In this section, you'll find all the information you need to visit the national parks of Tanzania on an independent self-drive safari, including:
- Park entrance fees
- How to obtain your park permits for Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Natron, Selous Game Reserve and other national parks in Tanzania
- The top 5 national parks in Tanzania
How much are the park fees in Tanzania?
TANAPA manages the Tanzanian National Parks. Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Natron and Selous Game Reserve are managed by separate organisations.
The TANAPA entry fees as of 2019/2020 are as follows:
- Kilimanjaro - $82.60
- Serengeti - $70.80
- Arusha, Tarangire and Lake Manyara - $53.10
- Ruaha, Saadani, Mkomazi, Udzunga - $35.40
Fees are quoted per person, per single entry up to 24 hours.
Further TANAPA fees
- Vehicle entry fee at the national parks for your Roadtrip rental car is 23,600 TSH ($10) per day for the RAV4 and 41,300 TSH ($20) per day for the Landcruiser.
- Public campsites managed by TANAPA cost $ 35.40 per person/night. Special campsites costs $59 per person/night.
- If you are staying in a lodge or private mobile camp inside the TANAPA national parks, you also need to pay concession fees. Check with the accomodation that you have booked, if the concession fees are included in their price.
The fee for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is $70.80 per person per 24 hours, plus the vehicle fee as mentioned above. If you are planning to visit the Serengeti and are only in transit through the NCA, you still have to pay the NCA fee twice: on your way going to the Serengeti and on your way returning from the Serengeti. If you want to enter the crater for a game drive in the Ngorongoro crater, you have to pay the additional Crater Service Fee of $295 per vehicle each time you go down the crater. Read more about how much to budget for your Ngorongoro Safari drive in our Destination Guide, here.
Selous is a private reserve and the largest game reserve in Africa. Conservation fees are $88.50 per person, vehicle entrance fee is 23,600 TSH and public campsites cost $35.40 per person/night.
Lake Natron fees
To enter the Natron area, a Wildlife Management Association (WMA) permit is required. The costs for the WMA permits, valid for 24 hours, are as follows:
- Entrance adult (wildlife activity fee): $11.80
- Entrance child (5-17 years): $5.90. Kids below 5 years free of charge
- Vehicle entrance fee: 17.700 TSH
- In case you go camping, adult fee $ 23.60, child $11.80. Kids below 5 years free of charge
- In case you are staying at a lodge or private tented camp: adult fee $ 17.70. Kids below 5 years free of charge.
There are also village fees which need to paid on the road to Natron. There are three separate gates and the costs will be $15 + $15 + $10 per person. The village fees are paid in cash on arrival to the gates in either US Dollars or Tanzanian Shillings, and are not covered by the WMA permit.
How do I arrange my park entrance fees?
Permits are paid at the entrance gate by credit card (Visa or Mastercard). Cash is NOT accepted; neither are debit cards.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
For the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), you will need to obtain an entrance quote first, before going to the park gate to actually pay for park entry. The NCA office is based in Arusha and Karatu and open from Monday - Friday. It is not possible to get an NCA entrance quote online. Roadtrip Tanzania will be happy to arrange the Ngorongoro quote on your behalf. This option is included in the online reservation form when you book a car with us.
Lake Natron National Park
To enter the Natron area, a Wildlife Management Association (WMA) permit is required. These need to be organised ánd paid for in advance in Arusha before driving to Lake Natron. It's quite a tedious task to go to their office in Arusha and get these WMA permits. We can help you to obtain it. This option is included in the online reservation form when you book a car with us.
Selous Game Reserve
Selous entrance fees must be paid in advance into the Selous bank account (NBC Bank), which you can find in any of the bigger towns. When you arrive at the entrance gate, you will show the deposit slip. They do NOT accept cash or credit card payments at the gate.
Highlights of Tanzania - Top 5 National Parks
Tanzania is Africa's ultimate safari destination. 25 percent of the country is protected in a network of conservation areas that incorporate the world's most famous national parks such as the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Wherever you go on your road trip through Tanzania, there are unparalleled opportunities to experience wildlife. We have highlighted the most visited parks.
In the when to go section, we discuss the weather and game viewing conditions for Tanzania's national parks. In our destination guide, you can read more about the Serengeti migration and how to time your visit for optimal game viewing.
The Ngorongoro crater floor provides a natural sanctuary, resulting in an incredible natural drama as the black rhino and great numbers of lions, elephants, buffaloes, ostriches and plain herbivores roam about. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. The Ngorongoro crater is the world's largest intact volcanic caldera and the only place in the world where you have a very high chance of seeing the safari 'Big 5' in one day. All this beauty comes with a price though. Ngorongoro is very expensive to visit and during peak holiday season (Christmas, July, August) you're likely have to queue and wait in line for an hour or more before you can descend to the crater.
The Serengeti is Tanzania’s oldest and most famous national park. The Serengeti is renowned for an annual migration comprising millions of wildebeest and other plains grazers on the move to find fresh grass and water, with predators like lions following in their footsteps. A Landcruiser is required if you want to explore the Serengeti.
Elephant lovers, pay attention. During dry season, Tarangire National Park is reported to have the largest concentration of elephants in the world! Another striking feature of the park is the abundance of baobab trees. This overlooked Serengeti rival is within easy driving distance from Arusha (<2h drive).
Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara is a perfect introduction for the first time self-drive safari goer. It's within easy reach from Arusha (<2h drive), the game drive circuits are well maintained, and it's a small yet very diverse national park. Lake Manyara is one of the few national parks in Tanzania where walking safaris with an authorized ranger are allowed.
Ruaha National Park
Ruaha is often cited as Tanzania’s best-kept game viewing secret, as indeed the sheer volume and variety of wildlife on show can be truly spectacular. Ruaha lies in the southwest of Tanzania and receives far less visitors than the parks in the Northern Circuit. You are likely to have things to yourself, adding to the wilderness feel.