Affordable Luxury and The New “High-Low” Safari

It used to be that there was only one way Americans were comfortable traveling to Africa – luxury. This has changed, and now travelers don’t need to break the bank to have an amazing experience.

Published November 4, 2016

The high end of the Africa travel market is $3,000-$3,500, per person per day. The low end goes way down to participation camping trips for $300-$400, per person per day. That leaves a big middle. There is a sweet spot in this middle where travelers can get a great experience, excellent guiding, prime locations, hot water, comfortable beds, lots of healthy food and plenty to drink without the fanciness like Evening Breeze cooled bedrooms, guest bathrooms in your suite, plunge pools, etc.

Today’s savvy travelers are more focused on the experience and less and less on luxury accommodations. Safari Pros has introduced a new concept that has been gaining popularity with travelers: The “High- Low Safari” — a few days roughing it on a canoe/walking trail in a dome tent and then glide into the loving arms of a luxury lodge after that. What is the price point? Affordable luxury in Africa can be had for $750-$1,000, per day.

Here is a fun, sample itinerary that focuses on this growing segment of the market:

If your budget is not unlimited, you can still enjoy an amazing wildlife safari in Zambia & Zimbabwe customized by a Safari Pros Africa specialist who can assemble a “ high-low” itinerary, combining affordable options at the beginning of the journey and then capped off with a few “splurge” days at the end. Start by exploring South Luangwa National Park on foot and by vehicle at the intimate but affordable Bushcamp Company properties Chindeni and Bilimungwe. These camps are ideally set a two-hour walk along the river from one to the next so guests travel between camps on foot (your bags mysteriously meet you there). Travel south to see the natural wonder — Victoria Falls, where guests stay at the value-oriented but well-positioned Ilala Lodge. You will enjoy a memorable sunset on the water with the hippos yawning and mist rising from the falls just downstream. The finale carries travelers by light aircraft into Hwange National Park, where you fall into loving and pampering arms of Wilderness Safaris for two days of bliss at their new and luxurious Linkwasha Camp. Travel in the month of June just before high season prices kick in, nine nights/ten days cost $7,325, per person (based on double occupancy). This customized safari includes all accommodations, all meals, drinks & activities at safari camps and regional flights. Tailored modifications are possible. Airfare to/from the U.S. to Lusaka, Zambia and out of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe not included. Please call us 1 (888) 337-2377 or email

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