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Day 1. Lake Manyara National Park.
Morning briefing for your Tanzania budget tour and depart to Lake Manyara National Park arriving for lunch at camp. Late afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Fanaka Lodge / Similar.
From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy.
Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes – some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance.
Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favoured haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants. Squadrons of banded mongoose dart between the acacias, while the diminutive Kirk’s dik-dik forages in their shade. Pairs of klipspringer are often seen silhouetted on the rocks above a field of searing hot springs that steams and bubbles adjacent to the lakeshore in the far south of the park.
Day 2. Serengeti National Park.
After breakfast drive to Serengeti National Park. The park covers 12,944km2 of open plains making it one of the largest in the world. Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle among other wild game. Late afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Wild Tented Camp / Similar.
Day 3. Serengeti National Park.
After breakfast take a packed lunch with you and continue with game viewing on Serengeti Park. The migration can be seen on a long chain approximately 40 Km heading to the south western direction. Around 1230hrs and 1300hrs break for your lunch. After lunch have a rest for one hr, then proceed with your game viewing following the move of the migrants on the southwest of the park. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Wild Tented Camp / Similar.
Day 4. Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Breakfast and leave for Ngorongoro via Olduvai Gorge, Arrive for Lunch, Afternoon at Leisure. Dinner and Overnight at Rhino Lodge / Similar.
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, an extinct volcano teeming with wildlife often compared to the Garden of Eden. Wildlife viewing in the crater is out of this world. All major animals are easily seen. The only exception is giraffe, which is present in the Conservation Area, but not in the crater because of the steep descent. Elephants are common. All big cats are easily spotted and the density of spotted hyenas is quite extraordinary.
A real special of the crater is the black rhino. Rhino is hard to see in Tanzania and black rhino is typically very shy- sticking to thick vegetation. This is not so in the crater, where they have a predictable routine of spending the night in Lerai forest, and the day in open grassland. Black-backed and golden jackals are equally common in the crater.
Day 5. Ngorongoro Crater.
Today you will descend 2000 feet (0ver 600 meters) to the floor of the crater for half day crater tour with picnic lunches. Explore the forest areas that are inhabited by monkeys and elephants, the lake area, where you may see the flamingos and the open Savannah where the lions hunt for food. Dinner and overnight at Rhino Lodge / Similar.
Day 6. Arusha.
After an early breakfast, you will depart for Arusha. Lunch at a restaurant in Arusha. Your Tanzania budget tour ends with a drop off at your Arusha hotel.
Inclusive in Safari Cost:
Transportation in custom Tourist 4×4 Land Cruiser with HF Radio communication and pop-up roof for easy viewing and photographing
Full board accommodation on safari
All park entrance fees and government taxes
Services of English speaking skilled and experienced driver/guide
Extensive game drives in the national parks
Complementary 1L bottle mineral water per person per day on game drives
Flying doctors emergency evacuation services.
Exclusive in Safari Cost:
Airport departure Tax-Clients pay directly
Tips for porters, waiters and room stewards
International flights to and from Tanzania.
Personal & baggage insurance
Any optional activities or items of personal nature.