About the Cheap Tanzania Safari
Cheap Tanzania safari starts and ends in Arusha. This is a 4 days short Tanzania budget safari that focuses on wildlife. This an affordable African safari in Tanzania goes to 2 Tanzania national parks.
They are Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater National Parks. You will have 1 night in Tarangire and 2 nights in Ngorongoro. The 4 days Cheap Tanzania safari is for people with few days in Arusha.
Cheap Tanzania Safari Highlights
The highlights of the 4 day Cheap Tanzania Safari include:
- Watching large herds of Elephants
- Going through big baobab tree forests
- Big Five tracking
- Big cat Tracking
- Experience the Ngorongoro Crater
- Great game drives
Find the Cheap Tanzania safari itinerary below:
4 Day Cheap Tanzania Safari Itinerary in Details
Day 1: ARUSHA – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Our Tanzania safari guide will be ready for pick up at 0800 hrs. This will be from your Arusha Hotel. You will get a detailed briefing on the 4 days Cheap Tanzania safari. 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 Zion Camp. It is also where all your meals will be taken.
Tarangire National Park
The Tarangire National Park is located not far away from Arusha. It is between the meadows of Masai Steppe to the south east and the lakes of the Great Rift Valley to the north and west.
Among the rolling area where the park lies, it occupies an area of 2,600 square kilometers. The perennial Tarangire River takes over the northern part of Tarangire.
Through the cut ditches, the River flows upwards up to when it leaves the corner of the park. This is in the North West when it flows into Lake Burungi. There are several wide swamps which dry into green plains during the dry season in the south.
Tarangire national park is an ideal place to visit for those who love to see elephants. This Tanzania National Park is renowned for its highest concentration of elephants. This is due to variant baobab trees.
During dry seasons there is migration of zebras and wildebeests. This offers you a thrilling wildlife experience. Tarangire national park also boasts with the four of the big five game animals. This park is also famous for termite mounds.
Tarangire national park is 118 kilometres south west of Arusha town. It also boasts with glorious landscapes covered with glamorous woodlands. There are baobab and acacia trees and seasonal swamps proving home to wildlife.
Day 2: TARANGIRE – NGORONGORO CRATER NATIONAL PARK
Your Cheap Tanzania safari day starts early. This will be with an early morning game drive. Return to the lodge and embark on your breakfast. A mid morning game drive will end your stay in Tarangire. After lunch leave for Ngorongoro Crater National Park. You will have an evening walk at the crater’s rim. Your dinner and overnight will be at Ngorongoro Simba ‘A’ Campsite.
The well-endowed conserved land is home to all what any ardent fun hunting traveler. Ngorongoro Crater is a place for those seeking for while in Africa.
Ngorongoro conservation area sited on an area of about 8292 sq.km. It is in the Northern part of Tanzania. this is approximately 180 km from Arusha region in the Ngorongoro district.
The conservation area is habitat to the endless list of wildlife. there are lots of flora, plains and other aquatic animals. The wildebeests have access to this area too in specific months of the year.
The biggest attraction and greatest jewel being the largest Ngorongoro crater. The conservation area offers the spectacular view. It is home to several wild animals and several others.
This is home to the Big 5 including elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes and rhinoceros. We also have the wildebeests the zebras and several other animal species.
There are also several prehistoric, Stone Age sites like Olduvai Gorge. Also here are many others where the fossils and skulls were discovered here. They seem to belong to the early inhabitants of this area thousands of years ago.
Day 3: NGORONGORO CRATER TOUR
The Cheap Tanzania safari 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 large. 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 4: NGORONGORO – ARUSHA
Start your Cheap Tanzania safari day with breakfast. This will be at leisure and with no pressure. After checking out of the lodge it is time to leave Ngorongoro.
Enjoy a scenic drive to Arusha, Tanzania’s tourism capital. End the 4 days Cheap Tanzania safari with a drop off at your hotel in Arusha.
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4 Day Cheap Tanzania Safari Costs:
What is included in the 4 Day Cheap Tanzania Safari 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
4 Day Cheap Tanzania Safari cost excludes:
- Items of personal use
- Deviation from the above program
- Drinks and beverages
- Tips and porterage
What to Carry on the 4 Day Cheap Tanzania Safari
- Sun glasses
- Light and some few heavy clothing
- Sun screen
- Insect repellant
- Comfortable shoes
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Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park has some of the highest population density of elephants anywhere in Tanzania, and its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, makes it a beautiful and distinct location. Cheap Tanzania safari to tarangire is just a few hours’ drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for safari goers travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengetiincluding Cheap Tanzania safari. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife is allowed to move freely throughout.
Before the rains, droves of gazelles, wildebeests, zebras, and giraffes migrate to Tarangire National Park’s scrub plains where the last grazing land still remains. Tarangire offers unparalleled game viewing for those on Cheap Tanzania safari, and during the dry season elephants abound. Families of the pachyderms play around the ancient trunks of baobab trees and strip acacia bark from the thorn trees for their afternoon meal. Breathtaking views of the Maasai Steppe and the mountains to the south make a stop at Tarangire a memorable experience.
Day after day of cloudless skies, the fierce sun sucks the moisture from the landscape, baking the earth with a dusty red and the withered grass as brittle as straw. The Tarangire River has shriveled to a shadow of its wet season self. Nonetheless it is choked with wildlife for those on Cheap Tanzania safari. Thirsty nomads have wandered hundreds of parched kilometres knowing that here as always, there is water.
What to See in Tarangire National Park
Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It has the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.
During the rainy season, the seasonal visitors scatter over a 20,000 sq km (12,500 sq miles) range until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But Tarangire’s mobs of elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry.
The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat as compared to elsewhere in the world.
On drier ground those on Cheap Tanzania safari can find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; the stocking-thighed ostrich, the world’s largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys.
More ardent bird-lovers on Cheap Tanzania safari might keep an eye open for screeching flocks of the dazzlingly colourful yellow-collared lovebird, and the somewhat drabber rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling – all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania.
Disused termite mounds are often frequented by colonies of the endearing dwarf mongoose, and pairs of red-and-yellow barbet, which draw attention to themselves by their loud, clockwork-like duetting.
Tarangire’s pythons climb trees, as do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.
As well as 300-strong herds of elephant, visitors on Cheap Tanzania safari 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 as offered in Cheap Tanzania safari. 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 Crater Conservation Area
A Cheap Tanzania safari to Ngorongoro Crater goes to a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, the conservation area allows visitors to sample locally grown and brewed coffee, safari through a crater, and hike up another and walk in the footsteps of early man.
The Ngorongoro Crater is famed for being the only intact caldera in the world. Cheap Tanzania safari is a tour to a wildlife sanctuary flourishes in its basin where the floor has been fertilized by the volcanic soil, attracting an array of wildlife ranging from lions and leopards to elephants and hippos. Safaris can be taken through the crater and in the Ndutu lake area to the west of the crater, known for its particularly strong wildlife population and the Great Migration passing through annually.
Two lesser craters, Empakai and Olmoti, can be explored on foot with local Maasai guides. The impressive Oldupai Gorge—where a 1.75-million-year-old hominin skull and series of preserved footprints were discovered—allows visitors to walk in the literal footsteps of early man. From safaris in the Ngorongoro Crater, observing the Great Migration from Ndutu Lake, to treks through the magnificent Oldupai Gorge, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area leaves visitors with no shortage of activities to entertain.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area combines some of the best wildlife and scenery the country has to offer with the culture of its Maasai inhabitants and the history of its archaeological sites. The conservation area covers 8288 sq km, embracing the eastern half of the Serengeti Plains, highland plateaus, volcanic mountains, craters, gorges and is home to Ngorongoro Crater – the breathing central attraction. Because of the high conservation value, Ngorongoro also rests as a UNESCO world heritage site and is filled with a variety of habitats that host a plethora of wildlife species. The area is named after the Ngorongoro crater which is the world’s largest inactive, unbroken and unfilled caldera.
Ngorongoro was a huge active volcano, probably larger than Kilimanjaro when the volcano erupted some 8 million years ago. Its cone collapsed leaving a crater or more appropriately a “caldera” 600m deep, 16km across and 265 sq km in area. The original volcano had a height of an estimated 5000 metres high.
Many of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino can be seen grazing on the open grassland of the crater floor surrounded by some of the 25,000 large animals that occupy the crater, including lion, cheetah, eland, black rhinoceros, zebra and gazelle. Flamingo, among other bird species can often be seen feeding at Makat soda lake.
Early morning and late afternoon are perfect times to see leopard lurking around Lerai Forest, while elephant take advantage of its ample shade in the middle of the day. From December to March during the great wildebeest migration, millions of animals pass through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area around Lake Ndutu. This provides great chances of having scenic views of nature.
What to See in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The mixture of forest, canyons, grassland plains, Lakes and marshes provide habitats for a wide range of bird life. The wet months see the arrival of the Eurasian migrants at the pools. White storks, yellow wagtails and swallows mingle with the local inhabitants: stilts, saddle-bill storks, ibis, ruff and various species of duck. Lesser flamingos fly in to feed from their breeding grounds at Lake Natron. Distinctive grassland birds – ostrich, kori bustards and crowned cranes-abound. The rest of the NCA also has areas which will reward the keen ornithologist.
Flamingos are very common at lakes in the NCA, all of which are saline. Flamingos are filter feeders and feed on plankton. Plankton is a collective name for microscopic plants and animals that occur in the mud and on the surface of shallow, saline lakes.
Animals in Ngorongoro Crater; Ngorongoro crater is one of the most densely populated conservation area in Africa with over 25,000 animals homing in the crater. The crater has a world record of the predator per capita as per the current concluded wildlife research in Africa. Wildlife in Ngorongoro crater inhabits both small and large animals with the big 5 of Africa also present those are the Buffalos, Elephant, Rhino, Lions and Leopards.
After the volcanic eruption happened in the Ngorongoro conservation area which resulted in to the formation of the world’s largest caldera and diverse vegetation covers immersed that attributed more to the distribution of both wildlife and human settlement in the area. Due to fertile soils most of the locals settled around this area so that they can do both agricultures in small scale and well as keep their animals due to abundancy of grass and water for their animals.
Animals in Ngorongoro crater were attracted to the crater by the green grass that was on the cliffs and walls of the crater. Its believed that some animals just fall in as a trap since the area was once the migratory corridor or animals in trans Serengeti national park during dry season when animals cross to lake Manyara national park.
Due to the fresh and alkaline water at the crater lake more wildlife especially birding species like Flamingos were attracted in the lake, lush vegetation attracted wildlife like Rare Black Rhinos and others. Animals in Ngorongoro were just trapped after descending down to the crater and could not come out again and this made them multiply within the crater.
Currently all the African big 5 can be seen in Ngorongoro crater like the black Rhinos, Elephants, Lions, Buffalos and Leopards. With the most current animal census the records show that Ngorongoro crater has the highest lion pride per capita than anywhere in the planet earth. The crater harbours over 55 permanent resident lions at the crater floor compared to the size the crater floor this is beyond the expected number to be homing in this small area.