The Rolls-Royce of budget camping safaris – Exclusive Camping Safaris
While searching for a budget tour, you may have come across some camping safaris classified as “Exclusive” on our site or elsewhere. We know this tour category can sound like a bit of a contradiction (being exclusive, yet budget and camping) so here is a bit of a breakdown.
Exclusive Safaris – camping in style
Both Exclusive Budget and Exclusive Overland Safaris are essentially camping tours, with two to three nights of accommodation thrown into the mix for added comfort. For the accommodated nights on these exclusive types of camping tours, you stay in lodge-style accommodation. On the camping nights you stay at tented camps, offering more luxurious camping facilities than basic camp sites.
Exclusive safaris are ideal for the first-time, or reluctant camper, who is unsure if the whole camping experience is for them. These exclusive camping tours are also perfect for the seasoned camper who wants a step up from standard and basic camping packages.
If you’re travelling on a very tight budget and the accommodated tours are looking a little too expensive, then you will probably find that the exclusive camping safaris meet your needs better. This camping option will enable you to visit the same highlights and game parks as the budget lodge safaris on even more of a shoestring.
What’s so Exclusive About these Camping Tours?
Both types of Exclusive Camping Safaris are classed as small group safaris, travelling with a maximum of 16 people. For the bulk of the tour travellers stay at permanent or semi-permanent tented camps, spending two or three nights (sometimes more) in lodge-style accommodation along the way.
Participation: One of the key differences between the exclusive camping safaris and traditional camping safaris is the level of participation required. Exclusive camping tours call for little or no participation, as opposed to standard camping tours where you are expected to help out quite a bit. If and when participation is called-for on exclusive camping safaris it will usually be in the form of helping to dismantle or set up camp.
Camping equipment: Another factor that sets exclusive safaris apart from standard camping tours is that the tents are equipped with camping mattresses (at the least), softening the camping experience. On some of the exclusive camping tours camping beds, pillows and all linen are included too.
Food: The exclusive camping tours also provide higher quality meals, given that you have a dedicated cook. For example, in Tanzania the exclusive budget camping tours include a wide selection of hot drinks and hearty meals that have been well-prepared, so you can expect to be well-fed.
Types of Exclusive Camping Safaris
There are two types of Exclusive Safaris – Exclusive Budget Safaris and Exclusive Overland Safaris. These are still affordable tours for the budget traveller, not to be confused with luxury safaris!
Exclusive Budget Safaris – the perks
These are the more exclusive of the two exclusive tour types. Why?
Mostly because the group size is smaller and the vehicles are smaller, resulting in a more personal safari experience.
Pros of the Exclusive Budget Safaris, include:
• Small group size: between 2 and 6 to 8 travellers per tour
• Transfers and game viewing drives in smaller vehicles
• Guaranteed window seat in some areas (East Africa)
• More personal safari experience
• Inclusive tour price
• Camping equipment