Insights from a global study indicate that with the recovery of the tourism sector, we will witness an uptick in luxury travelers in 2023. This comes as no surprise after a tumultuous three years that were mostly spent in lockdown and under strict travel restrictions. During this period, travelers have not been able to spoil themselves much and are therefore looking for new and fulfilling travel experiences. But if we’re honest, times are tougher than ever before and money is tight. So, how can you have the luxury holiday that you want on a budget that you can afford?
Anton Gillis, CEO of Kruger Gate Hotel in South Africa shares four ways for international travelers to South Africa to experience affordable luxury travel.
Research and planning
To ensure that you receive the best bang for your buck, it’s important that you spend time conducting thorough research as this is the key to a successful luxury travel experience. In doing so, you will be able to compare the best flight deals and accommodation options to meet your luxury travel needs. If this process is too overwhelming for you, consider leaving it with the experts and make use of a travel agent.
Travel during off-season
One of the most cost-effective ways to enjoy luxury travel is during the off-season or “shoulder season” as it’s also known. From your flight, to accommodation, food and activities, traveling in the off-season is one of the most crucial factors of luxury travel on budget. Not only does it save on expenses, but also eliminates the issue of peak-season crowds that usually feel suffocating. Also, this is the best time to grab some of the best deals, discounts, and offers.
Keep in mind that “off season” does not apply everywhere. In South Africa, for example, you may not want to visit coastal cities during the colder months, but the Kruger National Park is an excellent destination of choice at this time of the year. This is when you’ll start to see the Big Cats emerge, including the very shy leopard and, with foliage significantly thinned out, catching sight of wildlife becomes much easier. Water also becomes more scarce, so animals converge at natural water sources and watering holes, which are prime opportunities to get some magnificent sightings and photographs.
Travel where your money is worth more
Travelers from Europe, have a variety of pocket-friendly travel destinations to choose from, owing to the strength of each country’s respective currency in relation to many markets. In South Africa for the perfect three-night stay at a luxurious hotel, such as Kruger Gate, prices start from around £364,19 for two adults. The property, situated just 100m from the entrance into the Kruger National Park, is set in a tranquil riverine woodland of immense African trees and rich birdlife, with uninterrupted views over the Sabie riverbed. For this price, guests receive all the comforts of an upmarket 4-star hotel experience and the warm hospitality that South Africa is known for. It offers a range of elegant accommodation from Deluxe to Family rooms, and from Luxury suites to the Nkanyi presidential suite. With refined Africa-inspired décor, all rooms have ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, free wi-fi and in-room dining.
Explore the road less traveled
If you ask your friends and family about traveling to South Africa, we’re certain that many will say that they have been to Cape Town or Johannesburg. While the Kruger National Park is known to many as its Africa’s second-oldest game reserve, and at over 7500 sq mi (almost 20 000 km2) it is one of the continent’s largest conservation areas, we’re sure not many in your social circle have made the trip to the Park while in South Africa. If you are looking for a unique South African experience that will give you that “luxury for less” feeling, then the Kruger National Park is certainly it.
From serene coastal to unique safari experiences, South Africa boasts an array of experiences for the luxury traveler to enjoy – even if your budget is tight.