Costs & Fees for Ngorongoro
Before your visit to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, make sure you have set the right amount of money aside. Depending on the tour you book, some food and accommodation may be included, but it's always advisable to bring extra cash just in case. Read our guide to gather all the essential information about park fees and tipping while on safari in Ngorongoro!
How much does it cost to go to Ngorongoro?
Staying inside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is possible, but the cost of accommodation can vary in price significantly. Typically accommodation ranges from $200 to $1,000 per person a night. Rates mainly depend on the season and type of accommodation. Sleeping in a tent and camping instead of a luxury lodge will also save you a lot of money.
Professional English speaking guides are almost always included in the price of a safari tour. We recommended against driving the park yourself as signage is often missing and you may have a difficult time communicating with other drivers. Booking a safari with a tour guide will enhance your experience significantly thanks to their intimate knowledge of the area.
Typically, safari packages include all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). However, we always recommend personally verifying this information by reading through the "what's included" section on the page of your preferred tour.
For those travelling on a safari tour, the typical transportation is a 4x4 game drive vehicle with a pop-up roof, ideal for spotting animals. Prices for renting a car vary a lot and are mostly only available in big cities like Arusha (about a 3.5-hour drive from the conservation area).
Before travelling to the gates of Ngorongoro, make sure you have enough money set aside for your park admission! Park admission fees are set per person, per day, although occasionally tour groups can set less-expensive rates for their travellers. Your park fee will be valid for 24 hours.
Tipping is expected while on a safari, and the typical amount is set at approximately $10 USD per person, per day for guides, and $5 USD per person, per day for trackers. Depending on the tour you join, tipping may be included in the overall price. Nonetheless, we recommend bringing extra cash as a precaution.
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