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Tanzania Budget Safari

Updated: Dec 16, 2023

Tanzania Budget Safari
Tanzania Budget Safari

A budget trip in Tanzania refers to a cost-conscious travel experience within the East African country, characterized by the strategic selection of affordable accommodations, transportation, and activities. Travelers on a budget in Tanzania typically seek economical options such as hostels, or budget hotels, and may explore camping as a more affordable lodging choice, especially in national parks.

Tanzania stands out as an excellent choice for budget-friendly safaris due to its reasonably priced camping options and affordable accommodation options located outside most parks, excluding Serengeti National Park. Numerous tour operators provide budget safari packages, allowing potential travelers to compare and find the most favorable deals. Additionally, shared group tours are a common offering, providing an opportunity to further reduce expenses. Although Tanzania might not be the first choice for those on an extremely tight budget seeking an African safari experience, alternative options like a self-drive safari tour in South Africa or a group camping safari in Kenya may be notably more economical. This is attributed to the relatively high park entrance and camping fees in Tanzania, coupled with the requirement for sturdy 4x4 vehicles for park access, imposing restrictions on group sizes. Nevertheless, the compelling reason to opt for Tanzania for a budget safari is the exceptional value it offers, justifying the additional cost.

What is included in a Tanzania budget safari?

The costs associated with a Tanzania budget safari package typically encompass various components, and the quoted price usually covers most of these expenses. This includes expenses related to road transport between reserves, game drives, services of guides, and park fees.

Additionally, meals provided during camping safaris, often prepared by an accompanying chef, are generally included in the overall package price. These meals typically incorporate drinks such as tea, coffee, and possibly drinking water. However, it's important to note that additional expenses may arise for other types of drinks, including soft drinks and alcohol, as these are usually not covered in the package and can be relatively expensive during the safari.

To manage costs effectively, it may be advisable to consider stocking up on such items before departing from Arusha, a common starting point for many budget safaris in Tanzania. It's also crucial to be aware that tips are typically not included in the quoted price, and travelers should check with their safari operator regarding the expected tipping practices and carry sufficient cash to cover these gratuities, as they can accumulate rapidly during the course of the safari.

How is a day on Budget Safari look like.

The typical routine is to get up before sunrise and grab a quick cup of coffee or tea. Then you head out on an early morning game drive and return to camp for a late breakfast or lunch. Afternoon game drives start at 1 PM or 2 PM and continue until sunset.

This routine may change on days where you travel between camps. Either way, the day usually ends with a few drinks around the campfire, a simple bush dinner prepared by your chef, and an early night for a dawn start the next day. Game drives tend to focus on the first two and last two hours of daylight. These cooler times of the day provide the best chance of seeing lions, leopards and other predators on the move. These times also offer the best light for photography.

Tanzania Budget Safari
Tanzania Budget Safari

What type of accommodation can I expect?

Opting for a budget-friendly Tanzania safari typically translates to a camping experience, as it is the most economical option in many parks. During such safaris, the tour operator typically provides essential camping equipment, including tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping mats. Local chefs often prepare meals, and some reputable operators may even offer amenities like proper camp beds, portable toilets, and showers to enhance the basic facilities found in national parks. Budget safaris to Tanzania's Northern circuit frequently involve camping or a mix of camping and budget lodges or hotels situated outside the parks. Private campsites in villages bordering national parks, such as Mto wa Mbu (outside Lake Manyara National Park) or Karatu (outside Ngorongoro Conservation Area), are often the most affordable with better facilities, although they may be situated in less scenic suburban areas and can be busy. Public campsites within national parks provide a bush atmosphere with adequate facilities, while special campsites, though more expensive, offer a true wilderness experience and can be booked exclusively by one party at a time.

Tanzania Camping Safari Packages with Travel Wise Safari.

We provide camping safaris, an opportunity to immerse yourself in nature as you stay in your tent, listening to the lions' roars during their meals and the hyenas' laughter over leftovers. Our skilled cook and safari guide ensure an unforgettable experience.

Your private cook not only prepares your meals but also takes care of the tent setup, making this a hassle-free safari. You won't need to worry about food or accommodation; we handle everything. We supply all camping gear, including sleeping bags, tents, mattresses, pillowcases, and bed sheets.

Camping safaris are more popular in Northern Tanzania, which encompasses Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Parks, as well as Arusha and Kilimanjaro National Parks. In the Southern circuit, we offer Nyerere National Park, Mikumi National Park, Ruaha National Park, and Udzungwa Mountain National Park.

For safe, high-quality, and affordable camping safaris in Tanzania, choose Travel Wise Safari as your preferred tour operator.

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