We’ve scoured the continent for African safari special offers and safari travel deals, and here’s our curated selection of the very best. These special offers are constructed in a variety of ways; to assist you in your decision-making, we outline some of the more common options here.
Stay longer, pay less
Most lodges offer variations on this type of African safari special offer, and the name says it all: the longer you stay at a particular lodge (or lodges within a specific group), the cheaper the accommodation component of your itinerary becomes. These special offers also take the form of a percentage discount or free nights based on the number of nights you stay. They’re often worded as a ‘stay/pay’ offer, for example, ‘stay four nights and only pay for three’, or ‘stay 5 nights and receive a 20% discount’. They usually don’t discount flights, transfers, car hire or activities.
These African safari special offers– which include accommodation, flights, transfers and often additional activities – are usually only offered by safari lodge operators that own or operate groups of lodges. They can often be great value for money because they might include connecting flights at cost or less than cost, with the aim of getting you to stay at a number of safari lodges within a group, over the course of your safari.
Honeymoon safari offers
An African safari & beach holiday makes for the best African safari honeymoon. Many safari and beach lodges offer a wide variety of specials for honeymooners, ranging from large discounts for the bride (up to 50% off) through to including additional activities and experiences.
These offers come in many forms, but they always include a freebie of some sort. For example, if you spend more than three nights at a lodge you might receive a complimentary helicopter transfer or a hot-air balloon excursion. While these offers are excellent value for the proposed add-on, they usually don’t reduce your safari’s overall cost significantly, unless booked in conjunction with other offers.
Combining offers and seasons
While many African safari special offers are limited to certain times of the year, there are many that are valid year-round. Remember to consider the following: high-season specials offer you the opportunity for the biggest ‘dollar value’ savings, while low-season specials undoubtedly offer the best value for money. Not only is a safari more affordable outside of peak seasons, but when combined with the best special offers, African safari prices become exceptionally good.