10 Tricks to an Affordable Safari
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10 Tricks to an Affordable Safari

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Courtesy of Samara Private Game Reserve

Safaris and safari lodges have gone way upscale, with prices to match. Here are 10 strategies to cut the cost and still get the lion’s share of game-viewing.

Travel Off-Season

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The Strategy: Travel off-season

The Place: South Africa

The Deal: The May-September low season is a great time for South African deals. True, it's raining on the coasts, but the interior is dry, so the bush is less thick and you can see more animals. Some of the best deals are at lodges in the arid Karoo region in the Eastern Cape, three hours inland from the coast. Samara Private Game Reserve, a desert-chic, ten-suite lodge, has all the refinement of the swankiest Kruger properties, but costs a bargain $175 per person per night off-season (May through August)—which includes game drives and meals served with local wine. The reserve has rhino, cheetah, antelope, and mountain zebra; if you want to see elephants, visit Addo National Elephant Park, three hours away.

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10 Tricks to an Affordable Safari

Travel Off-Season

The Strategy: Travel off-season

The Place: South Africa

The Deal: The May-September low season is a great time for South African deals. True, it's raining on the coasts, but the interior is dry, so the bush is less thick and you can see more animals. Some of the best deals are at lodges in the arid Karoo region in the Eastern Cape, three hours inland from the coast. Samara Private Game Reserve, a desert-chic, ten-suite lodge, has all the refinement of the swankiest Kruger properties, but costs a bargain $175 per person per night off-season (May through August)—which includes game drives and meals served with local wine. The reserve has rhino, cheetah, antelope, and mountain zebra; if you want to see elephants, visit Addo National Elephant Park, three hours away.

Courtesy of Samara Private Game Reserve
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