Best Affordable Vacations in Africa and The Middle East
As long as you can overcome the cost of airfare, you can experience the wonders of this part of the world fairly cheaply. Taking into account the price of hotel rooms and things to do, U.S. News has rounded up the least expensive places to visit in Africa and the Middle East. Be sure to vote on the destinations you believe belong; all votes will be calculated in next year's ranking.
Why go: Once you're in Cairo, you'll find plenty of opportunities to cut costs. Cairo's must-see sites have minimal admission fees, while the ancient neighborhoods won't require a penny for exploration. If you can beat the heat, visit during the summer for reduced rates. Read More»
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Why go: With renowned sites, such as the Valley of the Kings, Luxor experiences heavy crowds. While you'll contend with tourists, you can rest easy knowing you won't break the bank. Entrance fees are minimal, and budget-friendly hotels can be found (as long as you book far in advance).
Why go: Unlike other destinations where hotel rates generally rise the closer you get to the center of a city, Old City properties are actually cheaper than those outside the ancient walls. Just pick your dates wisely: Prices soar in the fall during the Jewish High Holidays. Read More»
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Why go: It's easy to conserve your cash while getting swept up in the Red City. If you enjoy haggling, you'll score some great souvenirs in Djemaa el Fna at a discounted price. And hanging your hat at a riad (a traditional Moroccan house) will give you a unique lodging experience without a high price tag. Read More»
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Why go: Once you get to Cape Town, hotel rates will be the biggest threat to your budget. Savvy vacationers travel during March and October to capitalize on less costly lodging. Sure, it may be too cold for the beach, but at least you'll have some spare cash for souvenirs. Read More»
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Why go: Kruger National Park is one of the best places in the world for wildlife-watching. And though exploring in an official safari vehicle will cost a pretty penny, you can still experience Kruger on the cheap: Just swap the luxury lodge for a bush camp and ditch the guided tour for a DIY visit.
Why go: Those who decide to spend their Moroccan getaway in Fez will encounter lower rates than they would in tourist-heavy Marrakech.Take advantage of discounted hotel rooms in the spring, and keep your dining costs in check by replacing expensive restaurant meals with the city's flavorful street food.
Why go: You'll cringe at the exorbitant rates advertised by Seychelles' resorts. But if you're willing to forgo the lap of luxury for a more modest apartment or bungalow rental, you can end up saving big bucks. That just leaves airfare, which tends to drop in the spring and the fall. Read More»
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Why go: With careful planning, you can easily swing a trip to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Instead of renting a car, opt for an organized safari. Most include lodging, food and transportation to and from the air strip. Also, avoid the four centrally located lodges in Serengeti — they may be luxurious, but they're pricey. Read More»
Why go: While it may not be as expensive as Dubai, a trip to Abu Dhabi could still leave a major dent in your wallet. But you'll save if you're willing to travel during the summer, when you can enjoy major discounts on room rates and fewer crowds. Resist the urge to shop and instead take a free tour of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque or the Al Jahili Fort. Read More»
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