South Africa safaris include everything from photographic hunting to expeditions. The digital photographic safaris are a combination of personal instruction along with luxury accommodations. This type of safari is ideal for those who want to combine digital photography with the experience of African wildlife. South African safaris can range from three-days to a nine-day.
The South African safari will include visits to habitats with many species of birds, mammals, major rivers and vast landscapes ranging from dense forest to the open dry savannah region. The accommodations are bungalows with roofs, generally made of grass. Although accommodations keep on changing due to the movement of wildlife and availability, there is always a place to stay. Moreover, because of a variety of trees and vegetation available to animals living in the nearby forest, an individual on a South African safari can enjoy the live experience of gaming activities. The vehicles that carry you through the safari depart early morning and bring you back two to three hours before sunset. During the afternoons, you can enjoy sitting by a river or simply getting a suntan You can also experience night drives and take mid-afternoon bush walks to get a closer look at animal trails, insects and reptiles.
Of course, the South African safari would not be incomplete without a guide. These guides are registered with SATGOUR (south Africa tourism industry) and FGASA (Field guide association of south Africa). Moreover, they are available with any South African tour and safari operator. One, more important feature, these guides can speak in the language requested a no extra cost.
Affordable African Safaris
African safaris are divided into numerous categories. These are the family safaris, honeymoon safaris, walking safaris, and photographic safaris. Tourists even have a choice of renting a vehicle and going on a safari by themselves. Safari trips also include other forms of entertainment like a trip to the beach, mountain climbing and sports like golf.
To attract a large number of people, there is fierce competition amongst safari organizers to offer the best possible deals and prices. There are two kinds of packages provided. For some countries, the organizers just arrange for the safari while the tourist plans the rest of his trip himself. If your budget is small, it is recommended that you choose the first category. If you have more to spend, though, there are packages offered that take care of everything from the airport to any hotels, as well as the safari itself, of course. The rates for the latter category are higher, though.
A 2-week holiday to South Africa or Botswana could cost anything from $2500 to $5000, whereas a trip to Tanzania and Kenya could cost around $3800. There are attractive bargains offered to the tourists that include the airfare as well. A 4-5 day vacation to Kenya (inclusive of airfare) could cost as much as $1600 or more. The rates mentioned above are applicable per person. Special discount packages are available in the off-seasons. There are plenty of inexpensive options to choose from and can be chosen as per the tourist’s requirement. In some countries, the rates may be different for different sites even if the duration of the trip remains the same. The rates would, of course, be higher for a trip of a longer duration. The visa charges for African countries are not very high. Some even provide visa on entry at their respective airports. African safaris are indeed a once in a lifetime affair and a must for those with a passion for adventure.