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3 Days Short Wildlife Safari in Tanzania

  • Tarangire National Park - Lake Manyara National Park - Ngorongoro Crater

3 Days Short Wildlife Safari in Tanzania

  • Tarangire National Park - Lake Manyara National Park - Ngorongoro Crater

Budget Safaris Tanzania

Experience the real wild nature under the canvas in Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, and Ngorognoro Crater. Among the national parks you will visit are Tarangire National Park, famous for its impressive amount and array of bird life and plant life, Lake Manyara, where around 350 species of birds reside, and Ngorognoro Crater which comprises of a diverse range of habitats. Enjoy Tanzania's most memorable wildlife safari parks with Agama Tours and Safaris!


  • Daily guided game drives
  • Professional guide and driver
  • Transportation in a 4 x 4 safari vehicle
  • Over 500 different birds species to find
  • Free bottled water during game drives
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Delicious daily meals
  • All park fees
  • 3 activity days
  • English
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Fanaka lodge

Fanaka lodge's accommodations cover triple rooms, double rooms with king size bed, and twin bed size to single rooms. All rooms are en-suited with hot shower bathrooms, toilets, and mosquito net. Some rooms have a self-balcony for you to enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful natural trees and vegetation. Fanaka lodge provides dedicated service for a comfortable stay and good visitor experience. You will be staying here on the first night of the safari.

Flamingo safari lodge

The Flamingo safari lodge and campsite is located at Karatu in Arusha region in Tanzania, a tourist town 20 kilometers from Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Manyara National Park. You will be staying here on the second night of the safari.

Day 1

You will be picked up in Arusha or Karatu and will be driven to Tarangire National Park. Enjoy a game drive through the park with a picnic lunch. This park is known for holding one of the largest elephant herds in Africa. Lions, giraffes, and zebras are well seen here and you can find over 500 different birds species. Later, you will go to Fanaka Lodge for your dinner and overnight stay. Your lunch and dinner for today are included in the price.

Day 2

Today you will explore the wonderful Lake Manyara. Enjoy a game drive in the park with a picnic lunch. Lake Manyara is best known for its rich variety of bird life and tree climbing lions. Elephants, monkeys, flamingos, pelicans, cormorants, and storks, to mention a few, are also visible in Manyara. Later, you will drive to Flamingo Safari Lodge in Karatu or similar for dinner and overnight. Your breakfast, lunch, and dinner for today are included in the price.

Day 3

After breakfast, you will descend down into the crater for a half day game drive inside. This is the best place in Tanzania to see black rhino as well as prides of lion that include the magnificent black-manned males. There are lots of colorful flamingos and a variety of water birds. Other games that you can see includes leopard, cheetah, hyena, other members of the antelope family, and small mammals.

Later, you will be driven back to Karatu in Arusha and end your journey. Your breakfast and lunch for today are included in the price.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is considered as one of the hidden jewels of Tanzania. This park measures 2,600 square kilometers and boasts a concentration of wildlife second only to Ngorongoro Crater. It features an impressive amount and array of birdlife and plant life. Situated only 160 kilometers from Arusha, the park is nestled to the south of the large open grass plains of southern Maasailand.

It is named after the Tarangire River, which runs directly through the center of the park and is the only permanent water source for the animals. Along the banks of this river, you will find herds of wildebeest (or gnu) and zebra, followed by Grant’s gazelle, Thomson’s gazelle, and many others. Lurking in the background are lions and leopards who keeps a watchful eye on a possible meal.

The park offers views of grass and floodplains with impressive baobab and flat topped acacia trees scattered throughout. During the dry season, the park may look quite ordinary, but activities continue even more earnestly due to the now increased competition.

Lake Manyara National Park

The beautiful Lake Manyara National Park is at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment and comprises of a diverse range of habitats ranging from the rift wall, ground water forest, acacia woodlands, open grasslands, the shore of the soda lake - Lake Manyara and, finally, the lake itself. Entrance to the park is via the village of Mto wa Mbu, 130 kilometers from Arusha, along the rift wall.

The park often appears to be in a heat haze created by the lake and lake attracts considerable birdlife. Its surrounding terrain contains such a rich mosaic of different habitats that it supports a large number of animals.

Like most rift valley lakes, the water is alkaline. This attracts vast flocks of flamingos, which form pink foam against a silver background of water. There are numerous water birds in the area, including storks and pelicans that waddle around next to short grasses on the shore of the lake. The park is a bird lover's haven with a variety (350 species) of local species inhabiting the forest and bush. The best time to observe these birds is in the late afternoon and early morning.

Lake Manyara National Park provides sanctuary to a variety of animals like the gazelle, impala, buffalo, wildebeest, hyena, baboon, giraffe, and hippo. It is also known for its tree-climbing lions. Lake Manyara and the areas outside the park has become a hub for active adventure guests where many stop over to enjoy activities such as horse riding, abseiling, mountain biking, canoeing, and nature walk safaris.

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is a large volcanic caldera which hosts an advanced ecosystem perfect for the inhabitation and preservation of a wide variety of animals, from the king of the jungle, the lion, to the horned beast, the rhino. The crater, which has a land area size of around 8,288 square kilometers, was originally established as a national park in 1959.

In 1979, the park received the title of a World Heritage Site, ensuring that the uniqueness of the Ngorongoro remains protected and preserved. The Ngorongoro Crater is an amazing place to visit and enjoy a vast landscape from heights that stretch widely. The bottom of the crater or the crater floor is actually the remains of a collapsed volcanic caldera.

The walls surrounding the crater floor are around 2,000 feet high and serve as the perfect way to preserve the wildlife inside. Some of the wildlife you can expect to see at the Ngorongoro Crater include the Big five, consisting of rhino, elephant, buffalo, lion, and leopard. You can also see hyenas as they hang around the large watering hole, planning an attack on an unsuspecting flamingo.

The crater also serves as a great location for bird spotters with many different types inhabiting the park, namely the kori bustard and the black kite which exist in larger populations than at other parks within the North of Tanzania. Not only the wildlife and scenery attract the many tourists to the crater each year, as equally interesting are the fossils that have been found in Olduvai Gorge which remains one of the most vital prehistoric landmarks, with archaeologists estimating some fossilized remains of hominid species to be over three million years old.

If you are planning a Tanzania safari of the Northern circuit, then this park is a must-add to your itinerary. The Ngorongoro Crater is preferable to the most famous park in the world, the Serengeti.

You will be provided with three daily meals throughout the safari as well as bottled water during game drives. In the first day you have included lunch and dinner, while in the last day you have included breakfast and lunch.

  • Enjoy the game drives
  • Explore the grounds
  • Meet and interact with the locals
  • See the stunning views
  • Take photographs of the wildlife
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3 delicious daily meals
  • All park fees
  • Bottled water during game drives
  • Daily guided game drives
  • Professional guide and driver
  • Taxes and VAT
  • Transportation in a 4 x 4 safari vehicle
  • Airport transfer
  • Drinks
  • International flights
  • Laundry
  • Other personal items
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa fees

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


  • Review by a traveler from Slovakia
    9 out of 10

    "Karatu is beautiful place to visit! We only visited for a very short time (just two days), but our hosts organized a biking trip around the lake Manyara for us. Everything went smooth and the guide was full of information and happy to answer our questions. We managed to see pelicans, flamingos, storks, and also impalas, zebra, and buffaloes. Agama Tours and Safaris were very helpful and flexible - ready to adjust to our preference. Very good experience! "

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  • Review by a traveler from Michigan, USA
    10 out of 10

    "This past summer, we had the pleasure of taking a camera safari in Tanzania with Agama Tours and Safaris. To say it was perfect would be an understatement. The care with which Agama handled our trip was spot on. The food was great and the hotels as well. Our driver and guide, Peter, was super knowledgeable about the country, parks, native people, and wildlife. Also, he knew exactly where to find many of the animals. Peter took a personal interest in making sure that everyone was comfortable. When we will ever go on another safari or similar trip, it will be with non other than Agama. Thanks so very much!"

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  • Review by Jovan

    "We did a five days four nights safari with Agama Tours and it was great! We went to Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro crater. Our driver, Peter, was great and incredibly knowledgeable. We also had a chef who prepared amazing food every day. They brought big tents and assembled them for us! definitely great value for money!"

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  • Review by Nadine

    "Just came back from an amazing trip in Serengeti and Ngorongoro with Agama Tours. Me and three other friends went for a four day, three-night safari in the wilderness of Tanzania. Went with them after a recommendation from a friend. So happy we did. Although we tried different companies quotes, Agama's was the most attractive and professional. Had an absolutely wonderful time with our fabulous guide Felisi picked us up on time at our hotel and off we went Loved every minute of the trip. Felicia great humor, knowledge about all nature and wildlife and professionalism made us very comfortable. The tented Wild Camps in Serengeti and Ngorongoro were very nice and luxurious to be at! Great food and cool views. Big thanks to Lara and Kabalo for organizing this wonderful trip for us."

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  • Review by Louise

    "After searching on the internet and comparing 'almost a million' tour operators in Tanzania, we decided to book our safari with Agama Tours because it was a bit cheaper than the others. This was a really good choice! We booked the 10-day budget safari and culture tour and had a very good time. Our guide, Emmanuel was great! He has so much experience, knows where to find the animals, nice sense of humor. The cook, Isa, who came with us was a real professional. The food was very fresh and very good. "

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  • Review by Elle

    "My husband and I were traveling to Tanzania and wanted to do a safari. There were dozens of choices online and I struggled to choose one. I made a choice to go with Agama Tours and Safaris and I am so glad we did. Our driver and guide, Emmanuel was wonderful. He picked us up on time at our hotel (he was even early) and took care of us extremely well for the six days. We had booked a budget safari and were expecting to camp for all five nights - we were pleasantly surprised that we had a night in a hotel in Karatu. Emmanuel is a very experienced guide and knew all the places to go in the Serengeti to find the animals. We saw rhinos, lions, and elephants from very close up. Our cook , Costa, prepared excellent and filling meals for us. We felt like we had a very authentic experience - no pressure, no tourist traps. I did a different safari in 2007 and had a much different experience (much less positive) some do have a point of reference."

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  • Review by Rhea

    "I went with my girlfriend and two of our friends on a budget safari for five days. Very reasonable pricing for the four of us. Excellent tour in every way, they have a real personal feeling to their service. Our guide, Samuel was very professional. We highly recommend this company!"

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Arusha, Tanzania

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