If your family loves wildlife, you might be saving up for an exciting safari holiday this year. But with prices hitting highs of $800 to $1,000 per person, per night, you may find this a pretty steep sum to pay for seeing a few lions.
Although an African safari is situated in an extremely impoverished and underdeveloped area, these camps are exceptionally glam. You won’t be roughing it on one of these luxe resorts; many of the hotels make the ‘World’s Best Hotels’ list. Swanky, eh?
But before you start reconsidering your choice to go on a safari vacay this year, there are ways and means of ducking these huge costs. Best of all, you won’t even have to forgo the luxury accommodation.
Sniffing out a bargain may be as simple as holidaying off-peak season, and you could save yourself hundreds of pounds in the process. Why do resorts drop their prices by as much as 40% in late May? Because the weather is unpredictable.
You take a gamble, but the climate may be even more fantastic than if you went on a safari between July and September. Because the resorts are open all year round, you’ll still get that five star comfort for almost half the price, if you safari off-season.
In South Africa, May to July are winter months, making the temperature cooler, the prices cheaper, and the wildlife more abundant.
Alternatively, owner-run camps don’t have the kind of costs entailed in chain safari parks and you can get a more authentic experience with Africans who really know their land. Even less well-known parks could save you money, as they don’t charge the prices that big companies do. Always shop around and don’t just go for the busiest resorts.
Keep It At Home
If you’re still concerned about heady costs, you could have your very own safari experience at home. From Longleat to Knowsley, there are many high quality safari parks across the UK that have all the magic of an African range. You can see your favourite exotic animals for a minute fraction of the price of a safari holiday and create some long-lasting memories.
At Knowsley Park, you can see some amazing creatures. Siberian Tigers are absolutely gorgeous, solitary cats that can weigh up to 300 kg (as much as three adult men)! And that’s not the only stunning animal that this safari park can boast; white rhinos and the most aggressive cattle species in the world, Cape Buffalo, dot the fields.
Pere David’s Deer is an astoundingly proud looking species with majestic horns. They went extinct in the wild, but have thankfully been reintroduced in China. African lions are social creatures, unlike tigers, and gorge on meat once every few days – these guys can be found with their cute cubs in the big cat area.
To think, you could see all these animals and more for around a tenner per person! Absolute bargain.
This guest post was composed and contributed by Zoe, a travel blogger and University graduate from the UK. She is currently working on behalf of http://www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk.