How Much Does a Safari Cost in Tanzania?

A Tanzania safari is a lifelong dream for many people, offering an unforgettable experience amidst breathtaking landscapes and exotic wildlife. If you’re considering this adventure, you’re probably wondering, “How much does a safari cost in Tanzania?” Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you understand the costs and factors involved.

Factors Influencing Safari Costs

1. Duration of the Safari:  The length of your safari significantly impacts the cost. Popular safaris, like the 8-day Classic Tanzania Safari, allow you to explore major national parks in the Northern Circuit. To manage costs, consider:

  • Adjusting accommodation categories (basic camping, mid-range lodges, or luxury lodges)
  • Increasing group size (larger groups share vehicle and guide costs)
  • Traveling in the low season (lower accommodation rates)

2. Type of Accommodation: Accommodation options range from basic camping to luxury lodges:

  • Basic Camping Safaris: Tents in designated campsites with basic facilities.
  • Mid-range Safaris: Lodges and tented camps with private rooms and additional amenities.
  • Luxury Safaris: Higher-end lodges with superior service, facilities, and views.

3. National Park Fees: Entrance fees to national parks vary and support conservation efforts, including wildlife protection and park maintenance.

4. Airport Transfers: Transfers between airports (Kilimanjaro International and Arusha) and to your accommodation are typically included, offering safety and convenience.

5. Domestic Flights: Booking domestic flights through your safari provider can add to the cost. Sometimes, booking flights independently online can be cheaper.

6. Number of Travelers: Safari costs decrease per person as the number of travelers increases, as vehicle and guide expenses are shared.

7. Time of Year: Peak seasons (December to February, June to October) have higher prices. Low seasons (March to May, November) offer reduced rates, fewer crowds, and lush landscapes.

8. Additional Costs During Festive Seasons: Expect additional charges during Christmas and New Year. Some lodges require minimum stays during this period.

9. Safari Vehicles and Guides: Maintaining a fleet of safari vehicles is costly, but crucial for safety and comfort. Experienced guides enhance the safari experience and deserve fair compensation.

Inclusions and Exclusions


  • Accommodation and meals during the safari
  • Airport transfers
  • Unlimited drinking water
  • Park fees and crater fees
  • Safari vehicle and professional guide


  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks at accommodation (except where specified)
  • Tips for safari crew and accommodation staff

Final Thoughts

Investing in a Tanzania safari supports local industries, conservation efforts, and the livelihoods of many Tanzanians. Your experience will not only be an adventure of a lifetime but also a contribution to preserving Tanzania’s natural beauty and wildlife. We hope to welcome you soon on a journey that will leave you changed forever.

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