Tanzanian Safari holidays are constantly rated as one of the best travel experiences in the world, but with a price tag of around $500 USD for an overnight stay in luxury game reserves in the Serengeti, they are not within everyone’s reach…
Why is the price so high? Well, there are many reasons why your typical African Safari Holiday will cost more than your regular package trip to one of Europe’s main destinations, but the 2 major factors are location and number of travellers.
If you think about it, most Tanzanian safari lodges are situated in the middle of the bush, and so everything that is required to make your stay enjoyable (food, drinks, clean bedding etc.) must be brought in from the outside. The road infrastructure in this part of the world is, in some areas, non-existent, and there are no airports for larger planes to land, and so most items are driven in by 4×4 or flown in by light aircraft, and this comes with a hefty price tag.
Then we come to the numbers game. Most safari lodges in Tanzania have less than 20 rooms, and so they cannot accommodate more than say 40 visitors at any one time (this is a good thing!). The price per head per night, is therefore significantly higher than you would pay in a 300 room Hotel in Cancun, but you are paying for exclusivity and the convenience of having toilets, king-size beds, and gourmet dinners in the middle of the African Bush – and that is priceless!
Is it worth saving for your dream Tanzanian Serengeti Safari Holiday? I would have to say yes, but if you want to go sooner rather than later, there are plenty of affordable alternatives available, such as this short 3-Day Safari visiting Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater:
Day 1: Arusha – Lake Manyara – Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, leave any unnecessary luggage with the hotel reception, and depart on your three-day safari starting with Lake Manyara National Park, where you will enjoy a game drive and a picnic lunch. Lake Manyara may be one of Tanzania’s smallest national parks, but it’s also one of its most beautiful thanks to its famous tree-climbing lions and abundance of birdlife, including flamingos. Elephants, hippos, giraffe and zebra are commonly spotted here, and if you are lucky, you may even spot a leopard. After a thrilling day, you will return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater
Today you will head down into the Ngorongoro Crater for a full-day safari. The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken caldera on the planet and often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. The almost extinct black rhino can be found on the floor of the crater, which is home to a year-round population of varied wildlife. Animal densities are high, and game viewing is excellent, with visitors being able to get up close to the now almost habituated “wild” animals. Ngorongoro homes a wide range of mammals too, including zebra, gazelle, buffalo, wildebeest, eland, wart hog and hartebeest, so wildlife viewings are virtually guaranteed. After a full day on safari in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will return to the hotel in time for dinner.
Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater – Karatu Town – Arusha
After breakfast today, you will make your way back to Arusha, stopping at Karatu Town along the way. Karatu is a colourful bustling African town and the gateway to the Ngorongoro Highlands. It’s a fun place to visit and practice your bartering skills for souvenirs. A day room will be provided at Arusha, where you can shower and change before transferring to the airport for your return flight home. Departure.