A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Arusha vs. Kruger National Park for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Arusha or Kruger National Park?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Arusha and Kruger National Park can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Arusha or Kruger National Park?

Arusha

Arusha is a city in East Africa's Tanzania, located at the base of volcanic Mt. Meru. It’s a gateway to safari destinations and to Africa’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro, lying some 100 kilometers northeast. To the west lies Serengeti National Park, home to wildlife including lions, rhinoceros, giraffes and leopards. Annual migrations feature huge herds of wildebeests crossing its plains. Arusha is Tanzania’s gateway to the northern circuit of stellar national parks and the starting point of many a memorable safari. It’s also a large, sprawling city which offers a nice break from the rigors of life on the African road – it has excellent places to stay and eat and, for the most part, it’s lush and green and enjoys a temperate climate throughout the year. Arusha is a great destination, and you're sure to enjoy your time here, no matter what your interests are.

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park, in northeast South Africa hugs the border of Mozambique in the east, Zimbabwe in the north, and the Crocodile River to the south. Covering nearly 20,000 square kilometers, it hosts a variety of habitats with a thriving population of wildlife and indigenous plant species, making it a safari destination like no other.

Which place is cheaper, Kruger National Park or Arusha?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Arusha is $179, while the average daily cost in Kruger National Park is $80. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Arusha and Kruger National Park in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Arusha $131
    Kruger National Park $47
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Arusha $262
    Kruger National Park $94
Compare Hotels in Arusha and Kruger National Park

Looking for a hotel in Arusha or Kruger National Park? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Arusha


Hotels in Kruger National Park


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Arusha Hotel Prices and Kruger National Park Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Arusha $13
    Kruger National Park $24

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Arusha

Also for Arusha, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Transfer Around Moshi and Arusha in Tanzania: $75
  • Private Transfer from Arusha to Kilimanjaro Airport (KIA): $132
  • Private Roundtrip Transfer from Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha.: $50
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi City: $34
  • Moshi - Arusha Transfer: $100
  • Kilimanjaro Airport Transfer | Pick Up & Drop up | With BURIGI CHATO SAFARIS LTD: $100
  • Kilimanjaro Airport Transfer to Moshi: $65
  • Kilimanjaro Airport Return Transfers to and From Arusha Hotels: $147
  • Tanzanite Museum and Shopping Tour with Transfer: $40
  • Arusha Airport & Hotel Transfers: $40
  • Airport transfer: $45
  • Airport Transfers, Arusha Airport and Kilimanjaro JRO: $70

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kruger National Park

Also for Kruger National Park, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Transfer - Skukuza Airport to Southern Sabi Sand Reserve: $181

Is it cheaper to fly into Arusha or Kruger National Park?

Prices for flights to both Kruger National Park and Arusha change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Arusha $24
    Kruger National Park $15
Typical Food Prices in Arusha

For Arusha, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • A Quick Lunch (for 2)
    $2.18

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Arusha

For Arusha, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Cooking and Sewing & Jewelry Workshops in Arusha: $27
  • NGO Lifted Strong - Traditional Tanzanian Cooking Class: $40
  • Africa health cuisine food tour: $107

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kruger National Park

For Kruger National Park, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Sabi Game Reserve Sunset Safari Tour with Dinner: $135

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Arusha $46
    Kruger National Park $21

Tours and Activities in Arusha

For Arusha, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Arusha National Park Guided Day Tour From Arusha: $290
  • From Day Tour in Arusha National Park: $279
  • Marangu waterfall & Coffee making Cultural Tour | BURIGI CHATO SAFARIS CO LTD : $150
  • Materuni Waterfalls & Coffee making Cultural Tour | BURIGI CHATO SAFARIS LTD : $167
  • Materuni Waterfalls, Visiting Chagga Village, CoffeeTour Kikuletwa Hotsprings: $100
  • Materuni Waterfalls,Coffee and Chemka Hotspring Tour: $100
  • Materuni waterfalls coffee tour & Chemka hot springs Day trip: $95
  • Private Tour to Marangu Waterfalls, Chagga Caves, Coffee tour & Hot Springs: $127
  • 1 Day Arusha National Park tour: $270
  • 1 Day Hiking to Mount Meru , Waterfalls Tour & Forest Walking Tour: $261
  • 1 Day Tour Hot Spring (Majimoto): $80
  • 1-Day Ngorongoro Crater Special Tour: $645

Tours and Activities in Kruger National Park

For Kruger National Park, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Full-Day Guided Tour in the Kruger National Park: $81
  • Kruger National Park Full Day Safari Tour: $186
  • Kruger National Park Sunrise Half-Day Safari Tour: $175
  • 3-Day Safari Tour and Treehouse Stay: $683
  • Kruger Safari Tour - Morning Half Day: $51

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Arusha $11
    Kruger National Park $4.06


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Arusha and Kruger National Park, we can see that Arusha is more expensive. And not only is Kruger National Park much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Kruger National Park would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Kruger National Park and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Arusha would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Arusha than you might in Kruger National Park.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Arusha Expensive? and Is Kruger National Park Expensive?.