The festive season is well around the corner. This is a period of the year famous for family reunions, vacations, holidays and merry making. It is arguably the best time to have a safari. For nature lovers, the Ugandan experience is best to none. With any short trip one takes around the country, there is something new to be discovered from the diversity of flora, fauna, historical sites and cultures.
Often many people regard safaris as luxurious affairs hence the perception that safaris are obscenely expensive. It is due to this that the tourism industry reaps mainly from foreign tourists than native tourists.
It is however important to note that not all safaris are as costly as perceived by the natives. It is now very possible for an individual, a group or family to organize a cheaper safari to any key touristic destination in Uganda. Here are some tips how you can reduce the costs of your safari.
The tourism loyalty fees charged on East Africans are far lower than those charged on foreigners. These fees include National park entry fees, Gorilla tracking permit fees and chimpanzee tracking permit fees. For example it costs an East African approximately 25% of $500 to track Gorillas in Uganda: the amount a non resident requires.
Tailor made safaris.
You can always adjust the safari option offered by a tour service provider in order to suit into your means. This will eliminate activities you are not interested in or fit in cheaper alternatives for costly activities.
The choices of accommodation impact the cost of a safari. For someone looking for a cheaper safari, budget end accommodation is ideal. This involves comfortable campsite options, bandas and tents in some cases. This will add adventure to your safari as well as compound a purely wild experience.
Length of the safari.
A short safari is less costly that a longer one. Clients can therefore choose short but activity filled safaris or tone down longer safaris by eliminating days of rest.
Number of people on safari.
The more the number of people on a safari, the less the cost per person. It is advisable for clients to book safaris in larger numbers of probably more than 6 for cost sharing purposes. Families can always come together and organize a safari as one for reducing the costs.
It is evident that People always yearn for new experiences and need to fulfill that deep aspect of humanity that is having a sense of wonder about the planet we live on. This prevails despite economic recessions or changes in the socio-political environments. As Ugandans, let us borrow a leaf and seek to learn more about our homeland and appreciate our nature. Our backyard has a lot more unforgettable experiences, sights and memories to offer. As the festive season sets in, think about discovering more about our beloved motherland.
Speke Uganda Holidays has designed short but fun-packed safaris especially for natives looking forward to celebrate the festive season by embracing nature.
These safaris include:
- Jinja safari (2 days)
- Ssese island tour (2 days)
- Sipi falls tour (2 days)
- Lake Mburo national park safari (2 days)
Looking forward to being your ultimate partners for that spectacular holiday.