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Affordable Big Five Tanzania Safari

From Arusha, you start with Lake Manyara National Park for a chance to spot the legendary tree-climbing lions and the flamingoes at the lake before crossing the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and enter through Naabi Hill gate and enter Serengeti. You will then head back the same way with a day of game drives at the Ngorongoro Crater floor and head back on Day 4 to Arusha town.

Key information

  • Group and private safari possible, rates will vary depending on this.
  • Group size: Minimum 2 persons. Maximum 6 persons per vehicle
  • Children policy: Children are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Language: English Speaking guides
  • All park fees are included
  • Sleeping bag

Meet the guides

Thomas

Highlights

  • Exposure to African wildlife
  • Specially appointed vehicles
  • Explorations of Tanzania National parks
  • Funtastic overnight camping in the bush
  • Awesome photography capture and game viewing
  • 4WD Safari vehicles designed to provide comfortable sightseeing
  • High-end tours complete with exclusive accommodation facilities
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


4 activity days
Group size: 2-16 participants
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Accommodation

Jevas Hotel / Venice Hotel

This hotel is located in the heart of Arusha city. It is easily accessible and is only 45 minutes from the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), one and a half hours from the Namanga Border, and five minutes from the city center. All the rooms are well-furnished with elegant decor and wooden furniture and equipped with an electronic card door lock system to maximize security, making it one of the safest and best places to stay in Arusha.

All superior rooms have en-suite bathrooms with a combined shower and bath, plus a basin and toilet. Each room also has an air-conditioning unit, electronic safe, television with a selection of satellite channels, electricity points, and three-pin square plug points for easy charging. Mosquito nets are provided around the beds in all rooms.

Accommodation level: Mid-range

  • Facilities
  • Reception
  • Electronic card door lock system
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Basin and toilet
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Electronic safe
  • Television with satellite channels
  • Electricity points
  • Three-pin square plug points for easy charging
  • Mosquito nets around the beds

Fig Big Tree Lodge

Situated on the outskirts of the vibrant village of Mto Wa Mbu, you will experience the Fig Big Tree Lodge Hospitality in a quiet, natural environment. The Lodge also includes an outdoor pool. Guests can enjoy a drink at the on-site bar. There are lots of activities in the area, such as biking, canoeing, and hiking. Hippo Pool is 4 miles from Fig big tree Lodge. The sleeping bags and mattresses are provided.

Accommodation level: Budget

  • Facilities
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lounge
  • Gift shop
  • Designated smoking rooms

Seronera Campsite

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. The sleeping bags and mattresses are provided.

Accommodation level: Budget

  • Facilities
  • Bathrooms
  • Hot showers
  • Solar Powered 220V electricity
  • Eating area

Ngorongoro Simba Campsite

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. The sleeping bags and mattresses are provided.

Accommodation level: Budget

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

Program

Day 1: Arusha - Lake Manyara

Leave Arusha in the morning around 8:00 a.m. and drive through the Masai land entering the Rift Valley where the Lake Manyara National Park is located. After registration at the main gate, you embark on your first game drives which starts right at the gate in the lush green forests that are fed by underground water ensuring the forest is evergreen even during the dry months.

Lunch will be taken at one of the many picnic sites, then game drives will continue for the rest of the afternoon including a visit to the lake. Overnight will be at Lake Manyara's small town. Lunch box and dinner are included.

Day 2: Lake Manyara - Serengeti

After breakfast at the lodge/camp, you will check out and head up to the Loduare Gate, where you will have a brief stop for registration and another short stop at the Ngorongoro Crater viewpoint at the rim of the crater. You will then drive further to Naabi Hill Gate and enter Serengeti National Park for afternoon game drives. All meals are included.

Day 3: Full day at Serengeti

Spend a full day at Serengeti National park. Plenty of animals and birds species can be spotted at Serengeti and depending on the time of visit, you will be able to see the wildebeest's migration herds. Picnic lunch will be served. Overnight is at a public camp. All meals are included.

Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha - end of the safari

Morning breakfast then check out and drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area via Naabi Hill gate. Enter Ngorongoro Crater by midday and spend the whole day at the crater floor. Picnic at the hippo poolside picnic site. Later in the afternoon, drive up the crater rim back to Arusha.

Location

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park provides a unique wilderness experience. Including diverse landscapes such as the Rift Valley soda lake, open grasslands, dense woodlands, and stunning mountainsides. In the north of Tanzania, Lake Manyara National Park centers around its eponymous alkaline lake, a key habitat for hundreds of bird species. Between November and April, thousands of greater and lesser pink flamingos gather on its shores, along with pink-backed pelicans, yellow-billed storks, grey herons, and pods of hippo. Surrounding the lake are marshlands, grassy plains, and acacia woodlands, home to the tree-climbing lions and long-tusked elephants. Giraffes strut across the grasslands, where herds of buffalo, zebra, and wildebeest graze. As well as enjoying game drives and walking safaris, you can visit the Maji Moto hot springs to soak in the warm, clear water under the shade of leafy trees.

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti is the most ancient and immensely famous park. Serengeti is hugely known for its annual migration. You can witness around six million hooves keep on hitting the open plains. There are also sights such as 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle, 200,000 zebra coming together along with the wildebeests' trek to feed on grassland. It is really hard to confine the attractions of Serengeti to migration alone. Enjoy a sparkling game-viewing experience in Africa, Serengeti national park tours is the place to go. There are numerous Grants gazelle, impala, kongoni, topi, elands, giraffes, small groups of elephants, large herds of buffalo, and many more.

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater was once a gigantic volcano. It is the largest intact caldera in the world. The Ngorongoro crater is a deep, volcanic caldera a breathtaking natural wonder. Before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro. Today, long since having collapsed and eroded, it is an extensive highland area with 600 meters deep Ngorongoro Crater. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth.

Food

During this safari, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily. Dinner will be accompanied by a glass of wine. Water will be provided during the safari.

Upon booking with Zicasso, please indicate any dietary preference or restriction or any specific request you might have such as vegan and vegetarian diets. They will then provide that information in advance to all the hotels.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Ayurvedic

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • Baloon Safari available on Booking at an extra cost 580 USD
  • Cultural tour at or visiting Maasai boma and photo-taking 100 USD

What's included

  • Mineral water
  • All national park fees
  • English-speaking guide
  • All the mentioned activities
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Camping safari according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking safari cook
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables, etc.)
  • 3 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Tips
  • Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Sleeping bag
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport round Trip
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Zicasso representative will pick you up from the airport.

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Children information

Children pay 70% of the adult price

 

Availability

This safari is available all year round. Please select your arrival date below.m

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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