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Tanzania Northern Circuit & Serengeti Lodge Safari

Tour Length10 days
Priced from pps $2650 R34461 £1994 2215 A$3304 C$3228 NZ$3637 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Lodge Safari

  • Max. Group Size 12 Travellers
  • Starts & ends in Arusha, Tanzania
  • Accommodation Lodge / Luxury Camping
  • Transport Microbus / Game Viewing - Open 4x4
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Exceptional Birding, Leopards, Lions, Migration Safari (Seasonal), Rhino & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

Highlights on this Tanzania Budget Lodge Safari include:

  • Tarangire National Park Game Drive
  • Mto wa Mbu Cultural Experience
  • Lake Manyara Park Game Drives
  • Lake Eyasi Cultural Encounter
  • Lake Ndutu Maasai Village Visit
  • Serengeti National Park Game Drives
  • Ngorongoro Crater Game Viewing

An affordable and rewarding wildlife and cultural exploration of Tanzania, one of East Africa's safari gems!

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Itinerary for this Tour

DAY 1: Arusha – Tanzania

This 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 verdant 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 on offer here.

  • Includes: Dinner

DAY 2: Arusha to Tarangire National Park & Lake Manyara

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 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.

  • Includes: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 3: Lake Manyara Cultural Experience – Tanzania

Head to the bustling village of Mto-wa-Mbu, after breakfast this morning for an exciting cultural encounter. We explore the diverse cultures of Mto-wa-Mbu, located in the east African Rift Valley.

Here we visit a lively local market to browse traditional Tanzanian crafts and art. Then we drive through fertile farmlands to visit a Chagga family that brews banana beer. Your guide tells you a bit about the local farming methods used to grow produce around the village, pointing out the different fruits and vegetables as you travel.

Stopping in at a local home we tuck into a scrumptious lunch cooked by one of the mamas. After our hearty lunch we visit a local school and a centre for children with disabilities. Then we go to a Maasai boma (an open enclosure formed by huts), where we encounter local tradition. Visiting the manyatta (traditional hamlet) gives a chance to meet the Maasai, the most famous East African tribe originally inhabiting the East African Rift Valley. The Maasai are semi-nomadic herders, known for their fierce warriors and distinctive style of dress.

After our intriguing cultural experience we return to the lodge for dinner and a relaxing evening in the scenic Rift Valley.

  • Includes: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 4: Lake Manyara to Lake Eyasi – Tanzania

Today starts with a morning coffee and breakfast, before we make our way into 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 is 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 lunch we embark on a short afternoon game drive in Lake Manyara Park, before travelling to our next overnight lodge at Lake Eyasi.

  • Includes: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 5: Lake Eyasi – Tanzania

On day five we set off on a cultural excursion with the Hadzabe Tribe, Africa's last true hunter-gatherers. The Hadzabe way of life closely resembles that of their ancestors thousands of years ago.

We gain insight into the nomadic lifestyle of these fascinating people, surviving in harsh conditions. This tribe lives in ways of bygone times, hunting with bows and arrows, as well as gathering plants.

These nomads interact closely with the Datoga people, another traditional tribe that still practices age-old traditions today. The Datoga have been trading as blacksmiths for centuries and make the arrow heads used by the Hadzabe.

  • Includes: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 6: Lake Eyasi to Serengeti National Park – Tanzania

Today we travel through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, towards the Serengeti National Park.

Our drive takes us via the Lake Ndutu area dotted with rural villages. The woodlands and plains surrounding Ndutu draw numerous wild animals during the migration season. Along the way, we visit a traditional Maasai village, to see these striking-looking, semi-nomadic people. Meeting these proud herders in their vivid red robes is an unforgettable cultural experience.

We have a picnic lunch and enter Serengeti Park, where we make our way to the next overnight lodge, game viewing en route.

  • Includes: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 7: Serengeti National Park – Tanzania

We explore the central part of Serengeti National Park today. The Serengeti Plains are renowned for the massive annual wildebeest migration and the large resident predator population, especially big cats. Our game drives take us in search of the abundance of wildlife found in this top African game park.

The Serengeti Park, the most popular and oldest national park in Tanzania, is the quintessential wildlife safari 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 endless Serengeti Plains provide superb game viewing in a stunning bush environment year-round.

  • Includes: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 8: Serengeti National Park – Tanzania

The entire day is spent game viewing in the Serengeti National Park today. The Serengeti is home to lion, leopard, zebra, Thompson's gazelle, impala, Grant’s gazelle and buffalo. With some luck we may even spot hungry lions, leopards and cheetahs preying on hoofed animals roaming the park.

This vast Tanzanian game park is dominated by open grassland, dotted with isolated granite hills and acacia woodlands.

  • Includes: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 9: Serengeti to Ngorongoro & Lake Manyara – Tanzania

Today we have breakfast early in the morning, before driving to the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater.

Reaching the largest continuous caldera in the world we descend the steep walls into the game-rich crater. 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.

We explore the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater of Tanzania on a rewarding game drive. Along the way we stop at a hippo pool for a picnic lunch in this wildlife haven. Then we drive back up the crater walls, admiring the beautiful views and looking out for game.

  • Includes: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 10: Arusha – Tanzania

We enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning and revisit the colourful town of Mto-wa-Mbu to pick up any last minute curios and gifts. Then we drive back to Arusha where our memorable Tanzania Budget Lodge Safari comes to a close.

  • Includes: Breakfast

Tour Accommodation:

On this Tanzanian Safari we stay in mid-range 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 bathroom facilities. Some of the lodges feature swimming pools and/or bar areas.

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  • 9 nights in lodges / permanent tented camps with en-suite bathrooms
  • All transport in fully air-conditioned 4x4 safari vehicle with pop-up roof
  • Meals and activities as per itinerary
  • Experienced & registered local guide
  • Serengeti National Park Hadzabe Tribe visit
  • Lake Manyara National Park Datoga Tribe encounter
  • Local school and orphanage visit
+Not Included in the Tour Price
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights and airport taxes
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Optional activities
  • All drinks, tips, curios & personal items
  • Park fees and game drives as per the itinerary
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