. The more expensive side is the activities, such as safaris, wildlife treks and other adventure activities. This is why it’s important to plan ahead when taking a trip to Africa, the decisions that are important are those involving giving up luxuries at points in the trip so that you can afford to do the big things, where the memories and experiences last a lot longer.
A great way to save costs if you’re an outdoor enthusiast is camping, this can be done for very little $$$ as nightly costs range from $1-$5 a night. The majority of hostels have areas set aside for campers, so you have access to their facilities at a much lower price.Hostels are a great way to meet other travellers and you’ll find the staff can offer great advice.
|Cooking a tradition African meal|
Eating with the locals or cooking food yourself is another way to keep costs down. Socialising and eating with the local people is a great way to immerge yourself in the culture too and you can learn a lot. The majority of hostels and backpacker lodges will also have kitchen facilities and you can buy really good quality food from local markets and supermarkets. South Africans love a good braai(BBQ). Another good idea is to carry a water filter around as it reduces the cost of constantly buying bottles water, Africa is very hot and you will need to keep well hydrated.TransportTravel in Africa is really cheap in comparison to other places, however it can often be uncomfortable and there is somewhat of a risk. In most towns there are local minivans willing to zip you around from anywhere between 50p to 5£. Buses in Africa also cost anywhere between £1 & £15, depending on distance obviously. Trains run less frequently but are a more comfortable and safer way to travel. With sleeper trains available.
|One of the BLA Wildlife Volunteer teams.|
Activities and sightseeing can be expensive, getting a package deal can save money and time as you don’t have to spend ages planning routes and timeframes. If you do decide to plan yourself make sure you do it well and do your research before hand. There are many different travel packages and safari tours available. Here at Blue Lizard Adventures we offer well designed tours of South Africa, combining the ideal blend of culture and safari as well as the option to customise your own trip. You will enjoy a personal experience as we use small local business that provide a friendly fun atmosphere, this also helps support the local communities. With plenty of sight seeing, a scenic trip through Mpumalanga, seeing the Pilgrims Rest, travelling through the Blyde River Canyon via God’s Window, the Berlin Falls and Bourke’s Luck Potholes are just a few of the sights you will see on the way to two days of Safari in Kruger National Park. With so much to do in the day, the evenings offer time to relax, sit and socialise with everyone by the camp fire or take a dip in the pool to cool off after a hot day.