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5-Day Serengeti Wildlife Budget Lodge Safari Tour
Tanzania Safari Hub presents an awe-inspiring African destination, encompassing the acclaimed Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. Our meticulously crafted 5-day safari enables visitors to delve into the natural wonders of Ngorongoro Crater, a prestigious recipient of the coveted Best National Park in Africa award on three separate occasions.
Serengeti National Park, renowned for its abundant wildlife, also awaits exploration. With the guidance of our dedicated and knowledgeable private safari guide, guests have the opportunity to encounter the majestic Big 5 animals and gain profound insights into the rich history and culture of Africa. Prepare for an extraordinary journey that will etch indelible memories of Africa into your heart and mind.
Upon your arrival at the airport, an experienced representative from East Africa Safari Guides will be there to receive you and provide transportation to your designated accommodation in Arusha. Depending on the timing of your arrival, you will have the opportunity to unwind and make the necessary preparations for an unforgettable adventure.
Arusha, a bustling city in northern Tanzania, holds great significance in the safari experience. It serves as a vital gateway for most travelers exploring the region.
Overnight at Ilboru Safari Lodge
Our representative Safari guide will pick you up from your accommodation after breakfast. You will be driven to Tarangire National Park, which takes approximately two and a half hours on well-maintained tarmac roads. The park gets its name from the Tarangire River that flows through it, serving as the sole water source for wildlife in the region during the dry season. Tarangire is famous for its elephant families, often spotted gathering near the river.
Other animals you may encounter include giraffes, bushbucks, and hartebeests, closely followed by predators like lions and leopards. Additionally, Tarangire boasts a rich avian diversity, with more bird species than anywhere else on the planet. The park is also home to ancient and magnificent Baobab trees, some of which have thrived for over a thousand years.
A sumptuous picnic lunch will be provided at a designated site within the park. After enjoying your game drive, you will be transported to your accommodation in Karatu.
Overnight at Eileen's Trees Inn
After enjoying your breakfast, your dedicated safari driver guide will be waiting to accompany you to the world-renowned Serengeti National Park, known for its unparalleled beauty. During the journey, as you pass through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a game drive will be available for you to witness various wildlife such as giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, and elephants.
Around midday, there will be a brief stop at a scenic spot for you to savor your packed lunch before continuing your adventure. Upon reaching Serengeti in the afternoon, you have the freedom to choose between embarking on another exhilarating game drive or proceeding directly to your lodge to unwind and experience the captivating sunset. Rest assured, our knowledgeable guide will support you in making the optimal decision according to your preferences.
Overnight at Tukaone Serengeti Camps
Prepare to Witness the Captivating Beauty of Serengeti
Today, immerse yourself in the mesmerizing allure of the Serengeti, a place you have only dreamt about or seen in an awe-inspiring National Geographic series.
Embarking on an early morning wildlife game drive is highly recommended, allowing you to behold and capture on camera the exhilarating presence of magnificent creatures like lions, leopards, and cheetahs, as well as scavengers such as hyenas and caracals. The Serengeti boasts an abundance of these extraordinary animals.
Afterward, relish a delightful lunch in the picturesque bush surroundings. As the evening approaches, we will set off for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where you will spend the night. This overnight stay ensures an early morning descent into the breathtaking crater on the following day.
Overnight at Rhino Lodge
Start your day with an enjoyable breakfast and set out on an exciting expedition to the Ngorongoro Crater. This breathtaking, bowl-shaped wonderland is the dwelling place of some of the world's most endangered creatures, like the mighty black rhino.
Prepare to be astonished as you observe elephants, zebras, wildebeests, hyenas, buffalos, and a diverse variety of splendid water birds coexisting in this remarkable ecosystem of the crater. Delight in a packed lunch at the picturesque picnic spot of Ngoitoktok, which offers a captivating view of the lively hippo pool. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to witness these gentle giants in their natural habitat. But the journey doesn't end here.
Upon relishing a fulfilling lunch, embark on a final game drive as we make our way towards the ascending path of Lerai forest. As we progress towards the magnificent Arusha City, situated conveniently close to both Kilimanjaro Airport and Arusha Airport, we guarantee a seamless transfer for your international departure.
Inclusions / Exclusions
- Camping safari as per the specified itinerary
- Transportation provided in a 4×4 safari vehicle
- Professional guide fluent in English
- Expert safari cook with proficiency in English
- Accommodation in safari tents
- Camping gear such as tents, sleeping mats, chairs, and tables
- Meals as per the itinerary
- Mineral water
- All activities mentioned in the package
- National Park fees
- AMREF Flying Doctors insurance during the safari
- Sleeping bags
- Flight costs
- Optional Activities
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Visa fees
- Personal expenditure for buying souvenirs, etc.
- Travel insurance.
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Can you please explain what constitutes a game drive?
A game drive is an activity commonly organized in African game reserves and national parks where visitors go on guided tours to see wildlife in their natural habitat.
The drive can take place at different times of the day and typically lasts between 6-8 hours. Visitors are accompanied by experienced guides, who can offer insight into the different animals and birds encountered during the tour.
To maximize the chances of seeing animals, guides often use specialized vehicles that are open, allowing visitors to move around and observe wildlife from different angles. Game drives are popular with tourists as they provide a unique and unforgettable experience of the natural world.
What is a Safari?
Have you ever heard of a safari? Wondering what sets it apart from a regular vacation?
The term safari has roots in the Swahili language, signifying a journey and serving as the foundation for the verb “to travel” in this East African tongue. When seeking a remarkable safari experience, Tanzania reigns as the top destination throughout Africa. Not only does Tanzania showcase the biggest national parks, but it features UNESCO World Heritage Sites and lays claim to Africa’s highest mountain.
Serengeti National Park, located in Tanzania, has consistently been recognized as the leading safari destination in Africa for multiple years in a row. This accolade serves as a testament to Tanzania’s position as the top country for safaris in the continent, as Serengeti National Park has been awarded the title of ‘Best Safari Destination’ by experts, surpassing several national parks within Africa.
A safari in Africa offers more than just a mere vacation but a compelling travel experience. It is noteworthy that advertising ‘safaris’ at other destinations such as Thailand or India is significantly different and cannot be matched to an African safari. Additionally, these excursions to observe animals lack any historical relevance to the Swahili word ‘safari.
Do I need Visa?
It is mandatory to have a visa for entry. The visa fee is USD 50 per individual, whereas US citizens are required to pay USD 100 per person. While it is possible to obtain visas on arrival, it is advisable to obtain them beforehand.
Do I need Travel Insurance?
To safeguard against unforeseen events that may disrupt travel plans, travel protection plans offer a range of benefits including coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay, and other customizable options.
As a responsible travel operator, EAS Guides mandates all travelers to acquire essential Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation insurance protection. This rudimentary coverage, also known as Post-Departure or Travel Med, is available for as little as $60 per person and guarantees peace of mind during travel.
How do I tip?
While tipping is not mandatory, it is customary to show appreciation for exceptional service. To assist you in determining an appropriate gratuity, below are some suggested tipping ranges per person per day/vehicle, based on the number of people in the vehicle:
– 6 people: $10 to $15 per person per day
– 4 people: $12 to $20 per person per day
– 2 people: $15 to $25 per person per day
If you are on a camping safari, it felt your chef should be tipped like the safari guide, as they work as a team. Most lodges/camps have a tip box at the front desk, and we recommend using it instead of tipping individuals so that everyone who contributed to your enjoyable experience can share in gratitude, including those working behind the scenes. In most lodging and hotels, it is usually for staff members to offer assistance with your luggage. While it is common to consider tipping as an appropriate gesture, the decision to do so is ultimately at your discretion.
About Kilimanjaro Tipping
These are our recommended tipping guidelines when trekking on Kilimanjaro (not per climber): Guides should receive $15/day, assistant guides should receive $10/day, cooks should receive $10/day, and porters should receive $5/day. For every 2 hikers, we suggest having 1 guide, for every 3 hikers, 1 assistant guide, and for every 8 hikers, 1 cook. The number of porters should meet the following minimums:
– 4 porters per hiker for the 8-day Lemosho Route (minimum of 8 porters)
In some cases, additional porters might be required based on luggage weight. We recommend a budget of $250-300 per hiker for tips during an 8-day trek.
How about Security?
While Tanzania is generally a secure country, it is advisable to exercise caution. Avoid attracting attention by keeping a watchful eye on your personal belongings. It is recommended to refrain from walking in towns or cities after dark and instead, opt for a taxi.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or displaying valuable items like cameras, as these can make you a target for pickpockets. Use hotel safety deposit boxes and ensure to obtain a receipt to secure your valuable possessions. Consider leaving valuable jewelry at home to avoid any unwanted attention.
How about Health?
It is essential for all individuals traveling from yellow fever-endemic countries/regions to obtain the yellow fever vaccine. This requirement applies to individuals who are in transit for at least 12 hours or those who venture beyond the immediate airport premises in a yellow fever endemic area. Furthermore, individuals from yellow fever endemic regions traveling via air, marine, or land transportation must also meet this vaccination requirement. The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of the United Republic of Tanzania has reinstated HEALTH SURVEILLANCE DESKS in all border crossings, ports, and international airports. Therefore, it is crucial to carry your health certificates when entering Tanzania. While malaria is endemic in Tanzania, it is preventable by taking appropriate measures, including using insect repellent, protecting oneself at sundown, sleeping under a mosquito net, and taking anti-malaria prophylactics as prescribed by a medical professional. It is wise to bring prescription medication, spare glasses, contact lenses, solution, sunscreen, a first aid kit, cream for insect bites and stings, and medication for diarrhea.
To enter Tanzania, travelers arriving from or transiting through Uganda or the DRC need to complete a Traveler’s Health Surveillance Form at least 24 hours before their arrival. The completed form will generate a Unique Health Code (UHC), which the traveler needs to present upon arrival. To access the form, please follow this link: https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/. For those arriving directly in Zanzibar, please use this alternative link.
While proof of Covid-19 vaccination is not required, arriving guests are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated. No RT-PCR certificates or Rapid Antigen tests are needed upon arrival; however, guests will undergo thermal and physical screenings. It is essential to review your airlines and international airport(s) pre-boarding testing requirements carefully. Kindly ensure you read and understand the full regulations to avoid any inconvenience during your travel and entry into Tanzania. A significant number of our visitors transit via Amsterdam, and it’s important to note that as of now, passengers who do not exit Schiphol Airport are not subject to Covid-19 testing protocols.