BUDGET FRIENDLY TANZANIA WILDLIFE SPECTACULAR
There are a handful of wildlife experiences every traveller wants to see. Exploring the floor of the vast, 300 square kilometer, Ngorongoro Crater and its wildlife and having a front row seat to the Great Migration of the Serengeti, are two of them. This budget camping safari experience makes it possible to do both and experience some of Tanzania’s other jewels without breaking the bank.
The trip starts at the small, but incredible, Lake Manyara National Park. With 400 bird species and forests alive with primates, it shows another side to Tanzania, often only known for its savanna landscapes. The lake is famed for the thousands of pink flamingos that perch above the alkaline waters. Travelers will head straight to the revered savanna plains from here to watch nature’s most incredible performance: The Great Migration. It is set in the Serengeti National Park, the largest in Africa, and thousands of migrating buffalo, wildebeest and zebra stampede across the plains in a mass of hooves and dust to find greener pastures. Rangers will always keep an eye out for the accompanying predators and hopefully give travellers a chance to observe a live killing.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a natural phenomenon – 300 square kilometers sunk into the earth where wildlife roams freely, in an isolated habitat. Both the view down into the crater and exploring its mineral rich floor are experiences to treasure, so leave some memory on those cameras!
The safari leg of the trip is all about getting as close to the bush as possible and not missing out on the action. Camping is the best way to enjoy the full bush experience and it’s also the most affordable. But travellers will never be uncomfortable. Tents will be set up ahead of time and are equipped with sturdy beds and good quality sheets. Bathrooms have hot water and flush toilets. Meals are prepared by the camp chef, who travellers along on the trip. He speaks good English and will accommodate any dietary requirements. His food is delicious and light years removed from traditional camp fare. Waking up early in the morning, stepping out into nature and enjoying a strong cup of African brew by the campfire truly is the only way to get to know Tanzania.
Safari is all about the game viewing, and this tour puts all its energy into finding the most incredible wildlife sightings. At Lake Manyara, the game drive takes travellers past antelope and plains game to the alkaline lake where thousands of pink flamingos parade beside lazing hippos. In the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the game drive lasts much longer than a traditional morning or evening drive, as it explores the crater floor and the members of the Big Five that inhabit it. In Serengeti, the safari vehicle will bring travellers to see the Great Migration upclose and personal.
Camping safari according to the itinerary. Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle. Professional, English-speaking guide. Professional, English-speaking safari cook. Overnight stays in safari tents. Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.). Meals according to the itinerary. Mineral water. All mentioned activities. All national park fees. Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari.
- Ngorongoro Crater floor
- Crater rim walks
- Great Migration showcase
- Big Five close up
- Private chef, Guide, Vehicle
Day 1 Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park – Mto wa Mbu
You will be met at the reception of your hotel in Arusha and drive to the Lake Manyara National Park. Not only is this park a bird-lover’s paradise with over 400 species of birds, but is also home to primates such as baboons and blue monkeys and many herbivores, such as elephants, hippos, wildebeest, impalas and giraffes. You might even catch a glimpse of the more carnivorous inhabitants, such as leopards and lions. After extensive game viewing you will leave the park and head to your campsite in the small town of Mto wa Mbu. The evening can be spent lounging at the pool or bar, before you have your evening meal and overnight. The night will be spent in tents.
Lunch & Dinner
Day 2 Mto wa Mbu – Serengeti National Park
After the breakfast plates have been cleared, you will continue toward the fertile highland where wheat, coffee and corn are grown by the Iraqw people. Passing through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you will be able to see the breath-taking Ngorongoro Crater before travelling onwards to the Serengeti National Park, which you will reach by midday. The Serengeti National Park is the largest park in Tanzania with a diversity of landscapes and habitats, such as grassy plains, swamps, lakes, savannah and mountains. Here the biggest wildebeest and zebra migration takes place and depending on season you will have the opportunity to witness thousands of animals on their search for nourishment. You will camp the night in the Seronera area in central Serengeti.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3 Serengeti National Park
Today you will explore the Serengeti National Park. Your guide will take you closer to where the migrating herds are to be found. During the short rainy season in November and December the herds make their way from the hills in the north to the plains of the south, returning north during the longer rainy season from April to June. Their exact location differ yearly as they migrate according to the rainfalls, but your guide will know where you will be able to see them best. Lurking close by you might even spot some leopards, cheetahs and lions. After an eventful day you will return to your campsite in the Seronera area for your evening meal and overnight.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4 Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Early morning you will set out on another game drive in the Serengeti before continuing towards the Ngorongoro Crater. Soon the 600 meters deep unbroken caldera will open up before you and you will have a moment to take in the fantastic, awe-inspiring views of the collapsed volcano. Your campsite lies directly on the crater’s edge, offering a once in a lifetime view as the sun slowly sets over the crater. Nestled in your tent, thinking about the adventure the next morning brings, you will drift off to sleep.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5 Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha
Early in the morning you will head down the forested slopes into the crater on a steep and narrow path. The crater floor is covered in open grassland with the occasional acacia tree and two small wooded areas. Teaming with wildlife, you will be able to see many animals in a short period of time and might even be able to tick the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard – off your list. Other animals present in the crater area include wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, warthogs, hippos and more than 500 species of birds. You will spend the entire morning exploring the park and after a picnic lunch in the crater, you will return to Arusha where you will arrive by early evening.
Breakfast & Lunch
Single supplement $2175
Children can only be accommodated in family kitalas
Children ages 16 years and above pay adult rate
Children under 16 years $1725
Children must be accompanied by an adult, but if only one adult, the single supplement will apply.
Sleeping bags, Additional Flights. Optional activities. Alcoholic and soft drinks. Visa fees. Tips. Personal spending money for souvenirs etc. Travel insurance.
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