In this section, you find all the information you need when you want to visit the National Parks of Tanzania on an independent self-drive safari:
- Park entrance fees
- How to obtain your permits, in particular for Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Selous
- The top 5 National Parks of Tanzania
How much are the park fees in Tanzania?
TANAPA manages the Tanzanian National Parks. Selous Game Reserve and Ngorongoro Conservation Area are managed by separate organisations.
The TANAPA fees as of 2018, per person / 24 hours are as follows:
- Kilimanjaro $ 82.60
- Serengeti $ 70.80
- Arusha, Tarangire and Lake Manyara $ 53.10
- Ruaha, Saadani, Mkomazi, Udzunga US$ 35.40
Entry fee for your Roadtrip rental car is 23,600 TSH per day for the RAV4 ( appr $10 ) and 41,300 TSH ( appr $ 20) per day for the Landcruiser. Public campsites which are managed by TANAPA costs $ 35.40 pp/per night. So-called special campsites, a concession given to a private safari outfitter to operate a mobile camp, costs $ 59 pp/per night. If you are staying in a private mobile camp, ask if TANAPA camping fees are included in the price.
The fee for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is $ 70.80 per person per 24 hours, plus the vehicle fee as mentioned above. This is payable by all who enter the Conservation Area, even if you are only in transit to and from Serengeti National Park. If you want to enter the crater, you have to pay the additional Crater Service Fee of $ 295 per vehicle each time you go down the crater.
Selous is a private reserve and the largest game reserve of Africa. Conservation fees are $ 88.50 per person, vehicle entrance fee is 23,600 TSH and public campsites costs $35.40 pp/per night.
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. From September 2018 onwards TANAPA requires all vehicles entering the National Parks to have a pre-arranged entrance reservation. You can still pay your park fees on arrival with a credit card but entry will be refused without a reservation. We can arrange your reservations, however we will need to know the details of your park visits in advance. Once you have those details available please let us know and we will arrange the reservations accordingly. The information we need is as follows:
- Name of park
- Date of entry
- Date of exit
- Name of accommodation (if you are staying in the park overnight)
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
You need to obtain an entrance quote from the NCA office first, before you go to the gate to pay. The NCA office is based in Arusha and Karatu. Note that the Ngorongoro offices are closed on Saturday and Sundays. Roadtrip Tanzania is happy to arrange the Ngorongoro quote on your behalf. Just let us know the amount of persons you’ll be travelling with and the dates you will be in transit (to and from the Serengeti) and/or the number of days you want to spend down the Crater. We charge a fee of $25 per person for this service. This option is included in the online reservation form when you book a car with us.
Selous entrance fees must be paid in advance into the Selous bank account at any of the banks in one of the bigger towns. When you arrive at the entrance gate, you 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% 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 highlighted the most visited parks.
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. Its declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. The 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 'Big 5' in one day. Allthis beauty comes with a price though. Its 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 longer, 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 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. And let this overlooked Serengeti rival be within easy 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. It 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 more to the wilderness feel.