Travel Africa on a Budget

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Taking into consideration the public transportation system, the crowds, the buildings, and the overpriced hotels, Africa can be a pretty intimidating continent to travel to, especially on a budget. The packages offered by tour companies can also be a bit pricey for most backpackers. Nonetheless, you can still see Africa without going bankrupt as long as you’re willing to be flexible.

Top Africa’s Destinations for Backpackers

Being an immense continent with lots to see, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. A vacation in Africa is often equated to ‘Safari’, but most of these are pretty costly. If you do your research well, you can always get more affordable options that still let your experience everything you came for.

Interacting with the locals

Here are some top destinations in Africa to help you narrow down on your choices.

  • West Africa’s beautiful coastlines, and interesting villages with friendly people can be experienced in Ghana, Senegal and Mali.
  • Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is something that’s on almost everybody’s bucket list, but you could also consider some not-so-popular peaks such as Mount Meru and Rwenzori Mountains which are just as rewarding.
  • East Africa is popular for cultural safaris in Masai Mara or the Serengeti.
  • Malawi is a great place to relax and catch your breath before continuing to Southern Africa.
  • Mokolodi Nature Reserve in Botswana or the Bwabwata National Park in Namibia are the most affordable though equally fun locations in Southern Africa.

Tips for Backpacking in Africa

What would a budget trip be without an actual budget? Before you decide on a final destination, plan on how long you intend to stay, and how much you intend to spend. Make sure you plan ahead and choose options that are more affordable when looking at accommodation and activities.

Travel Preparations

  1. The first thing you need to do is decide what part of Africa you want to visit. Our online destination guide has all the information for each country as well as the rates for the touristic destinations.
  2. Experience what it’s like living in an area virtually untouched by the modern advancements of the world. Partake in ceremonies in Turmi, Ethopia, or the Turkana Cultural Festival in Kenya.
  3. Join other travelers so you can split the costs for  these trips. You can do so by reserving our vacation packages in UgandaKenya, Nigeria and Ghana which are budget-friendly.
  4. Use public transport to get to some of the amazing beaches such as Nosy Be in Madagascar and Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique.
  5. Try something unconventional, you can experience the Bedouin culture by going on a camel trek. It’s nothing but stars and beautiful landscape. A great way to save money and still enjoy your trip is being wise and making budget-conscious decisions.
  6. Opt for cities and countries that have more affordable options as opposed to those that are clearly more expensive. For instance, you can go diving in Red Sea from Dahab instead of at Sharm el-Sheikh.

The most important thing when visiting African countries on a budget is to stay flexible. Prices can drop or rise at anytime, and so one should expect anything. Don’t dwell too much on specifics, and you’ll be fine. You might even spend less than your budget.

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