Take in Tanzania on a budget

Safari holidays are often viewed as luxury breaks, which bust budgets. It is true that you can spend a lot of money on a personalised Tanzania holiday, but this doesn’t always have to be the case. There are ways of seeing the sights and exploring this beautiful country on a shoestring. If you’re looking for purse-friendly travel ideas, here are some tips to help you take in Tanzania on a budget.


Choosing your accommodation

Safari holidays have grown in popularity over the course of the last decade and it’s now possible to choose from a broad spectrum of accommodation options. There is something to suit everyone, from basic huts and treehouses that are ideal for those on a budget to lavish lodges overlooking the plains for those going all-out for that once in a lifetime experience. When you’re considering your options, bear your budget in mind, and think about what you want to get out of the trip. If you don’t mind getting back to basics and missing out on a few creature comforts, you could save a huge amount of money on lodgings.

When to travel

Safari holidays are like any other type of holiday when it comes to high and low seasons. If you visit during the peak season, expect to find premium prices and also, busier parks. If you can travel out of season, you may find that the weather conditions are not quite as good, but the prices are significantly lower. You’ll also have the opportunity to wander around without worrying about fighting your way through crowds to get the best views. High season runs from July to November. The cheapest months to travel are April and May when the parks tend to be subjected to heavy rain.

Getting around

If you’re looking for more than just a safari adventure, you may be thinking about discovering more of Tanzania and getting out and about. The good news is that you can get around relatively cheaply if you don’t expect rapid journey times. If you go slow and opt for buses rather than internal flights, you can save a fortune and you’ll also see a lot more of the country. There’s a good bus network in place and it will take you to all the major cities and tourist attractions.

Where to go

Many people automatically think of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater when they start planning a Tanzania trip, but you can save money and avoid the crowds by steering clear of the major players and visiting some of the smaller, less well-known reserves. Good examples include Arusha National Park and Lake Manyara. You can also save on the cost of game drives and excursions by joining group tours.


If you’re hoping to travel to Tanzania, you may assume that an action-packed itinerary is out of the question. The truth is that like any destination, it’s possible to spend a lot of money, but you don’t have to break the bank to see the best of Tanzania and enjoy some incredible experiences.