How Much Does Tanzania safari Cost

It’s on many people’s bucket list: a safari where you can see some of the greatest wild animals in their natural habitat. In the East African country of Tanzania, you have the opportunity to see the Big Five: lions, elephants, rhinoceroses, leopards and buffalo. Few people are lucky enough to make this kind of trip more than once in a lifetime. If you are planning a safari, you want to make sure you experience everything you can! Getting the most out of your trip requires a great deal of planning, which will surely be worth it. The most important question you should ask is, “How much does a Tanzania safari cost?” Once you break down the expenses, you can make an accurate estimate of what you will need to really make the most of your trip. This will allow you to save enough so that you really do have the time of your life without worrying about money.

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How Much Does Tanzania safari Cost – Overview

There are a number of factors that contribute to the final price tag that gets attached to your safari:

  • Duration;
  • Standard of accommodation;
  • National parks;
  • Optional activities;
  • Transfers;
  • Domestic flights;
  • Number of travelers;
  • Time of year.

All of the above come into the equation when your Hazzes adventure expert is calculating the cost of your Tanzanian safari adventure


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’re wanting 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 Shadows of Africa 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.

National Parks

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.

Optional Activities

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.

Extra Cars

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. If you’re being driven to the Isebania border crossing between Kenya and Tanzania, an empty car has to come up from Tanzania to meet you and an empty car has to drive back to Nairobi after it has dropped you off. This can be the biggest additional cost in many cross-country or flying safaris.

Domestic Flights

Hazzes adventure can arrange both domestic and local international flights for your itinerary. We never charge a commission on flights, so you’ll be getting the same price from us as you would be able to find online.

Number of Travelers

The number of people sharing a vehicle is a huge factor in deciding the per person cost of a safari. One person on their own is not only paying for their park entry fees and accommodation, but also bears the full cost of the car, driver, and all associated fees. On the flip side, six people sharing a 4WD Land Cruiser are splitting the cost six ways and enjoy a much lower per person cost. A solo safari in East Africa can be an expensive prospect, so consider bringing along a friend or loved one to make it more affordable. You’ll also have somebody to snap photos of you!

Time of Year

The last major factor in the cost of your safari is going to be the time of year you are visiting. Prices are highest during the peak seasons of December – February and June – August, when lodges are getting plenty of business.

If you’re looking to save some money on your Tanzanian safari, consider visiting in April or May when the rainy season sees many luxury lodges lower their rates to a fraction of what they would usually be. It’s entirely possible to enjoy a Green Season Safari while staying in lodges that would normally be out of your price range.

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