South Africa Safari Itineraries & Budgets

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Looking for ideas for your South African safari itinerary? We have you covered. Our recommendation is to spend 7-10 days and definitely incorporate Kruger Park in there! You can go even cheaper than the itineraries below so if you are looking for real ‘budget’ options then you can get in touch with us for some more ideas. Otherwise, the below are some suggested itineraries and corresponding budgets in ZAR, AUD, EUR, GBP and USD. This is just a guideline – the actual cost could be lower or higher depending on currency rates, seasonality, special offers etc!

If you want help in booking your South African safari, let us know as we can help you! Similarly if you’d like a fully guided end-to-end South African safari, this is something we can also help with, to make sure you have everything covered at all times so you can have a totally stress-free holiday. If you’re keen to organise it on your own then my articles on booking Kruger accommodation, 40 Kruger Park tips and the best Kruger roads may help. Feel free to get in touch for more advice: cara@readysetsafari.com

Note: the below costs exclude flights, food, petrol and general expenses. They include accommodation, conservation fees, car hire (if self-driving) and fully trained guides (if choosing fully guided options).

Option 1: 2 people, 7-day Private Game Reserve + Kruger self-drive

  • 2 x nights luxury private game reserve
  • 4 x nights Kruger National Park
  • 1 x night accommodation in Johannesburg (if flying in/out of Joburg)
  • Car hire
  • Conservation fees

Approximate cost:Leopard South Africa

AUD: $2,500 for two people ($1,250 per person) + $350 per child
USD: $1,900 for two people ($950 per person + $270 per child
ZAR: 26,000 for two people (13,000 per person) + ZAR3,700 per child
GBP: £1,500 for two people (£750 per person) + £200 per child
EUR: €1700 for two people (€850 per person) + €240 per child

Option 2: 2 people, 7-day Fully Guided Safari Private Game Reserve + Kruger self-drive

  • 2 x nights luxury private game reserve
  • 4 x nights Kruger National Park
  • 1 x night accommodation in Johannesburg (if flying in/out)
  • Qualified South African guide
  • Conservation fees
  • Transfers

Approximate cost:

AUD: $3,850 for two people ($1,925 per person) + $750 per child
USD: $2,950 for two people ($1,475 per person + $585 per child
ZAR: 40,250 for two people ($20,125per person) + ZAR8000 per child
GBP: £2,250 for two people (£1,125 per person) +  £450 per child
EUR: €2,650 for two people (€1,325 per person) + €520 per child

 

Option 3: 2 people, 10-day Private Game Reserve + Kruger Self-drive (*Our top pick)

  • 3 x nights luxury private game reserve
  • 6 x nights Kruger National Park
  • 1 x night accommodation in Johannesburg (if flying in/out)
  • Conservation fees
  • Car hire

Approximate cost:Rhino Kruger Park

AUD: $3,400 for two people ($1,700 per person) + $500 per child
USD: $2,600 for two people ($1,300 per person + $400 per child
ZAR: 35,500 for two people (17,750 per person) + ZAR5,300 per child
GBP: £2,000 for two people (£1,000 per person) + £300 per child
EUR: €2,300 for two people (€1,150 per person) + €350 per child

 

Option 4: 2 people, 10-day fully guided safari Private Game Reserve + Kruger self-drive

  • 3 x nights private game reserve
  • 6 x nights guided Kruger
  • 1 x night accommodation in Johannesburg (if flying in/out)
  • Conservation fees
  • Transfers

Approximate cost:

AUD: $5,900 for two people ($2,950 per person) + $850 per child
USD: $4,500 for two people ($2,250 per person + $650 per child
ZAR: 62,000 for two people (31,000 per person) + ZAR9,000 per child
GBP: £3,500 for two people (£1,750 per person) +£500 per child
EUR: €4,000 for two people (€2,000 per person) + €590 per child

 

Ways to make this even cheaper:

  • One person – this won’t be quite half the price but it will reduce the cost substantially
  • Hiring a small car
  • Travelling with more people (share more of the costs – eg. Kruger accommodation, car hire etc)
  • Staying at a cheaper private game reserve or cutting out the private game reserve and simply staying in Kruger the whole time
  • Camping in Kruger

 

Many people think an amazing safari experience in Africa is unaffordable but it really isn’t! You can have a truly incredible experience – see the Big 5 and so much more – for less than $5,000 (AUD, USD, EUR, GBP) including your flights and expenses. If you want help planning your South African Safari, get in touch with us via our Facebook Page or via email cara@readysetsafari.com.

Happy safari planning!

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