Short Tanzania Budget Safari
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- Duration:4 Day(s)
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- Travel StyleBudget
- Guiding Type: Live Guide/Instructor
- Guide Language
- Tour Vibe Laid Back
- Recommended For
- For Art Lovers
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Destination Country: Tanzania, Africa,
- Serengeti National Park
- Ngorongoro Crater
- Lake Manyara National Park
- Lake Eyasi
Kilimanjaro International AirportFrom: To:
12:00 AM 12:00 AM
Raha Leo Guest House
- Age Range 1 - 100 (Years Old)
Experience an incredible Wildebeest Migration in Serengeti plains (depending on the time of travelling)
Spot enormous wildlife population including the big cats & the big 5 which are lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant & rhino
Enjoy the beautiful landscapes & variety of bird species like the ostrich, secretary bird, herons and the migratory birds
Interact with locals as you visit the remote Lake Eyasi inhabited by a small group of bushmen and Masai village at Ngorongoro highlands
Experience the historical Ngorongoro Crater with its 600 meters high walls considered by many as the 8th world wonders
Tanzania Camping Safari is a unique way of enjoying the African safari in Tanzania. It is not only affordable but it is a great adventure to take in Africa. Imagine yourself under canvass under the African clear sky with Stars shining above you, or sitting around a campfire in the middle of nowhere in a public campsite at the centre of Serengeti National Park’s endless Savannah plains. Pinnacle Adventures and Safaris make it happen regardless of what leads you into choosing a camping Safari in Tanzania. Right in the heart of the African wilderness; sitting around a campfire and sleeping amidst the sounds and roars of night predators comes with a special feeling of adventure. We provide all camping gear during your safari and serve freshly cooked food that is prepared by our experienced safari cooks. Our cook and driver do all the camp set up for you and you only participate in that if you are after an active adventure.
Distance: 120 km Non-game-viewing time: 2 to 3 hours. After breakfast at your lodge, your safaris driver guide and chef will meet you at the lobby and you will start your driving via Arusha city to Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive. Manyara park is placed at the most dramatic wildlife area in Tanzania & consisting of a huge shallow salt Lake covering almost two-third of the park & lies at the base of the Great Rift Valley’s Western escapement. Rich and varied habitats in this park attract a variety of animal species which include herds of buffalo, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, warthog, African elephant, the famous Lake Manyara tree-climbing lions and countless numbers of flamingos attracted by green algae in the Lake. Packed lunch will be served inside the Park. In the afternoon drive across the Great East African Rift Valley where you can stop for some nice pictures of Lake Manyara & its forest before start your way to Lake Eyasi. On arrival at Lake Eyasi, you will visit the Datoga tribe who are “blacksmiths”, accompanied by a local guide you will go around their homes to experience their livelihood & meet members of the family & kids. Later you will visit the blacksmith & after is a sunset walk at the Lakeshore before going to your Campsite for dinner & overnight. Overnight at Bushman Campsite close to the Lake. All meals included.
Distance: 175 km Non-game-viewing time: 3 to 4 hours On this day, short Tanzania camping safaris take you for an early morning hunting with bushmen including short tuition on survival skills. The bushman at Lake Eyasi is divided into small groups of Hadzebe, Tindiga and Datoga living in hunting with bow and arrows, feed on roots and wild fruits just as much as humankind lived in the Stone Age. Afterwards, you will come back to the campsite for a full breakfast before departing for Serengeti National Park, the driving is along the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu up to Ngorongoro main gate & across Ngorongoro Conservation Area at (2,300 m). You will stop at the Crater viewpoint for some great pictures of the Ngorongoro Crater floor from the rim. Then drive down to the heart of “The wild Africa” Serengeti National Park with its endless rolling plains. You can have your packed lunch at Naabi Hill Gate or at the kopjes (rocky outcropping) before starting your en-route game drive toward the central Park area called Soronera. Sunset game drives while searching for Wildebeest Migration (it will be packed in Serengeti). Late afternoon drive to your campsite for dinner & overnight. Overnight at Seronera Public Campsite Central Serengeti. All meals included.
Distance: 145 km Non-game-viewing time: 2 to 4 hours. On the 3rd day of your short Tanzania camping safaris we take you for an early morning game drive-inn the Serengeti starts at 06:30. You will spend much time in Serengeti before driving to Ngorongoro with an en-route game drive. Morning game drive in Serengeti can allow you to spot cat families on the road as they avoid the morning mist. You can as well see other predators coming back from their long night of hunting or a group of lionesses organizing morning ambush and other animals waking up ready to start their new day. If the Wildebeest Migration will be in Serengeti you will go straight to where they are & spend much time with the herds before starting your en-route game drive toward Ngorongoro highlands. (Option) Masai village visit on your way to Ngorongoro Conservation Area (extra cost $30 per car), reach Ngorongoro Conservation Area for sunset watch dinner & overnight. Overnight at Simba Public Campsite at the Crater rim. All meals included.
Distance: 215 km Non-game viewing time: 2 to 4 hrs. As early as 06:30 you will ascend 600 meters into the Crater floor for great game viewing. Ngorongoro Crater is believed to be one of the natural wonders of the world. Supported by yearly around water supply and fodder the Crater supports a variety of wildlife which include herds of buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, eland, warthog, hippos, African elephant & the rare black Rhino. This is among few places in the world where you can find black rhino in their natural habitats. Another drawcard in this picturesque Crater is the dense population of predators which include lions, cheetah, Jackals, hyenas & the mysterious leopard that needs a binocular eye to spot. You will also visit Lake Magadi larger but shallow salt Lake at the southwest corner of the crater floor frequently visited by hippos, flocks of flamingos & other aquatic birds. After picnic lunch more game drive before starting your way back to Arusha overnight or drop off at Kilimanjaro international airport for a late flight.
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2 Nights (the night upon arrival and the night after safari)
3 Nights (At the campsites of the national parks described in your itinerary)
- Airport Transfer
Except for the 2 Nights (before & after the safari)
- Jeep & 4WD
-All Park Fees & Taxes
-Toyota Landcruiser 4×4 Safari vehicle with pop up roof, 6 window seats & power adapters
-Airport transfer/ pick up and drop off
-Professional, English speaking guide and safari cook
-Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
-Hotel/Lodge Accommodation before and after safari (2 Nights)
-Overnight stays in tents during safari
-Sleeping bag (if needed)
-Tents, mattresses & camping equipment
- Extra Services
-Visas, Flights and airport taxes
-Items of a personal nature
-Health requirements (Yellow Fever vaccination is compulsory if travelling to Tanzania)
-Alcoholic and soft drinks
-Personal spending monies for souvenirs etc.
-Travel & Health insurance
-Extra Nights & Extra Activities (Can be arranged upon request with extra charges)
-Face masks are required for travellers in public areas
-Face masks are required for guides in public areas
-Face masks provided for travellers
-Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
-Social distancing enforced throughout the experience
-Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
-Gear/equipment sanitized between uses
-Transportation vehicles are regularly sanitized
-Guides required to regularly wash hands
-Regular temperature checks for staff
-Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
-Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
-Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Tour Cancellation Policy
Free cancellation up to 29 day(s) prior departure, Or traveler will pay 20 % of the tour amount
Any cancellation of a reservation must be in writing, either by e-mail or fax, and shall only be effective upon its receipt and acknowledgement. The following cancellation fees will be made for cancellations: More than 29 days prior to trip commencement 20% of the tour price 15 to 10 days prior to trip commencement 30% of tour price No show to 5 days prior to trip commencement (or no show) 50% of the total tour price No refunds are given for the following: Lost travel time or substitution of facilities Itineraries amended after departure Presence of circumstances beyond the company's control which requires alternative arrangements be made to ensure the safety or further participation and enjoyment of your tour, Lack of your appearance for any accommodation, service, activity, or tour segment without prior notice (see above) Premature contract termination
Tour Date Change Policy
Tour Date can be changed 5 day(s) prior departure
Good To Know
Tanzania Camping Safari is a unique way of enjoying the African safari in Tanzania. It is not only affordable but it is a great adventure to take in Africa. Imagine yourself under canvass under the African clear sky with Stars shining above you, or sitting around a camp fire in the middle of nowhere in a public campsite at the center of Serengeti National Park’s endless Savannah plains.
Pinnacle Adventures and Safaris make it happen regardless of what leads you into choosing a camping Safari in Tanzania. Right in the heart of the African wilderness; sitting around a camp fire and sleeping amidst the sounds and roars of night predators comes with a special feeling of adventure. We provide all camping gear during your safari and serve freshly cooked food that is prepared by our experienced safari cooks. Our cook and driver do all the camp set up for you and you only participate in that if you are after an active adventure.
The wildebeest migration is often punted as the “greatest show on earth”. Also known as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. It doesn’t have a simple start or end, just a dynamic cycle of wild movement throughout the year. It’s never the same each year either. Not very predictable but easy enough to witness if you plan around some key points. People usually refer to this as the Serengeti migration, but you can also see it on the Masai Mara in Kenya.
December: The migration leaves the Mara. It moves quickly down the Loliondo boundary. Rains have started. Fresh grass covers the plains.
January: Settled in the short grasslands on the southern plains. The Game moves into the Ngorongoro Crater. Zebra are foaling.
February: Over 2 million wildebeest, zebra, gazelles, eland and predators are in the Serengeti plains. Wildebeest are dropping foals.
March: The heavy rains are approaching and the short grass plains are starting to take the strain.
April: The migration starts moving slowly through woodlands towards the western corridor as the long or heavy rains set in.
May: The migration follows the Mbalageti river towards the Grumeti. Long grass plains and woodlands provide food.
June: Rains are ending as the dry season approaches. The Grumeti crocodiles enjoy their annual feast.
July: The migration moves north east through the Grumeti towards the Ikorongo . Some move towards the Lobo area.
August: Most of the migration is in the Ikorongo area where the Mara is crossed.
September: The migration moves into the Mara in search of water and fresh grazing.
October: The Serengeti is near the end of the dry season, water is available in the Masai Mara.
November: The migration starts moving south as the new season of rain started.
The migration itself involves around 1.5 million wildebeest, gazelle and zebra, always on the move. Generally in a great clockwise sweep around the larger Serengeti ecosystem. Resident game (predators and other mammals) are generally fixed to territorial areas. Predators don’t follow the great herds much beyond their home ranges.
If you’re interested in seeing specific resident game species (eg, elephant, wild dog, leopard, etc) then destinations other than the Mara or Serengeti could be better.
When the migration is “on” during high season, you’ll find that the best space gets sold out quickly, so book early to get the best availability and reasonable prices.
How the migration really works!
The theory is simple. Seasonal rains and the availability of grazing determines the “clockwise” movement of the migration. The larger eco-system includes Tanzania’s Serengeti and Kenya’s Masai Mara. A few physical barriers like the Simiti and Lobo hills, the Grumeti and Mara rivers hinder and alter this “circular” path. Well in reality it’s not quite that simple!
Here’re some notes gleaned from Richard Knocker. One of the original Nomad Guides in East Africa.
Between the short and long rains – November to April
The wildebeest want to be in the short grass plains of the southern Serengeti. That’s near Ndutu, Gol and Southern Loliondo, but the water and grazing cannot support them all year round. This is where they choose to give birth to their young with rich grass to support them. That’s usually February and March. Within a short space of time, perhaps 4 to 6 weeks, several hundred thousand calves are born. This is where and when we see much of the dramatic predator action.
The wildebeest migration moves off in search of sustenance in response to periods of dry weather. They leave this sweet area as late as possible and come back as soon as they can. But the rains are unpredictable. So every year is different and, in fact, every week can be different.
The migration is also not a continually forward motion. They go forward, back and to the sides, they mill around, they split up, they join forces, they walk in a line, they spread out, they hang around. You can never predict with certainty where they will be.
So, soon after the short rains start we expect the migration to be in the sweet grass plains area around Naabi, Ndutu and Gol. That’s from December through to April. Depending on local rainfall, they might be anywhere from Moru Kopjes through to the slopes of Ngorongoro.
After the long rains into the dry season – May to October
From May, the rains stop and the herds gradually start moving. Usually, as the plains of the south and east dry out, there is a movement to the north and west. That’s because there are more grass and more dependable water.
Not all the wildebeest and zebra will follow the same route though. This means that while part of the migration will head to the western corridor and the Grumeti River before heading north, significant numbers may also go up through Loliondo, or via Seronera and Lobo.
In a dry year, the first wildebeest could be near the Mara River in early July as this is the only decent permanent water in the ecosystem. In a wet year, as late as mid-August. If conditions are very good, with plenty of grass and water the herds will be spread out all the way from Seronera to the Mara River.
The wildebeest migration as a whole need not all pass into Kenya. Many stay behind in Tanzania then cross and re-cross the border areas. This carries on through till October into November when they start thinking of heading back. Again this will be dependent on the rains.