2018 Safari: What’s changed since last year?January 15, 2018
The start of a new year is the perfect time to start planning your next safari adventure to Africa. Here are a few helpful things to know before getting started…
In May 2017, Rwanda increased the price of their gorilla trekking permits from USD750 to USD1500. While this is a significant price increase, it has been done to ensure the sustainability of conservation initiatives and enhance visitors’ experience. However, it does make it very expensive to do gorilla trekking there. Just across the border, Ugandan gorilla trekking permits are still USD600, making it a more affordable option for travellers. Uganda also recently halved the cost of its visa from $100 to $50 (£74-£37).
If you’re travelling from the United Kingdom, you’ll be happy to know that you no longer need a visa to travel to Zambia, as well as Uganda.
Since 2016, travel in Tanzania has seen a huge price hike due to the addition of 18% VAT on tourism-related services, a sector that was previously tax exempt. The Ngorongoro National Park, one of Tanzania’s major tourist attractions that is popular for spotting the Big Five, has also increased its fees by 18 percent.
Fortunately, we know Tanzania back-to-front and are able to make sure that we always find the best deals and value for money for our clients. Get in touch for more information about planning your ideal Tanzania safari.
With Namibia soaking up so much of the safari spotlight lately (and for good reason!), tourism numbers in Namibia are up by 40%. While this huge country is still vast enough to travel for miles without encountering another person, which a huge part of its appeal, the accommodation facilities are limited and need to be booked in advance. So, make sure to start planning your safari asap if your chosen destination is Namibia.
Get in touch with us to start planning your perfect safari tailored to your budget, interests and schedule.
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