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Budget Traveling in Tanzania – Guide for 2020


The United Republic of Tanzania is a country in Eastern Africa in the region of Great Lakes. The neighbors are Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Burundi, DR. Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi. Also, Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and one of the most popular destinations for mountain climbing, is in northeastern Tanzania.

Besides Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania represents a very popular destination for tourists from all around the world because it has several national parks where tourists are going to see beautiful nature and wildlife. The most popular national parks in Tanzania are Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and Ngoro Ngoro. The reason why this country is so popular is that tourists can go on safari, which is a unique experience where people can see how lions, zebras, antelopes, and other wild animals live in its natural environment.

However, it is not so easy for tourists all around the world to visit this country. Organizing a trip around this country can cost a lot of money, especially if you want to experience everything that can show us. On the other hand, if you are ready to give up from some luxury, and stay there for a week or two, then your trip doesn`t have to cost a fortune.

If you are interested in the budget traveling to Tanzania, we are going to present you to some of the best ways to have a vacation in this beautiful country without spending all of your life savings. Also, in this article, we are going to introduce you to average prices for hotels, food, travel tickets, and all other necessary expenses.

What is the Price for Traveling to Tanzania?

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There are a lot of people who think that you need a real fortune to provide yourself with a chance to have a vacation while driving through some Savanah, or hiking on Kilimanjaro. However, if you are ready to give up from luxury hotels, drivers, or any other expensive stuff that tourists are usually looking for on vacation, you could organize a week or two for yourself, and travel to Tanzania for a much decent price.

First of all, you will need a ticket for a flight to Tanzania, and the cost of the ticket is usually somewhere around 1000 dollars. For example, for a flight from the United Kingdom, you will need around 800 dollars and the plane fly to Dubai first.

Furthermore, one of the most important things that every tourist must now is that everyone must get vaccinated with several vaccines because this country is full of mosquitos that could infect you with malaria, hepatitis B and A, polio, and many other diseases. So, be ready to pay two or three hundreds on this too. Another important part of your travel is to have insurance, so you should check if your credit card can provide you with that, and do you have to buy one when you get there.

When it comes to other expenses, you have to know that you need a visa for traveling to Tanzania. The Tanzanian visa for tourists from the United States costs around 100 dollars. Also, you should inform yourself about going to Tanzania, and what to expect there, from your Travel Agency. Also, there are some websites such as TanzaniaBudgetSafari, where you can get a lot of information about visiting this beautiful country without the need for some big loan.

The Prices of Hotels in Tanzania

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The spending from an average tourist in Tanzania is estimated to be around 70 dollars a day. This is the amount of money that most of the people have spent daily while they were enjoying the beach, wildlife, or any other attractivity that we can see in this place.

When it comes to the price of rooms and hotels, the price can vary a lot. However, the average price for a night in a hotel is around 80 dollars. With the average prices, the total cost of your one-week long vacation can cost you around 500 dollars.

So, that means that two weeks for two people can cost around 2,000 dollars, without flying tickets and other expenses. There are also some cheaper hotel rooms that you can find for a price lower than 50 dollars per night.

Also, if you are going on a family vacation, there are many discounts for the kids, from cheaper ticket planes, to free meals at hotels and much more. The conclusion is that you don`t need a fortune if you want to travel to this place, because you can always find some cheap alternative for a luxury hotel, dinner, or some services.

Other Expenses

Before you go to Tanzania, you will have to know do you must bring some cash with you, especially because many places in Tanzania and Zanzibar don`t accept credit cards. While most of the hotels and bigger supermarkets and stores do accept credit cards, most of the other places like smaller shops and restaurants only use cash as a way of payment.

Also, Tanzania has its currency, the Tanzanian shilling, but there shouldn`t be a problem to pay in dollars, euros, or pounds too. However, you should be careful with the rate that someone would offer you, sometimes quite below the exchange rate. In that matter, it is well-advised for everyone to convert their dollars or euros into domestic currency.

One of the most important reasons why you should bring some cash with you is if you didn`t pay for a safari or some other tour to your Travel Agency.  Also, you will need money for shopping. You can find a lot of souvenirs that people sell on the streets. Nonetheless, cash is necessary for tipping your tour guide, which is the most common way of paying them for their services during your trip on Kilimanjaro, or while you are driving through some Savanah and looking at all those animals, these people are taking care of your safety.

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Additionally, there is also a possibility to have some problems with your dollars, because of people in Tanzania only accept the notes that are made after the year 2006, and wouldn`t even accept them if they are not in the best condition. So you better check if your money is coiled and torn.

The best option for anyone who is visiting Tanzania is to have all kinds of notes, from 1 dollar to 100. While they will always accept the 50 and 100 notes at a regular exchange rate, they might reduce that rate for notes of 5 or 10, but you can use 1 or 5 dollars for tipping without any issues. Also, be sure to convert your money only with legitimate exchanges, because many people would offer you that service, and in the end, you might end up with some false money because counterfeit is unfortunately common in this country.

Nonetheless, when you are introduced to all possible issues, we can now go back on how expensive Tanzania is for an average tourist. The price for an average meal at any restaurant is around 5 dollars, while you will need between 10 and 15 for all day. However, you can find some cheap local eateries where you can have breakfast for around 50 cents, lunch for 2 dollars, or you can have some local food for dinner at a price that is smaller than 5 dollars.

From other necessary expenses, we have to mention that tap water in Tanzania is not safe for drinking, but you can find a bottle of water or some other drink in any store. The price of water and soft drinks is less than a dollar per bottle. From drinks that contain alcohol, most popular are Beer and Konyagi, which is a local spirituous drink similar to gin. The price for half a liter of Konyagi is between 80 cents and 2,5 dollars.

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When it comes to transportation, the cheapest and most common way is public transport, with a ticket that costs less than 20 cents. The taxi will charge you around 2 dollars for every mile, which is also quite cheap.

As we can see, Tanzania is a country with lower living standards, where the average salary is slightly over 200 dollars per month. When you decide to travel to Tanzania, there are only two expensive parts, the flying ticket, and a hotel room. Anyway, there is always a possibility for a budget traveling to Tanzania, since it is cheap for living, and if you can save a few thousand from your paychecks, Tanzania might be the right place for you to visit.

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