Traveling to Africa is an exciting and diverse experience, as the continent offers a wide range of cultures, landscapes, activities, and places to explore. There are many things to consider when planning a trip to Africa. Travel on this continent may be a bit more unfamiliar than traveling within the US, Europe, or Australia. Here are some of the most important tips and considerations when planning your trip:
The average cost of traveling per day in Africa can vary significantly. It depends on several factors, including the country you’re visiting, your travel style, and your personal preferences. Generally, Africa offers a wide range of options to cater to different budgets, from backpacker hostels to luxury safaris. Here’s a rough breakdown of daily travel costs for various budget levels:
Budget Travel: $30 – $50 USD per day
Mid-Range Travel: $50 – $150 USD per day
Luxury Travel: $150 USD and above per day
African countries have some of the most affordable food we’ve come across during our travels. While it’s definitely possible to eat at upscale restaurants, many countries have an abundance of street food stalls and cheap local restaurants. Make sure to try the local dishes of the country you’re visiting.. it’s all part of the experience!
The way you get around will depend on driving safety of the country you’re visiting, as well as your budget. Renting a car in Morocco was great for us! It was affordable ($35/day), we were able to drive from destination to destination easily, and we felt safe. On the other hand, we would not recommend renting a car in Egypt because the traffic is crazy in the cities and there are quite a few police checkpoints from place to place. We hired a private driver in Egypt to take us from Aswan to Abu Simbel (4 hours each way) and that cost $100. Do your research about renting a car and public transportation options before your trip.
Mid-range suggested daily budget – 40-70 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a mid-range hotel or Airbnb, eating out at affordable restaurants or street stalls, and using local transportation if possible. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!)