Serengeti Vacationland Safaris
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Budget Wildlife Safari

Sample Itinerary - Tanzania, Africa


All of our Tanzania Safaris are tailor made to fit your schedule and your budget.

Day 1: Arrive in Arusha, Tanzania:

When you arrive in Arusha, Tanzania at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by Allan Njamakuya (Founder/Owner) himself or a driver guide who will help you gather your belongings and assist you at customs and immigration. Then, you will be transferred to a beautiful lodge for your first overnight in Africa. (Overnight at Ilboru Safari Lodge)

Day 2: Arusha National Park:

Today, you will head to Arusha National Park for a game drive (a trip or journey you take to observe animals in their natural habitat). This park includes the slopes and summit of Mt. Meru, the Momela Lakes, Ngurdoto Crater, and the highland forests that cover its lower slopes. During the game drive, you may spot rare black and white colobus monkeys. You may also see buffalo, giraffes, hippos, waterbucks and many species of birds. We will head back to the lodge in the afternoon for some relaxing time. (Overnight at Ilboru Safari Lodge)

Day 3: Tarangire National Park:

Departing Arusha, we will drive across the Maasai village on our way to Tarangire National Park, which has one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife. From our luxury tented camp you will have easy access to the wildlife. This park is famous for its majestic Baobab and Acacia Tortilla Trees. On the game drive, you will be able to spot big groups of Elephants, Impalas, Warthogs, Lions, Leopards, Giraffes and over 300 species of birds. You might be lucky enough to spot the African Python snake hanging on the acacia trees. This snake is most active at night, but is fond of basking during the day. (Overnight at Tarangire Roiko Lodge)

Day 4: Manyara National Park via Ngorongoro Crater:

Today we head to Lake Manyara for a game drive for a few hours, then we will continue our trip to Ngorongoro. Lake Manyara National Park is well known for its tree climbing lions, the soda ash lake (Lake Natron) and its "lesser flamingos." The park is also famous for its tree-climbing lions. The shores of the lake attract more than 400 species of birds. This park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world. Large herds of buffalo, cheetahs, giraffes and impalas can also be seen.

Today you will cross the short grass plains to Ngorongoro Crater, with game viewing as we are heading to our camp. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the greatest destinations in the world with a population of about 30,000 animals within 102 square miles. It is often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Lunch will be at a picnic site. We will also visit the Maasai tribe and learn about their way of life. You will meet the chief and his family.  (Overnight at Marera Valley lodge)

Days 5: Ngorongoro Crater

This morning you will descend 2,000 feet to the base of the Ngorongoro Crater where you will search for a wide variety of wildlife, including the big “Big Five” elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and African buffalo. You will also spot many species of birds including Kori Bustards, Marabou storks, Ostriches and crowned cranes. We will return to the lodge in time for hot showers, dinner and to watch sun set at the campsite. (Overnight at Marera Valley lodge)

Day 6: Serengeti National Park:

Today we leave the crater and make our way through the Great Rift Valley to the Serengeti to explore for the next three days. Serengeti National Park is famous because of the annual migration of wildebeest. It is located in north-central Tanzania and is best known for its huge herds of plains animals (especially wildebeests, gazelles, and zebras).

You will spot the BIG FIVE animals: Lions, Rhinos, Elephants, Leopards and the African Buffalo and over 300 species of birds, including Vultures. It is also the home of the Cheetah and Hyena. You will enjoy game viewing with a box lunch and then return for dinner. (Overnight at Angata luxury tented camp in Serengeti migration central)

Day 7: North Serengeti:

Today, we hope to see the wildebeest trying to cross the Mara river, which is loaded with huge African crocodiles. We may also spot the elusive leopard. (Overnight at Angata luxury tented camp in Serengeti migration central)

Day 8: Central Serengeti:

Today after breakfast, we will be heading to the central Serengeti, hoping to see more wildlife. (Overnight at luxury tented camp in Central Serengeti)

Day 9: Serengeti National Park:

Today, we will exit the great Serengeti via the Olduvai Gorge. It is a steep-sided ravine consisting of two branches that have a combined length of about 30 miles and are 295 feet deep. You will make a brief stop at a fascinating archeological museum where the remains of the earliest human beings were discovered 3 million years ago. A special treat awaits you at our lodge this evening. (Overnight at Marera Valley Lodge)

Day 10: Back to Arusha

We depart today after breakfast and drive back to Arusha for a bit of shopping and a farewell lunch. You can then relax before transferring to the international airport for your departing flight. (Day rooms Ilboru Safari Lodge)

NOTE: this itinerary could change based on weather, animal locations, seasonal animal behavior, etc. Each day your safari guides will provide an overview of the next day's plan.

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The Safari Package Price includes:

  • All the transportation from the airport to the lodge campsite or hotel
  • Accommodations and meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All national parks entrance fees
  • Campsite fees
  • Salaries for safari guides, cooks, porters and camp crew
  • Services of professional English speaking driver/guide
  • All sightseeing and game viewing
  • We also provide a bottle of mineral water on the safari
  • Private safari vehicle with customized pop-up roofs for easy wildlife viewing
  • Comfortable four-wheel-drive Landrover or Toyota Landcruiser

The Safari Package Price does not include:

  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Tanzania entry Visa and Airport tax
  • Personal and travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as bar beverages, internet charges, phone calls and laundry in the lodge/hotels
  • Tips/gratuities for safari guides, cooks, porters and camp crew

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Sample Trip Itineraries | Tanzania Classic Safari | Migration Safari