Geckos’ new budget safaris make bucket-list item affordable for youths

Geckos’ new budget safaris make bucket-list item affordable for youths

TORONTO — An African safari has traditionally been a bucket-list item for even the most seasoned travellers. But with Geckos Adventures new safari tours, Millennials can now afford one of the greatest travel experiences of a lifetime.

Focusing solely on the 18-29 year old demographic, Intrepid Group’s youth operator has launched several new safari tours in Kenya, Botswana and South Africa, offering an affordable option rarely seen on the continent. While it is estimated an average safari can cost between $1,000-$1,200 per day, Geckos Adventures’ safaris will start at just $1,095 for an entire nine-day tour.

The new tours include the 12-day ‘East Africa Safari’, starting at $2,725. Beginning in Nairobi, this overland-style trip visits East Africa’s most iconic game reserves, including the Masai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Safari-goers will pack into a truck with up to 22 fellow travellers with full camping gear and a crew and chef. Price includes all meals, activities and accommodations.

The nine-day ‘Journey Through Botswana’ starts at $1,275 and includes highlights like a visit to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, camping in the Okavango wilderness, and a game drive in Chobe National Park. Off safari, clients will visit Victoria Falls and jet around in a mokoro, Africa’s canoe equivalent. The max group size is 16 travellers; destinations visited include Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Lastly, the nine-day ‘Vic Falls & Safari’ is priced from $1,095 and combines southern Africa’s most exciting locales like Hwange and Kruger National Parks with the jaw-dropping Victoria Falls. Clients will search for the Big 5 on multiple wildlife drives and explore the Blyde River Canyon in the Drakensberg escarpment.

“The demand for wildlife tours appears stronger than ever,” said James Thornton, managing director for the Intrepid Group. “When developing these new safaris, we wanted to ensure we were offering trips that were not only fun and affordable, but that had a positive impact on the communities we visited and on animal welfare.”

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