4 Days Tanzania Budget Camping Safari
This safari is suitable for anyone, even those with an average level of fitness. No physical preparation is necessary in advance for this trip, and no strenuous exercise is expected, though visitors will spend some significant time in vehicles on the sometimes-rough roads of Tanzania – the so-called ‘African Massage.
- Tarangire’s diverse geological landscapes, plentiful bird life and wildlife.
- The ‘endless plains’ of Serengeti, a stunning landscape and surely the world’s most celebrated national park with an incomparable range of predators and their intended prey: see leopard and cheetah, antelope and zebra.
- Ngorongoro’s awe – inspiring crater, a collapsed volcano some 12 miles across, with its incredible year-round display of wildlife. A truly inspiring setting which plays host to lion and elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo as well as many other species and endless birdlife.
DAY 1: Arusha to Tarangire National Park
Today we set out early, collecting you from your Arusha hotel at 0800hrs and heading south to stunning Tarangire National Park. Your first day game-drive in Tarangire will reveal all the wonders of Tarangire, a National Park often referred to as the ‘Elephant Playground’. Herds of up to 300 of these mighty mammals are sometimes seen in the park
Serengeti may be better known, but Tarangire in the dry season easily rivals it for animal densities. As well as the herds of elephant Tarangire is home to buffalo, lion, wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle while gerenuk and fringe-eared oryx are ‘local specialties’. Lake Burungi’s marshy shores are the lure for these mammals and the waters attract many beautiful bird species, too. Look out for giant kingfishers, hoopoes, and the delightfully-named white-bellied go-away bird. Tarangire is noted for its splendid baobab trees, rolling savannah and acacia woodland. At the end of an inspiring afternoon amongst the wildlife, we return to the comfort of the lodge for an evening meal and some rest.
Meals Plan: Picnic lunch box and Dinner
DAY 2: Tarangire Nationa Park to Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, we collect our lunch boxes and leave from our Lodge. Our journey takes us west and north, our exciting destination being a name familiar to everyone – the Serengeti! Along the way, the sheer scale of the territory and the raw beauty of the landscapes reveal themselves and your driver-guide will help you to spot animals and birds. This is just a preview of things to come, for the Serengeti is home to what is possibly the world’s greatest gathering of wildlife.
After enjoying a picnic lunch, you’ll be eager to pursue some greater wildlife-spotting opportunities in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set in the grasslands, savannahs, woods and mountain scenery, which creature will show itself next? These ‘endless plains’ are home to elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, hippo and crocodile…the adventure has truly begun. At the end of the afternoon, exhausted and exhilarated, it’s back to the campsite for dinner and to talk about the many fantastic experiences you’ve had today.
Accommodation: Seronera Campsite
Meals Plan: Breakfast, Picnic lunch box, and Dinner
DAY 3: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater
The exciting sounds of Africa will rouse you from your sleep. We make the most of the day with a 08:00 start, heading off on our morning game-drive. Later, the adventure will continue when we travel up to Ngorongoro, another African icon.
It’s almost impossible to spend too much time in Serengeti and with more than 1.6 million herbivores – plus thousands of predators – there’s always something new and interesting to see. The changing seasons and natural light simply add to the diversity. This morning your driver-guide will help you spot some more of the many species at Serengeti, teaching you about their fascinating habits and habitats.
After a pleasant picnic lunch, it’s time to drive eastwards to visit another spectacular setting for Tanzania’s wildlife, the famous Ngorongoro Crater. On arrival, settle in at the campsite/lodge while a tasty, hot dinner is prepared for you. Tomorrow, the wonders of the crater await us.
Accommodation: Simba Campsite
Meals Plan: Breakfast, Picnic lunch box, and Dinner
DAY 4: Ngorongoro Crater Back to Arusha
Today our last safari day, but there will be plenty of time to enjoy another true spectacle, before driving back to Arusha. Ngorongoro Crater is often referred to as a wonder of the world and your early morning game drive shows you why.
First, there’s the volcanic caldera (the world’s largest), full of grassland, forest, and swamp, a setting of jaw-dropping beauty. Secondly, the permanent water of the Crater floor supports a resident population of more than 25,000 large mammals. Here you’ll find many of the reasons you chose to come on safari: elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, jackal, wallowing hippo, waterbuck, baboons… even the rare black rhino finds shelter here.
Sharing this awesome space with the animals are the Maasai, grazing their cattle in an area which has been a separate conservation area since 1956 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978. This harmonious cohabitation of man and beast makes Ngorongoro unique in Tanzania and your driver-guide will be pleased to explain this incredible co-existence to you.
After your morning game drive, we have our picnic lunch in the crater before we return back to Arusha.
Meals Plan: Breakfast, Picnic lunch box