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4 Days Mid-Range Safari in Serengeti, Lake Manyara, and Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania

Eileens Trees Inn, Tanzania

Tanzania Safari in Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Lake Manyara

This four-day Tanzania safari allows you to experience the highlights of the Northern Safari Circuit. You get a chance to visit the three Tanzania’s epic national parks Lake Manyara (birds heaven), Ngorongoro Crater (Garden of Eden) and the Serengeti (home of migration).

Key information

  • Group and private safari possible, rates will vary depending on this
  • Children from the age of 1 year are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting and ending point: Arusha
  • Language: English-speaking guide
  • All park fees are included

Highlights

  • See elephants in herds
  • Admire birds in Lake Manyara
  • Spot giraffe in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Opportunity to witness the wildebeest migration
  • See the lions and zebras in the Serengeti
  • Daily meals and water included
  • 3 nights accommodation

Styles


4 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Airport transfer included: Arusha Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
06:30
Check-out Time:
07:00

During the safari, you will stay in the following accommodations:

  • Eileen's Tree inn
  • Ngorongoro Farm of Dreams Lodge
  • Serengeti Heritage Tented Camp

The room contains very cozy beds and space. The room can accommodate two adults and a baby cot but triple rooms are available for three adults. The room will have an air conditioner, socket, and good lighting for tented camps. There would be a good bathroom with hot and cold shower with side tables. Wi-Fi around the hotel will be available. Mosquito nets will be in every room.

Program

Day 1: Lake Manyara National Park

At 8:00 a.m in the morning, your guide will be at your Arusha’s accommodation ahead for the start of your safari. You will go ahead and drive to Lake Manyara National Park, across the gently rolling Masai plains with scattered acacia trees.

On your way, you will pass many Maasai in their colorful dressing walking on the roadside, herding their cattle, riding bicycles and driving donkey carts.

The park’s name means shallow salt lake. It covers a large area of the park, flooding and drying with the different seasons and is home to flocks of flamingos and over 500 other bird species.

On your exploration of the park, you will see monkeys, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, elephant and with some luck, lions lounging in the trees. After an extensive adventurous game drive, having experienced the various sights and sounds of the wilderness, you will leave the park heading to your lodge marking an epic start of your affordable Tanzania safari.

Accommodation: Eileens Trees Inn

Day 2: Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, you will drive towards the fertile crater highlands where the farmers grow wheat, corn, and coffee. At midday, you will reach the plains of the Serengeti National Park, the largest park in Tanzania.

The Serengeti has a diversity of landscapes including short grass plains, savanna, thick bush, swamps, and lakes and it is famous for the yearly wildebeest migration when hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebras trek to find fresh grass and water. After you had your lunch at the picnic site you will continue with your afternoon game drive.

Serengeti means "endless plains" in Swahili and this 6,900 sq. mile (18,000 sq. km) park is inhabited by more than two million large animals including more than a million wildebeest. Large predators including lions, cheetahs, and hyenas are drawn to the area by this abundance of prey which migrates through the park.

After your extensive game drive, you will arrive at your tented camp very affordable but with all the amenities for your Tanzania safari package and enjoy dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation: Serengeti Heritage Tented Camp

Day 3: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast, you will head out for an en-route game drive through the Serengeti. You might be able to spot the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard – before embarking on your journey to Ngorongoro Crater. The animals roam freely through the unfenced reserves offering you an uninterrupted game viewing experience.

Arriving at the edge of the crater you will have your first glimpse of what awaits you the following day – glistening streams, open grassland and an infinite number of animals. You will spend the night at a lodge near to the Crater Rim.

Accommodation: Farm of Dreams Lodge

Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater and Arusha

Very early in the morning, descend down to the crater floor for a day of wildlife viewing in one of the most incredible places on Earth, nicknamed "Garden of Eden" since it is inhabited by both animals and human beings.

After lunch inside the crater, drive up the steep road out of the crater and return to Arusha. Marking the end of your affordable Tanzania safari, you will arrive back in Arusha at 5:00 p.m where according to your flight schedule you will be transferred to the airport.

During the safari, the following is included:

  • Binoculars
  • Soft drinks and mineral water while on game drives
  • 240 volts sockets on the vehicle while on game drives for charging purposes
  • A taste of Indian, Continental, and African cuisine on your lodges will be provided
  • Guided game drives
  • English-speaking driver / guide all the way through
  • Transfer from and to the airport after the safari

Location

This safari takes place in Tanzania. Starting from Arusha, you will be then taken to Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and then back to Arusha.

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania stretches for 50 kilometers along the base of the rusty-gold 600-meter high Rift Valley escarpment. Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as "the loveliest I had seen in Africa."

Back in 1933 and 1934, the Nobel Prize winner and his wife Pauline had a three-month African trip in Tanzania. Part of their safari experience happened when they did set up a camp amid fig trees and giant mahogany forests on the banks of Lake Manyara, 30 kilometers south of the Ngorongoro Crater, and they did track a “kudu”, in Tarangire National Park they tracked a local antelope.

Most of his recognized works on this three-month safari were these two books: The Green Hills of Africa, a nonfiction book published in 1935, and The Snows of Kilimanjaro, a short story that came out in part of 1936. As he later wrote in True at First Light, a fictionalized account of his experiences, "I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy."

The compact and scenic game-viewing circuit through Lake Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.

From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge along the roadside, blue monkeys dashing between the ancient mahogany trees, and outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonous in the high canopy.

Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes.

Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes – some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance.

Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favored haunt of Lake Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants. Squadrons of banded mongoose dart between the acacias, while the diminutive Kirk’s dik-dik forages in their shade.

Pairs of klipspringer are often seen silhouetted on the rocks above a field of searing hot springs that steams and bubbles adjacent to the lakeshore in the far south of the park.

Lake Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day.

Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants, and storks.

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro crater, named as UNESCO world heritage site, formed millions of years ago, is 610 meters deep and covers roughly 260 square kilometers. Due to its dense animal population of approximately 25,000, the crater offers the best game viewing of all the parks in Tanzania.

In a matter of minutes, you will be able to see wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, elephants and some of the more than 500 bird species in the area. With a little bit of luck, you might catch a glimpse of the endangered black rhino through the grass.

The Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtakingly beautiful setting and the best place in Tanzania to see the Big Five. However, as one of the world’s most astonishing and renowned natural wonders, the Ngorongoro Crater does get busy, and at times very busy.

The animals roam freely through the un-fenced reserves offering you an uninterrupted game viewing experience. Arriving at the edge of the crater you will have your first glimpse of glistening streams, open grassland and an infinite number of animals.

Any trip to Northern Tanzania has to include the Ngorongoro Crater: it is one of the most beautiful natural wildlife safari sites in the world and an exceptional place to interact with people from the Masaai tribe.

The Ngorongoro Crater and surrounding highlands together form one of Africa’s most beautiful regions. Volcanic craters form stunning backdrops to some of the most fertile and richest grazing grounds in Africa.

The most famous such crater is without question the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and home to the highest density of big game in Africa, including all the big five and plenty of predators. The Ngorongoro is justifiably one of the continent’s most famous safari destinations.

The choice is whether to stay at a hotel on the crater rim for the phenomenal view, or a little way away from the Crater in nearby Karatu. The advantages of Karatu include the comparative lack of crowds, and better-value, smaller and more intimate lodges that offer a range of activities such as walking and mountain biking.

Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti is Africa’s most famous park. Renowned for its incredible concentrations of predators and the Great Migration of two million wildebeest, the Serengeti guarantees an exceptional safari.

The endless grassy plains ("Serengeti" in Maasai) are the richest grazing grounds on the continent, and therefore home to the largest herds and the highest concentrations of predators on the planet.

To focus solely on the Great Migration would be to do the Serengeti a grave injustice. Even taking the Great Migration out of the equation, it can be argued that the Serengeti is nevertheless the finest park in Africa.

Vast herds of grazers, huge prides of lion, spectacular expanses of uninterrupted views, wildebeest river crossings, great leopard sightings, good concentrations of cheetah and some of the best camps in Africa – what more could you want!

The Serengeti is one of those very rare places that has a huge reputation, yet still somehow manages to surpass expectations and take your breath away. Surrounded by remarkable tribes such as the Masai and Hadzabe, this wider area is also fascinating from a cultural perspective.

In a nutshell, the Serengeti is the mother of all safari parks and the most celebrated wildlife reserve in the world. There is absolutely nowhere else to match it. Absolutely outstanding!

The Serengeti’s Great Migration

Originally created to preserve the path of the Great Migration, the Serengeti and its surrounding reserves cover nearly 30,000 square kilometers.

Throughout the year, huge herds of wildebeest and zebra move in a clockwise direction around the vast plains, searching for fresh grazing grounds. Witnessing the migration in the Serengeti is really as good as it gets in terms of your Tanzania Safari.

Food

Daily meals are included in the price. Sodas will be at the vehicle's fridge, while 1.5 liters of mineral water daily will be provided during the game drives.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Soda

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)

During the trip, you may want to purchase some cultural souvenirs and other items of personal interest.

What's included

  • 2 airport transfers to and fro
  • 3 nights lodge accommodation
  • 3 meals per day and drinking mineral water and soft drink on the game drives
  • All camp entrance, park, and crater access fees
  • Transportation into and from park gates on an open safari vehicle (4 Wheel Drive)
  • An English-speaking guide during the whole travel

What's not included

  • Visas
  • Gratuities
  • International airfare
  • Items not mentioned on the package
  • Items of personal use

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Arusha Airport (ARK). Your driver and guide will be at the airport with a banner tagged with your names. After the formalities have been done, you will head together to the hotel in Arusha to rest and briefing before the start of your safari.

To ensure a smooth transfer, please send Euphoria Safaris the details of your flights as each guest has a different schedule. After the advice of your flights, Euphoria Safaris may add the charges for the extra night before or after the safari.

Airport: Arusha Airport Airport transfer included: Arusha Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 20 days before arrival.
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Availability

This tour will be available all year round. Pre-booking will be done at least 3 days before arrival, for accommodation and park entry formalities to be done.

 

High season

January, June, July, August, September, October, December

 

Mid-season

March, November, February

 

Low season

April – May

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