Cheaper alternatives than on safari (experienced it myself)

People often ask the question, “Why is a safari so expensive? The cost of a safari includes several factors, but an important one is adding conservation fees to park fees. These additional costs go directly to national parks and other major investors or landowners. By paying these fees, you contribute directly to conservation and encourage local communities to preserve Africa’s beautiful ecosystems.

Here are some options for 1 to 3 days (in addition to accommodation) on a budget of only $30 to $100 per person per day to reduce total travel costs.

Visit Materuni Waterfall at the foot of Kilimanjaro

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Materuni is one of the few villages close to the foot of Kilimanjaro.

As you walk through the village, you will be overwhelmed by the picturesque views of the lush rainforest and the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro . The waterfall, which is only an hour’s walk away, is truly impressive, and at 70 meters, it is the highest in northern Tanzania. The water flowing out of the waterfall is of crystal clear glacial quality, making for an enchanting basin.

On clear days, the view even offers breathtaking views of the cities of Kibo and Moshi. The hike to the base of the waterfall can be challenging for some.  In general, though, the terrain is fairly flat and often offers cooling shade in the morning. However, wearing sturdy hiking shoes is recommended.

In addition to admiring the natural splendor, you also get the chance to learn how to make local coffee and then enjoy your own brewed cup of coffee. And to make the experience complete, a delicious local lunch with an extensive buffet will be served.

Go cycling and explore Moshi near Kilimanjaro.

A local guide will take you on a fascinating tour of Moshi, passing picturesque villages at the foot of Kilimanjaro.

Then on to agricultural areas where you can enjoy fresh coconut milk.

Your guide will be ready to meet you mid-morning, equipped with your mountain bike, with or without helmet, depending on your preference. You can choose from a 2, 4 or 6-hour bike tour, depending on your interest, stretching over 10, 20 or even 45 km. You will explore easy dirt trails and paved roads, passing small villages and a small rainforest, before returning to Moshi, your starting point.

Hot springs, a small school, a market …

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Tanzania’s hot springs are often referred to by different names, which can sometimes be confusing.

They are known as the Chemka hot springs, Rundugai hot springs, Kikuletwa hot springs and Maji Moto (but all refer to the same location).

The local name Chemka means “boiling,” because of the way the water seems to bubble as it bubbles up from the ground. These hot springs are also home to a special species of fish, the Garra Rufa fish, also known as doctor fish. You may recognize them… they are the little fish used for pedicures, where they scrape the dead skin off your feet!

A day in this area can be surprisingly affordable if you are also interested in the local culture. There are plenty of opportunities to explore markets, such as Tanzania’s largest women’s market in Tengeru, or to visit one of the many local schools.

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This is your driver’s guide to the South of Tanzania: Paul.

He is friendly, experienced and fully prepared to give you an unforgettable and excellent Safari in the region where he himself was born and raised. So you are in the hands of knowledgeable professional. Paul also travels regularly throughout Tanzania to update his knowledge of all the parks and to look for new destinations, off the beaten track.

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Bastiaan Witvliet, born and raised in Zambia and Tanzania, returned to Africa permanently in 2016 after studying and pursuing a career in the Netherlands. His childhood in the African bush instilled in him a deep love for safari life, and he still spends a lot of time in the wilderness, in addition to his work for Jadore Safari he is active in conservation.

As a certified private safari guide, Bastiaan shares his passion for nature with others, while also playing a role in the business side of Jadore Safaris since joining as a shareholder in 2023. With his expertise, he contributes to the success and growth of the company, and is committed to sustainability and conservation of the beautiful African wilderness.

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A young natural who has chosen to put himself in the service of tourism in Tanzania.

Patrick takes great pleasure in the opportunity to connect with people from different cultures and countries. His concern is to first understand what the visitor is interested in so he can provide them with the best possible experience. 

On a trip with Patrick and JADORE SAFARIS there is a smile, lots of knowledge, passion and a commitment to provide the best possible, but still safe experiences possible.

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Vincent is not just someone doing his job but he, like the rest of the team, breathes one and all JADORE SAFARIS in and out. It was at a young age that Vicent decided he wanted to get involved in guiding visitors to see and learn about this amazing northern circuit of The Rift Valley.

He freelanced for several companies that provided excellent services and even did training for young fellows who wanted to learn this trade. He is also constantly schooling himself when he is not in the bush for a while. His passion for and knowledge of all aspects of the region’s nature, landscape and culture become immediately apparent when you set out with him.

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An African safari is always an adventure. But to embark on your adventure means that even during the planning phase, you need to get in touch with someone who provides independent and honest advice.

It is rare for someone to return home disappointed about their safari, but they may not be aware of what they did not see and how much better it could have been.

Katja wants to make sure her clients are aware of all options for their African adventure … regardless of how they define that adventure. JADORE SAFARIS clients become her good friends, many of whom return to Tanzania or Kenya to travel with us again.

In addition to the personal welcome, it is also Katja who, behind the scenes as financial director, ensures that everything once you are here can also run smoothly.

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Koen’s mission goes beyond words; he and his team strive for sustainable tourism and invite travelers to discover the beauty of Africa with a personal touch, knowing that each trip has a positive impact on local communities and nature.

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