Factors affecting the cost of a Tanzanian Safari
When people first look into Tanzania safari prices, they might experience a moment of ‘sticker shock’.
As a developing nation, many people expect Tanzania to be a cheap destination. However, the safari industry is big business in Tanzania, and those looking for a bargain might be surprised when they see how much a safari costs.
We like to consider your safari an investment. You’re spending your money to create memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.
But what goes into the cost of a Tanzanian safari?
An Investment in Adventure
There are a number of factors that contribute to the final price tag that gets attached to your safari:
- Standard of accommodation;
- National parks;
- Optional activities;
- Domestic flights;
- Number of travelers;
- Time of year.
All of the above come into the equation when your AQ Tours & Safaris expert is calculating the cost of your Tanzanian safari adventure.
A four-day camping safari with six people is going to be cheaper per person than a five-day luxury safari for two people.
Obviously, a safari’s price is influenced by its length.
For those on a tight budget, you might want to consider a shorter itinerary such as our Tanzania Express, which packs three parks into four days of exhilarating game drives.
A Longer Safari for Less Money
If you want to spend longer on safari, some trips to fit a longer trip to your budget would be lowering your standard of accommodation, bringing along additional people, or choosing to visit Tanzania during low season.
Standard of accommodation
Accommodation is a huge part of the final cost of your Tanzanian safari.
Thankfully, Tanzania offers something for all budgets. From camping out under the stars to affordable lodges to tented camps to luxury properties, there is something to suit any taste.
When planning your safari, it is possible to strike a balance between comfort, cost, and staying in fantastic properties.
It might be worth including a camping safari component for a couple of nights so that you can splash out on that unforgettable luxury lodge on your last night.
Your AQ Tours & Safaris expert can prepare a quote using budget, medium, or luxury accommodations. They can also provide you with a mix of different styles to tailor the experience to your tastes and budget.
Not all national parks are created equal.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti, for example, charge a much higher entrance fee than Tarangire or Arusha National Park.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area also has a crater fee that contributes to making this the most expensive day on most safaris.
While unlimited game drives between 6 am and 6 pm are included in all of our safaris, there are a number of optional activities that can be added to your safari.
These range from relatively affordable adventures such as guided walking safaris to pricier options such as night game drives and hot air balloon safaris.
Airport transfers from Arusha and Kilimanjaro Airport are usually included in your quote. These are the same price you would get with a local taxi, and come without the hassle of having to explain where your hotel is.
For those landing in Nairobi, we can also arrange shuttle transfers or private transfers at additional cost.
Lastly, for those flying between parks or combining countries, it is important to note that on some days you will be paying for two cars.