Low cost safari option in Tanzania

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1. Posted by Sujit1961 (Budding Member 17 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I plan to visit Tanzania in the month of June 2019. Safari options are costly and beyond my budget. Saadani Game Reserve is not very far from Dar Es Salam. Could someone help me with suggestions about Saadani. How to reach, where to get down, how to enter, stay and go around at low cost. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1142 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

You don't mention what your budget is, nor how many days you want to spend in Tanzania.

It would be a shame to miss the Serengeti, which in my opinion offers one of the best -- if not the best -- opportunities to see wildlife, including leopards, lions, cheetahs, giraffe, hippos, elephants, etc. Of course, nothing is guaranteed; but you likely will be happy that you went.

Consider joining an adventure tour, such as those offered by Cape Town-based Nomad and others. They offer reasonably-priced tours in converted vehicles. There are two types, "accommodated" (hotels and lodges) and camping (tents). Admission to national parks is included. Generally, you can join the tours at various points on an itinerary so you don't have to go all the way to the final destination.

The camping tours cater primarily to the young and young-at-heart who like to party. The accommodated tours usually have a good mix; and aren't geared toward carousing.

If you've already made up your mind about Saadani here are some links that might help in your planning:

https://web.archive.org/web/20100401104542/http://www.saadanipark.org/information.html

https://www.tanzaniatourism.go.tz/destination/saadani-national-park

https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Dar-es-Salaam/Saadani-National-Park

3. Posted by Sujit1961 (Budding Member 17 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Thanks berner256 for your response. I will have a look at the links too. Thanks very much.

4. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1207 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting berner256

The camping tours cater primarily to the young and young-at-heart who like to party.

Young-at-heart maybe but definitely not party animals and I don't think anyone would say that 50+ years old is young! We did a tented tour three years ago and had a fabulous time photographing the big five in the northern parks - unforgettable! And one night we had a lion 'huffing' just outside the tent.

Sujit1961 - I've messaged you with the website of the tour company we went with (we don't want tons of commercial advertising on these threads) - explore the website and it'll give you a few ideas about what you can do.

5. Posted by Sujit1961 (Budding Member 17 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Thanks Borisborough. I will check the link. Dear Berner256 - My idea of low cost safari was some thing like this : Using public transport to reach the park gate, paying the entry fee, using a low cost option for stay for 2 to 3 days at the most, maybe using my own tent to stay in a safe and approved place in the park, and using a safari vehicle inside the park. I wanted to cut down on travel and stay expenses primarily which i thought could make the tour much more affordable.

6. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 910 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I am 81 years old and I went to Tanzania this past June (2018) with my granddaughter who was 12.

I don't think they will let you use your own tent and it would not be adviseable. We were in a tent village in the Serengeti and lions came into the area and wanted to spend the night. We could hear them breathing outside our tent. The camp people called our guide to chase them away with the Land Rover and he had to do that twice.

Just after our vist a woman who was grabbed and pulled out of a safari vehicle and killed. I've also seen baboons get into a vehicle and steal things from it - our guide said that they had rabies and if we were scratched we would have to get treated for rabies.

Because of my age and infirmities, I did a private tour - just the two of us with the guide. The most expensive part of the trip was the air-fare from Houston. There were quite a few group tours especially from Italy. I think you need to rethink your ideas - cheap may cost you your life

7. Posted by Sujit1961 (Budding Member 17 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Interesting. I am in India and my return ticket costs about 500 usd. Safari for even one day is almost 200 usd though it depends on the no of people sharing in the group.

8. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 910 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

We went camping in the US in 1948. We did it without even a tent - just sleeping bags on the ground. When we came to Yellowstone, we were not allowed to camp without a tent and had to take a cabin because of bears. Bears have killed people in our national parks. It is wise to respect nature. If you can't pay the price, then do something else.

9. Posted by Sujit1961 (Budding Member 17 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Sure. I will take care of your suggestion.