Best Safari in Africa – Top Destinations For First-Timers

This guide is your key to unlocking Africa's best safari destinations. We'll cover everything you need to know: the ideal time to visit each country, the best places to see lions, elephants, rhinos, and those adorable gorillas, plus what to expect with lodging and costs. Whether you're tempted by luxurious lodges, adventurous mobile camping experiences, or something in between, get ready to find your perfect African safari.

8 countries in Africa that offer the best wildlife safaris for first-time travelers

Africa is wild. It’s a land of epic landscapes, heart-pounding wildlife encounters, and adventures you’ll never forget. But where to begin? If you’re dreaming of your first Africa safari, the choices can feel overwhelming. About a dozen countries offer the best wildlife safari adventures with an incredible list of experiences to choose from. Should you head to Botswana, famous for its water-based safaris and vast elephant herds? Or perhaps Kenya, the classic safari destination synonymous with the Great Migration?

This guide is your key to unlocking Africa’s best safari destinations. We’ll cover everything you need to know: the ideal time to visit each country, the best places to see lions and other African predators, elephants, rhinos, and those adorable gorillas, plus what to expect with lodging and costs. Whether you’re tempted by luxurious lodges, adventurous mobile camping experiences, or something in between, get ready to find your perfect African safari. Because, trust us—once you’ve experienced Africa’s wild wonders, you’ll never be the same.

Sundowner at the elephant watering hole at a lodge in Botswana - Intimate Africa safari experiences
Sundowner at the elephant watering hole at a lodge in Botswana | Gettyimages – Martin Harvey

1. Botswana Safari

Botswana is a dream safari destination for wildlife lovers seeking untamed landscapes, unique experiences, and the thrill of close encounters. Its diverse terrain – think the otherworldly Makgadikgadi salt pans, the lush Okavango Delta, and the wildlife-rich Chobe River – teems with incredible animals.

First-timers will love Chobe National Park, which is easily accessible and boasts the world’s largest elephant population! Exploring by boat offers unforgettable views of wildlife gathered along the Chobe River’s lush banks. From there, venture deep into the Okavango Delta, a watery wonderland with some of the most luxurious safari lodges, offering unforgettable mokoro (dugout canoe) trips through the maze-like channels. Finally, experience the stark beauty of the Makgadikgadi salt pans and meet those captivating meerkats.

Just a heads-up: Botswana’s exclusivity comes at a price. Most of those dreamy lodges are only accessible by small aircraft, adding to the cost. For a more budget-friendly adventure, try a mobile safari. Think of it as camping with expert guides, taking you right into the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park wilderness action.

The best time to visit Botswana for a safari

The perfect time to go on a Botswana safari to see wildlife and explore the Okavango Delta’s channels by mokoro is during the dry season, which runs from June to October. During this season, the water levels are typically at their highest, enabling you to glide effortlessly through the delta channels.

Where to stay on safari in Botswana

Chobe National Park:

  • For the ultimate convenience, Chobe Game Lodge—the only lodge located inside the park itself.
  • Photography enthusiasts will love Pangolin Chobe Hotel, with specialized boats designed for capturing those perfect wildlife shots on the river.

Venturing Deeper: Okavango Delta

  • Combine Chobe with an unforgettable Okavango Delta experience! Opt for a scheduled group mobile safari with a trusted Botswana tour operator for a more affordable adventure.
  • Seeking the ultimate in luxury and wildlife action? Mombo Camp is legendary in the Okavango (prepare for that hefty price tag, though!).
  • Mma Dinare Camp (with budget-friendly road transfers!), 4 Rivers Camp, Shinde Camp, and Camp Moremi all offer amazing big game viewing and prime locations.
  • Love exploring the waterways? Xugana Island Lodge, Mopiri Camp, and Setari Camp are perfect for boat outings with fishing and birding opportunities.

Additional Options:

  • Self-drivers will enjoy the scenic location of Mogotlho Safari Lodge along the Khwai River.
  • For something a bit more adventurous, try a fully-catered mokoro campout trip departing from Sitatunga Camp – a great budget option.
  • Dreaming of those adorable meerkats? San Camp, Jack’s Camp, and Camp Kalahari will take you to meet them in the Makgadikgadi salt pans.
  • Planet Baobab is an excellent choice for budget-conscious travelers with their own vehicle.

Budgeting and costs for a Botswana safari

Okay, let’s talk money. Those fancy camps in the Okavango Delta? They’ll run you anywhere from $600 a night (yikes!) to a mind-blowing $4500 a night. 

Chobe National Park’s lodges are way more budget-friendly at around $250, so plan to spend more time there. Want slightly cheaper rates? Try traveling during shoulder season (April/May or October/November). 

Lastly, check how far your fancy lodge is from Maun – closer means cheaper flights. Some camps even offer cheaper boat rides or road transfers instead of flying you everywhere.

Lion pride walking in glowing morning savannah light on the Mara plains - Spotting lions is a highlight of any kenya safari
Lion pride glowing morning savannah light – a common scene in Kenya’s Masai Mara – Spotting lions is a highlight of any Kenya safari | Gettyimages – Alexandre Fiocre

2. Kenya Safari

Kenya is a classic safari destination, famous for its incredible wildlife and the iconic Great Migration. It’s where the idea of a ‘safari‘ began (the word means “journey” in Swahili!). Be aware that Kenya’s popularity means it can get quite busy at peak times.

The Great Migration is an unforgettable spectacle first-timers shouldn’t miss—millions of wildebeest and zebra thundering across the Mara River from Tanzania into Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. You can also experience the fascinating Maasai culture, known for their warrior traditions. Opt for community-run tourism experiences in private reserves around the Mara for an authentic experience. A guided safari bush walk with a Maasai warrior offers a unique connection to their culture and the landscape.

The main Kenyan safari route links Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, and Amboseli (with stunning views of Mt Kilimanjaro!). If you have time, add on Tsavo West, Tsavo East, and Samburu for even more diversity. Expect incredible sightings of big cats, elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, and countless other species! For the adventurous, extend your trip and climb Mt Kenya, Africa’s second-highest peak.

Nairobi is usually just a stopover, but Nairobi National Park is surprisingly well-stocked with wildlife. You can spot lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos, and hundreds of bird species – all incredibly close to the capital city!

Overall, a Kenya safari is a great choice for families, budget travelers, and those with limited time.

Best time for a Kenya safari

The absolute best time to witness the incredible Great Migration in Kenya is between July and October and again from January to February. Millions of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles make the dangerous journey across the Mara River—it’s unforgettable! Just be prepared for crowds, as this is peak season.

Where to stay on safari in Kenya

Kenya boasts tons of amazing safari lodges and tented camps, with top-notch service and staff who really know how to make your safari run smoothly.

Looking for something special? Cottar’s 1920s Camp offers a classic, luxurious safari experience with a touch of history. For an eco-friendly twist, try Emboo River Camp—they’ll take you on game drives through the Masai Mara in electric vehicles!

For great value and luxury, Ol Tukai Lodge in Amboseli National Park has incredible views of Mount Kilimanjaro right from the bar. Nearby Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge is another good option, especially for families. 

In Nairobi, a stay at Giraffe Manor means sharing breakfast with giraffes before heading into the city’s wildlife park. Any of the upscale hotels in the Karen and Langata areas are conveniently located near the park entrance.

Budgeting and costs for a Kenya safari

The Masai Mara National Reserve is the most affordable place to watch the wildebeest migration. Kenya generally offers better value than neighboring Tanzania, with more flights, accommodation options, and healthy competition keeping prices down. Expect nightly rates to range widely, from around $150 to $1000 per person.

Want to save money? Plan your Kenya safari during the shoulder season between the short and long rains (January to March). Prices tend to be lower than peak season. 

Also, be aware of park fees: Nairobi National Park charges non-residents $40 for entry, while the Masai Mara is $200 for 24 hours if you’re staying outside the reserve, and $70 if you’re staying inside.

Wild animals gather around a waterhole in Namibia's Etosha National Park - perfect scene for a safari in Africa
Wild animals gather around a waterhole in Namibia’s Etosha National Park | Gettyimages – Westend

3. Namibia Safari

Namibia safari is all about freedom and incredible desert landscapes. It’s one of the best places in Southern Africa for a self-drive safari adventure. The country has good roads, well-maintained campsites, and affordable rental vehicles—perfect for exploring at your own pace.

A classic Namibia safari starts in Windhoek, where you’ll grab your 4WD—either a fully kitted-out camper van or a car suitable for gravel roads. Then, head to Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert for epic dune views, swing over to coastal Swakopmund for some seaside fun, and wrap things up in Etosha National Park, home to elephants, rhinos, giraffes, and more.

Think of Etosha as Namibia’s answer to Kruger National Park. Its good roads and facilities make it perfect for a budget-friendly self-drive safari experience. Public camps overlook busy watering holes, perfect for wildlife watching during the dry season. The best part? The watering holes are floodlit at night, so you can keep spotting animals even after dark!

Best time for a Namibia safari

The best time to visit Etosha for wildlife viewing is June to October. Animals gather at the waterholes throughout the park, making them easy to spot. Plus, this cooler part of the year is also ideal for climbing the stunning dunes at Sossusvlei.

Where to stay on safari in Namibia

The Gondwana Collection makes planning your Namibian self-drive safari a breeze! They offer everything from campsites and glamping tents to stylish lodges – perfect for every budget and style. Favorites include Desert Grace and Namib Dune Star Camp (think outdoor beds!) near Sossusvlei, and The Delight in Swakopmund. Their sister company, Namibia2Go, also offers reliable car rentals with good insurance.

Want to stay inside the parks? Namibia Wildlife Resorts manages campsites and chalets within national parks. Okaukuejo Rest Camp in Etosha is a classic, especially if you want to spend time watching wildlife at the waterhole.

Budgeting and costs for a Namibia safari

Namibia is surprisingly budget-friendly! You can rent a car for a whole week for less than the cost of a single night at a fancy lodge in the Okavango Delta. Just be prepared for some fuel expenses, as distances between destinations can be quite long. Camping is a great way to save money, with fees generally between $20 and $50 per person per night. If you prefer a bit more comfort, lodges are available too, typically ranging from $100 to $300 per night.

A safari tourist car stops right behind a leopard for an incredible encounter in Kruger - south Africa
A tourist car stops right behind a leopard for an incredible encounter in Kruger.

4. South Africa Safari

South Africa is the perfect place for safari adventures, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned traveler. Think wildlife, stunning landscapes, beaches, and amazing food and wine!

Kruger National Park is the classic choice—easy to reach, budget-friendly, and packed with wildlife (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, buffaloes, and more!). DIY drives are a great affordable option, or splash out on a guided experience in a private reserve for higher chances of spotting all the Big Five.

Want something a bit different? KwaZulu-Natal offers incredible parks like Hluhluwe-iMfolozi, known for rhinos, elephants, and more. It’s easily reached from Durban, perfect for all budgets! Nearby Phinda Private Game Reserve combines luxury lodges with beach trips and scuba diving.

Madikwe Game Reserve is ideal for South African residents or those combining a safari with a visit to Botswana. It’s malaria-free, making it a good choice for families with young kids.

Top off your trip with a flight to Cape Town for world-class food, wine, and even a chance to hang out with penguins at Boulders Beach!

Best time for a South Africa Safari

For the easiest and most rewarding wildlife spotting, plan the best Africa safari in the southern country between May and August. This dry season means less foliage and animals congregating at water sources, making them much easier to find.

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Where to stay on safari in South Africa

South Africa offers accommodations to suit every budget and style!

Budget-friendly: Check out the self-catering camps managed by SANParks in Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe-iMfolozi. In Kruger, the southern zone is known for great wildlife-viewing safaris – try Skukuza, Lower Sabie, or Letaba rest camps. For stunning scenery, head to Hilltop Camp in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi. Want to support local communities? Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is a fantastic private choice.

Luxury experience:  The private reserves offer unforgettable stays at plush camps and lodges. You’ll get expert guides taking you on game drives and even walking safaris. You can’t go wrong with options like Dulini in Sabi Sands, Saseka in Thornybush, Jaci’s Safari Lodge in Madikwe, Tanda Tula in Timbavati, or any of the &Beyond accommodations in Phinda.

Costs for a South Africa Safari

South African safaris are surprisingly budget-friendly! Government-run camps ask about $100-$200 per person each night. For a bit more luxury and expert guides, expect to pay around $300-$700 per person, per night.

A Maasai Warrior on a walking safari with a couple looking over the vastness of Ngorongoro Crater
A Maasai Warrior on a walking safari with a couple looking over the vastness of Ngorongoro Crater.

5. Tanzania Safari

Tanzania offers the best classic African safaris: vast plains, concentrated predators, the incredible Wildebeest Migration, and the perfect ending – relaxing on the beaches of Zanzibar! A safari in the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater for 10 days to two weeks is a guaranteed way to fall in love with Africa.

Both Tanzania and Kenya offer incredible wildlife sightings and experienced safari guides, but Tanzania has a more laid-back feel. The Serengeti is massive compared to Kenya’s Masai Mara, giving you those endless African landscapes and a wider variety of habitats.

For great year-round wildlife viewing in Tanzania, head to the Seronera River in the Serengeti wilderness. If you want to see the epic river crossings, Kogatende and Lamai on the Mara River are ideal and less crowded. Private reserves like Grumeti give you amazing views of the migration without the crowds—but expect higher prices.

Not far from the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater is a stunning sight – it’s like a giant wildlife enclosure, complete with lions, elephants, rhinos, and spectacular scenery. Just be aware, this place gets packed in peak season!

Best time for a Tanzania Safari

To see the wildebeest migration and their adorable calves, go on a Tanzania safari between January and March. The Ngorongoro and Ndutu regions offer incredible migration viewing—get there early to beat the crowds! For those iconic river crossings in the Serengeti, the best time is July to August, though it will be peak tourist season.

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Where to stay on safari in Tanzania

Serengeti and Ngorongoro:

  • Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge offers a classic, upscale Tanzanian experience, plus their Kiota Camp for a mobile safari adventure.
  • Dunia Camp is a luxurious tented camp run by women, located in a great spot for spotting lions.
  • Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is fantastic value for money and perfectly placed for exploring the Crater.
  • Bougainvillea Safari Lodge is ideal if you’re on a tighter budget.
  • Gibb’s Farm is a unique stay on a coffee farm, with cozy campfire evenings and other special touches.


  • Chumbe Island is a top-rated, eco-friendly resort with incredible snorkeling in a protected area.
  • In historic Stone Town, the Zanzibar Coffee House offers a charming stay with a touch of history.

Tanzania Safari costs

Lodging in Tanzania can range from around $250 to $950 a night, so budget accordingly! Park fees can also add up: the Serengeti costs $70 per person (peak season) or $60 (low season). Visiting the Ngorongoro Crater comes with a $250 vehicle fee, plus the same park entry fees. Good news: pre-planned safari packages usually include these park fees in the total price.

Meeting the giant silverback gorillas in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of Africa's top safari highlights a first-time traveler shouldn't miss!
Meeting the giant silverback gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of Africa’s top safari highlights a first-time traveler shouldn’t miss!

6. Uganda Safari

Uganda offers a special kind of Africa safari, different from the classic Kenya or Tanzania experiences. Think lush landscapes, fewer crowds, amazing wildlife, AND once-in-a-lifetime encounters with primates, plus a variety of activities like bush walks, boat trips, and authentic cultural experiences.

Unlike some safari destinations, Uganda stays green year-round and has a mild climate. You’ll likely travel in a comfortable 4×4 with a pop-top roof for great views. Accommodation options range from classic lodges to tented camps.

Most safaris start in Entebbe, conveniently located near the main airport. From there, you’ll head west, exploring beautiful landscapes and a string of national parks. The terrain is stunning – imagine rolling green hills and lush forests.

For many, the highlight of a Uganda safari is gorilla trekking in the rainforests! Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is world-famous, but don’t forget Mgahinga Gorilla National Park on the southwestern border—together, these parks hold over half the world’s mountain gorilla population! This makes Uganda a truly unique primate-watching destination.

And that’s not all! Uganda is the only place in Africa where you can comfortably combine a classic safari with a primate/rainforest adventure. Want even more? You can even climb Margherita Peak (5,109 meters), the third-highest peak in Africa, all on the same trip!

Best time for a Uganda safari 

The best time to visit Uganda for a safari is during the dry seasons: June to August and December to February. These periods offer sunshine, less vegetation for easier wildlife spotting, comfortable temperatures, and ideal conditions for gorilla trekking. Keep in mind that these are also peak seasons, so expect higher prices and possible crowds. For a less crowded and potentially cheaper experience, consider the shoulder seasons (March-May and September-November), but be prepared for some rain and possibly muddier trekking trails.

Where to Stay on a Uganda Safari

If you’re looking for exceptional wildlife viewing in Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park has several fantastic options. Kyambura Gorge Lodge, Mweya Safari Lodge, and Ishasha Wilderness Camp offer a touch of luxury while exploring the park. Heading up north to Murchison Falls National Park? Opt for the top-notch amenities of Nile Safari Lodge or Pakuba Lodge. If you’re on a budget, Fort Murchison Lodge and Murchison River Lodge are great choices, plus you’ll find plenty of affordable camps just outside the park entrance.

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Chimpanzee trekking enthusiasts will also find a range of accommodations. For a luxurious experience, Ndali Lodge, Primate Lodge, or Chumpundu Lodge offer beautiful settings. Isunga Lodge, Chimpanzee Forest Camp, and Turaco Treetops are excellent options if you want to keep costs down.

Gorilla trekking is where the accommodation choices really stand out! From simple lodges nestled in the forest to luxurious resorts perched atop mountains, there’s something for every taste. Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Gorilla Forest Camp (conveniently located inside the park!), and Bwindi Lodge are all fantastic places to base your adventure. For a balance of comfort and affordability, consider Four Gorillas Lodge, Buhoma Community Haven, or Chameleon Hill Lodge.

Budgeting and Costs for a Safari in Uganda

Uganda safaris can range from budget-friendly to quite expensive, averaging anywhere from $200 to over $1000 per person per day. This cost usually covers essential things like park permits, lodging, and transportation between sites—but not international flights.

The biggest cost factor is the gorilla trekking permit, which can be $800 or even $1500 for the Gorilla Habituation Experience. Most lodges include meals in their room rates, with prices ranging from around $100 a night to over $1000 for luxury stays.

Your tour company covers the wages for guides, drivers, and service staff. However, be prepared to budget extra for things like optional activities (about $50/day), meals if not included, a 4×4 vehicle, and a driver/guide ($100-$300/day if you are self-planning). Tipping amounts are up to you, but lodge operators and your trip manager can offer tipping guidance.

Walking with lions on a Zambia safari is something you must do!
Walking with lions on a Zambia safari is something you must do!

7. Zambia Safari

Zambia is a dream destination for adventurous safari-goers! Track rhinos on foot, experience the awe-inspiring power of a giant waterfall, and immerse yourself in nature with thrilling walking safaris. Zambia is actually where the walking safari was born. And with experienced rangers as your guide, you’ll encounter magnificent rhinos in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park—and that’s just the start of your adventure in South Luangwa.

Start your trip in Livingstone, Zambia’s tourist hub, and witness the sheer power of Mosi-oa-Tunya, better known as Victoria Falls. If the breathtaking cascade isn’t enough of a thrill, try white-water rafting on the Zambezi River or even bungee jumping (you can do it from the Zimbabwe side, too!). For a unique experience, visit between July and August, when you can take a dip in the natural infinity pool right at the edge of the falls!

The real magic of a Zambian safari unfolds in the Luangwa Valley, where rustic camps cater specifically to walking safaris. Get your heart pumping with this thrilling alternative to game drives, exploring the wilderness of South Luangwa National Park on foot.

Best time for a Zambia safari

The best time to visit Zambia is between June and October for incredible wildlife viewing. If you want to see Victoria Falls at its fullest, plan your visit between March and May—that’s when it’s most impressive on the Zambian side.

Where to stay on safari in Zambia

Zambia has the perfect lodging for every type of traveler. For families seeking both luxury and adventure, Flatdogs Camp in South Luangwa National Park is a fantastic choice. Backpackers exploring Livingstone will find a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere at Jollyboys Backpackers. Want to experience Victoria Falls in style? The Royal Livingstone Resort offers pure elegance and unlimited access to the Falls, while the neighboring Avani Victoria Falls Resort provides a more budget-friendly option.

If you’re looking for the best Zambian safari experience, Green Safaris operates several exceptional camps. Start your journey on the banks of the Zambezi at the unique Sindabezi Island Lodge, then head deep into the bush at Shawa Luangwa Camp for classic safari excitement. For the ultimate walking safari, look no further than the experts at Time + Tide (their legendary Kakuli camp has been welcoming guests since 1950!) or Robin Pope Safaris.

Budgeting and costs for a safari in Zambia

If you’re planning a multi-country safari, save money with the KAZA UniVisa! This $50 pass lets you cross between Zambia and Zimbabwe as often as you like, plus it allows a day trip to Botswana via the Kazungula border crossing – all within 30 days.

Accommodation is where Zambia safari costs can vary significantly. Expect to budget anywhere from $250 to $700 per person, per night for lodging. Depending on whether you choose to camp or stay in a luxury lodge, your safari can be as affordable or as extravagant as you like!

Zimbabwe safari - Victoria Falls, a breathtaking marvel on the Zambezi River shared between Zimbabwe and Zambia. It is one of the world's largest waterfalls.
Victoria Falls, a breathtaking marvel on the Zambezi River shared between Zimbabwe and Zambia. It is one of the world’s largest waterfalls.

8. Zimbabwe Safari

Zimbabwe is a fantastic (and adventurous!) choice for your first Africa safari, with some of the best guides ready to show you the ropes. A great way to start your Zimbabwe safari is by spending three days at Victoria Falls. This popular tourist town offers tons of activities, places to eat, and amazing sights.

The Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls boasts a rainforest walkway with incredible viewpoints. This makes it the ideal place to experience the Falls during the dry season (May to October) when the water levels can get low on the Zambian side. On certain evenings, especially during a full moon, the Zimbabwe side even stays open at night for breathtaking stargazing!

After adrenaline-pumping adventures like bungee jumping, white-water rafting, ziplining, or a helicopter ride over Batoka Gorge, treat yourself to a touch of elegance at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Their daily afternoon tea is the perfect way to unwind. If that’s a bit fancy, grab a classic safari sundowner or check out the Wild Horizons Lookout Café.

While the wildlife around Victoria Falls isn’t as abundant as in nearby Chobe National Park (Botswana), you can still spot hippos, crocodiles, and maybe even an elephant on a boat cruise. If you have time, Chobe is a fantastic day trip option or can easily be combined with your stay! For those big game sightings, Hwange National Park is your destination – just a short flight or easy drive away.

Best time for a Zimbabwe safari

For the best wildlife viewing adventures in Zimbabwe, plan your safari trip between May and October. These dry months offer ideal conditions for spotting all kinds of animals. If you want to combine wildlife sightings with the awe-inspiring power of Victoria Falls at its fullest, aim for a visit between March and May.

Where to stay on safari in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe offers a variety of accommodation options to suit your style and budget. Here are some highlights:

  • Victoria Falls:
    • Victoria Falls Safari Lodge boasts incredible views from its perch on a ridge. Watch buffalo and other wildlife gather at the watering hole below!
    • For a bit of charm and luxury, try Nkosi Guest Lodge.
    • Ilala Lodge Hotel is super convenient, located within walking distance of the Falls.
    • The grand Victoria Falls Hotel offers unbeatable views and a touch of history.
  • Beyond the Falls:
    • Mpala Jena puts you right in the middle of the bush, perfect for a true Africa safari experience.
    • In Hwange National Park, check out favorites like The Hide, Camp Hwange, and Somalisa for excellent wildlife viewing.

Budgeting and costs for a Zimbabwe safari

Keep in mind that there’s a $50 entry fee to see Victoria Falls. Thankfully, Zimbabwe offers a wide range of lodging choices, meaning you can easily find accommodations that fit your safari budget. Expect to spend anywhere from $150 to $700 per person, each night. Whether you dream of luxury lodges or simpler stays, Zimbabwe has something for everyone.

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