It's quite fair to say that South Africa has been experiencing some yo-yo effects on its currency, ZAR or the Rand. However, even though it's actually strengthened a little against the US$ recently, South Africa still offers some of the most reasonably-priced, excellent safari destinations in Africa.
The main reason is that pricing here is still quoted in local currency – whether it be domestic flights, transport, accommodation and safaris and tours – which immediately gives you an incredible saving, courtesy of the favourable exchange rate when you're paying in US Dollars, Pounds and Euros.
Other top safari destinations like East Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe are quoted in US Dollars, a currency far more stable than their local ones, so your rates are fixed and you won't score anything when you convert currencies. Namibia's currency is on par with South Africa's, i.e. 1 Namibian Dollar = 1 South African Rand. However, the vast travelling distances of Namibia can add considerable costs to your safari, whether you're planning to do it by road or by air.
South Africa has to be one of the best out-of-season options - AND many of the lodges are currently offering their winter specials. It's the ideal time of year to go on safari: the weather is cooler, yet still a balmy 20 – 28°C midday (68 – 83°F) and it's undoubtedly the best time for game viewing as the grass is dry and down-trodden, vegetation has thinned out considerably and animals congregate around scarce and shrinking water sources. Good animal sightings abound at this time of year.
There's just no time like the present! See our specials for more details of excellent savings at superb safari lodges that are offering low season and long-stay specials right now.
Have you been on safari to South Africa recently? How did the prices shape up? Please tell us about it in the comments below.
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