Wildlife holidays on a budget

Many people think that you cannot go on a wildlife or safari holiday on a budget, but there are many companies who specialise in this and will create an affordable holiday that offers you great experiences and allows you to visit some of the best locations across the world.

There are ways in which you can cut the cost of a wildlife or safari holiday such as booking a holiday which is designed for a group. This way the cost is split between many people allowing tour operators to be able to lower the price to individuals. Yes, you may not be getting one on one attention all the time, but often it is better to experience safari holidays with people who share the same interest and it can actually make for a better overall experience.

Find out when it is cheapest to travel, it may be that travelling out of the peak season will cut the price down of flights but still allow you to see a wide range of wildlife. You also do not have to spend the whole trip on a safari, why not book a holiday which includes a one or two day safari excursion giving you the best of both worlds and keeping the cost down.



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Holiday prep

When going on holiday, preparation is the key. You of course cannot plan for every situation, but being prepared can make the difference between a perfect holiday and a disastrous one. First thing to plan is your transport to and from your holiday location, if you are travelling abroad then not only will you need to consider your flight details but also how you are going to get to and from the airport each way. If you do not plan this you may find yourself paying well over the odds for a black cab to and from the airports.

The next thing to consider is that you have all the correct and relevant documents needed for your holiday such as passports, insurance and medical notes / emergency contact details etc. You may wish to check your passport prior to even booking your holiday to ensure that you know where it is and to check that it is not due to expire.

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A tiger safari

Tigers are magnificent creatures and are a very popular subject for a safari trip. May people are amazed by the power and beauty of a tiger and enjoy learning more about how they live in their natural environment. Seeing a tiger in the wild is beyond any experience you can have at a safari park or zoo and will show you a completely different side to them.

The Bengal tiger is the biggest in popular of all the tiger species but since 2010 it has been classes as endangered. The population in the wild is estimated to be fewer than 2,500 individuals, spread over India, which contains up to 80% of the total, and – in decreasing order – Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. With this in mind, many people worry how long this incredible species has left on this planet before we destroy them.

When booking a tiger safari holiday be sue to book with a reputable company and one that has the tiger’s interests at heart and aims to conserver the species.


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A couples safari

Couples safaris are the most popular type of safari holidays taken in Africa. Many if not all of the lodges in Africa are suitable for couples although some are more focused on group safari holidays or honeymoon safari holidays.

If you are a couple that want to steer away from the more family based safari camps or group lodges then most tour operators will be able to suggest a number of sites that will be most suited to your requirements.

If you are a couple looking for an adventurous safari holiday then Zambia may just be the perfect place for you.  Famous for its exceptionally high standards of guiding and simple yet very high-quality camps, Zambia offers great-value safari that is off the mainstream circuit. Zambia has many family run lodges and safari operators and over recent years has developed leading to great improvements. Zambia also offers night safaris allowing you a whole new safari experience.


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Organising your first safari

Organising your first safari trip can be a nightmare, you may be baffled by the number of options you have and it can be a very time consuming task. It may be that you have been saving up for a safari holiday for a number of months or years or that you are planning one as part of a special trip for an anniversary, honeymoon or birthday for example, so you will want everything to be perfect.

Ideally I would recommend ringing a number of safari tour operators and finding out about the options they offer and the costs. You can then carry out a bit of your own research to find out the types of places you may like to go and the activities you fancy doing. Once you have a better idea of the options available you can then contact them again and discuss a safari package to see if it is possible and the cost to do so.


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