Money & travel budget

How much should I budget for my safari in Tanzania?


Most restaurants and lodges in Arusha, Dar es Salaam and in the most popular tourist areas accept debit and credit cards. ATMs are widely available across the country in all bigger provincial towns. Stanbic Bank, Standard Chartered, Barclays and CRDB are your most reliable banks accepting Maestro, MasterCard and Visa. These banks are not widely available along the coast and the interior. We strongly recommend that you bring some additional Euros or US Dollars with you in cash for unforeseen things. Also, bring additional cards, as the daily uptake with a foreign card is limited at the ATMs. US Dollars (bills not older than 2006) and Euros can be changed to Tanzanian Shillings at any Forex Office in most provincial towns. NOTE: fuel can only be paid in cash in Tanzanian Shillings.

How much should I budget for my safari in Tanzania  

Tanzania is not a cheap travel destination and the most expensive of all countries where we are present.  The park entrances fees are quite steep, so going on safari is expensive, especially in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro. However, it is possible to enjoy Tanzania with a smaller pocket. Camping is a great way to save on accommodation costs, renting a RAV4 is cheaper than a Landcruiser, the Usambara and Udzungwa Mountains are great low budget destinations, and travelling along the Tanzanian coastline is cheaper than staying at Zanzibar.

The average price of a three course meal at a restaurant or lodge is about $20 pp. Accommodation standards are high. Price range for accomodations in / close to safari parks is the following (for the rest of the country it is much lower): 

  • Budget:$150 - $250 – Double Room/BB. Mobile camps inside the parks: $300 - $400 
  • Mid Range:  $250 - $400 – Double Room/ BB. Inside the parks:$ 400-600 
  • Luxury:  $400 - $600 – Double Room/ BB. Inside the parks:$ 600-800 

A 10% tip is considered high yet received with great gratitude. If you're happy with the service, please be generous. Tips at most places are equally shared among all staff.