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Wildside Safari Camp

Entabeni Safari Conservancy

Gomo Gomo Game Lodge

Klaserie Game Reserve

Elephant Plains Game Lodge

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Timbavati Game Reserve

South African Budget Safari Lodges

Recommended Budget Lodges in South Africa

There is no denying that staying at a safari lodge is not cheap.  However, as specialists in South African safaris, Travel Butlers are able to offer a wide range of budget safari lodges to help you find the safari you want at a price that fits.

So what's the catch? Well, there really isn't  one, however it is worth considering a couple of things when deciding if a budget safari lodge is right for you.

Accommodation & Meals

The accommodation at all of these lodges is clean and comfortable, although you will not be surrounded by as many luxuries that the more expensive safari lodges will offer. The rooms will all have en-suite bathrooms, and most of them have plenty of charm and African character. 

When looking at the prices of the lodges, please keep in mind that all meals and game drives are included in the price.

It is probably fair to say that the food will tend to be simplier than in some of the more expensive lodges, but a  good steak cooked on a braai (a South African BBQ), served with a salad and eaten under the stars on a warm night can sometimes be the most perfect meal imaginable.

Safari Experience And Location Of The Lodge

Very few of the cheapest lodges will be in prime locations on rivers (although many will overlook a waterhole), and there are some which are in areas which are a little less good for game viewing. 

Keep in mind that smaller reserves cannot hold a vast population of animals, and so you may not see huge herds of elephants or other large animals.  This will not necessarily mean that they do not offer a worthwhile experience, as you can still get very close to lions, elephants and other animals even at these smaller reserves.

Having said this, you do not necessarily have to compromise on the safari experience when you stay at a cheaper lodge. Many of these lodges are in the same reserves as lodges costing 2 or 3 times as much, and will do their game drives on the same land with the opportunity to see the same animals.

With careful research and some good advice, it is perfectly possible to plan an amazing safari without it costing an arm and a leg. You can get some inspiration from the lodges below, but if you would like a little help then please give us a call or ask us to recommend a budget safari lodge.

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Wildside Safari Camp

Entabeni Safari Conservancy
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Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Timbavati Game Reserve
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Lakeside Lodge

Entabeni Safari Conservancy
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Kuzuko Lodge

Addo Elephant National Park
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Gomo Gomo Game Lodge

Klaserie Game Reserve
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Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp

The Waterberg
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Africa on Foot Camp

Klaserie Game Reserve
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Mabula Game Lodge

The Waterberg
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Chisomo Safari Camp

Karongwe Private Game Reserve
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Bongani Mountain Camp

Mthethomusha Game Reserve
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Woodbury Tented Camp

Amakhala Game Reserve
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Samara Karoo Lodge

Samara Private Game Reserve
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Shiduli Private Game Lodge

Karongwe Private Game Reserve
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Mjejane River Lodge

Kruger National Park
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nThambo Tree Camp

Klaserie Game Reserve
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Quatermain's Camp

Amakhala Game Reserve
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Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge

Balule Nature Reserve
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Reed Valley Inn

Amakhala Game Reserve
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Sibuya Tented Camp

Sibuya Game Reserve
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Elephant Plains Game Lodge

Sabi Sand (via Gowrie Gate)
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Budget Safari Lodges

Budget Safari Tips

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  • Go in the low season
  • Look for special offers
  • Drive rather than fly to the reserve
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