Traveling in tanzania parks/reserves and booking camps independently
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jun 11, 2012 8:56 AM Last Post By: aur0rascopic
Jun 8, 2012 2:22 AM
Traveling in tanzania parks/reserves and booking camps independentlyHi,
I have been inquiring a lot of companies about going on a short 2 day safari in tanzania, however they are all quoting extremely high prices.
We are on a budget and are now considering just going to the parks ourselves from Zanzibar (we have hired a 4x4), entering the parks and booking accommodation when we get there.
Is this possible, recommended?
If not driving, we can book our own flights to the parks and then find accommodation then.
Please advise as I have never visited Tanzania or another such african safari country before.
Jun 8, 2012 6:30 AM
1Tanzania is quite pricey compared to say Kenya because there are fewer lodges and demand is high. Have you looked at prices for similar safaris in Kenya to see how they compare. I've not been to Tanzania since 2008 but then prices were double what I was used to paying in Kenya for similar quality accommodation.
Jun 8, 2012 6:36 AM
2ah I see. Well we have booked flights for zanzibar, this is our main holiday.
Decided we could spend a few days over in Tanzania on safari, got ourselves really excited about it, but then dampened by the prices. It is seriously expensive, the flights alone are around $740! for 2 ppl return.
So...don't know really, we are trying to consider different parks which are closer and traveling by ferry/road.
Jun 8, 2012 8:44 AM
Jun 9, 2012 10:36 AM
Jun 11, 2012 5:41 AM
5I have just come back from Ruaha, and my guide was mentioning that quite a few people come from Zanzibar to Selous or Ruaha on last minute cheap deals sold by Coastal Travels (the airline that flies to the park). I guess they are using up standby seats, and they use Lake Manze (Selous) and Mdonya Old River Camp (Ruaha). I have no idea how cheap these deals are, but bear in mind that national park fees are high in Tanzania- $50-$100 per person per day depending on the park, so there is a limit to how cheap it can possibly be.
I suggest you find the Coastal Travels office in Zanzibar and check it out. I've seen them advertising these offers in the office in Dar.
Jun 11, 2012 8:29 AM
6If you have hired a 4x4 in Zanzibar, it will be of little use, as getting it off the island is a lot of hassle and will cost a lot of money. If you for some reason have one waiting for you in Dar, going to Mikumi NP for a short self-drive Safari may be an option. It's about a 4.5-hour drive from Dar if I remember correctly, and it is small and easy to navigate. As it is very close to Mikumi village, you will also save by not actually staying within the park, but in a guesthouse in the village. And it was also a lot cheaper than most park regarding the entry fees. You can also get to Mikumi by public transport and organise a day tour locally.
Of course it's not the Serengeti, but good enough to give you an idea and there are quite a lot of animals.
Jun 11, 2012 8:56 AM
7thanks for the info. Yes stefo we are considering Mikumi now, contacted a independent safari guide recommended on thorn tree forum for Tanzania and he has given a great price compared to the tour companies. Only thing is he organises the safari only, so we'll be booking our own ferry/way to dar etc. I think we'll just do this once we are in Zanzibar and then confirm the safari.
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