If you’re planning a trip to Serengeti, one of the most important yet challenging area is figuring out a Serengeti Safari cost.
It isn’t because the prices are cheaper than you might have expected, or expensive than your holiday budget could ever afford, no! It is because there are several factors influencing the cost starting from the number of stays, nature of the accommodation, and timing of a safari.
Another strange factor that influences the cost is, the country has got a bunch of operators, hundreds of them!
Among these groups of operators, many like to sell an idea of giving the lowest Serengeti safari cost while others differentiate themselves by pitching the prices that might scare even the richest tycoons in a certain royal house.
But if we decide to choose the truth and openness to lead the way,
The cost for your Serengeti safari should be somewhere between certain figures. Not just a sky threatening price by an operator who wants to get one hefty business and retire the next day.
At the end of this post, you will have a clear clue on the most important factors that should be necessary to decide the cost of Serengeti safari.
To make it even better, you can use this post as your checklist for determining the costs of other places of your interest, not just Serengeti.
But before we make further in this journey,
I want to make a vow!
I have come into a realization that it is not just you who is struggling to figure out the best Serengeti safari cost, a lot of fellow travelers are having this pain, determining the cost.
Google themselves reports that between July 2018 and July 2019 there were thousands of monthly searches for the phrase Serengeti Safari cost.
It is with that respect I am sincerely promising you that I am going to share everything you need to calculate the best price to pay for your safari in Serengeti.
Now the last thing before we dive deep into understanding Serengeti safari cost,
Allow me to give you a brief introduction to this legendary Serengeti which is one of the oldest parks in the continent.
Serengeti National Park – A Preview
208 miles from Arusha, there lies the finest Serengeti National Park where there is no other area in this world where wild animals in action can be seen spectacularly as in the Serengeti.
Hosting the largest annual migration of ungulates to ever been experienced on the planet, Serengeti claims a place in the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa.
In fact, Serengeti was voted the best park in Africa for safaris and this was based on more than 3000 reviews conducted by Safari Bookings in 2015. Safari Bookings put into account reviews from travelers, guidebook authors, and other industry experts to determine the best parks & destinations.
Serengeti attracts over 500,000 visitors every year
Serengeti has been consistently attracting about 500,000 tourists every year where most visitors have enjoyed live predating which is simply a jaw-dropping experience that the world is living to witness.
With the migration beauty, Serengeti National Park is a must-visit in your holiday in Tanzania.
Finding out Serengeti safari cost.
At this point, I recommend you take a cup of coffee and continue reading as things are now getting exciting. It is just a matter of minutes you will be as knowledgeable as an experienced traveler who has a Serengeti safari belt under him.
In Determining Serengeti Safari Cost, you need to know this fact;
- There is no fixed price
- Second, travelers differ in their preference
- Third, people visit Serengeti in different seasons of the year.
Now, I mentioned somewhere in this post that I am going to show you the cost of Serengeti safari. It’s true! Nothing has changed, travel with me and, in a few minutes, you will have all clue about Serengeti safari cost.
There is no Fixed Serengeti Safari Cost
As I mentioned earlier, there are figures which Serengeti safari cost lies in, right? the truth is, even though there are no fixed figures, there is a certain limit that prices lie on.
Having said so, the cost can lie somewhere in the region of USD 1,700 and hike all the way to USD 7000.
Now let’s get into a real deal, the factors that determine the Serengeti safari cost
I like to assume that we all or at least many differences when it comes to personal choices.
Personal choice plays a great part in selecting what we like to experience and how we would want to experience them.
It’s fair to say that we are different when it comes to consuming the experiences and everyone has their taste as well as styles. These all decide on how someone needs to consume their Serengeti experience in one way or another.
Let me show you how through the following 5 factors that determine Serengeti Safari Cost
1. The number of days in a Serengeti safari.
Not everyone is going to spend 3 days in Serengeti.
On the other hand, the number of people who are going to stay in Serengeti for a week and above witnessing the hungry fierce crocodiles hunting the desperate wildebeests is going to exceptionally differ.
It’s worthy to note that,
The number of days you prefer to stay in Serengeti will have effects on both, your cost per day as well as the full cost of your full trip.
Staying more days is going to reduce your cost per day. Meanwhile, spending lesser days will lead to the daily cost to mount.
So here is the fun rule of thumb for picking a great cost Vs. maximum experience,
Spend more days, and….save the cost per day
With that knowledge considered, it then means that the more days you stay will lead to you paying less money per day.
In general, you will find yourself ending up saving bucks in the course of your whole safari.
We can say the vice versa is fairly true for the few day’s stay.
On many occasions, the Serengeti safari won’t be less than 2 days, but it can go all the way up to the number of days you can afford.
Also, your goals against the Serengeti safari can influence your stay.
Are you obsessed to follow the migration? is it crossing the wildebeest in the dangerous crocs-infested Mara River that stuns you most? Or the big cats of Serengeti in a live predating is all you’re interested in?
All in all, anything your goals towards visiting Serengeti should determine your time of stay and eventually your Serengeti Safari cost.
2. Accommodation conformability is a single major influencing factor
Many accommodations in and around Serengeti national park will have you rest comfortably in the course of your safari.
But if someone was to ask me about accommodations, I would fairly advise that it is important you share your budget with your travel company.
That way, they will know better options that fall on your budget and suggest a few properties that might help you pull a rabbit out of the hut and end up getting a comfortable accommodation option that fits your budget.
One thing should be clear though,
Accommodations in Serengeti are not the cheapest. In fact, they are going to eat the lion’s share of your total Serengeti safari costs.
The most important here is that you find a credible company that will be happy to help you weigh up every possible option when it comes to the available properties in and around Serengeti.
It isn’t only the standard of the accommodation that is going to determine the property’s price, but things like the location of the accommodation are the “master determinant factor” if you will.
If you decide that you need to experience your Serengeti safari in close proximity to the wildness of the Serengeti then be prepared to spend a bit more.
That is contrary to those who decide that they will have their accommodation outside the park and only return to the park in the morning to continue their game drive.
3. Timing of your Serengeti safari
In Serengeti national park the weather isn’t always dry. In fact, Serengeti has two wet seasons and only one dry season over the year.
During the dry season, it’s when the wildlife spotting can be of great experience than if someone was to go in wet seasons.
It is, for this reason, the number of tourists tends to sky up during the dry season, and guess what? The Serengeti safari costs get to be at their top during this dry season due to the influx of tourists in the park.
While going to Serengeti national park in the offseason will mean that you won’t have an opportunity for better wildlife spotting, witnessing migration and crossing, the good thing is that the costs this time won’t be as high as in the peak season.
June to October, then December to March are the high seasons in Serengeti but take this from me, Serengeti is usually the best place to visit, be it in high season or off-season, It’s never boring in the Serengeti.
4. The model of your experience will as well influence Serengeti safari cost.
Now here is where things get even picky!
Are you going to settle with a game drive? Well, the game drive in Serengeti safari is one of the most beautiful experiences a nature lover could dream of.
The slow & comfortable movement of a safari vehicle while viewing the beautiful Serengeti is just an unmatched experience.
Nevertheless, you can still decide that your Serengeti safari experience delivered with you sitting on a certain hot air balloon perusing around the legendary Serengeti national park.
Choosing a balloon experience for your Serengeti safari isn’t a bad choice, however, it is going to cost you fortunes.
Either way, a game drive or balloon safari, the Serengeti safari costs are not going to be similar.
5. Transport in and off the park will influence Serengeti safari cost
A few days ago I was talking to a fella from New Zealand.
Due to some reasons, he was not comfortable driving all the way from Arusha town to Serengeti national park and other parks he desires to visit.
In other words, he is going to use a flight
Now, the cost he is going to use in his whole Serengeti safari package is not going to be as that of those who are comfortable using safari vehicles getting into the park and off it.
At this point I am in a strong belief that you are with me now that there is no fixed Serengeti safari cost as you can appreciate, we all differ in our preferences.
Figuring out Serengeti safari costs can be less challenging if you can use this guide as your checklist.
It is important that you find a credible operator who won’t charge you the smallest amount that will lead them to under-deliver the service.
On the other hand, there is no reason to pay a ridiculously high amount of money simply because a company has decided to distinguish itself from others on a cost basis.
I have always believed what should differentiate operators has to be the level of services in relation to the customers’ satisfaction. Yes, that should be the bottom line.
Do you have any other factors that you think influence Serengeti safari cost? I will be glad to hear what they are.