Tanzania Safari Cost

Tanzania Safari Cost

Tanzania is among the developing countries on the African continent and one would think that visiting this country is cheap however because the tourism industry is among the key economic contributors to this country it is a surprise to many when they learn about how much a Tanzania Safari costs. This beautiful destination offers a variety of things to do while on a Tanzania Safari among which are seeing the big five animals, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro the highest mountain on the African continent, watching the great wildebeest migration, Cultural tours to visit the amazing Masai people among many other things.

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Tanzania Safari Cost per person with different safari packages

Safari Package Category of Accommodation Places to visit Number of Travellers Cost Per person (USD)
12-Day Northern Tanzania Safari and Zanzibar Mid-range(Lodge &Tented Camp) Arusha(Start), Tarangire NP, Lake Manyara NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro, Nungwi-Zanzibar (End) 2 $5,400
5-Day Luxury Northern Tanzania Safari Luxury (Tented Camp) Arusha (Start), Tarangire NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro, Arusha (End) 2 $1,950
6-Day Big Five Camping Safari Budget (Camping) Arusha(Start), Tarangire NP, Lake Manyara NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro, Arusha (End) 2 $1,080
14-Day Serengeti-Ngorongoro Luxury (Tented camp and Lodge) Arusha(Start),Lake Manyara NP, Ngorongoro, Tarangire NP, Serengeti NP, Arusha, Zanzibar (Beach), Stone Town(Zanzibar), Arusha (End) 2 $4,139 or $4,602
6-Day AdventureTanzania Safari Mid-range (Tented Camp) Arusha(Start), Tarangire NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro,Lake Manyara NP, Kilimanjaro Airport (End) 2 $2,257
8-Day Serengeti Great Migration Safari Budget (Camping & Lodge) Arusha(Start), Tarangire NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Highlands, Ngorongoro, Arusha (End) 2 $1,797


Factors that affect the cost of a Tanzania Safari

  1. Length of safari

I believe this is straightforward! The overall cost of a Tanzania Safari will be influenced by how many days you will spend on holiday in the country. The fewer days the Safari the cheaper it will be and the vice versa is true. It’s for that reason that budget travelers visiting Tanzania are advised to opt for shorter 3 to 4 day itineraries of exploring the different wildlife sanctuaries. Alternatively, if you would wish to have a long a Tanzania Safari holiday and yet you are on a limited budget you are advised then just step down on the quality of accommodation you will be staying at or you may opt to visit during the off-peak tourist season when the cost of accommodation is discounted.

  1. When to travel

Another important aspect that will greatly affect the cost of a safari in Tanzania is the time of year you choose to take your Safari. The safari prices are highest in the peak tourist season that begins in December to February as well as from June to August when the number of tourists in the country is at its highest with demand on accommodation being very high that leads to fares nearly doubling. The off-peak season on the other hand is best recommended for those interested in visiting Tanzania but on a limited budget and that is from the month of March, April and May when the country is experiencing the rainy season

Another expensive time to visit in Tanzania is during the Christmas holidays a season that runs from 24th December to 1st January. During this holiday season, most of the accommodation facilities in Tanzania charge a fixed New Year’s and Christmas surcharge that is non-negotiable. When visiting Zanzibar Island during the holiday season you will realize that most properties only offer accommodation to guests staying between five to seven (5 to 7) nights. So budget travelers visiting Tanzania are advised to avoid visiting the country during the peak Safari season as well as the holiday season

A table showing the average cost of a Tanzania Safari in different Seasons

Season Comfortable Budget Mid-range (private safaris) Top Deluxe (combines fly-in & private safaris)
1. Green Season (April To May) $350 – $450 $450 – $650 Many are closed
2. Shoulder (January – March, June & October) $400 – $500 $550 – $700 $700 – $1000
3. Peak Season (July To September or October) $450 – $570 $600 – $900 $900 – $1400



  1. Your mode of transport in Tanzania

During your Safari in Tanzania depending on your itinerary you might have to transfer from one destination to another and this can either be done in scheduled in-bound flights or by taking the longer drives on roads. It is very evident that inbound flights will cost more despite the fact that they will save you from the discomfort or driving for long hours and experiencing the bumpy rides especially in the remote roads in the countryside.

  1. Which National Parks to Visit

Unlike most countries in Africa, in Tanzania not all national parks are charges the same entrance fees. When you look at the well-known Serengeti National Park as well as the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you will realize that they charge a higher cost as entrance fee compared to other national parks in the country such as the Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park. In addition holidaymakers that are going to visit the Ngorongoro Crater will have to pay a crater fee on top of the conservation area entrance fee which at the end of the day will increase the total Safari cost in Tanzania


  1. Quality of accommodation

Another important key contributor of the final cost of a safari in Tanzania is the quality of accommodation you will stay at through your safari. there are a number of different types of accommodation offered in Tanzania varying from basic camping grounds to midrange facilities and then the luxury tented camps and  lodges. So Tanzania has all types of accommodations to suit all your tastes and preferences irrespective of your budget. Holidaymakers who are traveling on a limited budget can opt to include camping on some of their safari nights as an option for accommodation rather than having to pay expensive lodges.

  1. Activities you engage in

on any traditional Safari holiday everyone will expect to enjoy the ordinary game drives which are unlimited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. however Tanzania as a destination offers a wide range of optional activities that you can engage in and these includes the hot air balloon safaris, bird watching tours, guided walking tours, boat / canoe rides and night game drives – with each of these being charges differently. At the end of the day the number of optional activities you will engage in will affect the total cost of your Safari in Tanzania

A table showing the cost of Optional Activities in Tanzania

Optional Activities Cost in US Dollars
1. Hot Air Balloon Safari $599
2. Guided Walking Tours $ 40
3. Night Game Drives $59
4. Boat / Canoe Rides $35 – $60


  1. Solo or Group Safari?

In instances where you will be traveling as a group or joining a group you will split a number of expenses among the group such as the vehicle fee since you will be sharing the car. This will also apply to costs like guiding fee and driver fee. Group tours are highly recommended for budget travelers who are interested in visiting Tanzania on the other hand if traveling solo on a private Safari you will have to incur all charges such as Park entrance fees, cost of a vehicle, guide and driver fees as well as accommodation. However you can always consider traveling with a friend or loved one in order to split the cost

  1. Additional Tanzania Safari costs

There are a number of additional costs every holidaymaker visiting Tanzania will incur and these have highlighted below:

Insurance cost: every person visiting any country on the African continent is highly advised to acquire a good travel insurance that will offer comprehensive cover throughout your Safari duration and will offer evacuation in case of emergency. Additional covers like medical are some of the key factors you should lookout for when booking your travel insurance it should also be able to cover things such as theft of property and flight cancellation

Cost for souvenirs: it is very traditional that everyone visiting Tanzania on a safari will go back home with some souvenirs for their loved ones, family or friends back at home. Fortunately there are a variety of beautiful mementos has that you can buy in this country and these come at different costs; so while planning your Tanzania safari a souvenir budget of $20 to $50 is worth putting in mind

Laundry fee: despite the fact that majority of the lodges offer laundry services you will realize that the service is offered at an additional cost which varies from one facility to another however Budget travelers have an option of doing some of their laundry but nonetheless the cost for laundry should be included on you plan a Safari to Tanzania

Cost of snacks and beverages: not all accommodation in Tanzania are fully inclusive even those that are full board. It is for that reason that you should come up with an additional budget especially if you’re looking forward to enjoying a nice refreshing sundowner or some alcoholic beers and additional snacks. It is with just a few top notch luxury facilities where you will find that alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic beverages are included in the accommodation rates.

Cost for tipping: in Tanzania it is traditional to tip staffs that have been exceptionally good and helpful to you throughout your Safari, however tipping is not mandatory. It’s for that reason that you are advised to come up with a tipping budget and below we have come up with an estimate of how much you should tip on your Safari, please keep in mind that the figures below are not fixed so you can tip as much as you wish.

A table showing the Average tips to give on a Tanzania Safari

Category Cost in US Dollars
1. Safari driver $20 a day
2. Trekking guide $20 per trek
3. Porters $15 a day
4. Safari Chief especially when camping or  mountain climbing $15 a day
5. Hotel Staff $10


5 ways to travel budget on a safari in Tanzania

The following tips will help you cut on the cost of your safari in Tanzania especially when traveling on a limited safari budget

  1. Avoid Peak / Holiday Season

In March, April and May the country is experiencing the rainy season and this is considered as the off-peak tourist season with fewer tourist crowds and many accommodations offering discounted rates. it the best time to visit Tanzania as a budget travel. the peak season (June to August) as well as the Holiday Season (24th December to 1st January) should on the other hand be avoided since the safari costs are very high.

  1. Choose Budget Friendly Accommodation

While traveling on budget always endeavors that you book budget friendly facilities and these can better be combined with a couple of nights while camping to further reduce your safari budget.

  1. Opt for a Group / Schedules Safari

Budget travels are highly advised to join group tours or scheduled safaris while visiting Tanzania as this will help split a number of costs among the group such as vehicle fee, fuel fee and guiding fee.

  1. Avoid hopping among the tourist destinations

While on budget avoid an itinerary that includes visiting several destinations as this wont only take up a lot of time packing and unpacking your luggage but also cost you a lot in terms of transportation and park entrance costs. You can actually plan a safari itinerary to just two national parks but see all the amazing things you have dreamed of on a safari

  1. Use a safari guide rather than a fly-in safari

You will all agree with me that a fly-in Safari is more expensive compared to taking a guided safari in Tanzania.

Best time to Visit Tanzania

Although Tanzania is considered to be an all year round destination, the best time to visit is from July to October during the dry season a time that coincides with the river crossing of the wildebeest migration within the northern part of the Serengeti. The vegetation is nearly dry making it very easy to spot the different animals in their natural habitat.

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