Meanwhile we have all learned that airfares are mostly taxes and it is not pleasant to see how much of the ticket price is actually not for flying, but for all sorts of taxes and surcharges. Unfortunately this is the same with safari flights.
Yes, even a dusty airstrip in the bush has departure taxes and fuel surcharges apply to light aircraft flights. These costs can be surprising when it comes to the actual costs for an African safari tour. The good news is that the amounts are much lower than for commercial flights and the biggest part of the ticket costs is really for flying, but still. It adds on.
And then there are the tourist and bed levies. They are also small amounts, but added per night and at the end they are costs as well. The levies are usually already included when you get the quotation for your safari, but like with the airfares they are there and add on.
This is just a reminder when moaning about expensive flights and accommodation that there is more to it than just the bed.
Happy adventurous safari travelling!
Ute Sonnenberg for Roho Ya Chui “soul of leopard”, Travel Africa