7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS BUDGET LODGE SAFARI ITINERARY
Tanzania wildlife safari includes Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Tarangire. Safaris can range widely in cost – depending on how many days, how many people, the level of luxury you’re looking for and many other factors.
Day 1: Arrive in Arusha.
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We will arrange a private transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to Tulia Hotel, where the rest of the day is at leisure. We stay at Impala Hotel which is beautifully located on the slope of Mt. Meru and is a perfect place to prepare for your adventure. We will gather in the hotel for a pre-safari briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance. Dinner and overnight at Tulia Hotel: Bed.
Day 2: Game drive in Tarangire National Park.
Today we drive to Tarangire National Park, for excellent game viewing. Tarangire is a small park which offers some excellent sights. Generally in the dry seasons Tarangire comes alive as wildlife and birdlife congregate on the Tarangire River, which is a permanent source of water. We spend a night in our beautifully lodge set outside the park with stunning views and a unique atmosphere. Dinner and overnight at Manyara Serena Hotel: Full board.
Day 3: Game drive in Lake Manyara National Park.
Today we drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a full day of game drives. This is one of Tanzania’s smaller parks but still offers a rewarding and diverse safari experience. The lakeshore at Manyara teems with birdlife, and while you are looking for the birds, you might spot one of the elusive tree-climbing lions. There are a surprising number of other large mammals and the striking cliffs on the Rift escarpment form a dramatic backdrop. In the late afternoon we make a short journey from the park to our special tented camp. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House: Full board.
Day 4: Game drive in Serengeti National Park.
We head towards the Serengeti National Park. En route there is an opportunity to visit Olduvai Gorge. It is within this steep sided ravine that Louis and Mary Leakey made some of the world’s most important archaeological discoveries in the 1950s. Here in a small museum we are able to see evidence of our ancestors that have been dated back 2.5 million years. After lunch we drive into the Serengeti itself and the rest of the afternoon is spent game viewing in the vast plains that are broken only by stands of acacia trees and the occasional kopje. In December, January and February we will normally meet the migration with large herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle. There are always plenty of resident animals, such as giraffe, buffalo, and elephant, and many large predators such as lion, cheetah, and leopard. Dinner and overnight at Kati Kati Tented Camp: Full board.
Day 5: Another full day game drive in Serengeti National Park.
We have another full day in this wonderful park, rising early to make the most of our time. Our guides will choose the best spotting locations for the time of year; we can spend time at the Hippo pool watching these majestic animals laze about in the cool water happily living alongside the crocodiles, watch a big pride of lions, be in the middle of the migration, sometimes surrounded by wildebeest, sometimes by zebras, which travel with the wildebeest. We journey from the wide open plains to the kopjes: these volcanic rocky outcrops provide protection and shelter for a wide variety of animals and from the top we can look out across the vast grasslands of the Serengeti. This diverse and interesting landscape will provide us with the ultimate in game viewing, we will hopefully see all of the plain games; elephants, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lions and it you are lucky the elusive leopard and cheetah, as well as huge amounts of interesting bird life, from the elegant secretary birds to the flightless ostrich. We return to our special tented camp for the night. Dinner and overnight at Kati Kati Tented Camp: Full board.
Day 6: Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha
We start the day with an early morning game drive in Serengeti before heading to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ngorongoro is a special place in that it is a Conservation Area, not a National Park; this means that the whole area is managed for both the animals and the local Masai people who graze their cattle alongside the indigenous wildlife. During the drive in Ngorongoro we have a chance to glimpse something of the Masai way of life. After stopping at the entrance gate, where there is a chance to learn more about this fascinating volcanic landscape, we will drive around the rim of the Crater itself, and from here we can look down and see the herd of wildebeest or buffalos. Finally we descend into the crater. The crater walls provide a natural sanctuary for the animals, which means there is plenty to see: lions, elephants, buffalo, rhino and leopard (if you are lucky). The only animal you won’t see in here is a giraffe, whose long legs are unable to cope with the steeps sides of the crater. In the late afternoon we travel just outside of Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Impala Hotel. Dinner and overnight at Tulia Hotel. Half board.
Day 7: Arusha – Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Free morning to relax after your great northern safari or explore the town, especially Maasai market. Private departure transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) after your safari is included.
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• Full board accommodation whilst on safari in the above mentioned en suite tented camps and lodges
• Private safari guide
• Private 4 x 4 safari jeep with pop up roof for game viewing
• Transfers in both directions between the International Airport
• Park fees
• Crater fees
• All meals while on safari
• Airport Arrival/Departure Meet and Greets at the airport
• On safari – Vehicles equipped with ice chest with mineral water, wildlife guidebooks
• Government taxes, VAT and service charges relating to accommodation and included meals
• Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival, USA and CANADA passport holders USD.100
• Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
• Meals not listed above
• Optional Tours (balloon rides USD. 550 per person etc)
• Tips and any items of personal nature.