How Much Does a Kenya Safari Cost?

By Soko Directory Team / Published February 1, 2022 | 10:55 am




KEY POINTS

Luxury wildlife safaris in Kenya can start for as low as $600 per person per night and soar to as much as $10,000 per person per night or even more.




KEY TAKEAWAYS


Mid-Luxury or Mid-Budget safaris are popular among the average repeat travelers and range from $290 to $500 per person per night.

Unlike their luxurious counterparts, which may sometimes last 9-18 days, mid-luxury safaris often last between 3-7 days at a time.


Kenya is a tourism destination that appeals to all and sundry- from Hollywood glitterati, monarchs to the regular Joes of the world. That is primarily due to the country’s diverse product offerings and rich heritage.

Traditionally, however, Kenya did not always attract such a broad spectrum of visitors. In fact, in the past, the country’s tourism circuit was dominated by a small but elite class of westerners seeking an African adventure.

Suffice it to say that, like the rest of the continent, tourism in Kenya emanated from a dark past that involved unwarranted trophy game hunting and plunder of wildlife resources by colonial powers and their ilk.

Thankfully, upon independence, the ban on game hunting has led to a tremendous increase in wildlife populations and the industry’s growth.

Today, the country can attract visitors from all walks of life, including domestic tourists. Below, we look at the three main budgetary tour packages and their products.

Luxury safaris

Luxury wildlife safaris in Kenya can start for as low as $600 per person per night and soar to as much as $10,000 per person per night or even more.

It all depends on a range of factors, such as the mode of domestic transportation that you wish to be ferried in and the activities you hope to partake in.

Equally relevant is the time of year you schedule your visit. The peak season (which falls between July-December) typically attracts the highest rates across all classes of safaris.

On a luxury safari, transportation from the capital to the Maasai Mara may be via chartered or commercial flights.

Visitors wishing to sample other attractions en route to the Mara are advised to take a road trip. Your travel agent will avail of a luxurious safari vehicle for this purpose.

As for the activities included in a luxury safari, the options are innumerable and depend on the attractions you pick.

A significant advantage that comes with a luxury safari is that you not only get a wide range of options, but some professional travel agents will even allow you to customize your itinerary!

That means you can have an itinerary tailored to fit in with your preferences.

Besides the customization option, the lowest tier $600 per person per day luxury safari is inclusive of the following:

  • Airport shuttle services
  • Accommodation in 5-star hotels, camps, and lodges
  • Full-board accommodation
  • Park fees
  • Professional drivers/ guides
  • Private safaris and game drives for two.

Meanwhile, a premium package comes with added perks depending on your chosen activities.

These include high-end activities such as hot air balloon rides across the Maasai Mara, skydiving in Diani or scuba diving tours, to name a few.

4×4 safari vehicles – mostly Toyota Land Cruiser, Jeep Wrangler, or Land Rover, are used for transport and game drives in the luxury safari category. 

Mid Luxury safaris

Mid-Luxury or Mid-Budget safaris are popular among the average repeat travelers and range from $290 to $500 per person per night.

Unlike their luxurious counterparts, which may sometimes last 9-18 days, mid-luxury safaris often last between 3-7 days at a time.

This type of safari is favored because it affords travelers relatively comfortable amenities at a fraction of the cost associated with luxury travel.

Due to this balance between comfort and affordability, this class of safari is especially popular with regular folk, particularly couples, seniors, and small families/ groups.

For visitors jetting into the country, a mid-luxury budget Kenya safari includes airport pickups and drop-offs. Travelers hoping to have a beach safari on their itinerary fare better with a mid-luxury safari due to the quality of accommodation it carries.

Also, depending on the travel agent you go for, you can also be able to score a semi-customized itinerary. The agent will inform you of the attractions they cover under this category based on your travel goals.

Other amenities covered under a mid-luxury Kenya safari include:

  • Accommodation in 4-star tented camps and safari lodges.
  • Half-board accommodation.
  • Safaris for groups of 3-5 persons.
  • Structured itinerary as agreed with your travel agent.

Depending on the areas you plan to visit, these packages also include other staples such as game drives and transportation aboard a 4×4 Land cruiser or a minivan with a pop-up roof.

Like Luxury safaris, mid-luxury safaris can be scheduled at any time of the year. Due to their semi-customizable nature, they are flexible and can be slated to fall at any time of the year.

Nonetheless, the overall price of a mid-luxury safari varies according to the season in which you plan to visit. 

Budget safaris

At the lower end of the financial allocation are budget safaris which start at $195 per person per day.

It is the perfect choice for students, backpackers, campers, and budget travelers. 

Unlike luxury and mid-luxury safaris which invariably tend to cater to few numbers of people at a time, budget tours allow for larger groups.

They are, therefore, a welcome starting point for students and family groups who wish to sample their first safari together.

A typical budget safari also appeals to persons who thrive with basic amenities and aren’t too concerned with the plush 4-star or 5-star hotels. 

These include the adventurous campers and walking safari enthusiasts who would much rather be out exploring the wild during the more significant part of their stay.

A basic budget safari includes:

  • Airport shuttle services
  • Accommodation in 3-star hotels
  • Road and railway transfer
  • Breakfast
  • Caters to groups of 6-8 persons

For the best budget safari, it is vital that you choose a local tour operator, as they are best placed to advise you on ways you can cut costs.

It is also worth considering whether you wish to have a guide included in your tour or whether you are ready to do a self-guided or self-driven tour.




About Soko Directory Team

Soko Directory is a Financial and Markets digital portal that tracks brands, listed firms on the NSE, SMEs and trend setters in the markets eco-system.Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/SokoDirectory and on Twitter: twitter.com/SokoDirectory

View other posts by Soko Directory Team


More Articles From This Author








Trending Stories










Other Related Articles










SOKO DIRECTORY & FINANCIAL GUIDE



ARCHIVES

2024
  • January 2024 (238)
  • February 2024 (227)
  • March 2024 (190)
  • April 2024 (133)
  • May 2024 (157)
  • June 2024 (145)
  • July 2024 (88)
  • 2023
  • January 2023 (182)
  • February 2023 (203)
  • March 2023 (322)
  • April 2023 (298)
  • May 2023 (268)
  • June 2023 (214)
  • July 2023 (212)
  • August 2023 (257)
  • September 2023 (237)
  • October 2023 (264)
  • November 2023 (286)
  • December 2023 (177)
  • 2022
  • January 2022 (293)
  • February 2022 (329)
  • March 2022 (358)
  • April 2022 (292)
  • May 2022 (271)
  • June 2022 (232)
  • July 2022 (278)
  • August 2022 (253)
  • September 2022 (246)
  • October 2022 (196)
  • November 2022 (232)
  • December 2022 (167)
  • 2021
  • January 2021 (182)
  • February 2021 (227)
  • March 2021 (325)
  • April 2021 (259)
  • May 2021 (285)
  • June 2021 (272)
  • July 2021 (277)
  • August 2021 (232)
  • September 2021 (271)
  • October 2021 (305)
  • November 2021 (364)
  • December 2021 (249)
  • 2020
  • January 2020 (272)
  • February 2020 (310)
  • March 2020 (390)
  • April 2020 (321)
  • May 2020 (335)
  • June 2020 (327)
  • July 2020 (333)
  • August 2020 (276)
  • September 2020 (214)
  • October 2020 (233)
  • November 2020 (242)
  • December 2020 (187)
  • 2019
  • January 2019 (251)
  • February 2019 (215)
  • March 2019 (283)
  • April 2019 (254)
  • May 2019 (269)
  • June 2019 (249)
  • July 2019 (335)
  • August 2019 (293)
  • September 2019 (306)
  • October 2019 (313)
  • November 2019 (362)
  • December 2019 (318)
  • 2018
  • January 2018 (291)
  • February 2018 (213)
  • March 2018 (275)
  • April 2018 (223)
  • May 2018 (235)
  • June 2018 (176)
  • July 2018 (256)
  • August 2018 (247)
  • September 2018 (255)
  • October 2018 (282)
  • November 2018 (282)
  • December 2018 (184)
  • 2017
  • January 2017 (183)
  • February 2017 (194)
  • March 2017 (207)
  • April 2017 (104)
  • May 2017 (169)
  • June 2017 (205)
  • July 2017 (189)
  • August 2017 (195)
  • September 2017 (186)
  • October 2017 (235)
  • November 2017 (253)
  • December 2017 (266)
  • 2016
  • January 2016 (164)
  • February 2016 (165)
  • March 2016 (189)
  • April 2016 (143)
  • May 2016 (245)
  • June 2016 (182)
  • July 2016 (271)
  • August 2016 (247)
  • September 2016 (233)
  • October 2016 (191)
  • November 2016 (243)
  • December 2016 (153)
  • 2015
  • January 2015 (1)
  • February 2015 (4)
  • March 2015 (164)
  • April 2015 (107)
  • May 2015 (116)
  • June 2015 (119)
  • July 2015 (145)
  • August 2015 (157)
  • September 2015 (186)
  • October 2015 (169)
  • November 2015 (173)
  • December 2015 (205)
  • 2014
  • March 2014 (2)
  • 2013
  • March 2013 (10)
  • June 2013 (1)
  • 2012
  • March 2012 (7)
  • April 2012 (15)
  • May 2012 (1)
  • July 2012 (1)
  • August 2012 (4)
  • October 2012 (2)
  • November 2012 (2)
  • December 2012 (1)
  • 2011
    2010
    2009
    2008
    2007
    2006
    2005
    2004
    2003
    2002
    2001
    2000
    1999
    1998
    1997
    1996
    1995
    1994
    1993
    1992
    1991
    1990
    1989
    1988
    1987
    1986
    1985
    1984
    1983
    1982
    1981
    1980
    1979
    1978
    1977
    1976
    1975
    1974
    1973
    1972
    1971
    1970
    1969
    1968
    1967
    1966
    1965
    1964
    1963
    1962
    1961
    1960
    1959
    1958
    1957
    1956
    1955
    1954
    1953
    1952
    1951
    1950