How Much Does A Safari Cost?

By Julian 20 February 2017

The most common question we get asked at Yellow Zebra is, ‘How much does a safari cost?’. If this is something you need advice about, believe me when I say you are not alone in feeling uncertain. Hard-to-find online prices and a huge range of approaches from different safari companies make it incredibly difficult to understand what you get for your money.

I’ll start with a slight negative. Safari, when it is done well, is expensive. I also have to say that this is a type of holiday where you definitely get what you pay for! Building and running wonderfully serviced camps in remote locations – whilst avoiding the local elephant herd or resident lion pride – is obviously something of a challenge. The cost of safari reflects this.

It is important for our potential clients to realise that we specialise in mid- to high-end safaris. There are cheaper options on the market – basic camping or mass-market hotel tours, for example – but we don’t sell these kinds of trips. The most economical trips we sell are seriously good safaris! They include great guides and provide a genuine wow-factor of an experience.

For many of the trips we design we use the price categories Value, Classic and Luxury to help clients understand the range of trips we sell:

'Value' safaris

These often tend to be adventurous tented safaris, or trips designed around 4-star camps and lodges. The focus is on the adventure of the experience, rather than the luxury on offer at other properties. A Value safari starts at about $4,000 to $5,000 per person. 

'Classic' safaris

A 'Classic' safari usually comes in at approximately $7,000 to $8,000 per person. These safaris tend to feature some superb 5-star properties – camps and lodges where standards of guiding, food and service are set very high. This category includes properties that are run by some of our most impressive partners.

'Luxury' safaris

The 'Luxury safaris' are among the best that we offer at YZ. These trips feature properties that cost over $1,000 per person per night! Expect to see prices coming in at $10,000 per person for these trips, for lodges and camps where private plunge pools and excellent levels of hospitality are standard. The wow-factor is guaranteed! 

Finally, we offer a category of safari where price goes utterly stratospheric! There are no example trips as literally everything is tailored specifically, so you can be sure of experiencing the very best safaris that money can buy. Think private helicopters, private camps, and trips that are privately guided by Africa’s finest guides. Prices at this level are truly jaw-dropping – almost unbelievably high!

Once you are ready to start planning your trip, I suggest speaking with our consultants directly. Spend time on the phone with us, or come into our offices for a chat about what you would like to do. I cannot recommend this highly enough; it is the key to the very best safaris! Feel free to call us on 020 8547 2305 or send us an email at [email protected]