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6-Day Tanzania Budget Wildlife Safari
Introducing an Affordable Six-Day Safari Adventure
Our exclusive six-day safari adventure is tailored to suit every traveler’s budget, providing a wide range of comfortable accommodations such as lodges and furnished safari tents. You will embark upon an unforgettable journey through the captivating landscapes of Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Serengeti, and Lake Manyara, all while staying well within your desired budget.
Throughout the expedition, your dedicated safari expert will lead you deep into the heart of these mesmerizing destinations, ensuring you behold an extraordinary abundance of wildlife and create indelible memories of a truly remarkable safari experience.
Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, our team will extend a warm welcome and introduce you to your personal guide for your Safari. Once you arrive at your hotel in Arusha, take this opportunity to unwind, rejuvenate, and fully immerse yourself in the breathtaking essence of Africa.
Your private safari guide possesses extensive knowledge about Tanzania, covering everything from its vibrant culture to its awe-inspiring national parks and diverse wildlife. Please feel free to engage in insightful conversations and ask any questions that may arise.
During this exclusive private safari, you have the freedom to customize your vacation. Collaborate with your guide to determine the ideal timing for your morning and afternoon game drives, and let us know which animals and sights you are most eager to encounter.
After enjoying a leisurely day in the comforts of your exquisite boutique hotel, indulge in a peaceful night's sleep. Your 6-day Tanzania safari will begin bright and early tomorrow morning.
Overnight at The Charity Hotel
After savoring a delectable and freshly prepared breakfast with the rising sun, embark on your journey to experience the unparalleled beauty of Tanzania's Tarangire National Park, known for its stunning Baobab trees and the highest concentration of wild elephants on the planet.
Witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of up to 300 elephants congregating near the Tarangire River, enjoying mud baths or quenching their thirst. The park also offers an array of bird species to admire, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, and tree-climbing pythons.
End your journey with a restful night's stay and a delectable dinner at your accommodation, ensuring a memorable and unforgettable experience.
Overnight at Migombani Campsite
After enjoying breakfast, you will embark on a scenic drive to reach the beautiful crater highlands, a region in Iraq known for its lush vegetation and thriving cultivation of coffee, corn, and wheat. Your journey will then take you across the Ngorongoro Crater, before reaching the vast plains of the Serengeti National Park around midday.
As Tanzania's largest park, the Serengeti offers a diverse range of habitats and captivating landscapes. You will have the opportunity to witness a variety of environments, including the serene short grass plains, sprawling savannah, dense bush, tranquil swamps, majestic mountains, and shimmering lakes.
Within the grassy areas, where predators are frequently spotted, you will encounter intriguing rock formations known as Kopjes, adding a unique and picturesque touch to the surroundings. Keep your eyes wide open, as you may witness the awe-inspiring animal migration for which this park is renowned. The migration patterns vary depending on the season, providing you with an ever-changing spectacle of nature's wonders.
During the brief wet season in November and December, the herds of animals make their way from the highlands in the north to the plains in the south, creating a breathtaking sight. These migrations continue during the lengthier rainy days, as the animals adapt to their ever-changing environment.
Overnight at Tukaone Serengeti Camps
Today, you will embark on an unforgettable African safari at the prestigious Serengeti National Park, a top choice for tourists on the continent. Renowned for its vast grassy plains and diverse array of species, the Serengeti is unrivaled in its natural beauty.
The highlight of the Serengeti undoubtedly lies in the Wildebeest Migration, an astounding spectacle featuring more than a million wildebeest. Witness the herd as it traverses the never-ending plains, accompanied by zebras and gazelles, creating an awe-inspiring sight.
Guided by an experienced professional, you will explore the plains in search of these magnificent herds. Not only will you encounter the migratory species, but you will also have the opportunity to spot other fascinating creatures, such as lions, cheetahs, leopards, and a myriad of others. The Serengeti's rich biodiversity will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.
As the evening approaches, you will return to your lodge for a restful overnight stay, reflecting on the day's remarkable encounters.
Overnight at Tukaone Serengeti Camps
After enjoying breakfast early in the morning, your safari adventure in the Serengeti National Park will proceed. During the dry season, numerous animals congregate at the rivers in the Seronera Valley, offering a thrilling opportunity to witness predator-prey interactions.
Next on your itinerary is a visit to the awe-inspiring Ngorongoro Crater, which holds the distinction of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to a staggering population of over 20,000 animals. Recognized as the largest and unbroken caldera on earth, the Ngorongoro Crater boasts an astonishing array of wildlife species.
While exploring this magnificent ecosystem, keep your eyes peeled for the critically endangered black rhino. Additionally, you will encounter magnificent zebras, wildebeests, and other iconic members of the Big Five. Remarkably, the crater is also inhabited by more than 500 diverse bird species, coexisting with an assortment of other animals such as hyenas, waterbucks, bushbucks, and eland.
As the afternoon approaches, your captivating wildlife drive in the caldera will come to an end. Following a delightful picnic lunch, you will make your way back to Migombani Campsite for an evening of relaxation, accompanied by a sumptuous dinner, before retiring for the night.
Your last stop in Tanzania is the beautiful Lake Manyara National Park. Despite its smaller size, this park has plenty to offer.
In the dense forest canopy, you can expect to see large groups of baboons. As you explore the plains, you may come across herds of elephants leisurely roaming around. And if you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of tree-climbing lions.
Throughout the day, your knowledgeable safari guide will drive you in your private 4x4 safari vehicle. Be prepared for the fascinating diversity of species around the enormous soda lake, including buffalo, warthogs, giraffes, wildebeests, zebras, and a plethora of pink flamingos. Don't miss out on the small Hippo Pool, which is not only an attraction in itself but also provides stunning views of the Rift Valley Escarpment.
However, Lake Manyara offers more than just thrilling wildlife drives. Enhance your experience with full-day cultural tours, canopy walks, and various other activities while embarking on your safari adventure!
Inclusions / Exclusions
- A lodge safari as per the specified schedule,
- Transportation in a 4x4 safari vehicle,
- Accompanied by a professional and English-speaking guide.
- All meals as per the program
- Mineral water, meals,
- And all activities mentioned are included,
- All National Park fees and
- Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari.
- As flights,
- Optional activities,
- Alcoholic and soft drinks,
- Visa fees,
- Personal spending money for souvenirs, and
- Travel Insurance
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What about Luxury lodges and camps?
Tanzania’s hospitality industry has garnered a commendable reputation for its top-notch accommodations. With numerous award-winning camps and lodges scattered throughout the national parks, this industry caters to a discerning clientele with a taste for high-end experiences.
A trip to Tanzania is sure to provide visitors with a luxurious stay that is nothing short of exceptional. Whether nestled in a remote location by the Tarangire River, surrounded by the Serengeti plains, or treated to stunning views of the Great Rift Valley, guests can expect nothing less than the finest wines, chef-prepared meals and a suite of indulgences that are synonymous with deluxe four or five-star hotels.
To ensure that our guests receive nothing but the best, we have meticulously handpicked hotels that have been highly rated. Additionally, our staff members regularly visit these accommodations to ensure that the quality and service delivered to our guests are consistent with our exacting standards.
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.