Heading to NAirobi on 18th July for two and a half weeks. Flying out of Dar on the 4th. I would like to do a Masi Mara game drive and then cross the boarder to Tanzania and visit the Ngorogoro Crater. I need to do the safari's fairly cheap and all I can find are very pricey cmps. Does anyone have any sugestions/recommendations?
That is apretty good intinerary tha you have chosen ,i happen to have done a simillar itinerary last year and it was one of most memorable moments of my life .wish you the best.
Hi, the cost of the most popular lodges that also happen to be well optimized online are a bit expensive as you said. However there are tented camps that are semi permanent with washrooms and electricity that can be in the range of $130 a night.Any thing below $100 per night full board might not be surprising when the service or facilities are not up to par.
Can't help on the Kenyan side, but check out the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators for local operators. It has a list of local operators, and you will find their prices are much less than what you might find on the web. If you want to do cheaply as possible, do a group, camping safari.
The following is from the Tanzania Safari Guide from this site.
Group Safari or Private Safari?
A group safari is a safari where you go with other people that you don’t know. A private safari is where just you (and your private group go). Booking a group safari can save anywhere from $200 to $300 US to thousands of dollars (depending on the iternary). However, often companies will book a safari with promises of other travellers, but the other travellers aren’t real. In the worst case, this means delaying the safari until real travelers can be found, which can be an issue. A private safari is where you pay the entire cost of the safari, but then you have to pay more.
Camping or Lodges?
Camping safaris are where you stay in tents in camp grounds. Lodges are hotels or tent camps that are nicer, and usually have better immentities, but cost more. In Tanzania, lodges would add about $US 150 a night onto your cost for the cheapest places (which were still pretty nice), and could cost upwards of $US 600 for really nice places.
Note that prices on that page may be out of date, as I know that both the rise in fuel and a rise in park fees have driven prices up in Tanzania. I have heard that the cheapest camping safaris nowadays are about $150 per day per person.
There are several options for accommodation at the National parks and Game reserves and where to stay will be determined by your budget as well as your taste.
The cheapest option that is available is the basic camping safari whereby you will stay in a two persons tent. Most likely the tents will not be self contained and the facilities at the campsite are shared with other travelers including bathrooms and toilets ( roughing it).
Another option is the Lodges...However, the pricing will differ from Lodge to Lodge. Some of the best Lodges in Mara are Mara Serena Lodge, keekorok Lodge, Mpata Safari Club ( most catering for Japanese clients) and Mara Simba Lodge.
In Ngorongoro Crater check out Ngorongoro Serena and Ngorongoro Sopa.
More reasonable Lodges in Mara:- Mara Sopa Lodge.
Ngorongoro Crater:- Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge ( well some travelers will like it while others will hate it)
The top end will be the luxury tented camps:- And again the pricing differs from camp to camp..For an exclusive camp you can try these camps- Kichwa Tembo tented safari camp, Bateleur camp at kichwa Tembo, Mara explorer, Mara Safari Club.
Reasonable Camps are:- Sarova Mara Camp, Fig tree, Ilkeliani etc.
incase you need further infomation or queries do not hesitate to contact me.
If you are looking for cheap you better do camping safaris and get some other peole to join, i did safari with my friends recently three days was great we found the group to join from -snip-
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