Why going on safari is not cheap.

Any safari experience in East Africa is always worth the price, though.

You might pay a little more during a safari in Tanzania, but the exclusivity and authentic experience make it well worth it. But why is it actually so expensive? Let’s explore that…

Park fees in Africa are high and always higher for non-African residents.

The price is set by the government of the respective country. For example, in Serengeti (Tanzania), adult tourists pay $83 (77 euros) daily for 24 hours, while expats pay $42 and residents of East Africa pay only 10000 TZS (about $4.37).

Moreover, in parks there can be concession fees as high as $83 per person per day for tourists.

Although park fees are high, they are used to protect nature.

If you want to know more about park fees, you can always contact us or check the website yourself for the 2024 TANAPA fees.

Camps and lodges are always booked on a full board basis.

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You usually do not have access to restaurants outside the camp or lodge. Moreover, you are usually in “the middle of nowhere.” Since there is no other choice, you really should go full board.

The advantage of this is that you never have to worry about food. The guesthouse is always aware of your arrival and JADORE SAFARIS will take dietary restrictions or special requests into account when booking.

Permits for building lodges and being able (or allowed) to safari in the national parks are expensive.

So this is also reflected and factored into your (and consequently our) price.

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Some countries or famous parks are already more exclusive than others …

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Tanzania’s parks are valued for their exclusivity and authenticity of wildlife. Therefore, the number of visitors, vehicles and lodges in certain parks remains limited despite their enormous size.

There is no proliferation of guesthouses, which in turn contributes to higher costs.

Flights to Africa from Western countries are more expensive than, say, a city-trip to Barcelona.

Although widely present in most major cities worldwide, they still remain scarce.

Since COVID-19, all prices have been historically high. It is now essential to book your ticket as early as possible.

In East Africa, local flights are operated with relatively small aircraft, ranging from 12 to a maximum of 160 passengers.

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Africa’s infrastructure is not yet always so advanced.

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Compared to other tourist destinations such as the U.S., Europe and even some North or South African countries, East Africa does not have extensive infrastructure such as highways, rail lines and numerous airports.

Thus, most transportation during a safari takes place by road. There are already many new roads from city to city, but in the parks everything remains authentic and unpaved. Unlike in some well-known parks (not mentioning names) where they put neat asphalt through the park to increase the comfort of tourists. Therefore, scenes such as lions lurking in the rain, waiting for a giraffe to slip, can no longer be considered “natural.

Because such (worse) roads are tougher on man and machine, the cost of maintenance (or repairing flat tires) is also higher in this part of Africa.

But then, is it worth its money? YES!

Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania provided the backdrop for such classic films as The Lion King, Out of Africa and Tarzan.

This region is home to more than 200 ethnic groups living peacefully alongside (or rather among) each other.

Africa’s largest lakes, including Lake Tanganyika (famous for its unique fish species), Lake Victoria (the size of Belgium, for example), and smaller lakes such as
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Natron and
Manyara
, where thousands of large birds spend the winter, are always a spectacular sight.

You can view (or climb) the home of Africa’s tallest mountain here.

The world’s highest free-standing mountain: Mount Kilimanjaro (the “roof of Africa”) stands along with the 2nd highest mountain (Mount Meru) in Moshi/Arusha. By the way, you can also admire these in southeastern Kenya.

It is well known that here you will find the world’s largest animal population per square meter. Ngorongoro Crater has the densest wildlife population. Tanzania is home to the iconic Great Wildebeest Migration, 1 of the 7 natural wonders and considered “the greatest show on earth” between Serengeti and Masai Mara.

East Africa also has more than 20% of Africa’s mammal population … so this is your chance on safari to witness the mighty African elephants and lions, along with the other members of the big 5 right before your eyes.

In short: even more unique experiences, unlike other countries in the world.

The perfectly mapped out JADORE SAFARI across diverse landscapes form some of the most glorifying vistas in the world. The breathtaking nature is unparalleled and so exquisite … hence something you won’t find anywhere else.

Whether you visit the iconic parks like the Serengeti, explore the beautiful white sand beaches in Zanzibar or discover the best-kept secrets off the beaten track or tour the classic North, “our” Tanzania is sure to amaze you just like Kenya, Uganda or Malawi.

A once-in-a-lifetime experience to see such iconic sights.

But the price???? Yes, let’s face it: safaris in East Africa (and especially in Tanzania) are generally pricey compared to other “regular” vacation destinations.

The question has been asked and hopefully this blog gave you a better understanding of why going on safari is not cheap.

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Paul Shayo

Since our drivers are also your guides, we call them “driververguides.”

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

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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Patrick Kweka

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 Kessy

Turn or reverse it but it is the driver/guide that runs the safari and where the safari falls or stands.

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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Katja de Feu

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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 de Meyer

Koen, co-founder of JADORE SAFARIS, has developed a passion for tourism with more than 5 years of experience organizing safaris in East Africa. Together with local partners, the company has grown into a unique initiative focused on exclusive private safaris away from mass tourism.

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.

At Jadore Safaris, each discovery trip is crafted with fun and love for East Africa, promising unforgettable experiences for life.