2 Days Backpackers Short Safari in Tanzania

Tanzania Wildlife Safari

While you are in Arusha town or nearby areas, do not spend your weekend there. Enjoy your weekend by visiting Lake Manyara National Park to see the famous tree climbing lions and Ngoro Ngoro Crater, the eighth wonder of the world. You will be mesmerized by the beauty of the crater as you join this adventure. Have a great time and create an unforgettable memory in this weekend holiday in Tanzania!

Highlights

  • 2 days of guided game drives
  • Safari in a 4WD vehicle with pop-up roof
  • Professional English-speaking driver and guide
  • Picnic lunch at Ngorongoro Crater
  • Daily meals and mineral water
  • 1 night accommodation

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Accommodation

You will spend your night at the Twiga Lodge and Campsite, Arusha. Twiga Lodge and Campsite is a family-owned business that started operating in 1994 originally as a campsite with family members as permanent staff and a few locals casuals.

Over two decades, the family managed to build a lodge with more than 40 rooms, improve the quality of the services to include big restaurant and bar, mini supermarket, curio shop, conference facility, and swimming pool. The services are personal, attentive, and friendly.

Executive rooms

These are luxury bungalows with private balconies. The rooms are equipped with a comfortable four poster bed (double, twin, or triple are available on request) with a mosquito net, bathroom with shower blocks for hot and cold water, a cupboard, writing desk, one liter of mineral water daily to brush your teeth, towels, shampoo or conditioner, and wash soap.

Standard rooms

These are spacious rooms complete with air condition, television, mini refrigerator, writing desk, cupboard, and bathroom. The standard rooms are available at a very affordable price and offer a wide range of comfort to individuals and families alike.

Originally thatched rooms

These rooms are airy as there is a traditional roofing system that allows ventilation and free air movement. They are equipped with bedside table, bed, fan, and bathroom with hot and cold water shower blocks.

Extensive camping ground

The ground is for more than 200 campers as well as budget-tent facilities with outdoor bathrooms for those without tents.

Swimming pool

The pool next to the tree shaded are a great chill-out zone for a bit of reading or a splash in the pool during the afternoon. The trees surrounding the pool are habitats of many bird species whose dawn choruses and are always a pleasure to wake up to.

Conferences

Conference facility is located on the far right of the property. It is carefully designed to complement the gardens and it can accommodate up to 150 people and is equipped with flip charts, overhead projectors, wireless microphones, public address system, supplied on request at modest charges.

Backpackers Safaris Tanzania Itinerary

Day 1 - Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, you will be picked up from hotel in Arusha town at 8:30 a.m. and you will drive to Tarangire National Park. You will spend the whole day exploring Tarangire, one of Tanzania’s "secret" wildlife havens teeming with large populations of elephant, predators, and their fleet-footed prey. In late evening, you will drive to Manyara (Mto wa Mbu) for dinner and overnight in Manyara.

Day 2 - Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha town

After check out and early breakfast, you will descend to the crater floor for full day game viewing where you can expect to see a variety of birds including thousands of flamingoes and other water birds. The big game here includes the endangered black rhinos, elephant, zebras, hippos, gazelle, and predators such as lions, cheetahs, hyenas, and leopards.

You will take a break for lunch with the packed lunch at the picnic site. You will then proceed with game viewing until late evening when you will ascend the crater and drive back to Arusha town. End of tour.

Location

The safari will take place in Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.

Features

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Shopping nearby
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Conference room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

Food

You will be served with daily breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner during the safari.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Bike tour

Mto wa Mbu is a great destination for cycling either on road or off road. Twiga being at the foot of the escarpment of the rift valley, with both tarmac and ragged landscape and located in an area with all tribe villages is certainly the best destination for any cycling experience. Cycling is the greatest way to cover a huge ground through villages, up the escarpment whilst having fun and sociable time with other riders.

Nature walks

This constitutes walking down to lake Manyara which offers a wide range of wilderness experience ranging from soda lakes to dense woodlands to steep mountainsides. The walk, however, is guaranteed to have many beautiful interruption.

Village walk

Mto wa Mbu is inhabited by Tanzanians of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds and offers a very rich experience in the Tanzanian people and culture. Village walks are an opportunity for guests to observe the local people in their daily routines and natural environment and experience the real Tanzanian.

Hunting with the Hadzabe

The Hadzabe are probably the only full-time hunter and gatherer tribe in Africa that is still living off the land in the truest sense. For one time and space do not play a part in their culture and day to day living. If you are seeking an experience that will give you a deep culturally enriching experience off the norm, this is it.

Maasai Boma visits

It is definitely life changing seeing this tribe of nomadic pastoralists cohabitating quite successfully with domestic animals. If you are lucky, you may get to witness a Maasai marriage procession.

Rift Valley hiking

As you may be well aware, Mto wa Mbu is at the base of the escarpments. The network of nature walks and trails can take you through gentle forests and meadows or, if you choose, through rugged terrain. Either way, you can glimpse of the wildlife and more of the breathtaking views for which the escarpment is famous.

Market Tour

Experience the original food and cultural tour of Mto wa Mbu market. Become a market insider on this behind-the-scenes adventure to experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of this multi-tribal place. Meet the market’s lively characters and hear their memorable stories and get to partake in the delicious nyama choma (barbecue).

Spa treatments

Whether you consider facial and massage a regular treatment or an indulgence, expect a fully encompassing experience that leaves you looking and feeling your best. Here at Twiga, you will be able to enjoy professional massages, facials, and relaxing therapies at a very reasonable price with results-oriented products and licensed estheticians.

What's included

  • 1 night accommodation
  • 2 days of game drives
  • All park and crater entrance fees
  • Daily meals and mineral water (1.5 liter per person)
  • Professional English-speaking guide and driver
  • Pick up and drop off in Arusha town
  • Safari transportation in a 4WD vehicle

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in Arusha town prior and after the safari
  • Aviation and airport taxes and security fees
  • Champagne, cognacs, fine wines, and premium brand spirits
  • Christmas surcharge
  • Flying doctor services
  • Hot and cold drinks
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Tanzanian entry visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.
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