Africa Safari Deals
This section covers possible ways for you to get extraordinary value for your safari. We also address frequently asked questions regarding getting a better price on your safari.
Are Off Season Safari Deals Good Deals?
Too often special offers focus on the “off season” when a camp or lodge has difficulty drawing guests and far fewer offers include the best times of the year. Game viewing may be down and the weather may not be optimal. Off season deals are not automatically bad deals though.
When an Off Season Safari Deal is a Good Deal
Off Season Deals that May not be "Deals"
Thus, it is essential to consider the location and time of year when looking at any safari deal to ensure a quality game viewing experience. Traditionally, publicly announced safari specials during the high season are hard to come by. However, under current worldwide economic conditions, many safari specials are available. Plus, more often than not we have the ability to provide our own generous discounting for camps that have not published any safari specials for the high season.
Recommendation for Evaluating Off Season Safari Deals
Camp Bundling Gotchas
Should I Beware of Camp Bundling?
Recommendation for Safari Deal Camp Bundling
Are Free Nights Worth It?
Shorter stays are sometimes better because you can get an adequate number of nights at a camp without letting it dictate your entire safari itinerary. These allow you to accrue a serious benefit with just a typical length of stay for a single camp.
Safari Deals Featuring Longer Stays for a Free Night
Recommendation for a Safari Deal Offering Free Nights
Finding Secret Safari Deals
FACT: Many Safari Deals Aren’t Even Published
Recommendation for Finding Good Safari Deals
You need to talk to your safari planner. As a wildlife biologist and safari guide who frequently travels to Africa, my team and I can offer you access to these deals that we are privy to but are unable to publish. I can also help craft an itinerary that will meet your needs using my scientific background and experience from both my time on safari and performing predator research in Africa. Read our blog entries, view our website, and sign up for our newsletter. It is our mission to provide all of my clients with the same sense of wonder and awe that I experience each and every time I go to Africa.
Combining Separate Safari Deals
It can be advantageous to combine safari deals to utilize each special offer for the best camps that an operator has on their circuit rather than use only one operator’s camps. This works particularly well with deals that have set special rates per camp rather than being dependent on a certain number of night stays. For example, I often combine camps from the Kalahari Summer Special with camps from the 5 Rivers Special during Botswana’s green season. By mixing and matching these two special deals, there is great flexibility in camp choice to meet the diverse needs of different clients and there is much more on offer than if limited to one deal or the other.
Recommendation for Combining Safari Deals
Remember – you don’t have to be locked into one tour operator’s deals for your entire safari itinerary. Look around at different safari specials to see if you can combine them. I can match your safari objectives with the best deal – or deals – possible. Contact Me.
When Good Value Trumps Safari Deals
People get caught up in safari deal mania and enter the mindset that they will only book with a special safari deal offer. Some camps and lodges have always maintained prices well below their competitors and their regular prices are still often less than what special offers can deliver. Because they remain priced below the new deal levels and have continuously operated on lower profit margins these camps have no need to offer any specials. In fact, they continue to deliver a consistent product as they are accustomed to their pricing model.
Unfortunately, sometimes the higher priced places are not as adept at operating for lower rates and they cut corners to a noticeable extent. Now is a good time to try out some of these vintage style operators who have consistently provided great experiences for less money over the last few years.
Recommendation For Finding Good Value That Isn’t Technically Even a Safari “Deal” or Special
Don’t get so caught up in looking for “safari specials” or “safari deals” or “safari offers” that you miss great values. It is almost too easy to hop on the computer and find these deals and specials with a search engine. Many camps have outstanding value – and you’ll probably never find them searching for special deals on Google. I would be happy to discuss potential camps that offer great value and still meet your safari objectives
For the Best Deals, Contact Us Directly
As a custom safari tour operator, we continuously negotiate the best pricing with our favorite partners in Africa on a trip-by-trip basis, and apply any deals that are applicable to your desired itinerary. These may include Stay 4 / Pay 3 deals, seasonal offerings, flight inclusions, circuit deals, and other special discounts. Additionally, as an agent, we receive wholesale net rates from our partners. These prices are different from the “rack” rates you see online, which typically include a markup. The space between our net rate and the published rack rate gives us room to offer you exclusive pricing.
Please contact us directly to learn more about current safari deals created and offered exclusively by The Wild Source.