Budget safaris in Tanzania

Budget safaris in Tanzania cost about 200 USD to 250 USD per day during tours around the different parts of the country. Safaris around Tanzania are carried out around in different parts of the country including the north, western and southern parts of the country. Among the different attractions found in the Tanzania include mountains, rivers, lakes, national parks and game reserves, beautiful and developed towns, local villages and there is also white sand beaches found in the coastal area of Tanzania.

National parks which can be visited during budget safaris around Tanzania include Serengeti national park, Ruaha national park, Mikumi national park, Tarangire national park, Lake Manyara national park, Kilimanjaro national park, Arusha national park, Mahale national park,, Katavi national park among others.

Mountains in Tanzania to visit during a budget safari around the country include the famous Mount Kilimanjaro which is the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Meru among others which are also popular hiking destinations in the country.

The culture in Tanzania is also diverse and during a budget safari in the country you can also visit a village and get to interact with the locals and get to know more about their way of life and culture and also visit the local homesteads, enjoy traditional dances among other things.

Budget safaris in Tanzania
Budget safaris in Tanzania

Wildlife viewing is a major activity which tourists take part in when visiting Tanzania and some of the best safari destinations in Africa are found in Tanzania such as the famous Serengeti national park. wildlife species which can be seen during budget safaris around Tanzania include elephants, lions, buffalos, leopards, rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, gazelles, impalas, elands, waterbucks, wildebeests, buffalos among others.

During safaris around Tanzania, budget safaris can be done in groups or as individual or private safaris. Group safaris are cost friendly and a much better option for tours in Tanzania as compared to private safaris since they are affordable.

Different costs are incurred during budget safaris in Tanzania such as transport costs, accommodation and meal costs, park fees, guide fees, camping fees, concession fees and also personal expenses during the trip like tips and gratuities, souvenirs among others.

Personal expenses during safaris

In regards to personal expenses when on a budget safari in Tanzania, tips ad gratuities are a form of appreciation for the services received during the safari and these tips can be paid in USD or in Tanzania shillings. When tipping in Tanzania, you can give tips of about 15 USD to 20 USD or more per day and these tips in so many ways improve the way of life of the locals.

Drinks during budget safaris in Tanzania are also an extra cost especially for alcoholic drinks and other beverages like fruit juice among others. There is a wide range of drinks to choose from when on a safari in Tanzania and during a safari you can also try out the local drinks.

It is also advisable that travellers change some money to the local currency which is Tanzania shillings when visiting the country which makes it easy to make transactions.

Transport costs

When traveling around Tanzania during budget safaris, there are different means of transport which are used to get to the different places around Tanzania such as road transport, flights, boat and also ferry.

The commonly used form of transport when getting around Tanzania during budget tours is road transport. Vehicles such as 4×4 land cruisers with pop up roofs are used for safaris in the national parks around Tanzania and they can be hired at around 200 USD per day. Shared transportation is among the ways of traveling to Tanzania on budget safari.

Another way to save on transport when on a budget safari is by taking public transport to different destination of Tanzania. These forms of the transport include dala dalas, taxis among others.

Budget safaris in Tanzania
Game drives in Serengeti

Flights can also be got to the destinations around Tanzania and there are both local and international airlines which offer flights to Tanzania throughout the year. You will need a valid visa and passport to travel to Tanzania for safari.

Ferry is also used for transportation in Tanzania in places like Dar es Salaam connecting to other destinations on the mainland and in the coastal area of the country.  When visiting Zanzibar island a ferry is a form of transport that budget travellers can us to get to the island and it operates daily and is affordable.

Accommodation and meal costs during budget safaris

Accommodation is also a major aspect of a safari and during a budget safari in Tanzania there are many places to stay that one can choose from. A recommendation to stay in Tanzania on a budget would be camping in the wild which is also cheap and an exciting experience,

Booking a tour to Tanzania in the low season around March, April and May and also in November is another way to travel on a budget and this is because prices of accommodation during the low season is discounted and affordable providing the same experience as in other seasons of the year such as the high season.

Meals in Tanzania are also affordable and during budget safaris in Tanzania there is also an option of tasting the local foods as part of the safari experience. These meals cost about 10 USD to 15 dollars depending on the restaurant.

Park fee costs

Tanzania has numerous national parks to visit during budget safaris and when visiting these parks, park entrance fee is among the costs incurred on the safaris. The park entrance fees are valid for 24 hours and are charged to residents or expatriates, nonresidents and also East Africans or Tanzanians.

There is also concession fees incurred as part of costs incurred when visiting the parks in Tanzania.

Other factors to consider when planning a budget safari in Tanzania include the duration of the safari, activities to do during the safari and the type of safari to take part in when visiting the destinations in Tanzania.

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