How Much Does a Tanzania Safari Cost?

Are you planning a safari to Tanzania and wondering how much is the cost? Tanzania is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations in Africa for wildlife viewing.  But have you wondered how much a Tanzania safari costs? The cost of a Tanzania safari tour does vary depending on several factors. Key factors affecting the price of safari in Tanzania include visitor preference, transportation, destination to be visited, timing, safari type and accommodation, etc.

On average the cost of Tanzania can range from USD 275 per day for private budget level, $ 400 per day for private midrange, and luxury private level at USD 600 per day. Note these are rough estimates and the rates can go higher or lower depending on the prevailing factors and the tour operator you will plan or book your Tanzania safari.

A detailed guide on how much does a Tanzania safari cost

A Tanzania safari cost significantly varies based on timing, destination (parks and reserves) to be visited, and others.

Accommodation –level of comfort and location

Tanzania safari like any African tour never goes without accommodation. Where to stay is a must to be booked and interestingly, a safari in Tanzania requires you to have an overnight. This means that you have to meet the cost of accommodation which also has an impact on the general cost of the Tanzania safari tour. The cost of accommodation differs depending on the class that is budget, midrange, and luxury. Each accommodation option has its amenities and someone who books a budget won’t have the same experience as that who opts to stay in a luxury lodge or camp.

The location of the safari lodge or camp for visitor stay also has an impact on the Tanzania safari cost. The distantly located accommodation from the safari park or reserve is most likely to be cheaper than one inside. While inside, the strategic location of the safari lodge or camp also comes with its benefits and their prices may not be the same as those not so strategic. A lodge set overviewing the scenic Ngorongoro Crater is most likely to be more costly. When planning a remarkable safari tour in Tanzania, it is important to take into consideration the cost of accommodation.

Length of stay in Tanzania

The number of days one may opt to spend in a destination like Tanzania also comes with their expenses. Spending more days may mean you will incur a cost on park entrance and usually, the entry fee is valid for only 24 hours. The advantage though is that you can be in a position to engage in multiple experiences in a single destination or just visit different tourist destinations. Booking a long Tanzania safari holiday can be of benefit because there is a likelihood for you to earn a discount offer.

Group travel size

Tanzania safaris do not only attract individual travelers but also group travelers. Booking a group tour is of great benefit because you stand a chance to share certain costs. This usually happens, especially on the cost of transportation. You can share the cost or expense of hiring the vehicle for your road trip.


Different activities come at their set rates and impact the general cost of a safari in Tanzania. Some many things/activities await holidaymakers on Tanzania safari including mountaineering, especially Mount Kilimanjaro hiking; game drives, chimpanzee tracking, snorkeling, scuba diving, cultural visit/walking, great migration, hot air balloon, and more.

When to visit Tanzania (timing)

Beyond the cost of transportation and accommodation, knowing the right time to travel to Tanzania for a safari is essential and influences the cost. Traveling to Tanzania for a holiday around the dry or peak months of the year may mean you incur the normal rates. The costing is done based on the normal prices considering the high demand for facilities like accommodation and transportation.

The dry season in Tanzania is best not only for the big 5 game safaris but also for the great migration plus other experiences. Considering the demand for these experiences there can be competition for accommodation facilities. Of which, you won’t expect the rates to even drop down. Traveling during this period comes with lots of benefits including easy navigation in the national parks while in search of your favorite wildlife. Visitors who book accommodation during the dry/peak season are likely to spend more than the ones who book places to stay during the off/low season.

Peak seasons

In the travel calendar, the peak/high/dry months to mark include June, July, August, and September then December, January to mid-January. Not these months aren’t only special for witnessing the dramatic wildebeest migration but they are also ideal for nature enthusiasts who would like to experience wildebeest birthing or calving event. The low or off months run from March, April to May, and then October, November to mid-December. It is around these months that you may enjoy discounted/special offers, especially on the accommodation.

Getting around (cost of transportation)

Transportation is one area that shouldn’t be left out when planning a memorable safari to Tanzania. The cost of transportation is normally covered in the general/overall cost of your itinerary. The most rewarding way of getting around Tanzania is by road transportation and a rental car can be hired at USD 150 per day. The cost of hiring a car usually excludes the park entrance fees.


Each destination in Tanzania may come with its cost in several aspects including accommodation, entry fees activities, etc. The most sought-after experiences on Tanzania safari include the Big 5 game viewing, great wildebeest migration, and Kilimanjaro mountaineering. Popular destinations like Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, and others can be costly compared to the least visited/popular ones for instance Katavi National Park. This means that you can incur slightly less than if you visited the top 5 game safari destinations in Tanzania.


There are several add-on options to consider on the Tanzania safari. Including these add-ons on your trip itinerary also influences the overall cost of the safari. Top tour add-on experiences in Tanzania include hot air balloons, mountain climbing in Mount Kilimanjaro, and more. A hike to Kilimanjaro may cost around USD 3000 per visitor while a hot air balloon ride across the spectacular Serengeti plains may cost about USD 825. Note, these are not standard rates and they are bound to change. Contact Us to plan and book your next unforgettable Tanzania safari and you won’t have any regrets.


A Tanzania safari offers more than the great migration and big 5 game encounters. You can also have an addition to the Zanzibar beach holiday and make your trip longer. An addition to the Zanzibar holiday can influence the overall cost of your Tanzania safari.

What does the Tanzania safari cost/price include/exclude?

The cost of the Tanzania safari covers transport, meals, accommodation, activities, entrance fees, and transportation plus bottled drinking water. The price excludes the cost of extra accommodation after or before you begin the trip, beverages, travel insurance, the cost of a passport, visas, shopping expenses, and more.

Conclusively, Tanzania safari cost is not standard and varies depending on several factors including length of stay, accommodation, cost of activities, transport, tips, and a lot more. Book a Tanzania safari Now and create an everlasting signature of memories.

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