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South Africa on a Budget

To save as much as possible on your flight to South Africa, plan to travel during the country's winter, when airfares tend to be cheapest. Once there, to get around for less, take the bus. Train travel is another affordable option, but it's still more expensive than travel by bus. Heading to Kruger National Park? Safaris can be very pricey. Cut costs by booking a self-catering safari tour, and staying at B&B's and guesthouses. Other affordable lodging options within South Africa include farmstays, campgrounds and vacation rentals.

Best Time to Go to South Africa

The seasons in South Africa run opposite those in North America. The South African summer corresponds with the North American winter -- and it's the most popular season for tourism in the country. If you're traveling to South Africa to see wildlife, head there during winter. Generally, the best time to spot big game in Kruger National Park is from May through August (and there are fewer mosquitoes during this season, too).

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