9 Days Budget Safari in Tanzania

  • Arusha - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Overview

Serengeti National Park Safari

At Earthlife Expeditions, they don't just do what they do to make a living. A unique and life-changing extraordinary journey is something they think about and yearn for every hour of every day. Learn about the world, discover, and explore its vast corners in their most pristine, natural, and miraculous forms. Explore Tanzania’s famous national parks with Earthlife Expeditions.

Highlights

  • Game drives at national parks
  • Unlimited mineral water during safari
  • National park and game reserve entrance fees
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Chimpanzee tracking permits
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Overland transportation
  • 8 activity days
  • English
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Arusha Kamao Hotel

Tucked away in the affluent and leafy Sakina area of Arusha City, Kamao Hotel is perhaps the Northern Tourist Circuit’s best kept secret in conference, tourism, accommodation, serenity, luxury, and comfort. Kamao Hotel is a 14-bed hotel located 45 minutes' drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and just 15 minutes' drive from Arusha Airport. You will be staying here on the first, second, and eighth night of the safari tour.

Fanaka Safari Lodge

Located within the beautiful Lake Manyara National Park, Fanaka Safari Campsite and Lodges offers to nature lovers a tranquil retreat in this scenic part of Tanzania. The lodge has 21 well-appointed rooms, of which all have comfortable beds and en-suite bathrooms. Each room also has a private balcony offering panoramic views of the surrounding area. Campsites are also available for guests hoping to get closer to nature. You will be staying here on the third night of the tour.

Serengeti Rest House and Campsite

You will be staying in one of the rest houses and campsites in Serengeti National Park on the fourth and fifth night of the tour.

Panorama Inn

Panorama Safari Camp is ideal place for those who like to crawl the national parks of Tanzania. In addition, the camp lays right above Lake Manyara and park which is famous from the tree-climbing lions. In Panorama Safari Camp, you can have a rest in their exotic beehives shaped bungalows called African igloos or in permanent tents that are also equipped with convenient beds. They also provide space in case you arrive with your own tent or camper van.

The terrace offers breathtaking views of Lake Manyara and Mto wa Mbu village. From the height of 1240 meters, you can observe special birds, monkeys, butterflies, bugs, and, if you are lucky, a walking chameleon across the garden. You will be staying here on the seventh night of the tour.

Day 1 - Arusha

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and continue to Arusha Kamao hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 2 - Arusha National Park.

After breakfast, you will drive to Arusha National Park for a morning game drive with picnic lunch. In the afternoon, you will do hiking on the foot of Mount Meru. In the evening, you will return to Arusha Kamao hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 3 - Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast, you will drive to Mtowambu for a guided walk. Mtowambu is small but very busy town where people from all 120 tribes of Tanzania interact to one another. Then continue to Fanaka Lodge for lunch. After lunch, you will drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive. This park has the highest concentration of monkey in North Tanzania. You will also have the opportunity to see giraffes, elephants, hippos, impalas, and lots of birds.

Day 4 - Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, you will drive to Serengeti National Park for a game drive with picnic lunch. Serengeti is the park with the largest concentration of big mammals in the world. You will be looking for elephants, giraffes, hippos, warthogs, buffaloes, and many more. The central Serengeti is also the best place to see the rare leopards and other big cats. You will then continue to Serengeti rest house and camp site for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5 - Serengeti National Park

You will have morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park. Your will be staying at Serengeti rest house and camp site where all your meals will be served.

Day 6 - Ngorongoro

After breakfast, you will drive to Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive with picnic lunch. This will be the best place for you to see the endangered black rhino. Less than 800 black rhinos remain in the wild. You will also see pink flamingos in the lake and many more animals. You will then continue to Panorama Inn for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 7 - Lake Eyasi

After breakfast, you will drive to Lake Eyasi to explore the hunting bushmen of the Hadzabe tribe, and to have a picnic lunch. The Hadzabe is the only tribe in Tanzania that fully depends on hunting and gathering for survival. The Hadzabe tribe is one of the most traditional tribes in Tanzania. You will then return to Panorama Inn for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 8 - Tarangire

After breakfast, you will drive to Tarangire National Park for a game drive. Here, you will have the opportunity to see big groups of elephants wallowing in the Tarangire River, a unique sighting to end up your tour. After a picnic lunch, you will drive back to Arusha for dinner and an overnight stay at Arusha Kamao hotel.

Day 9 - departure

After breakfast, you will explore Arusha Town Museum then return to City Link Hotel for lunch. After lunch, you will drive to Kilimanjaro.

  • Explore Arusha Town Museum
  • Hiking on the foot of Mount Meru
  • Trip to Lake Eyasi and visit the Hadzabe tribe
  • Visit to Mtowambu

Arusha National Park

The oft-overlooked Arusha National Park offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in Northern Tanzania. Arusha National Park includes Mount Meru and game highlights include giraffe, cape buffalo, elephant, zebra, flamingo, and hippo. Several primate species including black and white colobus monkey, syke’s monkey, and vervet monkey thrive in the tropical forests.

The patient ornithologist will be rewarded with opportunities to spot elusive forest birds such as Hartlaub’s turaco. Bush walks and canoe safaris are permitted in Arusha National Park.

Lake Manyara National Park Karatu

Lake Manyara National Park lies 130 kilometers outside of Arusha town and encompasses Lake Manyara and its surroundings. There are five different vegetation zones including groundwater forest, acacia woodland, open areas of short grass, swamps, and the lake’s alkaline flats.

The park’s wildlife includes more than 350 species of birds, baboon, warthog, giraffe, hippopotamus, elephant, and buffalo. If you're lucky, you can catch a glimpse of Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions. Night game drives are permitted in Lake Manyara.

Karatu is a picturesque farming town that lies just outside Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Many upscale hotels have opened in Karatu over the last few years, making it an easy launching point for safaris to Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater.

Ngorongoro Crater

Found within The Ngorongoro Conservation Area authority, the Ngorongoro Crater is often called the eighth wonder of the world. It is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. It is also one of the very few places in Africa where you can view all the members of the “big five” (rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, and elephant), without forgetting the rare cheetah, on a single game drive.

Unique to Ngorongoro, indigenous tribes are permitted to live in the conservation area and local Maasai graze their livestock on the crater floor in harmony with nearby herds of buffalo and wildebeest. The Maasai tribe only go in the crater to graze their cattle. They do not live in the crater, but in the rest of the conservation area.

Serengeti National Park

The name is derived from a Maasai word meaning endless plain, referring to its extensive plains. Serengeti National Park, a vast and beautiful park, extends for 14,763 square kilometers and it is most probably the world’s most famous wildlife sanctuary. With the status of a World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve, Serengeti supports the largest concentration of big game in the world.

In addition to watching the incredible great migration of almost two million wildebeest and zebra that takes place each year from December to August, many people visit the Serengeti to see the exciting big cats. The park draws 90,000 visitors annually, all hoping to view the long files of wildebeest and the predators that stalk them.

Due to the important biological value of the park, several conservation and research efforts are underway in the Serengeti. The Tanzania National Park Association and the Frankfurt Zoological Society manage the park jointly.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is famous for its giant baobab trees as well as the thousands of elephants and giraffes feeding along the banks of the Tarangire River. It is home to large lion prides and boasts around 500 bird species. Tarangire has the largest termite mounds in Tanzania, some of which reach up to fifteen feet in height.

Many of Tarangire’s animals migrate out of the park during the wet season, thus Tarangire’s best game viewing is during the dry months of July through November when wildlife congregates around the Tarangire River. Bush walks and night drives are permitted from some camps in Tarangire.

You will be served with breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Your meals are included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements 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)
  • Enjoy the tour
  • Explore the grounds
  • Go hiking
  • Interact with the locals
  • Observe the animals
  • See the stunning panoramic views
  • Visit the nearby attractions
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Chimpanzee tracking permits
  • Coffee and tea twice a day during safari
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Drivers and guides fees
  • Game drives at national parks
  • National park and game reserve entrance fees
  • Overland transportation
  • Unlimited mineral water during safari
  • Airport transfers
  • International flights
  • Laundry
  • Meals other than as stated
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal insurance
  • Tips and gratuities

Arrival by airplane

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

Testimonials

  • Review by SamSc80 from Auckland, New Zealand

    "For anyone looking to book an organized safari in Tanzania, I couldn't recommend Earthlife Expeditions strongly enough. Deo and his wonderful team organized a fabulous safari for us with excellent accommodation options. Deo was extremely organized and very flexible and accommodating when we needed changes made to our itinerary. The star of the show, however, was Abu our amazing guide. A wonderful man with a wealth of knowledge. He truly made our safari a trip of a lifetime and we would strongly recommend him to anyone looking to book their safari."

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  • Review by Evan D

    "From our first inquiry, it was obvious that Earthlife Expeditions knew what they were doing. They took the effort out of having to review hundreds of different accommodation options. And yet they were flexible with our desires to alter the itinerary and include accommodation that had been recommended to us. "

    "Our guide, Gilbert was great. Nothing was too much trouble, whether it be late airport pick-ups, early airport drop offs, finding ATMs, finding places to change money or dietary requirements. Definitely saw more animals with Gilbert than we would have otherwise, he has a superhero vision. We can't wait for our next safari with Earthlife Expeditions."

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  • Review by Ghou4 from New York City, New York

    "Before my safari trip to Tanzania, I contacted lots of Safari companies located in the US and Tanzania, and Earthlife is the best one who always responded me as soon as I send out my question. Because of this, I decided to hire them for the safari."

    "It turned out my decision was correct. Everything worked great! We especially loved the moving tent we stayed in Serengeti. When we had dinner in the tent, lions were eating 200 meters away from us at the same time. My guide was Goodluck, who was very responsible. All in all, I would recommend this company."

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  • Review by Tulipan from Amsterdam, the Netherlands

    "We just came back from a fantastic vacation in Tanzania. We made a thorough analysis before our trip since we had à good idea of what we wanted. Deo understood our needs and proposed the perfect vacation for our family of 4. Hè is really involved and we saw him both at the beginning and at the end of the safari. Our boys are 8 and 10. Our guide Junior was the perfect guide for us. Hè could keep the boys attention with no effort and hè was really funny and knowledgeable. We also had a jeep with additional space in the back. All in all, an unforgettable experience with real professionals that understood our needs."

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  • Review by Tasha from Arcata, California, USA

    "First of all I must tell you we had a great experience with Earthlife. I inquired with many companies and in the end I chose Earthlife because of the personal and professional communication that Deo (owner) had with me and his reasonable pricing. They are a small company that is working really hard to establish their reputation through excellent service. Really, Deo gave me the "best feel" with his correspondence and so I followed my gut and was not disappointed. "

    "I wired my money, crossed my fingers and before we knew it were landing in Dar es Salaam. I hoped when I got out of the airport exhausted at 11:00pm that I would have a ride to a hotel. And indeed, a driver was waiting! From that moment until our departure the planning of our trip was impeccable. My husband and I never worried once that something would be missed. "

    "Unlike many trips, we started in Zanzibar. This was great as it allowed us to recover from jet lag before hitting the dusty roads of the Serengeti. We stayed at the Next Paradise which was a beautiful boutique hotel with excellent service and food. Though Zanzibar has beautiful coasts, it is quite touristy and the part of our trip I would forego if I had to cut something out. "

    "From Zanzibar we flew to Arusha where Deo picked us up personally and gave us our pre-safari briefing before meeting our guide the next day. A shout out to Aggrey who was our safari guide. We were impressed with his knowledge about the animals and he was excellent at spotting and anticipating their behavior. He worked hard to find unique experiences and place us in the best possible viewing spot. Not to mention he handled the Land Cruiser with savvy off road skills and had a great sense of humor. We saw every animal we hoped to and more. In addition to wildlife viewing, Earthlife did a great job of including cultural activities that allowed us to meet and enjoy the variety of people that make up Tanzania. "

    "We stayed in a combination of tent camps and lodges all of which were excellent. Our favorite were the Mbugani Serengeti Tented camps. They have perfected the art of "glamping" with solar power, hot water, flush toilets, king size beds, excellent food and warm hospitality in the middle of the Serengeti. Quite impressive. Our favorite lodge was the Tarangire Osupuko Lodge. It sat on the edge of Taragire park were we could sit on our terrace and watch elephants, zebras, giraffes, baboons and more come out in the evening often making their way to the river."

    "Deo is working hard to make the best experiences for his clients and he adds a personal touch. At the end of trip we had a late flight and so he had us to his house where his wife Catherine treated us to some delicious Tanzanian cooking and we played cards with his family. "

    "Go to Tanzania! It is safe, beautiful and the service and hospitality are some of the best I have ever had. Earthlife did an amazing job at putting together a trip of a lifetime. Thank you Deo, Aggrey, Catherine and Earthlife Staff!"

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  • Review by Conashkat from Massachusetts, USA

    "Selecting an overseas trip from the US can be overwhelming with many options. Then, you need to wire significant dollars to a foreign entity which also requires a leap of faith. I can vouch for Earthlife Expeditions as being a trustworthy, experienced, and responsible organization that handholds their clients from start to finish. I am a mother who brought her 15 year old son on a one-on-one trip on a safari and two cultural tours. Our guide, Gilbert, went out of his way to be accommodating and always prioritized our safety. Tips are expensive but a good guide earns every dollar. The lodging ranged from Serengeti simple to having gorgeous views of Lake Marynara. We had our own private visit at a Masaii Village which was also unique and eye-opening experience. Both my son and I had a very positive and memorable trip!"

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Arusha, Tanzania

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