For the same price tag as the top all inclusive beach resorts, it’s possible to go on a fully inclusive safari at some Africa’s greatest lodges and camps.
This isn’t a late April Fool’s joke.
We know an African safari holiday can look like an expensive vacation at first glance, but here’s what you need to know – there is A LOT included in the price of your stay.
- Like twice daily game drives, one in the morning and afternoon when the animals are most active.
- On the topic of game drives, expert guides who love their jobs and are darn good at them.
- Gourmet breakfasts, lunches and dinners in some of the most unusual and beautiful scenic spots.
- Communal and private plunge pools to cool off in between safari outings
- Accommodation options that won’t compare to any hotel you’ve ever stayed at.
- Time spent with the lodge owners, managers, guides and the friendly local staff
- More outdoor activities such as bush walks, boat cruises, fishing, stargazing and sundowners (we’ll let you find out why ‘sundowners’ is categorised as an activity)
You’ll find that a safari lodge or camp is much more tailored to your family or travel group than say your typical all inclusive beach resort in Mexico or the Caribbean. The properties are generally family own and run and tend to sleep less than 20 guests at a time.
The best part is that you can have all of it, every last bit, for under $500 a day.
Here are Africa’s greatest all inclusive vacations that don’t compromise on exclusivity and remain reasonable on the wallet:
1. Garonga Safari Camp, South AfricaFrom $320 per person/per night
What’s to love?Garonga Safari Camp’s holistic philosophy is to offer a ‘safari for the soul’ in an unhurried and intimate environment in the Makalali Conservancy, just west of the renowned Kruger National Park. The camp has seen a recent upgrade at the end of May 2016 and calling the new camp colour ‘wet elephant’, which is extremely fitting as the resident elephants are often found indulging in a mud bath by a nearby riverbed. The sleep out deck experience is at the top of our lists and provides guests a truly wild and remote slumber under the stars. We also love their sister camp, Little Garonga, which can be booked exclusively for a large group or family with children over the age of six.
2. Pumulani, Lake MalawiFrom $365 per person/per night
What’s to love?Robin Pope Safaris’ Pumulani Lodge is the only luxury lodge within Lake Malawi National Park and offers 10 spacious villas, each with a unique grass-top roof to reflect heat and blend in with the natural surroundings. The wide variety of watersports and outdoor activities, such as snorkelling, water-skiing and hiking makes for a great spin on the classic family beach vacation. Sail out on their 40-foot traditional handmade down at sunset and marvel at the night sky through their 200x zoom telescope to find out why Lake Malawi is famously named ‘The Lake of Stars’.
3. Sindabezi Island, ZambiaFrom $520 per person/per night
What’s to love?It may be slightly over the $500 mark, but it’s worth it when you’re staying on a private island on the Zambezi River, which also happens to be the only luxury bush camp from where Victoria Falls can be comfortably explored. It’s comprised of five chalets that are open to the outdoors on all sides. It’s here that you’ll have the best bush bath of your life, along with some of the finest dinners you can enjoy barefoot in the sand. For years, it’s remained our top destination for the discerning traveller looking to go far, far away. During the dry season don’t be surprised to run into a wandering hippo or elephant along the island.
4. Ghoha Hills Savute Lodge, BotswanaFrom $475 per person/per night
What’s to love?Safari holidays in Botswana come with the highest price tag of all, so to scoop up this deal under $500, be sure to visit during the Green Season, generally from December to April. Nestled on the hilltop of Ghoha Hills in the Savuti area of the Chobe National Park, the 11-tented lodge is known for its breath-taking views across the savannah and large concentration of elephants. When the rains arrive, the thatched wildlife hide is in perfect position at a local waterhole to watch the ever-entertaining elephants and their clumsy calves play in the mud. Guests have their options of early morning safaris, afternoon game drives and full day safaris and high tea and sundowners are a much-anticipated daily occurrence. For our eco-conscious travellers, you’ll be happy to know Ghoha Hills is fully run on solar power.
This is just a teaser as to some of Africa’s greatest lodges and camps under $500 a day. All inclusive Africa is the real deal – get in touch if you’d like to take advantage of these options or learn about the others!