Tanzania Travel Budget - Visit Tanzania on a Budget or Travel in Style

How much does it cost to travel to Tanzania?

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How much money will you need for your trip to Tanzania? You should plan to spend around TZS249,123 ($100) per day on your vacation in Tanzania, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, TZS61,478 ($25) on meals for one day and TZS38,333 ($15) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Tanzania for a couple is TZS251,714 ($101). So, a trip to Tanzania for two people for one week costs on average TZS3,487,722 ($1,395). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Tanzania for one week usually costs around TZS1,743,861 for one person. So, a trip to Tanzania for two people costs around TZS3,487,722 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs TZS6,975,445 in Tanzania. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Tanzania can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How much do package tours cost in Tanzania?
  • The average price for an organized tour package in Tanzania is $385 per day. While every tour varies by total price, length, destinations, and quality, this is the daily average cost of tours in Tanzania based on our analysis of available guided tour packages throughout the country.
  • Multi-Day Group Tours Average Daily Cost for Organized Tour Packages

Independent Travel

How expensive is Tanzania? How much money do I need for Tanzania?

How much does a trip to Tanzania cost? Is Tanzania cheap or expensive? The average Tanzania trip cost is broken down by category here for Independent travelers. All of these Tanzania prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers to find the price of travel.

Accommodation Budget in Tanzania
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Tanzania is TZS125,857. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Tanzania is TZS251,714. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Tanzania

Looking for a hotel in Tanzania? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Tanzania based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $102. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Tanzania
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Tanzania is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent TZS38,333 per person, per day, on local transportation in Tanzania.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Intercity Transportation Budget in Tanzania
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  • Transportation between cities and towns in Tanzania costs an average of TZS98,710, based on spending from travelers. Naturally, prices vary by the length of the route, the type of transportation used, and the date.

  • Intercity Transportation1 Travel between cities

Flights to Tanzania
How much does it cost to go to Tanzania? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.

Rental Cars in Tanzania
The price of renting a car in Tanzania will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in Tanzania
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Tanzania can vary, the average cost of food in Tanzania is TZS61,478 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Tanzania should cost around TZS24,591 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Tanzania is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


What did other people spend on Food?

Typical prices for Food in Tanzania are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Food prices in Tanzania, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • A Quick Lunch (for 2)

Entertainment Budget in Tanzania
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Tanzania typically cost an average of TZS107,530 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Recommended Activities

Tips and Handouts Budget in Tanzania
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Tanzania is TZS43,958 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Tanzania is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Tanzania
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about TZS24,815 on alcoholic beverages in Tanzania per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Water Budget in Tanzania
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend TZS1,290 on bottled water in Tanzania per day. The public water in Tanzania is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Last Updated: Nov 2, 2022
Tanzania On a Budget
Tanzania The Beach of Zanzibar, Tanzania
Tanzania is the largest country is East Africa, and a popular destination for wildlife safaris. The Serengeti National Park is a highlight for almost any trip. The park is a great place to see anything from lions, to cheetahs, to giraffes and elephants.

Many of the most popular and diverse national parks are found in the northern part of the country. These parks are great places to visit for wildlife viewing, luxury safari vacations, and guided tours. If you're looking to get a little more off the beaten path then consider heading to the southern part of the country. These parks are less visited and more affordable.

If you're planning a trip to Tanzania, consider going during January and February, which is the best time to do a safari. Alternatively, the weather is quite comfortable between June and August, at the end of the rainy season.

Many people also hope to pick up some African handicrafts during their trip. There are many local shops that sell everything from beaded jewelry to carved soapstone or Masai blankets. Bartering is a fun part of the experience so don't hesitated to negotiate a price. Keep the exchange light and fun and you'll enjoy the bartering as much as the shopping.
At A Glance
  • One of the best ways to travel around Tanzania is by bus. It's possible to fly into Nairobi, Kenya and then take the bus down to Arusha. Arusha serves as a good base for exploring Mount Meru and Ngorongoro Crater. While there are no highways in Tanzania, and the road conditions may not by ideal, buses still offer the most reliable and affordable way to get around. They stop in most small towns along the way so trips can be slow. It is best to be prepared for unexpected stops and situations.

  • Many visitors, particularly those short on time, choose to hire a car to travel in Tanzania. This is generally an affordable option and there are many reliable 4 wheel drive vehicles available. This option is the most comfortable and convenient way to explore the country. Because the road conditions can be challenging, it is recommended that you hire a Landcruiser or a Landrover.

  • Many people visit Tanzania specifically for the national parks and wildlife viewing opportunities. The northern part of the country is where you will find the more popular parks. These parks are generally packed with tourists but offer a great diversity of wildlife viewing opportunities. If you're looking to travel to the south then Ruaha National Park is your best option. It is less touristy and offers a more authentic and "real" experience.

  • Safaris in the country range from a basic tour which includes fly-tents, self-catering and a guide and vehicle to luxury tours with accommodation in luxury lodges and tented camps. Visitors often benefit from hiring a guide and a vehicle as the guides are familiar with the wildlife and the vehicles are designed specifically for wildlife viewing. Many of the basic tours travel to the smaller parks, while the luxury tours are prevalent in parks like Serengeti. That being said, you can find a variety of options wherever you decide to visit.

  • Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and is a popular destination for many visitors to Tanzania. It can become crowded with tourists but is a very rewarding experience regardless. If you organizing your climb through a travel agency based in your home country you will likely pay substantially more but will have the convenience of knowing arrangements have been made. If you make arrangements after arrival make sure you read reviews and get referrals for the guide and company you choose to use. This option will save you significant amounts of money though.


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Top Tourist Attractions
Serengeti National Park: Serengeti National Park is a top location for wildlife safaris. Visitors can view such animals as lions, cheetahs, leopards, hippopotamuses, elephants and more. The most popular time to visit the park is during the wildebeest migration between Serengeti National Park and Kenya's Masai Mara. Visitors are required to have a guide with a 4-wheel drive vehicle.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area: This area is another popular stop for those hoping to view wildlife. The Ngorongoro crater was formed by volcanic activity and is rich is wildlife including elephants and a small population of black rhinos.

Zanzibar: Zanzibar is a popular island destination that is off the coast of Tanzania. It offers beautiful beaches and a historic stone town. It's a great place for those who enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, and swimming with dolphins. There are also red Colobus monkeys, the Jozani Forest, and spice tours available to visitors.

Popular Foods
Tanzanian cuisine makes use of the high quality produce found in the country. Vegetables are quite good. Coffee is also popular and delicious throughout the country. Use caution if you consume meats or dairy products as the freshness and quality can be variable. It is best to make sure the meat is thoroughly cooked so as to avoid any potential problems.

Mtori Soup: This Tanzanian dish is made with plantains and beef. It is most often prepared for breakfast and is cooked over an open fire in a clay pot.

Mchicha: This vegetable stew is a favorite in the country. It is usually prepared with peanuts, spinach, curry, and coconut and is often served with a meat such as fish or beef in it.

Mandazi: This doughnut like pastry is usually made fresh first thing in the morning. It is served with coffee and also makes a great, sweet snack.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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Renting a Car

By backpackguru in Intercity Transportation
If you're looking to rent a car in Tanzania, you definitely want to make sure it's a 4x4 SUV. The roads can be challenging, particullarly if you're in national parks and doing a safari. You best options will be the Land Cruiser, Hilux Suf, and Range Rover vehicles. You'd do best to skip the mini-SUVs which include Toyota RAV4 and Honda CRV. They're not as great on the roads in poor conditions. Read some reviews before you choose and make sure you're comfortable with the car provided.

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