Affordable safari Tanzania is a 6 day African wildlife safari. The 6 days Affordable safari Tanzania visits and explores 3 Parks. The parks on the affordable safari Tanzania are in the Northern circuit.
About The 6 day Affordable safari Tanzania
Affordable safari Tanzania is a 6 day African wildlife safari. The 6 days Affordable safari Tanzania visits and explores 3 Parks. The parks on the affordable safari Tanzania are in the Northern circuit. The parks that you will be visiting include Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
All the parks Affordable safari Tanzania visits are home to small and large animals. Affordable safari Tanzania explores the best wildlife rich area. This East Africa region teams with wildlife. The area is also known for its breathtaking natural beauty.
Serengeti, meaning, “endless plains”. The Ngorongoro Crater is home to over 25,000 animals. They include elephants, buffalos, hyenas, jackals, wildebeests, zebras, rhino and hippos.
Highlights of the 6 day Affordable safari Tanzania
The main highlight of Affordable safari Tanzania is game drives and also includes:
- The Ngorongoro Crate
- Big Five Tracking
- Big Cat Tracking
- Great Scenery
- Wildebeest Migration
- Tree climbing lions
Detailed 6 Day Affordable Safari Tanzania Itinerary
Day 1: ARUSHA – NGORONGORO CRATER NATIONAL PARK
Our Tanzania tour rep will meet you at your Arusha hotel. Affordable safari Tanzania day starts early with a briefing. This will be followed by an early departure to Ngorongoro National Park.
You will drive at leisure enjoying the few stops along the way. You will arrive in Ngorongoro Crater in time for lunch. Enjoy some time in the 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
Within Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the Ngorongoro Crater. It is one of Africa’s most famous sites said to have the highest density of wildlife in Africa.
Ngorongoro has been 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 guaranteed great wildlife viewing. There is nowhere else in Africa quite like Ngorongoro Conservation Area!
The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. It forms a spectacular bowl of about 265 square kilometres. The 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. This is as they are making their way around the crater floor far below.
Swathes of cloud hang around the rocky rim most days of the year. It is one of the few places in Tanzania where it can get chilly at night.
The crater floor consists of several different habitats. This include grassland, swamps, forests and Lake Makat (Maasai for ‘salt’). The latter is a central soda lake filled by the Munge River. All these various environments attract wildlife to drink, wallow, graze, hide or climb.
Day 2: NGORONGORO CRATER TOUR
The affordable 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 to see wildlife at its best. After lunch you return back to Ngorongoro Simba ‘A’ Campsite for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: NGORONGORO – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Wake up on the affordable 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 is situated in the Serengeti ecosystem in Tanzania. This is between the Maasai Mara and the Simiyu regions. This Tanzania national park was established in 1952. It is also subscribed under the UNESCO world heritage sites.
Serengeti is such a wide and vast eco area covering over 14763 sqkm. The park is the best national park in Tanzania and the most visited protected area in the country as well.
Serengeti is one of the oldest ecosystems in Africa and the whole world. The fame of this national park is attributed to the wide range of wildlife it harbors. It is also because of the beauty and scientific value this Tanzania National Park has. There is also lots of wild game and a lot of other factors make up Serengeti as the best biodiverse area in East Africa.
The huge factor selling Serengeti national park to the world is the great migration. This is the movement of over a million wildebeests and the zebras.
This park is home to the largest number of wildebeests and zebras in East Africa. Serengeti national park is also home to quite a community of wild cats. They include lions, cheetahs, leopards, civet and serval cats. Other animals like elephants, giraffes plus an impressive bird population, among other interesting features.
Day 4: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Start your day with an early morning 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 Tanzania safari enables you to watch the action filled live animals’ movie. You will decide to edit this film on your own as it is uncut. You will drive back to Serengeti Seronera Campsite in time for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: SERENGETI – LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
Your affordable 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. The 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
Is Lake Manyara two lakes? Well, it is depending on the time of year you visit. In the dry season, with the water level low, it splits in two.
The northern end, where the Simba River feeds in, is swampy with fresh(-ish) water. There are reeds, plants, and lots of wildlife. Hippos soak in the muddy water, and zebras, wildebeests, and impala graze.
The other end looks quite different. This is a vast, flat, featureless plain from the alkaline water. Lake Manyara is, after all, is a Salt Lake or to br more precise, a soda lake.
The grass, such that there is, is low. Only a few giraffes and wildebeest wander through the hazy heat.
Ernest Hemingway called Lake Manyara “the loveliest [lake] … in Africa.”
This Tanzania National Park is quite small compared with the nearby willife parks. We are looking at Tarangire National Park and different from Ngorongoro Crater.
Lake Manyara is famous for its climbing lions and troops of baboons. You’ll see plenty of baboons, although the lions are harder to catch a glimpse of (as are the leopards).
The thick jungle near the park entrance, is the ideal habitat for blue monkeys. Here you will also find hundreds of varieties of birds.
Day 6: LAKE MANYARA – ARUSHA
Your affordable safari Tanzania departs Lake Manyara immediately after breakfast. You will enjoy a drive back to Arusha. On arrival, you will be dropped off at your budget hotel in Arusha.
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6 Days Affordable Safari Tanzania Costs:
What is included in the 6 Days Affordable 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
6 Days Affordable Safari Tanzania cost excludes:
- Items of personal use
- Deviation from the above program
- Drinks and beverages
- Tips and porterage
What to Carry on the 6 Days Affordable Safari Tanzania
- Sun glasses
- Light and some few heavy clothing
- Sun screen
- Insect repellant
- Comfortable shoes
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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 including those on Affordable safari Tanzania. You are unlikely to escape other vehicles here, but on the Affordable safari Tanzania 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
Affordable safari Tanzania to Serengeti takes you to a park located to the north of the country, sharing an international border with Kenya is the country’s oldest and most popular national park, the world famous Serengeti to be experienced on a Tanzania safari.
Covering an area of 14,763 square kilometres (5,700 square miles) of grassland plains, savanna land as well as riverine forest and woodlands, the Maasai, the traditional inhabitants of the Serengeti, call it Siringitu, “the place where the land moves on forever”.
The Maasai people had been grazing cattle in the area for over two hundred years before Europeans arrived. As the number of foreign visitors intensified, so too did the hunting of large game. As a result, the British designated a small game reserve in 1921 which became the basis for the Serengeti National Park that opened in 1951.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Serengeti is known for its abundance of wildlife including the “Big Five” (African elephant, lion, Cape buffalo, rhino and leopard) as well as cheetahs, gazelles, giraffes and zebras among others on a Tanzania safari. Affordable safari Tanzania heads to the Serengeti famous for the Great Migration, a natural phenomenon that sees approximately 1,300,000 wildebeest, 500,000 Thomson’s gazelles, 200,000 zebras, 97,000 topi and 18,000 elands migrate north to Kenya each July.
By November the animals move south arriving back in the Serengeti in December. Even when the migration is quiet, Serengeti National Park provides excellent game viewing making it the flagship of Tanzania’s tourism industry.
On your Affordable safari Tanzania, you will see hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra congregate on the southern short grass plains around Ndutu during the intermittent rainy months from late November to March/April, calving around the end of January when the nutritious grass is at its best. The rut follows. Depending on grass/water supply, the start of the Serengeti annual migration begins at the end of this period, and the herds begin to march north/westwards, ‘lowing’ incessantly so that the air hums like a dynamo (zebra first, then the wildebeest and gazelles).
Lion, cheetah and hyaena watch on with interest, ensuring that only the fittest survive, while jackals trail behind and vultures circle overhead. The herds initially head west to reach the Grumeti River from late May onwards, before continuing further north to the Mara River region (a large proportion of the herds crossing the border into Kenya’s Masai Mara).
They remain in the northern Serengeti and Masai Mara during the dry season (July to October) where they have access to the permanent waters of the Mara River, and it is during this time that the most dramatic ‘river crossings’ take place over the Mara River.
Around October/November, as the rain clouds gather, your Affordable safari Tanzania will find the herds head south once more to calve on those nutritious short grass plains before starting the cycle again. The wildlife in the Serengeti safari region is thriving, but it is a delicate ecosystem, easily affected by drought, overgrazing and disease.
More than 30 species of herbivores are found here, plus nearly 500 species of birds. Other animals likely to be seen on Affordable safari Tanzania include giraffe, elephant, buffalo, impala, hippo, and leopard, aside from the aforementioned predators. Wild dogs and black rhino can be seen in certain areas, if you are lucky!
Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara makes a perfect start or end to your Affordable safari Tanzania, just a 1.5-hour drive west of Arusha in northern Tanzania, on the way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The Affordable safari Tanzania gives you a chance to see plains game, primates and up to 400 bird species in a 50-kilometre strip of rainforest and savannah-woodland between the Great Rift Valley’s Gregory Rift and the soda lake of Lake Manyara.
The park is well protected between these two natural boundaries. Lake Manyara was originally proclaimed to protect elephants, and the small Manyara elephants with their short tusks still roam the rain and fever tree forests in abundance.
Located beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment, on the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, incredible bird life, and breathtaking views. Located on the way to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, Lake Manyara National Park is worth a stop in its own right. Its ground water forests, bush plains, baobab strewn cliffs, and algae-streaked hot springs offer incredible ecological variety in a small area, rich in wildlife and incredible numbers of birds.
The alkaline soda of Lake Manyara is home to an incredible array of bird life that thrives on its brackish waters. Pink flamingo stoop and graze by the thousands colourful specks against the grey minerals of the lake shore. Yellow-billed storks swoop and corkscrew on thermal winds rising up from the escarpment, and herons flap their wings against the sun-drenched sky. Even reluctant bird-watchers will find something to watch and marvel at within the national park.
Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s smaller parks and, although many Tanzania safari itineraries skip it, we highly recommend you make the detourhence including it on the Affordable safari Tanzania. The dramatic western escarpment of the Rift Valley forms the park’s western border. To the east is the alkaline Lake Manyara, which covers one-third of the park, but shrinks considerably in the dry season. During the rains, the lake hosts millions of flamingos and other birdlife.
While Manyara lacks the raw drama of other northern circuit destinations, its vegetation is diverse, ranging from savannah to marshes to evergreen forest (11 different ecosystems in all) and it supports one of the highest biomass densities of large mammals in the world. Elephants, hippos, zebras, giraffes, buffaloes and wildebeest are often spotted. Leopards and hyenas are also here. Lake Manyara is also home to a famous population of tree-climbing lions.