A budget safari in Tanzania

An intent glare by a leopard in the Tanzanian wilderness

Forget the swanky safari lodges and luxury tented camps, nothing beats pitching a tent and camping when it comes to saving money and sticking to a tight budget. Whether it’s a pop-tent out of your backpack or a rooftop tent on your self-drive safari vehicle, the rustic camping option takes you close to nature and stretches your money further. Self-catering, street food, eating in local restaurants and travelling by public transport all help to keep costs in check, while simultaneously exposing the traveller to the local people and culture of Tanzania.


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Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)

day 1

Arrival in Arusha
  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)
  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)
  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)
  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)
  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)
  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)

day 2 to 3

Tarangire National Park
  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)
  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)
  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)
  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)
  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)
  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)

day 4 to 5

  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)
  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)
  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)
  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)
  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)
  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)

day 6 to 8

  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)
  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)
  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)
  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)
  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)
  • Tanzania Affordable Calving Season safari 2019 (Best for budget)

day 9

Say your goodbyes to the nation!

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