As with any holiday in a foreign country, you will have some unexpected expenses, however it is possible with some forethought to budget for these. 1. Tipping
Tipping is often overlooked when budgeting for a safari in Africa. Although at your own discretion, tipping is still expected in most cases so you will need to set aside some cash for this.
You will likely tip your safari guide, hotel or lodge staff and local cultural experiences in the villages may prompt you to tip. This can be anything between 10-15 USD per person per day, so be sure to be prepared. Tipping 10-15% on your restaurant bill for meals is also the norm so make room in your budget for these too.
Tips are usually paid USD so be prepared and bring along some small change. 2. Adventure travel insurance
Another consideration is travel insurance when planning your safari trip. The standard insurance provided by your credit card is not sufficient coverage for an adventure safari if you plan on taking part in game drives and other activities so you should budget for adventure travel insurance too. This can cost between 50 and 150 USD for a 14-day trip. I recommend World Nomads travel insurance
who has comprehensive cover for this type of travel.