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When you think of the most expensive cities, destinations such as New York, London, Geneva, and Zurich typically come to mind, but you might be surprised that according to Squaremonth, a travel insurance comparison website – these cities don’t even make the top ten.

Herd of african elephants on a safari trip to Kenya and a snow capped Kilimanjaro mountain in Tanzania in the background, under a cloudy blue skies. destinations concept

Squaremouth analyzed its data from thousands of travel insurance policy sales to determine which countries were the most expensive destinations to insure, and they’re not what you think. Squaremouth found that travelers spent 44% more on the 25 most expensive destinations compared to any other country, while the average trip cost to these destinations was over $11,000, almost three times more than the average traveler spent this year.

The below destinations represent the countries that had the highest trip cost amount.

10. Monaco

Average Trip Cost: $10,247.35

A playground for the rich and famous, Monaco has developed a reputation for being extravagant and not a destination you want to visit on a budget. Accommodation ranges from mid-range and expensive, with an average night at a luxury hotel setting you back almost $800.

Panoramic view of prince's palace in Monte Carlo in a summer day, Monaco, destinations concept

9. Central African Republic

Average Trip Cost: $10,651.98

Central African Republic is considered one of the poorest countries in Africa, with very low tourism due to its troubled history. The U.S Travel Advisory classifies this county at its highest travel advisory level, Level 4 – Do Not Travel, due to its civil unrest and election-related violence. Since the country has not been set up for tourists, traveling around the country can be logistically difficult, with organized pre-paid packages being the best (and most expensive) way to see it.

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African Man stepping into the door of a little church at the Cathedral Bangui, Notre Dame, famous church in Central African Republic, destinations concept

8. Kenya

Average Trip Cost: $11,574.77

Kenya has a more developed tourism industry than its African neighbors, so prices can add up, especially when choosing safaris that cater to a luxury crowd. These stunning lodges typically attract wealthy and older tourist demographics offering elaborate accommodations to get close and personal with Africa’s wildlife.

Sunrise over the Masai Mara, with a pair of low-flying hot air balloons and a herd of wildebeest below in the typical red oat grass of the region. In Kenya during the annual Great Migration., destinations concept

7. Marshall Islands

Average Trip Cost: $12,405.38

Located in the western Pacific Ocean, flights to this island don’t come cheap. The island is popular for vacation packages that bundle all-inclusive resorts or hotels with flights and therefore require a higher down payment. Otherwise, accommodation and getting around are relatively cheap, with taxis costing $1.28 per kilometer.

Aerial view of Marshall island located in the Pacific Ocean, destinations concept

6. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Average Trip Cost: $12,874.45

These remote islands located in the southern Atlantic Ocean are part of the British Overseas territory and are one of the most visited locations in Antarctica. Since the area is quite isolated, visitors must arrive by sea and have a visitor permit. The most popular way to see this destination is via a cruise ship or yacht, which can come at a substantial price.

Low angle view of group of king penguins standing tall against the backdrop of craggy mountains during mating season on South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic Ocean.

5. Tanzania

Average Trip Cost: $13,244.88

Safaris are considered quite costly in Tanzania due to the park entrance fees that are a lot more expensive than other parks in Africa. Accommodation prices are high, with double rooms inside parks coming at around $600-800 per night, but there are still plenty of other attractions to explore.

Serengeti, Tanzania - African Boho style contemporary Tent camp lodge bedroom interior with natural wooden chair set and bed with canopy mosquito net and forest view through bay window

4. Zimbabwe

Average Trip Cost: $14,393.87

Locations in Africa have developed a good reputation for offering luxury as close to its wildlife as possible, and Zimbabwe is another country that has developed a premium tourist scene to meet this demand. The most luxurious lodges in Zimbabwe offer exclusivity, privacy, large space, and impeccable service to justify the hefty price tag.

Rainbow over Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, sunny day in Africa

3. Antarctica

Average Trip Cost: $17,730.93

With the average cruise cost to Antarctica sitting around $8,000 per person and luxury voyages exceeding $15,000, it’s easy to understand why this is one of the most expensive destinations to visit. Due to its distance, Antarctica is likely a place you would only do once in a lifetime, so travelers don’t mind splurging for something special – but just make sure you’re choosing an operator that is conscious of its footprint on the area.

Mountains and cruise ship in Antarctica in sunny day

2. Botswana

Average Trip Cost: $17,753.80

Botswana is considered the safari dream and is one of the most popular and safest destinations that people think of when they’re planning their safari. You can see from the destinations in the top ten list that nearly half are from African nations, which are popular for their unique safaris. Botswana’s top-end camps can set you back around $2,000 a night on average.

Elephants by the swimming pool. Taken at Kwetsani Camp in the Jao Concession of the Okavango Delta, Botswana.

1. Congo

Average Individual Trip Cost: $32,420.00

Similarly to the Central African Republic, Congo is not a country that has been set up for tourism, with not enough adequate infrastructure to allow tourists to move around easily. From cars that need constant repairs to high fuel prices, high taxes, and expensive accommodations, planes, and boats; only a select few with a healthy budget can visit.

View of a volcano in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa

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Gava

Monday 1st of May 2023

I really can't tell which kind of trips this article is referring to but, the prices are way too high, even for a luxury safari. I work with Afrik-Trek Holidays Ltd, a local tour company based in Uganda offering trips across East Africa but i haven't seen someone being charged that much for a safari in Tanzania. You even included that the park entrances are very high! That is misleading, it is only $40. A standard Tanzania safari cost for 7 days cost somewhere like $1,600 to $2,500 and a luxury one between $2,500 to $5,000 depending on the group size and activities. For the countries outside East Africa, i can not say anything but for East African countries, you have exaggerated.

Allan Eccles

Wednesday 28th of December 2022

Not sure that the above information is accurate. I am the owner and founder of a specialist African wildlife Tour Operator business.

I have been selling higher end packages to Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and manu other African wildlife destinations for over 34 years.

Most of our prices for mid to higher end packages are not nearly as expensive as the average package prices you list in this article.

Without qualifying what properties and product you are basing your research on, the article misleads a potential visitor to the region into thinking that those average prices are accurate.

Unfortunately this is how tourism in countries reliant on tourism for job stimulation and income are hard hit. Most people reading articles won't question the content and just assume it is accurate.

For over 40 years, I have personally specialized in African wildlife travel and don't agree with this article's findings.

Allan Eccles Owner of Falcon Africa

Map

Tuesday 27th of December 2022

Tanzania not that much cost

Pride

Friday 21st of July 2023

@Map, I totally agree with you.

Peter Hill

Saturday 24th of December 2022

These prices obviously don't include independent travelers. I've traveled in most of these listed countries for a tiny fraction on the costs in this article.

Geoffrey Kirima

Friday 23rd of December 2022

Wonderful to read