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3 Days Short Adventure Safari in Arusha, Tanzania

Twiga Lodge, Tanzania

Tanzania Wildlife Safaris

Join this incredible safari in Northern Tanzania, to observe the mighty wild life and nature in its full bloom. The safari is ideal for people who want to experience the best of Tanzania in limited time. While on this journey, you will get a chance to explore Tarangire National Park, famous for its elephants and impressive baobab trees, Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its tree climbing lions, and the Ngorongoro Crater renowned as one of the eight wonders of the world!

Highlights

  • Daily game drives
  • English speaking driver cum guide
  • Transport in four wheel drive vehicle
  • Pop-up roof, which enable you to spot wildlife easier
  • Entrance fees in the national parks and crater fees
  • 3 daily meals and mineral water
  • 2 nights accommodation

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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
08:00
Check-out Time:
18:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Conference room
  • Free Wi-Fi

You will be staying at Twiga Lodge and Campsite, located at Mto wa Mbu, which is about a 90 minute drive from Arusha. The lodge houses extensive facilities and beautiful settings. They offer different kind of accommodation options that include a campsite where you can sleep under the stars, with options of pitching your own tent, bringing a camper van, or hiring one of their budget tents.

They also have excellent rooms complete with air conditioner, bathroom, and Wi-Fi for those those who prefer cuddle up in a cozy room. Twiga also offers supplies to overland travelers and their vehicles, as well as equipment and solutions for their many travelling needs.

Program

Day 1 - Drive from Arusha to Tarangire National Park

You will take a drive from Arusha to Tarangire National Park, for an incredible game viewing experience. Enjoy a packed lunch in the park's picnic area and in the evening drive to Twiga Lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2 - Drive from Tarangire National Park to Lake Manyara National Park

You will proceed to Lake Manyara National Park, after your breakfast. Enjoy yet another game viewing here and relish your packed lunch in the park's picnic area, in the afternoon. Towards late afternoon drive back to Twiga Lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3 - Visit to Ngorongoro Crater and drive back to Arusha

After breakfast, descend into the Ngorongoro crater floor for game viewing. The crater is rich in wildlife, with each species having their own territories. Your packed lunch will be served on the crater floor at the picnic site near Lerai Forest or the hippo pool. Towards late afternoon ascend from the crater and drive back to Arusha town for your on-wards arrangement.

Included excursions

Game drives in national parks and a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater, is included in your safari program.

Location

Lake Manyara National Park

A major attraction of the Lake Manyara National Park are its tree climbing lions, unfortunately there is no guarantee that you will spot them. However, there are other animals like the elephants, hippos, zebras, impalas, buffaloes, baboons, and plains animals also a huge variety of bird life, both resident and migratory, can be seen in the area.

At certain times of the year, Lake Manyara is home to thousands of flamingos (attracted by the lake itself), which forms a shimmering pink zone around the lake shore. Other birds found here include ostriches, egrets, herons, pelicans, and storks. Also seen are African spoonbills, various species of ibises, ducks, and the rare pygmy geese. The most noticeable of the landscape within this park are the very impressive baobab trees with their huge trunks.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Ngorongoro Crater

The conversation area encompasses Ngorongoro Crater, Embagai Crater, Olduvai Gorge - famous for its paleontological relics - and Lake Masek. The crater is a home to small number of black rhinoceroses and sustains a huge population of ungulates and has the most concentrated numbers of lions known. There are an estimated 30,000 animals living in the crater.

Encounters with animals are frequent and there is a wide variety of game in the crater. These include lions, elephants, rhino, and buffaloes, Thompson's gazelles, wildebeests and zebras are also seen in the area. You are also likely to see ostriches and flamingos in Lake Magadi, the soda lake, at the floor of the crater. There are also dive bombing kites which are recognized for their skills of snatching visitors' foods at the Lerai Forest, which is a good place for a picnic lunch!

Tarangire National Park

This national park lies 120 kilometers south of Arusha, along The Great North Road highway, and is very popular for day trips from the town. Tarangire offers a wide variety of wildlife in its area of 2,850 square kilometer. As in all ecosystems, the vegetation and the types of animals you find are closely correlated. The principal features of the park are the flood plains and the grassland, mainly comprising of various types of acacia trees, and a few scattered baobabs, tamarind, and the sausage trees.The Tarangire River, after which the park is named, provides the only permanent water for wildlife in the area.

When the Maasai Steppes dry up with the end of the long rains in June, migratory animals return to the Tarangire River, making Tarangire National Park second only to Ngorongoro in the concentration of wildlife. This period stretches between June and October and it is the best season for game viewing in Tarangire. The most common animals found in the park include zebras, wildebeest, lions, leopards, waterbucks, giraffe, elephants, gazelles, impala, gerenuk, lesser kudu, and the beautiful fringe-eared oryx.

You may be lucky to spot the tree-climbing python, for which the park is famous, or the greater kudu and the roan antelope which are rare species in Northern Tanzania. Over 550 bird species have been recorded in the park.

Food

You will be served three daily meals during the safari, with an exception of first day when only lunch and dinner will be offered and the last day when only breakfast and lunch will be offered. You will get one and a half liters of mineral water per person during the game drives. Since you would be on the game drives in afternoons, you will be offered packed lunches.

You will be pleasantly surprised by both the quality and the variety of the food available on safari. In most lodges, meals are served buffet-style so you can choose what you like. The food is prepared according to western tastes, with some curries and local cuisine included. For a camping safari, fresh meat and produce is prepared by the expert chefs to the highest sanitary standards.

Special dietary requirements such as vegetarian or diabetic meals can easily be arranged with advanced notice. If you are vegetarian or vegan you may wish to bring along some alternative protein sources. If you have multiple food allergies, kindly bring along supplementary snacks. Please inform Lights on Africa Destinations and Safaris, at the time of booking, of any such requirements that you may have.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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)

  • Visit the Masai Boma village
  • Visit the Olduvai Gorge, famous for its palaeontological relics

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily meals
  • Daily game drives in Tanzania's most famous wildlife locations
  • English speaking driver cum guide
  • Entrance fees for all parks and the crater
  • One and a half liters of water daily
  • Transport on a vehicle with the pop-up roof, which enable you to spot wildlife easier
  • Visit to the Ngorongoro Crater

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers - available on request
  • Beverages and other drinks
  • Flying doctors insurance - available at 30 USD per person
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Arusha Airport (ARK). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Kindly contact Lights on Africa Destinations and Safaris for further details.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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