Lions and Cheetahs. Leopards and Elephants. Rhinos, Hippos, Buffalos, Zebras, Giraffes and more. You’ve seen it on Nat Geo or Discovery and you’ve most likely said “someday, I want to do that.” But, safaris are pricey adventures, right? Google “Safari Africa” or “Safari South Africa” and seeing packages for a week costing over $10,000 USD, you’d soon be led to believe that you’d have to seriously break the bank in order to witness these gorgeous creatures completely in their element. Not so. Leave it up to us to find a less expensive way of getting it done. Here’s the nitty gritty on where best to find the Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Black Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo) in Southern Africa and doing it on the cheap.
Remember the last time you were abroad and were constantly getting pulled over or stopped by police, then asked for paperwork that doesn’t exist, fire extinguishers that don’t exist, and threats to take your license or passport to the capital 400 miles away? Most times all these corrupt jerks wanted was a bribe and through bitten tongue, you ponied up. Well, fear not, we’ve figured out how to avoid paying the bribe and you can too. Just follow this simple advice and chances are you’ll be on your way! BTW, we highly recommend color-photocopying and laminating your driver license for these exact scenarios and never, ever, giving up your passport. Worst case scenario, tell them to keep the (fake) license!