Going on an African safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But for most travelers, it’s hard to decide where to go and what type of safari to book. Do you want to go to South Africa, Kenya, or Tanzania? Should you book a game drive or a luxury African safari tour? How do you find the best African safari tours available?
To help make your decision easier, we’ve put together a list of the best African Safari tours. Whether you’re looking to spend a couple hundred or a couple thousand, we have a tour for every type of budget and traveler.
A game drive is the more traditional safari experience, where you go out in a jeep or other vehicle and look for wildlife. This is a great option if you want to see lots of animals and don’t mind spending some time in a car.
A luxury African safari tour is a bit different. These tours are often all-inclusive, meaning that your accommodation, food, and activities are all included in the price. This is a great option if you want a hassle-free vacation, but it can be more expensive.
4 Days in Tarangire & Serengeti National Park
For a multi-day tour, this is one of the best African safari tours in Tanzania. It includes private transportation, camping equipment, meals, and guided game drives. In addition to a full day in the Serengeti National Park, you’ll also visit a few other big sites. This includes Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Price: Starting at $950 USD
Highlights: Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site
Included: Meals, transportation
3-Day Kruger National Park Open Vehicle Safari
Kruger National Park is one of South Africa’s most notable attractions. With a small group of only nine guests, you’ll venture into the park to experience Kruger at its finest. You’ll also have a guided ranger to help you find the big five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo). For this package, overnight accommodation, meals, and airport transportation is included.
Country: South Africa
Highlights: Open vehicle, small group, the Big Five
Included: Meals, transportation, accommodation and airport transfer
Price: From $685 USD
8-Day Private Safari Tour of Kenya and Tanzania from Nairobi
Explore the best of Eastern Africa with this 8-day tour of Kenya and Tanzania. This tour includes daily game drives with your private guide. You’ll see wild animals and admire the breathtaking African landscapes. You’ll visit the famous sites of Maasai Mara National Reserve, Serengeti National Park, and Lake Manyara National Park. In addition, this package includes your hotel, meals, and all park entrance fees.
Countries: Kenya, Tanzania
Highlights: The Big Five
Included: Hotel, meals, park entrance fees
Price: From $2,475 USD
8-Day Private Wildlife, Desert and Coast Tour in Namibia
Looking for luxury African safari tours in Namibia? Then look no further This 8-day excursion takes you across the country to visit numerous Namibian sights. Besides the game drive at Etosha National Park, your tour also includes tours of Windhoek, Sossusvlei, and Walvis Bay. And because it’s a private tour, you can expect personalized and high-quality service from your local guide and driver!
Highlights: Dunes along the coastline
Included: Breakfast and lunch, transportation
Price: From $8,000 USD
Across Africa Safari
On this tour, you’ll visit not one, not two, but six different African countries. Go gorilla tracking in Uganda, birdwatching in Kenya, and buffalo-spotting in Botswana. Other stops on your 29-day trip include South Africa, Zambia, and Tanzania. If you have the time (and the budget) this is guaranteed to be a memorable safari adventure you won’t soon forget.
Travel with us through 6 African countries in what is dubbed as ‘Exploring The Mother Continent’. Africa offers many hidden gems with great lakes, crystal blue beaches with pearly white sands, jaw-dropping flora and majestic wildlife and mountains within its borders. Join us as we explore East Africa, renowned as a mountainous paradise, with the best tracking safari to see mountain gorillas, boat tours, deep blue waters of the cold Atlantic in South Africa, large herds of elephants, buffalo, giraffe, and antelope, as well as big cats come to drink, bathe, and play on the riverbanks, the longest river in Africa and much more. On this trip we will travel back to the earliest beginnings of the world.
Countries: Uganda, Kenya, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania
Highlights: Victoria Falls and gorillas
Included: Breakfast & light refreshments, transportation from hotel
Price: From $6,214 USD
4 Day Garden Route Adventure & Safari
The Garden Route is one of the biggest highlights in South Africa. Over the course of four days, you’ll explore this scenic area of vineyards, caves, and coastline. You’ll even go on a guided game drive of Tsitsikamma National Park. With your guide, you can spot the iconic big five. And to top it off, you’ll enjoy a night at the gorgeous Garden Route Game Lodge. They also have a private game lodge for spotting lions, cheetahs, and rhinos.
Country: South Africa
Highlights: Storms River suspension bridge, caves and vineyards
Included: Breakfast and dinner, transportation, hotel transfer, accomodation
Price: From $550 USD
Three Days Murchison Falls National Park Tour in Uganda
Uganda’s largest national park is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. It’s home to 76 types of mammals and the largest population of Nile Crocodiles. But that’s not all! The landscape is equally as stunning, with lush forests and cascading waterfalls. Each day, your guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the park to explore. While the tour includes game drives, a boat cruise, and a visit to a rhino sanctuary, accommodation should be booked separately.
Highlights: Nile crocodiles, waterfalls, rhinos
Included: Meals, transportation,
Price: From $950 USD
3-Day Akagera National Park Tour
Enjoy three amazing days in the Akagera National Park on this guided tour of Rwanda. With multiple game drives, you’ll have the chance to see elephants, giraffes, lions, and rhinos. You’ll even go on a night safari to see elusive critters that only come out when the sun goes down. This is a private tour that also includes meals and transportation from your hotel. For this reason, it’s one of the best African safari tours in Rwanda!
Highlights: Night safari
Included: Most meals, transportation, park fees
Price: From $1,960 USD
If you’re in Africa, make sure to do at least one game drive of a National Park during your visit. This is your opportunity to see the beautiful, rugged wilderness that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. But if you have the time, we recommend booking a multi-day safari instead of a single game drive. This gives you more time to explore the park and to see wild animals. Plus, you’ll have a knowledgeable guide to help make your experience that much more memorable.
I like that there’s different budgets to consider and decide what’s important to you
The African continent seems to have something for everyone!!
Never would think I could do things like this. Thank you for sharing and making travel accessible!
Now I really want to do this!
Great options! Would love to do this.
Another on my bucket list – would love to go to Namibia!
Really great information–thanks so much for sharing! I would really like to do this someday!
That’s great they show lots of options!
What a dream experience- would love to go to Africa!
On my bucket list!
The Across African Safari sounds great especially since it includes Victoria Falls. Another one my list.
I’ve always thought of an African tour as financially unreachable, but I’m surprised to see how budget friendly so many of these are!
Looks like a real fun trip and seems like it is achievable as well according to budget
Like that there are different options depending on one’s budget.
An amazing variety of tours. I would love to go on an African Safari
Oohh! I would love to go on a safari!
I would love to do the Garden Route Safari
An African safari is really high on my list
Always wanted to go to Africa and see the amazing animals
Would love to go on the 3 day Akagera National Park tour.
Awesome wildlife I would love to see this with my own eyes. I can only dream about it right now hopefully someday. Thanks for sharing.
Love to hear more about travel budget