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Visitors could make 2016 the ‘year of the safari’ by heading to Africa where prices have plunged to among the lowest for five years.

With Sterling riding high against local currencies, travellers can expect to double their return on currency exchanges in some destinations.

The costs of food, drinks and travel are among the lowest since 2011 - discounting an unusual surge last year which brought Sterling to a seven-year high.

Now is one of the best times to hit the African continent as the value of Sterling slides in Europe and America post June’s EU referendum, experts claim. 

Prices for food, hotels, drinks and travel have nosedived in countries including Mozambique, Zambia, South Africa and Kenya.

Conversion rates for many African currencies are among the best they have been for the past five years.

The exchange rate is around 129 per cent better in Mozambique with a £500 conversion netting around £282 more now than in 2011.

Travellers can expect around £198 more per £500 when changing Sterling into Namibian dollars (66 per cent more) and £198 more (66 per cent) buying South African Rand.

In Mozambique a meal for two costs £15.20 compared to £34.89 in 2013 while in Kenya it is £18.38 compared to £16.67 and £21.31 compared to £35.01 in South Africa.

A beer costs just 58p in Mozambique, down 75p from the £1.34 price in 2011 while in Namibia it is £1.05 compared to £1.72.

When it comes to getting around, taxi fares are also falling with a 1km ride in Tanzania now £1.03 compared to £1.16 in 2011.

In Mozambique it will cost just 51p to travel the same distance down 66p in five years and in South Africa it will cost 53p compared to 88p.

Experts are calling 2016 the ‘year of the safari’ with prices for an animal-packed trip to the great outdoors taking a beating.

Those looking for last-minute adventure can save more than £100 on bookings for a three-day safari, according to research from travel money experts FairFX.

A visit to Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park costs around £198 compared to £518 in 2011 while a safari adventure in South Africa’s Kruger National Park is now £565 compared to £928.

Warthogs in the Gorongosa National Park credit: iStock

Around 10 of Africa’s most famous national parks can be explored for under £500, according to the study.

Chief executive Ian Strafford-Taylor said: “There’s been a lot of news about the fall of the pound since last summer so the smartest holidaymakers need to look for long-term trends to find the best value. 

“Currency swings make a huge difference to the cost of your holiday and as this latest safari index has shown.

“With the pound being significantly better value in eight African countries, it looks like 2016 could be the year of the safari.”

 A decline in commodity prices over the past three years hitting local businesses has given a knock to African economies.


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