Why is safari expensive?

Going on safari is expensive. Even if you go on a lot of holidays, or even if you do your safari on a tight budget, going on safari is likely to be one of the more expensive adventures you ever take. This is for a number of reasons, not least because places to go on safari, like Tanzania, are probably far away from you. If you’re in the US for example, you’re talking at least two long haul flights to get there and that of course comes at a cost (luckily that doesn’t seem to put many of you off, and to be fair you are far from everywhere!).

A lot of the places you will go on safari, tend to be by definition, very remote. Operating a hospitality facility in the middle of nowhere is tricky. You need you’re own power supply, you need you’re own water supply, you need to fix everything on site, you need to bring in all your own supplies, all your own fuel and so on. Multiply these factors with the distance you find yourself from somewhere like a town where you might get some of these things and you can see how for a safari camp, the costs of operating quickly add up. Then of course you are going to have to employ top quality staff, get them in and out of camp on a regular basis, import wine, solar panels and bed linen from all the world, acquire all the correct licenses, I could go on ad nauseam. It’s pretty amazing what these camps can do considering where they are.

You might hear it said that when you go on safari, how you get around, driving or flying makes a big difference to the cost. It makes a difference of course, but logistically there is often an obvious answer. If it takes more than a few hours, and there’s nothing to do on the way, fly. The time saved is well worth the money. Saving yourself a hundred bucks is not worth enduring 10 hours of the worst an African road can throw at you.

There’s a few extras to think about. But our safaris are all inclusive, so you don’t have to worry about someone picking you up at the airport or your drinks bill when you check out. Some folks will insist on buying some brand new safari clothes, this is certainly not necessary. You need to get a visa before you leave, that doesn’t cost much. And then you might need some money for it you decide to do something crazy like going up in a hot air balloon or buying your own weight in souvenirs. Luckily for you action crazy shopaholics, credit cards have come to the bush. Not forgetting some cash for tipping, but that’s a whole other subject. And so are cameras and binoculars, going on safari is a perfect excuse for acquiring these!