Tanzania has been a dream vacation for many people around the world. Whether for mountain climbing or wildlife safaris.

If you’re looking for a cost to visit Tanzania, that is a good start toward the success of your trip to Tanzania.

There are many factors for Tanzania safaris costs. But the most common are accommodations, park fees, and the supporting team you may need for your trip.

Some trips need to have a crew and others do not. If you will climb Kilimanjaro on average you need six (6) people for support. On a game drive, one safari guide is enough.

All these factors drive costs up or down. We invite you to read this topic about Tanzania safari costs.

We can group Tanzania safaris into three service levels. Which are standard, mid-range and luxury services. These levels vary from one to another depending on your choice.
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So how much does the Tanzania safari cost?

The average cost range from :

  • $ 250 to $300 per person per day for a budget safari
  • Mid-range service start from $350 to $650 per person per day
  • Luxury service starts from $700 to $ 1,4000 per person per day

These costs can be seen as expensive in the first remark. Yes, though for you to have the best experience, service standards should be in place.

You might find costs less than that but you should know something or service is a compromise. You don’t need to travel all the way home to come here to experience difficulties or any challenges.

Key drives for the Tanzania Safari costs

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodations (lodge, hotels, or camps )
  • Meals and drinks
  • Parks fees and other taxes
  • Transport while on safari
  • Tour guides ( Mountain and Safari guides )
  • Camping equipment ( Mountain climbing & Camping safaris )
  • Chartered flights (in the case is booked is part of the trip)
  • Cultural tourism programs
  • Safaris adds on like walking, beach party, and wedding)
  • Optional tours
  • Balloon safaris experience (if requested )
  • Night game drives
  • Mountain crew (porters, cooks )
  • Climbing equipment (apply for renting )

Transport Guide

If your plan is to visit Serengeti, you may arrive at Kilimanjaro or Jomo Kenyatta Airports. This is where the real tour costs start.

Most travel companies offer transfers to and from hotels or lodges. Roughly budget for airport transfer is $100 and for game drive vehicle hire price range from $200 to $ 350  per day.

Accommodation Costs

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Arriving at the northern part of Tanzania either Moshi or Arusha. Many tours start here toward Ngorongoro crater or Tarangire.

The price for accommodation differs from Arusha town to the center of the national park. Below is a sample price from Arusha/Moshi to Serengeti National park.

Arusha / Moshi Town

  • Costs range from $50 to $300  B&B  ( Budget and Mid-range)
  • Cost from $ 350 to $ 1,800 B&B, HB (Luxury ad Deluxe)

Mto wa Mbu and Karatu

  • Costs range from $100 to $380 USD Full Board (FB) (Budget and Mid-range)
  • Costs range from $400- $1,700 USD for Full Board ( Luxury and Deluxe )

Ngorongoro & Serengeti

  • Costs range from $180 to $390 USD Full Board ( Budget and Mid-range)
  • Costs range from $450 to $14,500 USD for Full Board ( Luxury and Deluxe)

These prices are subject to change depending on the season or new taxation.

Despite these costs, there are some visitors who prefer camping options. The cost always goes down. As the company, we organize budget camping trips accompanied by a professional cook.

Park Fees

Familiarizing yourself with fees for the parks you wish to visit is the best start for your trip cost budgeting.  Below is the list of parks and fees for Tanzania.

Though you might ask why all these charges. The park entry fees you pay go to communities and wildlife conservation.

National Park Park Fees    (per adult, per 24 hours)

  • Lake Manyara National Park $59 USD ( 18% VAT inclusive )
  • Arusha National Park U$D 59 ( 18% VAT inclusive)
  • Tarangire National Park  U$D 59 ( 18 VAT inclusive )
  • Transit fees if you are transiting Ngorongoro to Serengeti are U$D 71
  • Ngorongoro Crater Fee U$D 295 (per vehicle)
  • Ngorongoro entry fees U$D 70.8  per person
  • Serengeti National Park U$D 83 ( 18 % VAT inclusive)
  • Special Camping Fee U$D 71 per night in Serengeti

Trip add on

You might decide to add some extra activities to your game drives safari. These activities also come with extra costs. Below is the list of activities and costs.

  • Hot air balloon U$D 599 per person ( Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire )
  • Night game drive in Tarangire U$D 200 per person
  • Night game drive in Lake Manyara  U$D 190 per person
  • U$D 25 for a guided walking Safari (hills around Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater rim )
  • Maasai Boma visit in Ngorongoro U$D 50 per vehicle

Kilimanjaro Climbing Fees
Mount Kilimanjaro

You might also want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. But how much does Mount Kilimanjaro climbing cost?

Reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro at 5,895  is pride. Reaching the summit of this mountain can take about 5 to 9 days depending on the route and climbing program.

Of the five routes, only one route offers mountain huts, the rest are camping options. Thus creating the cost difference

Conservation fees per day (all routes)

  • US$70 for or above the age of 16 years
  • US$20 between the age of 5 and 15 years

Public Campsite Fee per Night

  • (US$50 for or above the age of 16 years
  •  US$10 between the age of 5 and 15 years

Hut Fee

  • US$60 per night (of or above the age of 16 years)
  • US$20 per night (between the age of 5 and 15 years)

Rescue Fee

  • US$20 per person per trip

Crew Fee

  • US$2 per person per trip

Crater camping fee

  • US$100

Staff Wages and Food

  • Cost range from U$D 80- 150 per day depending on the group size
  • U$D 15-30 spending for one climber per day

Mawenzi peak climbing

  • US$750 (it is technical climbing)

Paragliding on Kilimanjaro

  • Pilot fee US$500
  • Passenger fee $250

Cycling on Kilimanjaro National Park

  • US$50

Video Shooting per group of 2-20 people (This is for recording own art eg music or movies)

  • Park US$100

All above fees for Mount Kilimanjaro exclude VAT 18%

Tipping Guide

Many companies or specialists overlook or forget to brief clients visiting Tanzania. It may come as the surprise to many visitors about tipping policies.

YES, it is very appreciated! When and how do you pay for your tips?

You can decide to pay with the package or you could decide to pay the crew after the trip. Below is a quick guide for tipping

  • $20 per guide, per day.
  • $15 per cook, per day.
  • $10 per porter per day.


To wrap up this topic, we believe that you gain insight into how much does a Tanzania safari cost?  Trips differ from one client to another and from one company to another.

The presented data in this article is a simple guide to help you understand and get a clear picture of the Tanzania safari costs. Companies offer discounts for groups or based on seasons of the year.

A good thing about Tanzania, many tour operators offer you a chance to customize the trip.  We collaborate with our clients to design their own experiences.   Do you need more information or want to go ahead and book your Tanzania safari? Get in touch with us today. Contact us

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