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How much does a safari in Tanzania really cost?

Cost of Safari in TanzaniaAre you planning to travel to Tanzania but you are asking yourself how much it will actually cost? This guide will help you to get a clear picture of what to expect and where the differences are.

The cost of a safari in Tanzania can vary significantly depending on various factors such as the duration of the safari, the type of accommodations, the number of people, the level of luxury, the season, and the specific itinerary.

Tanzania Horizon Safaris will help you to find the perfect safari itinerary at your preferred budget for you.

The pricing for Tanzania safaris spans a wide range, from affordable options to luxury experiences. When planning your safari, it’s crucial to determine your budget. Our travel experts at Tanzania Horizon Safaris can customize the cost of your safari based on factors like travel dates, group size, and accommodation preferences.

First thoughts & considerations to plan your safari:

One of the initial considerations is whether you’re open to sharing your game drive vehicle, guide, and driver with other guests. This can be done by joining a safari group in Tanzania or by opening a new safari group sp that other travelers can join you. Opting for a safari group in Tanzania can significantly reduce costs while allowing you make friends with other travelers, creating memorable experiences as you witness wildlife and immerse in the sights and sounds of the savannah

Alternatively, if you prefer a more intimate and flexible experience, a private safari in Tanzania may be your preference. This option provides exclusivity and personalized attention throughout your journey.

What makes Tanzania a high-price safari destination?

Tanzania is considered a high-price safari destination due to several factors:

  1. Wildlife Diversity: Tanzania is home to a remarkable array of wildlife, including the iconic Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros). The diverse ecosystems, national parks, and conservation areas provide abundant opportunities for wildlife viewing.
  2. Dimension: Tanzania has declared almost 40% of its surface as national parks in order to preserve this unique wildlife heritage. As a consequence, it is not possible to build big cities, towns and industries in- or nearby those areas while the costs to protect the national parks are high. You can find an overview of All national parks in Tanzania here.
  3. Exclusive and Remote Locations: Tanzania offers a range of remote and exclusive safari destinations, such as the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Gombe National Park and Selous Game Reserve. These locations often require specialized logistics and infrastructure, which can increase costs.
  4. Conservation Efforts: Tanzania has invested significantly in conservation efforts, leading to well-managed national parks and protected areas. The associated costs for conservation, anti-poaching measures, and infrastructure maintenance contribute to the overall safari expenses.
  5. Infrastructure and Accessibility: Developing and maintaining safari infrastructure, including lodges, camps, and safari vehicles, involves significant costs. Remote locations may require additional logistics, such as flights or ground transfers, adding to the overall expense.
  6. High Demand – Small Lodges: Tanzania is a popular safari destination, attracting a large number of visitors from all over the world each year. The high demand for quality safari experiences contributes to the pricing structure.
  7. NO to mass tourism: In order to preserve the beautiful, intimate safari atmosphere and nature, there are restrictions to the sizes of the lodges. You will not find big lodges with hundreds of rooms inside the national parks. Most lodges only offer a handful of rooms that are fast to be fully booked. The lack of availability contributes to the relatively high prices.
  8. Seasonal Factors: The price of safaris in Tanzania can also vary depending on the time of year. Peak seasons, such as the Great Migration in the Serengeti, tend to attract higher prices due to increased demand.


Tanzania Safaris closer to natureBudget ranges for Safaris in Tanzania:

Here is a rough estimate of the cost for different types of safaris in Tanzania:

  1. Budget Safari in Tanzania: Budget safaris start from around $300 per person per day. These typically include basic accommodations at campsites, transportation, and game drives inside the national parks.
  2. Mid-Range Safari in Tanzania: Mid-range safaris usually range from $400 to $600 per person per day. They include accommodations with private bathrooms, restaurants and additional facilities such as swimming pools.
  3. Luxury Safari in Tanzania: Luxury safaris can cost anything from $600 to $1,500 or more per person per day. These offer top-notch accommodations with spa facilities, spacious swimming pools and exclusive game drives in private reserves or concessions, gourmet meals, and a high level of personalized service. Luxury safaris often provide a more intimate and luxurious wildlife experience as many luxury lodges are limited to very few rooms.


All in all, this makes Tanzania a rather high-price travel destination but you get much in return:

  • Amazing and unique nature
  • Very high density of wildlife
  • High quality service at small to medium size lodges
  • Very beautiful accommodations


On the internet you will find lots of low budget offers, but it is important to consider the following details:

  • Does the company have a good reputation?
  • Does the company reply to messages on time?
  • Are there any mileage limitations for the jeeps?
  • How many hours of game drive will you have?
  • Which vehicles are used for the safari?
  • Is the company paying fair salaries to their workers?
  • Are the lodges located inside or outside the national parks?
  • Which standard do the accommodations have?


Please find an overview of the different types of accommodations here.

Our prices:
Our prices include airport transfers, accommodation, meals, park fees, concession fees, transit fees from one park to another, special fees (for example Ngorongoro Crater entrance fees) transportation, local flights and the services of our professional guide with fair salaries for all our team.

Conclusion:
While Tanzania offers a range of safari options at various price points, the factors mentioned above contribute to its reputation as a higher-priced destination for safari experiences.

There are plenty of options for all type of budgets. Please contact us and let us know your estimated budget so that we can find the best solutions for you.

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