Budget Safari Tanzania
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About the 10 day Best Budget Safari Tanzania
The 10 days best budget safari Tanzania starts in JRO. This best budget safari Tanzania takes you to the best northern parks. These parks include Arusha, Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Lake Manyara.
Best Camping Trip in Tanzania Highlights:
The highlight of best budget safari Tanzania is game tracking. You will also enjoy great sceneries on this tour. Best camping trip Tanzania is for those looking for a comprehensive Tanzania safari.
Other highlights of this Tanzania safari includes:
- Best views of the Kilimanjaro Mountain
- Tour the foot of Mount Meru
- Great wildlife viewing
- Big 5 tracking
- Big Cat tracking
- Ngorongoro Crater
The best budget safari Tanzania is a budget safari for anyone on a shoestring budget. Enjoy the best camping trip Tanzania itinerary below:
Detailed Itinerary for the Camping Trip Tanzania Safari
Day 1: KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – ARUSHA
Met by our Tanzania safari rep. This will be on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Best budget safari Tanzania starts early with a briefing. Enjoy a transfer to Arusha town. Your best budget safari Tanzania will spend your night at Sleep Inn hotel on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2: ARUSHA – ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK
Pick up from your hotel in Arusha town at 0800am. Enjoy a 30km drive with packed lunch to Arusha National Park. Best budget safari Tanzania day embarks on game drive upon arrival.
Arusha National Park is a home to Buffalo, Elephant, Black and white Colobus Monkey. There is also giraffes, baboon and different kind of bird species. The birds include Turaco and flamingos. After picnic then proceed with afternoon game drives.
Your best budget safari Tanzania will later drive back to Colobus campsite in time for Dinner and Overnight.
About Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park is a gem of varied ecosystems and spectacular views of Mt. Meru, the crater that gives the region its name
It is a popular destination for day trip visitors. These are those who are about to embark from the town of Arusha on longer northern circuit safaris.
The small national park includes the slopes, summit, and ash cone of Mt. Meru. There's the Momela Lakes and Ngurdoto Crater. Here we also have the lush highland forests that blanket its lower slopes.
Game viewing around the Momela Lakes is at a laid-back and quiet pace. While passing through the forest many stop to search for troupes of rare colobus monkeys. You are likely to find them playing in the canopy.
You may opt to go climbing Mount Meru or enjoy the smaller trails. There are many that criss-cross its lower slopes. This is a popular activity for visitors to Arusha National Park.
The three-day trek to reach the crater’s summit is a quieter. Some say more challenging alternative than the famous peak of nearby Mount Kilimanjaro.
Along the lower slopes, the paths to rivers and waterfalls create a relaxing day hike. This is for visitors who don’t want to attempt the rather arduous climb.
There are ancient fig tree forests, crystal clear waters cascading from mountain streams. You have a chance to spot colobus monkeys here. They are the attractions and pleasures of Arusha National Park.
This is the closest national park to Arusha town – northern Tanzania’s safari capital. Arusha National Park is a multi-faceted jewel, often overlooked by safari goers. This is despite the park allowing one to explore a diversity of habitats within a few hours.
Day 3: ARUSHA – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Wake up to an early breakfast on best budget safari Tanzania. This will be followed by your departure.
The drive will be to Tarangire National Park. The Park runs along the line of the Tarangire River. It is made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor.
The vegetation consists of Acacia woodland. There are also giant African Baobab trees.
The southern part has huge swampy areas. Both the river and the swamps act like a magnet for wild animals. This is during dry seasons in Tanzania. Tarangire National Park has some of the largest elephant herds in Africa.
It is also home to three rare species of animals. They are the Greater Kudu, the Fringed eared Oryx and Ashy Starlings. Your accommodation will be at Tarangire Lion Camp. It is also where all your meals will be taken.
About Tarangire National Park
This 2,850 km2 park, the 6th largest in Tanzania and one of the best well kept secret. It was established in a dry area in the northern part of the country in 1970.
It was the fifth conservation area, after the country’s independence in 1961. Tarangire National Park is made up of savannah grassland. It also boasts rolling hills, rocky outcrops, extensive swamps and Acacia woodlands. There are also large number of huge Baobab trees.
The park has permanent, life-giving water flows through the park. This is the Tarangire River. It has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife between the long rains in April and May. This is also the case during the short rains in November.
Tarangire is also a bird watcher’s paradise. Here there are more than 550 species of birds. The swamps support the largest number of breeding bird species to be found anywhere in the world.
There is also plenty of all forms of wildlife throughout the year. Tarangire is especially renowned for its large herds of elephants. There are also tree climbing lions and huge pythons.
Its herds of oryx which are often seen. We also have the rock paintings which were done by early man tens of thousands of years ago.
It is also one of the few National Parks in East Africa where you can get high in a hot air balloon. Here nature walks and night game drives are allowed. This is in the conservancies which border the park.
Day 4: TARANGIRE – NGORONGORO CRATER NATIONAL PARK
An early morning game drive will start your best budget safari Tanzania day. This will be preceded by breakfast. This will be followed by departure to Ngorongoro National Park. You will drive at leisure enjoying the few stops along the way.
Your best budget safari Tanzania will arrive in Ngorongoro Crater in time for lunch. Enjoy best budget safari Tanzania afternoon at rest. You will have an evening walk at the crater’s rim. Your dinner and overnight will be at Ngorongoro Simba ‘A’ Campsite.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania is often referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World. It is the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is also a world heritage site.
Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania is a natural formed amphitheatre. The crater rim rises to an altitude of 7,000 to 8,000 feet. This flat crater floor rests at an elevation of about 5,500 feet.
Ngorongoro crater walls rise 2,000 feet into the air and enclose the near 10-mile-wide crater. Within this area resides the densest population of large animals in the world.
The crater is a microcosm of the massive Serengeti National Park. It includes a staggering amount of wildlife. In one day it is possible to spot all the large carnivores Africa is most famous for.
Day 5: NGORONGORO CRATER TOUR
The best budget safari Tanzania day will start early in the morning. Departure will be after an early breakfast. You will descend 2000 feet down to the Crater floor. This will be with your picnic lunch boxes. The drive to the floor takes approximately one hour. It is time to explore this ‘Garden of Eden’.
Ngorongoro is a huge and deep volcanic Crater. There’s rich pasture, swamps, forest and permanent water. All this is on the Crater floor. This is the reason why wildlife here is so diverse and in numbers.
There are up to 25.000 larger animals living here. You got the best opportunity to see Black Rhino here. Other species like the black-manned lion are common.
We will have a fantastic day on best budget safari Tanzania watching wildlife at its best. After lunch you return back to Ngorongoro Simba ‘A’ Campsite for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: NGORONGORO – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Wake up on the best budget safari Tanzania to an early breakfast. You will leave driving west to Serengeti National Park. This will be a long drive punctuated with several stops.
At Ol Duvai gorge you will visit the museum for an explanation on humanity. This is believed to be the ‘Cradle of mankind’.
It is here too that you will have a break for lunch. Proceed to Serengeti where you will arrive later in the evening. Enjoy a short game drive to introduce you to the park’s flora and fauna. You will drive to Serengeti Seronera Campsite in time for dinner and overnight.
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park covers 14,763 sq km of endless rolling plains. They reach up to the Kenyan border and extends almost to Lake Victoria. The park is flourishing with magnificent wildlife. An estimated 3 million large animals roam the plains.
People of the Masai Tribe called it Siringitu. This can be translating for ‘the place where the land moves on forever’. The Serengeti is known as one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in the world.
Two World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves have been established within this area. Its unique environment has enthused writers, movie makers as well as many photographers.
Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. The main characteristics of climate. Flora and fauna have hardly changed in the past million years.
Serengeti is renown for the migration of animals. Every October and November, over a million wildebeest and about 220,000 zebras travel south. This is from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short tropical rains. They then journey west and north after the long rains in April to June.
The animals’ ancient instinct to move is so strong. No drought, gorge or crocodile infested river can hold them back. The Wildebeest migrate through several parks, reserves and protected areas. They go through a variety of habitat. We can arrange great migration safari for you!
Day 7: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Start your best budget safari Tanzania day with an early game drive. This will be followed by breakfast at your lodge. Embark on a full day game drive after a short rest. This will be with picnic lunch boxes. This game drive gives you an opportunity to explore this world-famous park.
The Serengeti plains are where endless streams of wildebeest and zebra move. They are either going south towards Ngorongoro or north towards the Masai Mara. This is the best place to watch the ‘big five’ among other savannah wildlife.
This best budget safari Tanzania enables you to watch the action filled wildlife. You will decide to edit this film on your own as it is uncut. Later, you will drive back to Serengeti Seronera Campsite in time for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: SERENGETI – LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
The best budget safari Tanzania departs Serengeti after breakfast. You will be driving to Lake Manyara National Park. You will enjoy lunch en-route. After setting up camp, enjoy some short rest.
At 1600 hrs, enjoy a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park on the best budget safari Tanzania. Lake Manyara National park is situated Great Rift Valley Escarpment and Lake Manyara. The most famous spectacle is the tree-climbing lions. They are seen along branches of Acacia trees. Dinner and overnight will be at Lake Manyara Twiga Camp.
Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara, located in the northern part of Tanzania. It is a national park and wildlife conservation area. It is one popular safari locations in Tanzania.
It has a rich variety of wildlife and over 400 species of birds. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingoes. This is on their perpetual migration. There are other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.
The park is also famous for its tree climbing lions, as well as for its dramatic scenery. It is surrounded by hills and with a soda lake in the middle of the park.
Day 9: LAKE MANYARA - ARUSHA
Your best budget safari Tanzania departs Lake Manyara after breakfast. You will enjoy a drive back to Arusha. On arrival, you will be dropped off at your budget hotel in Arusha. This is booked on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 10: ARUSHA – KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Your best budget safari Tanzania starts with a relaxed breakfast. Enjoy a short Arusha city tour. This is to be followed by transfer to JRO. You will be in time for your departure flight.
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10 Days Best Budget Safari Tanzania Costs:
What is included in the 10 Days Best Budget Safari Tanzania cost?
- Accommodation as per the itinerary
- Transport in a 4 X 4 Safari vehicle with pop up roof
- Meals on full board basis while on Tanzania Safari
- All park entrance fee
- All Government tax
10 Days Best Budget Safari Tanzania cost excludes:
- Items of personal use
- Deviation from the above program
- Drinks and beverages
- Tips and porterage
What to Carry on the 10 Days Best Budget Safari Tanzania
- Sun glasses
- Light and some few heavy clothing
- Sun screen
- Insect repellant
- Comfortable shoes
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Best Budget Safari Tanzania Destinations
Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park is a relatively small park, covering an area of 137 square kilometers (52.9 square miles), and lies near the town of Arusha. The town and the Park derive their name from the Warusha people who traditionally lived in this area. However the Park also overlaps into areas where the Masai lived and most of the place names in the Park are of Masai origin.
Three distinct areas are to be found within Arusha National Park when on best budget safari Tanzania. They include Ngurdoto Crater, the Momela Lakes and the rugged Mountain Meru. Altitudes range from 1,500 meters (4,921 feet) above sea level at Momela to over 4,500 (14,764 feet) meters at the summit of Meru.
Your best budget safari Tanzania will find the vegetation which occurs in the Park is correlated to the altitude and geology of the area. Ngurdoto Crater is surrounded by forest whilst the crater floor is a swampy area. The Momela Lakes, like many in the Rift Valley, are alkaline, and Mt. Meru is a mixture of lush forests and bare rocks.
Associated with these different vegetation zones and places are different types of animals: migrating water birds settle on the lakes, waterbuck and reedbuck are found near water, while shy bushbuck and duikers keep to the forested areas. It is obviously impossible to say exactly where different species will be encountered but it is possible to build up a picture of the most likely species to be found in any area.
Within this wide range of habitats almost 400 species of birds have been recorded in the Park. Some of these are migratory and present between October and April, others are permanently resident in the forests.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is in northern Tanzania, just south of Lake Manyara. This is a protected area of colossal baobabs, grassy plains and huge herds of elephant. The park is one of the most underrated of Tanzania’s attractions, receiving just a fraction of the Serengeti’s visitors, which means more space and exclusivity for those who do make it to Tarangire.
As well as 300-strong herds of elephant, visitors on best budget safari Tanzania will find big groups of buffalo and healthy populations of lion and leopard. During the dry season, Tarangire has the highest concentration of mammals in the country. There are wild dog and rare antelope such as gerenuk, plus more than 550 species of birds to spot throughout the year.
Tarangire is the ideal park for those who want to explore beyond game drives including the ones on best budget safari Tanzania. Walk through the savannah to study the smallest creatures and learn about tracking animals. Soar through the sky in a hot-air balloon at dawn or head out on a night drive to find nocturnal wildlife.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Ngorongoro Conservation Area is in northern Tanzania. It’s home to the vast, volcanic Ngorongoro Crater and “big 5” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino). Huge herds of wildebeests and zebras traverse its plains during their annual migration. Your best budget safari Tanzania will find livestock belonging to the semi-nomadic Maasai tribe graze alongside wild animals. Hominin fossils found in the Olduvai Gorge date back millions of years.
The jewel in Ngorongoro’s crown is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest un flooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder.
The Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s most famous sites and is said to have the highest density of wildlife in Africa. Sometimes described as an ‘eighth wonder of the world’, the Crater has achieved world renown, attracting an ever-increasing number of visitors each year. You are unlikely to escape other vehicles here, but you are guaranteed great wildlife viewing in a genuinely mind-blowing environment. There is nowhere else in Africa quite like Ngorongoro!
The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Forming a spectacular bowl of about 265 square kilometres, with sides up to 600 metres deep; it is home to approximately 30,000 animals at any one time. The Crater rim is over 2,200 metres high and experiences its own climate. From this high vantage point it is possible to make out the tiny shapes of animals making their way around the crater floor far below. Swathes of cloud hang around the rocky rim most days of the year and it’s one of the few places in Tanzania where it can get chilly at night.
The crater floor consists of a number of different habitats that include grassland, swamps, forests and Lake Makat (Maasai for ‘salt’) – a central soda lake filled by the Munge River. All these various environments attract wildlife to drink, wallow, graze, hide or climb. Although animals are free to move in and out of this contained environment, the rich volcanic soil, lush forests and spring source lakes on the crater floor (combined with fairly steep crater sides) tend to incline both grazers and predators to remain throughout the year.
Serengeti National Park
Visiting Serengeti national park on best budget safari Tanzania will reward you and breathtaking for its unique biodiversity and physical features from plains to rolling hills, valleys and mountains. Serengeti offers several tourism products.
The park is located in the Northern Part of Tanzania, and it’s boarded by three regions which are Mara, Simiyu and Arusha. Serengeti is the oldest Park in Tanzania and well known worldwide especially for being a heart of the only great wildebeest migration remained in the World to date.
It is also forming a heart of Serengeti Mara Ecosystem that includes Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Loliondo Game Controlled, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Ikorongo Game Reserve, Grumet Game Reserve, Kijereshi Game Reserve and Maswa Game Reserve.
The popular activity in the Park is game viewing enhanced by malt Game circuits connecting the Main Roads from Naabi Hill Gate – Ikoma Gate, Naabi Gate – Ndabaka Gate, Kleins – Ikoma Gate. However the main entrance is the Naabi Hill Gate connecting Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park.
Lake Manyara National Park
In the shadow o the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara is best used as a soft introduction to any Tanzania safari. While the scenic beauty of this park certainly makes it worth a visit on best budget safari Tanzania, the game viewing here pales into insignificance when compared with that on offer in Tarangire, the Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. Famous for its tree-climbing lions, flamingos, breath-taking scenery and the soda-ash lake in the centre, Manyara merits a day trip but not much longer.
Lake Manyara is a lovely scenic park on the road from Arusha to the Ngorongoro Crater, famous for its tree climbing lions, great birdlife, good elephants and baboons. The lake itself takes up much of the park, leaving a strip of land running along its shores where game concentrates.
Often visited for an afternoon game drive on the way to Ngorongoro, it would be a shame to miss out Manyara if you're driving straight past it - but it's really not up there with the heavyweight big boys in terms of game viewing. However, if you're going on to Ngorongoro and Serengeti, you'll see plenty of game there anyway...
The concentrations of game here is not nearly as high as in surrounding parks, but there are a number of unique species that give reason enough to safari here. The park's main attraction are Lake Manyara's famous tree climbing lions - why these lions habitually climb trees is still up for debate, but viewing a pride relaxing in an acacia tree is a remarkable sight! The park is also famous for its elephant and huge number of baboons, and its varied landscape supports an impressive range of other game including wildebeest, buffalo, hippo, flamingo, zebra, warthog, waterbuck, giraffe, dik-dik and impala. The birding here is also very good, especially raptors.