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Top 3 Budget Safari Operators

By Samantha Scott
October 19, 2016

An African safari is towards the top of many travelers’ lists. Today there are thousands of options available from many major tour operators.

While Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa are classic safari destinations, other countries have emerged over the years such as Botswana, Namibia, and Rwanda.

If you’re a budget traveler, a safari isn’t necessarily out of reach and joining a group tour is a great way to save. While it is still a significant spend, there are options to choose from that are not overly extravagant. (On the flipside, if you’re looking for some extra extravagance here are our top three custom safari companies).

Below, we’ve selected safari operators who offer either a wide range of prices, including trips on the value end of the spectrum, or those that are specifically dedicated to budget travelers. 

Here are 3 of our favorite budget safari operators:

1. Topdeck - 5/5 Review Rating


Safari, sand, sun and adventure – regardless of your travel style, Topdeck knows how to deliver epic trips in Africa. Working with leading safari operator Acacia Africa to deliver unreal experiences, rest assured, you’ll be in great hands.

With Topdeck’s unique camping trips, you’ll stay in twin share dome tents under the stars. If you're after a few more creature comforts, their Accommodated trips offer nights in a range of cabins, dorms, tented camps and hostels. 

Why consider a Safari with Topdeck?

1. Focus on sustainability and participation

2. Fully equipped safari trucks

3. Local and authentic experiences

See what makes Topdeck special

2. Acacia Africa - 5/5 Review Rating


Overland safari specialist, Acacia Africa has over 20 years of experience on the road. The operator's camping and accommodated tours covers 12 countries in Southern and East Africa.

You can also choose from small group packages, to city stays and adventure activity breaks - every itinerary taking you to some of the wildest, off the beaten track places on a budget.

Why consider a tour with Acacia Africa?

1. Value-focused camping and overland tours ranging from 4 to 58 days

2. Optional Adventure pass - payable upfront or on the day you start the tour

3. Cool and quirky budget accommodation if you want to upgrade from camping to an accommodated tour

See what makes Acacia Africa special

3. Backpacker Safaris - New Listing on Stride


Locally based in Tanzania, Backpacker Safaris specializes in immersive experiences. They cater to a wide range of budgets, and their trips are rustic, usually involving camping, hikes, and various outdoor activities.

Why consider a tour with Backpacker Safaris?

1. All logistics are taken care of, allowing you to simply sit back and enjoy the safari experience

2. Tailored journeys, catered specifically to your preferences

3. Extensive local knowledge from experienced guides

See what makes Backpacker Safaris special 

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