6-Day Northern Tanzania Budget Safari - 6 Days

Overview

This safari to northern Tanzania takes you to some of the country’s best wildlife destinations. Lake Manyara is a shallow but huge soda lake located at the foot of the Great Rift Valley. It is famous for its tree-climbing lions. The Serengeti is a massive wilderness of 14500sq km, where every day brings a new landscape and a new adventure. The Ngorongoro Crater is known for what is arguably the densest population of predators and carnivores in Africa. Visit all these locations and much more!

Arrival

  • You’ll be collected from the airport (or hotel).
  • Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for an extra cost.
Day 1
Arusha - Lake Manyara National Park

You will be picked-up from your hotel in Arusha at 0730hrs and then be transferred to Lake Manyara National Park. Arrive in time for an early lunch at the lodge and then make your way into the park for an afternoon game drive. Lake Manyara is one of Tanzania’s most dramatic wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park), located at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, It also boasts unique tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake. Your dinner and stay will be at the camp.

Non game-viewing travel time: 2.5 hours

Distance: 130 km.

Main Destination:

Lake Manyara National Park

Best Time to VisitJune to September (easier to spot animals)

High SeasonJuly to March (Northern section gets crowded)

Best WeatherJune to October (few showers of rain)

Wildlife in Lake Manyara NP – See all animals

ElephantAbundant

GiraffeCommon

HippoCommon

BuffaloCommon

ZebraCommon

WildebeestCommon

Accommodation:

Budget camping

• Bordering Lake Manyara NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2
Lake Manyara - Serengeti

After breakfast we will head towards Serengeti National Park via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, we descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti– with its endless plains rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We will make our way into the central park area, known as the Seronera, which is one of the richest wildlife habitats in the Serengeti. It features the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to the area and therefore attracts a variety of wildlife.

We will arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive. Your dinner and overnight stay will be in the Seronera area.

Non game-viewing travel time: Six hours

Distance: 205 km.

Main Destination:

Serengeti National Park

Best Time to VisitJune to February (Areas are best at different times)

High SeasonJuly to March (The Seronera area is crowded)

Best WeatherJune to October (Little to no rainfall)

Wildlife in Serengeti NP – See all animals

ElephantCommon

GiraffeCommon

HippoCommon

BuffaloCommon

ZebraAbundant

WildebeestAbundant

Accommodation:

Budget camping

• Bordering Serengeti NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3
Serengeti National Park

Enjoy an early morning game drive along the Sogore River Circuit, which loops into the plains south of the Seronera River. This drive provides great viewing of lions, Thomson gazelle, topi, ostrich and cheetah. You will eat a relaxing picnic lunch at the centre under the shade of the giant acacia trees.

In the afternoon we will follow the Kopjes Circuit, which goes anti-clockwise around the Maasai Kopjes. This area usually attracts a number of lion and some formidably large cobras. Kopjes are weathered granite outcrops scattered around the plains, most of which are miniature ecosystems that provide shade and drinking water in pools left in the rock after the rains. This makes the kopjes particularly good for spotting wildlife in the dry seasons – including lions, who like to lie in wait for animals coming to quench their thirst.

Main Destination:

Serengeti National Park

Accommodation:

Budget camping

• Bordering Serengeti NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4
Serengeti - Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast at the lodge we will depart for the Ngorongoro Conservation area. We will stop at the Olduvai Gorge, which boasts a history dating back to the dawn of time. It was here that the anthropologists Dr. Lois and Mary Leakey discovered the skulls of ‘Nutcracker Man’ and ‘Handy Man’, both very significant links in the chain of human evolution.

We will arrive in time for lunch at the lodge, after which we will will descend over 600m into the crater to view wildlife on a half day safari tour. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, hippo and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is its dense population of predators, which include lions and the ever-elusive leopard. We will also visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds are resident here.

Main Destination:

Ngorongoro Crater

Best Time to VisitJune to September (General wildlife viewing is best)

High SeasonMost of the year – July to March (Expect crowds)

Best WeatherJune to October (Rainfall is little to none)

Wildlife in Ngorongoro – See all animals

ElephantCommon

HippoCommon

BuffaloCommon

ZebraAbundant

WildebeestAbundant

Black RhinoCommon

Accommodation:

Budget camping

• Bordering Ngorongoro without fences

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5
Ngorongoro Crater – Tarangire National Park

After breakfast we will depart for Tarangire National Park. The park runs along the Tarangire River and is primarily made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. Its natural vegetation consists mainly of Acacia woodland and giant African Baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the south. Both the river and the swamps act like a magnet for wild animals during Tanzania’s dry season. The park is reputed to contain some of the largest elephant herds in Africa. It is also home to three rare species of animals – the greater kudu, the fringed-eared oryx, as well as a few ashy starlings. After a picnic lunch we will go on an afternoon game drive.

Your dinner and overnight stay will be in the park.

Non game-viewing travel time: 3.5 hours

Distance: 155 km.

Main Destination:

Tarangire National Park

Best Time to VisitJune to October (Animals come to the river)

High SeasonJune to October (The park is full of tourists)

Best WeatherJune to October (Little rainfall)

Wildlife in Tarangire NP – See all animals

ElephantAbundant

GiraffeCommon

HippoCommon

BuffaloCommon

ZebraAbundant

WildebeestAbundant

Accommodation:

Budget camping

• Bordering Tarangire NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6
Tarangire National Park – Arusha

Enjoy a morning game drive in Tarangire National Park, followed by breakfast at the lodge. We will then transfer back to Arusha. Upon arrival in Arusha, will we have lunch and the company will then offer to transfer you back to your hotel, which will conclude our safari services. Thank you very much for your kind support and for choosing us to be your ground tour operator here in Tanzania!

The departure dates for all our tours are flexible depending on your own personal needs. Please contact us for more detailed information, as well as information on all our safari packages.

Non game-viewing travel time: Two hours

Distance: 120 km.

Main Destination:

Arusha

Accommodation:

No accommodation (End of tour)

Meals & Drinks:

• Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Included

  • • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • • Camping equipment (Sleeping bag excluded)
  • • A professional driver/guide
  • • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • • All Taxes/VAT
  • • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • • Drinking water (On all days)
  • • Sleeping bag
  • • Bath towels

Excluded

  • • International flights (From/to home)
  • • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • • Tips (Tipping guideline US$5.00 pp per day)
  • • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.
  • Single travelers can join this group tour, but it requires a minimum of 2 people to run.
  • This tour must be paid in US Dollars (USD).
  • This tour accepts children who are 3 years and up. Children under 10 receive a discount.

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6-Day Northern Tanzania Budget Safari