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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

How much does it cost to travel to Serengeti National Park?

You should plan to spend around $122 (TZS316,176) per day on your vacation in Serengeti National Park. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $38 (TZS98,931) on meals
  • $21 (TZS53,573) on local transportation
  • $111 (TZS287,150) on hotels

A one week trip to Serengeti National Park for two people costs, on average, $1,709 (TZS4,426,460). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

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
    $122
    TZS316,176
  • One Week Per person
    $854
    TZS2,213,230
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $1,709
    TZS4,426,460
  • One Month Per person
    $3,661
    TZS9,485,271
  • One Week For a couple
    $1,709
    TZS4,426,460
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $3,417
    TZS8,852,919
  • One Month For a couple
    $7,323
    TZS18,970,542
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Serengeti National Park cost?

A one week trip to Serengeti National Park usually costs around $854 (TZS2,213,230) for one person and $1,709 (TZS4,426,460) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Serengeti National Park on average costs around $1,709 (TZS4,426,460) for one person and $3,417 (TZS8,852,919) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per 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 Serengeti National Park will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Serengeti National Park on average costs around $3,661 (TZS9,485,271) for one person and $7,323 (TZS18,970,542) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.




Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Serengeti National Park has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Serengeti National Park expensive to visit?

Prices in Serengeti National Park are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Africa, Serengeti National Park is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Lake Nakuru or Arusha.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Serengeti National Park Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Serengeti National Park?

The average Serengeti National Park trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Serengeti National Park travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) TZS287,150 ($111)
Local Transportation 1 TZS53,573 ($21)
Food 2 TZS98,931 ($38)
Entertainment 1 TZS133,932 ($52)
Tips and Handouts 1 TZS67,000 - 200,999 ($26 - 78)
Alcohol 2 TZS19,499 - 58,496 ($8 - 23)
Accommodation Budget in Serengeti National Park
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Serengeti National Park is $55 (TZS143,575). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Serengeti National Park is $111 (TZS287,150). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $55
    TZS143,575
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $111
    TZS287,150

Hotel Prices in Serengeti National Park

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Transportation Budget in Serengeti National Park
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Serengeti National Park is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $21 (TZS53,573) per person, per day, on local transportation in Serengeti National Park.


  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $21
    TZS53,573


Flights to Serengeti National Park
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Rental Cars in Serengeti National Park
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Food Budget in Serengeti National Park
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Serengeti National Park can vary, the average cost of food in Serengeti National Park is $38 (TZS98,931) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Serengeti National Park should cost around $15 (TZS39,572) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Serengeti National Park is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $38
    TZS98,931


Entertainment Budget in Serengeti National Park
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Serengeti National Park typically cost an average of $52 (TZS133,932) 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.
    $52
    TZS133,932


Tips and Handouts Budget in Serengeti National Park
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Serengeti National Park is $52 (TZS134,000) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Serengeti National Park is 5% - 15%.


  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    $52
    TZS134,000


Alcohol Budget in Serengeti National Park
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $15 (TZS38,997) on alcoholic beverages in Serengeti National Park per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $15
    TZS38,997


Serengeti National Park on a Budget
Serengeti National Park Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Sprawling across 5,700 square miles of northern Tanzania in East Africa, Serengeti National Park makes up one of the oldest ecosystems in the world-one whose climate, vegetation, and fauna has barely changed over the past million years.  Today the park is a major wildlife destination, especially during the Great Migration when over a million hoofed animals are on the move.
Sights
Serengeti National Park is best known for its wildlife population. It is home to the highest concentration of large mammals in the world-including, but not limited to, giraffes, elephants, wildebeests, hippos, and lions.  There are populations of primates like bush babies and baboons, and over 500 species of birds including ostriches and flamingos. The park is especially popular during the Great Migration when over one million grazers, hoofed animals like zebra and wildebeest, make their way north as the rains change. A community of about 200 hippos can be spotted in the deep waters of the Retina Hippo Pool, while Moru Kopjes is home to Serengeti National Park’s only black rhino population. For those interested in the park’s ties to the indigenous Masai community, check out Gong Rock and the region’s famous Masai rock paintings located in Moru Kopjes.
Neighborhoods
Naabi Hill serves as Serengeti National Park’s main entrance, situated in Eastern Serengeti by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Visitors can pay their entrance fee here and stretch their legs along a walking trail that offers striking views and vistas of the Serengeti's landscape. Each area of Serengeti has its own unique features. The park is generally divided in North, Central, and South.
 
North Serengeti encompasses the Lobo Valley, where few species stay year-round. The animal population is at is smallest during wet season, so it is best to visit this part of the park in the dry season when millions of wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras travel north for the Great Migration. Typically this area is less frequented by tourists, though it is a more affordable location than the rest of the park during the migration season.
 
Central Serengeti is largely composed of the Seronera River Valley.  Here visitors can experience the circle of life at its finest-a gathering spot of herbivores (wildebeest, zebras, elephants, giraffes, gazelles) as well as predators (lions, cheetahs, hyenas, leopards). There is also a population of hippos here at the Retina Hippo Pool. Most of the park's permanent lodges are located in Central Serengeti due to the abundance of wildlife that many come to see.
 
South Serengeti has bases on Lake Masak and Lake Lagarja.  It is most popular from December to May, when species are most likely to be concentrated here depending on the rains. It is a great place to experience the lesser known areas of the park, away from the tourist bustle of Central Serengeti.

Activities
As the main attraction of Serengeti National Park is its wildlife, most visitors book safaris to see the best of the landscape and its features. Park fees and permits to the park can be very expensive and so these are often included in the overall travel cost if booked with a travel agent. Generally, fees can be up to $60 US per person per day. The park is also a major draw for wildlife photographers, as well as those interested in birding. Another unique way to safari is via hot air balloon, where visitors can get great views of the Serengeti from above. Since many of the animals can be dangerous it is important not to venture off without a guide, especially at night.
Food and Dining
For visitors planning to visit the more remote areas of the park, it is best to stock up on food and beverages at the convenience store located at the Naabi Hill entrance gate. The main lodges in Central Serengeti typically have options for dining as well. Typical Tanzanian cuisine varies depending on the region, though one favorite includes mishkaki, or skewered meat, usually chicken or beef marinated in spices and tomato sauce, cooked on hot coals, and then served with hot chili and lime juice. Other favorites include roasted cashews, watermelon juice, and a variety of small sweet bananas.

Transportation
The nearest international airport to the Serengeti is Kilimanjaro Airport, located near Arusha.  Qatar Airways offers daily flights from Amsterdam and Doha, while Swiss Air will fly into Nairobi, Kenya, or Dar es Salaam, from where you can get a connecting flight to Arusha. There are a few additional international flights (like Turkish airlines to Istanbul), but most others are regional.  From Arusha, the drive to Serengeti is about 6.5 hours to reach the park's main entrance at Naabi Hill Gate.

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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. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.