This affordable week-long Tanzania Wildlife Lodge Tour visits East African highlights, including:
Explore Tanzania's Best Game Parks, world-famous for their superb wildlife and scenic beauty on this memorable Budget Tanzania Lodge Safari.
This Budget Tanzania Lodge Safari starts in the town of Arusha, gateway to the well-loved Northern Tanzanian Safari Circuit.
You will be collected from the airport and transferred to your safari lodge in the fertile forests surrounding Arusha. Arusha town is located at the foot of Mount Meru, the 5th highest mountain in Africa.
If time allows you can explore the leafy grounds of the lodge, take a swim in the pool or enjoy some of the optional activities available.
On the morning of day two, we depart from our safari lodge near Arusha after breakfast.
We travel via Arusha town, stopping to shop for last minute supplies before embarking on our exhilarating African safari experience!
Our first game viewing destination is Tarangire National Park where we pause for lunch before taking an exciting afternoon game drive.
Tarangire Park is an incredibly diverse area, boasting a unique mix of habitats within the northern safari circuit. Tarangire is renowned for its huge elephant population, hosting the highest density of elephants in Tanzania. The game reserve is also well known for its abundance of baobab trees, as well as tree climbing lions.
This 2850 km² game park is the central wilderness area on the annual migratory route through northern Tanzania. This wildlife migration sees up to 3000 elephant, 25,000 wildebeest and 30,000 zebra stampeding across the plains in search of greener grass.
Today starts with a morning coffee, before we make our way to Lake Manyara National Park for an early morning game viewing drive.
This scenic national park protects the north-western part of Lake Manyara, running along the base of the Great Rift Valley's western escarpment. The shallow soda lake attracts over 380 bird species and is known for its large flamingo flocks. This compact and diverse game park is also home to the elusive tree-climbing lion.
After a rest at the lodge during the heat of the day, we head out on a short afternoon game drive in Manyara National Park.
Day four of this Tanzania Wildlife Lodge Tour starts with an early breakfast, before driving to the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater of Tanzania.
We ascend the crater wall on our scenic drive to the entrance of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Next we dip into the crater and explore the floor of the game-rich caldera, stopping for a picnic lunch in this wildlife haven.
The Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to the Big Five of Africa (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo). Known as the Eden of Africa and considered the 8th Natural Wonder of the World, Ngorongoro hosts around 25000 large animals, one of the highest concentrations of big game in Africa. Wildlife found in the crater includes hyena, wildebeest, zebra, serval cat, cheetah, Thompson and Grant gazelles, as well as about 400 bird species.
After our rewarding wildlife experience in the world's largest unflooded caldera, we drive from the Ngorongoro Crater to the world-famous Serengeti National Park, enjoying some game viewing en route.
Entering the vast and scenic Serengeti Park we head north towards the Ikoma area, renowned for its resident population of non-migratory wildlife. We explore this watery, more thickly vegetated part of Serengeti in search of its wild animals.
We spend a full day embarking on game viewing activities in Serengeti National Park.
Starting with an early morning game drive after breakfast, we take a picnic lunch and explore the Serengeti on game drives. We return to the safari camp after our thrilling game drives in time for dinner and an evening of relaxation.
The Serengeti Plains are renowned for the massive annual wildebeest migration and the large resident predator population, especially big cats. The Serengeti Park, the most popular and oldest national park in Tanzania, is the iconic wildlife setting of untamed Africa.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Serengeti is one of the most important game reserves in Africa. From February to May, a herd of over a million wildebeest (gnu), along with more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle migrate for the Western Corridor of the park, in search of greener pastures.
The Serengeti is home to lion, leopard, zebra, Thompson gazelle, impala, Grant’s gazelle and buffalo. This vast Tanzanian game park is dominated by open grassland, dotted with isolated granite hills and acacia woodlands.
On day six we take a morning game drive through Serengeti, retracing our steps as we make our way out of this superb East African wilderness area.
Along the way south we stop for lunch, game viewing as we drive through the game-rich Ngorongoro Conservation Area of Tanzania.
We have the opportunity to go to Olduvai Gorge and visit its interesting museum. The Olduvai Gorge museum documents the discovery of 1.8 million year old fossil remains of our earliest human ancestors.
Our final day kicks off with breakfast, before we explore the lively town of Mto-wa-Mbu.
We pause in ethnically diverse Mto-wa-Mbu to do some curio shopping and take last minute photographs, before we return to Arusha where this Tanzania Wildlife Lodge Tour ends.
On this Tanzanian Safari we stay at mid-range and high-end lodge accommodation by typical African standards.
Accommodation is situated either in national parks, on riverbanks, or in other places of interest. Accommodation will be in a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps with en-suite bathrooms. Some of the lodges feature swimming pools and/or bar areas. On this combined tour camping and accommodated safari clients travel together in a group, with meals prepared by the guide at camp.
This Tanzania Wildlife Lodge Safari is also available as a similar camping safari - see Tanzania Wildlife Camping Safari.