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7 Days Budget Safari in Tanzania from Tarangire to Ngorongoro

Mvuli Hotel, Arusha, Tanzania

Stunning Tanzania Safari

Visit the Big Five areas of Tanzania on this 7-day and 6-night safari. You will start your safari from Tarangire Park and then continue to Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park and end in Ngorongoro National Park. Tanzania is famous for its beauty and vast wilderness along with the variety of animals that live in the parks. Waste no time and book your safari getaway now!

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Starting point and ending point: Arusha
  • English, French, German, Italian, Spanish speaking guide
  • All park fees are included

Highlights

  • 5 game drives
  • Professional English speaking driver-guide
  • See lions, elephants, leopards, zebras, and hippos
  • Explore Tarangire, Serengeti, and Lake Manyara national parks
  • Transport in a pop up roof 4x4 vehicle or minivan
  • All park entry fees are included
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily tasty meals

Styles


5 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Italian, Spanish
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Accommodation

During the safari, you will be accommodated in a campsite. However, you can upgrade it to standard / luxury lodges. If it's a camping safari, it will include tents, mattresses, cook salary, cooking utensils, tables, chairs, and all necessary camping equipment except for sleeping bags. You will stay at these following accommodations throughout your safari:

Night 1: Mvuli Hotel

Mvuli Hotel provides a countryside environment within a city. The hotel is surrounded by large lush gardens bordering a beautiful tree plantation and a stream of fresh clear water flowing all year round from the surrounding mountains, providing a unique charm.

Mvuli Hotel has 17 spacious rooms with private balconies designed to make your stay comfortable and memorable, all on a single story building. Mvuli Hotel is situated just three kilometers from the Arusha Business Area and 800 meters off the Moshi - Arusha Highway, on Kundayo Road.

  • Accommodation level: Budget

Facilities

  • Business services
  • Children's playground
  • Copy service
  • Fire safety compliant
  • Free secure parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry service
  • Iron / board on request
  • Non-smoking property
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Porters
  • Safe in room
  • Storage space
  • Wake-up service
  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service

Night 2: Tarangire Campsite or Tarangire Safari Lodge in Tarangire National Park

Perched at the edge of a natural bluff, Tarangire Safari Lodge is renowned for its panoramic views of the savanna and Tarangire River below, providing breathtaking scenery and game viewing right from its sweeping terrace and your doorstep. Its quintessential safari tents, with thatched roofs and large, mesh-screened windows, provide the perfect opportunity to connect with the sights and sounds of nature.

Each tent has a comfortable veranda, ideal for bird and game viewing or reading your favorite book after a dusty safari. With a choice of twin, double, or triple accommodation, all tents are equipped with en-suite bathrooms with solar-heated showers, ample cupboard space for your gear, and a cultural touch of local textiles.

  • Accommodation level: Budget

Facilities

  • Bar
  • Boutique shop
  • Dining area
  • Lounge
  • Swimming pool

Night 3: Twiga Campsite or Twiga Lodge in Lake Manyara National Park

Twiga Lodge and Campsite is located at Mto wa Mbu, one and a half hour drive from Arusha town. Its extensive facilities and beautiful setting has made Twiga a very popular stopover along the route to many Northern Circuit tourist attractions. Walkers and cyclists might be pleased to note that the excellent site and provides fresh air and good views of the wonderful surroundings.

If you would like to sleep under the stars, they have a few extremely affordable options for you: You can choose to pitch your own tent, bring a camper van, or hire one of their budget tents. They also have excellent rooms complete with air-conditioning, bathroom, and WiFi for those that prefer cuddle up in a cozy room.

Twiga also offers supplies to overland travelers and their vehicles as well as equipment and solution for their many travelling needs. Whether you are setting out on your great Tanzanian adventure or returning from a safari, make sure that Twiga Lodge and Campsite figures prominently on your itinerary.

  • Accommodation level: Budget

Facilities

  • Bar
  • Conference room
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming pool

Night 4: Pimbi Campsite or Serengeti Seronera Lodge / Tented Camp in Serengeti National Park

Pimbi Campsite is located in Serengeti National park. Pimbi means 'hyrax' in Swahili. The camp has cooking and eating enclosures, water tanks and taps for washing, and recently built clean toilets. The facilities are very basic, but will ensure an enjoyable stay for the guests.

Food is cooked by an experienced cook and served in a lunch box. Cooking bandas are available as a kitchen area for all the campers. This is a government run camp where two-man tents are provided to campers.

  • Accommodation level: Budget

The public campsites which are collectively called Seronera Campsite are located in the Central Serengeti area known as the Seronera. Seronera Campsite is one of the most famed campsites in Tanzania for animal encounters. Animals will pass through the campsite at night on their nocturnal wanderings. This campsite is guarded. Tents have mats, and bathrooms are outside of the tent.

  • Accommodation level: Budget

Facilities

  • Bathrooms
  • Eating area
  • Hot showers
  • Solar-powered 220V electricity

Night 5: Simba Campsite or Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Simba Campsite lies on the very rim of Ngorongoro Crater and has an excellent view across the caldera. A fantastic sunrise over the crater rim opposite makes a fine breakfast scene. Often there are elephants wandering around the camp! This campsite is guarded. Tents have mats and bathrooms are outside of the tent. Facilities at Simba Campsite are basic but this is more than made up for by the atmosphere of this camp in the clouds.

  • Accommodation level: Budget

Facilities

  • Eating area
  • Hot water showers
  • 220V generator power in the evening

Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge is strategically perched on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, affording unbelievable views plunging down over the crater floor, 7,500 feet above sea level. The lodge is elegantly built mainly from natural stone and local wood, harmoniously merging with its natural surroundings, and it is provided with panoramic windows that encompass superb views of the crater’s great bowl.

%From its privileged position, all the lodge’s 80 rooms afford breathtaking uninterrupted views, and the open–air terrace of the Rhino Lounge Bar offers superb panoramic views of the whole crater.

Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge invites you to an unforgettable safari experience from its privileged location, both for game viewing and scenery.

Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge has 80 spacious guestrooms, all of them affording fabulous views over the crater. Exquisitely decorated, offering a serene atmosphere of elegance, the modern rooms are all en-suite, with central heating systems and mosquito netting over the air vents. Wake–up calls can be made on request.

The 80 rooms include twin rooms, double rooms (with one double bed), one Presidential suite, and three Junior suites. There are also interconnecting rooms, specially designed for families. The Presidential suite has been host to world renowned personalities who have enjoyed the magical experience of wildlife from the top location that Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge offers, being the first lodge built on the Ngorongoro Crater.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

  • Boutique
  • Currency exchange service
  • Housekeeping services, such as laundry and babysitting (on request)
  • Library
  • Major credit cards are accepted
  • Medical assistance
  • Rhino Lounge Bar
  • Telephone and radio
  • TV lounge

Night 6: Outpost Lodge in Arusha

Outpost Lodge has 28 clean and comfortable rooms, all with bathrooms en-suite, satellite TV, safes, fans, mosquito nets, soap, shower gel, shampoo, kettles with coffee and tea. The rooms are a mixture of singles, doubles, twins, triples, and one quadruple.

All the rooms are in a garden setting and have outdoor seating areas. The accommodation is rustic, with an emphasis on clean, comfortable, and affordable lodging, and a special ambiance of its own. Cleanliness is of prime concern.

Water is a concern countrywide and while they do have plenty of storage, the municipal water supply is extremely erratic and can sometimes cause unforeseen shortages. They try hard to cope with the system, but are caught out occasionally. Due to this countrywide water shortage, electricity can also be erratic due to the poor hydro power stoppages.

They offer daily laundry services for a minimal fee. Due to water shortages, washing of clothing in the rooms is not possible. They also welcome disabled travelers and have a room which is completely accessible.

  • Accommodation level: Budget

Program

Day 1: Arrival day in Arusha

Please arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) with your home flight. You will then proceed with a meet and greet at the airport with SED Adventures Tours and Safaris' driver guide before they transfer you to Mvuli Hotel for your dinner and overnight stay. The distance from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha is 50 kilometers and usually takes about 45 minutes of drive. Your accommodation will be on a full board basis.

Day 2: Tarangire National Park

In the morning after breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel in Arusha town at 08:30 with your lunchbox from the lodge. You will be transferred to Tarangire National Park for a full day game viewing. At around 12:30, you will stop for a picnic lunch before proceeding with another game viewing.

In the evening, you will drive to Tarangire Safari Lodge or Tarangire Campsite for your dinner and overnight stay. The distance from Arusha town to Tarangire National Park is 120 kilometers and usually takes about one and a half of drive to the park gate. Your accommodation will be on a full board basis.

Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast at 09:00, you will carry your lunchbox and be transferred to Lake Manyara National Park for game viewing. At around 12:30, you will stop for a picnic lunch before proceeding with another game viewing. In the evening, you will drive to Twiga Lodge or Twiga Campsite for your dinner and overnight stay. The distance from Tarangire National Park to Lake Manyara National Park is 95 kilometers and usually takes about 1-hour drive to the park gate. Your accommodation will be on a full board basis.

Day 4: Serengeti National Park

After breakfast at around 08:00, you will be transferred to Serengeti National Park via Ngorongoro Conservation area with a packed lunch and game viewing en-route. After that, you will proceed with a game viewing at the Serengeti National Park. In the evening, you will drive to Serengeti Seronera Lodge / Tented Camp or Pimbi Campsite for your dinner and overnight stay.

The distance from Lake Manyara National Park to Serengeti National Park is 150 kilometers (to Ndutu area, the gate between Ngorongoro and Serengeti) and 250 kilometers (to Seronera, Serengeti Central area). It usually takes about three and half hours of drive to the park gate. Your accommodation will be on a full board basis.

Day 5: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

You will wake up early in the morning, take a light breakfast and then go for an early morning game viewing at 06:00. At around 09:15, you will drive back to Serengeti Serena Lodge or Pimbi Campsite for a late breakfast. After that, you will take a lunchbox with you and proceed with a game viewing in the park. At around 12:30, you will stop for a picnic lunch and drive out of Serengeti to Ngorongoro and Olduvai Gorge, the archaeological site.

You will spend about an hour at Olduvai before proceeding to Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge or Simba Campsite for your dinner and overnight stay. The distance from Serengeti (Seronera) to Ngorongoro Conservation Area is 145 kilometers and it takes about two hours of drive to the crater rim. Your accommodation will be on a full board basis.

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast at 08:00, you will descend into the Crater floor for a full day crater tour. At around 12:30, you will have a picnic lunch inside the crater near Lerai forest or hippo pool. After lunch, you will continue with a game viewing in the crater. In the evening at around 16:00, you will ascend the crater and drive back to Arusha for your dinner and overnight stay at Outpost Lodge. The accommodation is based on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 7: Departure from Arusha

You will be picked up from your lodge in Arusha and be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to connect to your homebound flight. The distance from Arusha to the airport is 50 kilometers and it takes about 45 minutes of drive to the airport.

Location

In this safari, you will visit Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Tarangire National Park

The national park is located in the north-eastern part of Tanzania and it’s somehow closer to the Ngorongoro Crater. It’s also close to Lake Manyara which is also a part of the ecosystem for the Tarangire National Park. One of the most noticeable things on entering the park are the baobab trees that rise up from the grass. With their massive trunks, they are instantly recognizable. There are animals that usually move northwards of the park during the wet season including the wildebeests, zebras, Thompson’s gazelles, buffalos, elands, and hartebeests. The elephant population in this park was estimated to be around 6000 in 1987, but numbers are believed to have fallen since then due to poaching.

The number of birds recorded in Tarangire National Park has been estimated at approximately 300. These include migrants that fly south to spend October to April away from the winter of the northern hemisphere. Here, you may spot various species of herons, storks and ducks, vultures, buzzards, sparrowhawks, eagles, kites, and falcons, as well as ostriches. Other areas of interest within the park include the Lake Burungi circuit, the Lemiyon area, the Kitibong Hill circuit and the Gursi and Lamarkau circuit.

Lake Manyara National Park

Set in the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park is located near Ngorongoro Crater and the Arusha National Park in the north-eastern sides of Tanzania. The park is actually located in between Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area and Tarangire and Arusha National Parks. A major attraction of the Lake Manyara National Park is the tree-climbing lions. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that you will spot them. However, there are other things to see such elephants, hippos, zebras, impalas, buffalos, baboons, plains animals as well as huge variety of bird life, both resident and migratory.

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.

Serengeti National Park

In this park, you can see a million wildebeest. Each one is driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life. The 14,763-square-kilometer park is the second largest park in Tanzania after Selous National Park. The park is located near the Kenyan border besides Maasai Mara National Reserve. In fact, the Serengeti National Park shares a border with the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Its location is on the north-eastern side of Tanzania.

Serengeti is perhaps most well known for the annual migration that takes place across the great savannah plains. This is a phenomenal sight, thousands upon thousands of animals, particularly wildebeests, as far as the eye can see. During the rainy season from November to May, the wildebeests, whose population has been estimated at around 1,500,000 are found in the eastern section of the Serengeti and also the Maasai Mara in Kenya to the north. When the dry season begins at the end of June, the annual migration commences as the animals move in search of food pasture. The Serengeti is also famous for cheetahs, leopards, and lions, some of which migrate with the wildebeests while others remain in the central plain.

The elephant population in Serengeti was decimated by poaching, estimated to have fallen fivefold during 1970 to 1980s, since then, the numbers have slowly increased. Birdlife is prolific in the National Park and includes various species of kingfishers, sunbirds, rollers, ostriches, egrets, herons, storks, ibises, spoonbills, and ducks. Birds of prey include Ruppell’s vulture and the hooded vulture, several varieties of kestrels, eagles, goshawks, and harriers. There is also a hippo pool by the name of Retina where you can have clear views of the hippopotamuses and even crocodiles.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The park is close to the Serengeti, northeast of Tanzania. Lake Eyasi marks part of its southern boundary and the Serengeti National Park lies to the west. The conversation area encompasses Ngorongoro Crater, Embagai Crater, Olduvai Gorge that is famous for its palaeontological relics and Lake Masek. The crater is a home to a small number of black rhinoceroses, sustains a huge population of ungulates and has the most concentrated numbers of lions know.

However, 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, rhinos, buffaloes, Thompson’s gazelles, wildebeests, and zebras. You are also likely to see ostriches and Lake Magadi, the soda lake at the floor of the crater which is a home to thousands of flamingos. 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.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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)

  • Climbing trip
  • Cultural tours
  • Mountain climbing
  • Other tours

What's included

  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • All parks entrance fees
  • Daily meals
  • Game drives
  • Game viewing
  • Service of professional English speaking driver guide
  • Tents, mattresses, cook salary, cooking for camping
  • Transport on a 4×4 Land Cruiser or minibus with a pop-up roof
  • Utensils, tables, chairs, and all necessary camping equipment

What's not included

  • All services and extras not mentioned in the itinerary
  • International flights to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Items of personal nature and use such as telephone, laundry, etc.
  • Roundtrip airport transfer from and to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tips for the driver guide and cook for camping
  • Visa fees and departure taxes

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

SED Adventures Tours and Safaris provides you an airport transfer / pickup from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) that is available upon request. This service is not included in the price. Please send SED Adventures Tours and Safaris an inquiry for more information.

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 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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