Tanzania Mid-range Lodge Safari


About this activity

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  • Free Cancellation Free cancellation up to 29 day(s) prior departure, after which the tour cancellation policy applies Learn More.
  • Duration:5 Day(s)
  • Activities
    • Cultural Walking Tours
    • National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries Tours
    • Nature Tours
    • Photography Tours
    • Safari Tours
    • Wheelchair Accessible Tours
    • Wildlife Safari Tours
    • Tanzania Safari Tours
  • Travel StylePremium
  • Guiding Type: Live Guide/Instructor
  • Guide Language
    • English
    • English
    • English
  • Tour Vibe Laid Back
  • Recommended For
    • Couple
    • Family/Kids
    • For Art Lovers
    • LGBTQ
    • Senior
    • Solo
    • Women
    • Wheelchair Accessible
    • Youth
  • Destination Country: Tanzania, Africa,
    • Tarangire National Park
    • Serengeti National Park
    • Ngorongoro Conservation Area
    • Lake Manyara National Park
    • Arusha
  • Pickup

    Kilimanjaro International Airport

    From: To:
    12:00 AM 12:00 AM
  • Drop-off

    Raha Leo Guest House

    From: To:
    2:00 PM 10:00 AM
  • Age Range 1 - 100 (Years Old)
Tour Highlights

An exception 5 days budget Tanzania lodge safari takes you to the best of Tanzania’s distinctive game viewing areas. Pay less & visit 4 best northern Tanzania parks of Tarangire, The world-known Serengeti National Park with its endless rolling plains & the great Wildebeest Migration. From Serengeti, you will drive to word nature wonder Ngorongoro Crater & lastly to Lake Manyara National Park. During this 5 days budget Tanzania lodge safari you will have a chance of interacting with locals as you visit one of the Masai villages at Ngorongoro highlands.

Tour Introduction

The main aim of Pinnacle Adventures and Safaris is to provide our clients with a highly memorable safari experience in exclusive camps lodges, which offer an atmosphere of privacy, security and intimate isolation. The Permanent Tented Camps and Lodges in Tanzania properties are all situated in private areas of exceptional natural beauty, rich in wildlife and inhabited by spectacular local tribes. Pinnacle Adventures and Safaris select the highest-rated lodging options for its clients and we tailor to the clients’ lodging.


Distance: 120 km Non – game-viewing time: 2 – 3 hours. After breakfast at your lodge, our safari driver-guide will meet you & depart for Tarangire National Park via Arusha town, you may stop at the last shopping supermarket on the way for any last-minute purchase before heading to the park. The driving is on the Great Northern highway & across the Maasai steppe and local villages reach Tarangire after 2 to 3 hours and start the game drive right away. Tarangire is the fifth largest National park in Tanzania with a large elephant population found nowhere else in Africa. Tarangire River & huge baobab trees that dwarfing some animal species that come beneath it are among the highlights of this park. You may expect to spot herds of elephant, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, warthog, hippos & the three rare species of Greater Kudu, Fringed-eared Oryx & the ash stalling. For watchers, this is the place over 400 species of bird were recorded here which include ostrich, secretary bird, herons, ibises & other forest birds. Lion, hyena, cheetahs, jackals and leopards also can be seen here. Late afternoon drive to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Overnight at Eileen’s Trees inn in Karatu town or similar.

Distance: 145 km Non – game-viewing time: 3 – 4 hours. After breakfast, depart for Serengeti National park, driving via attractive high lying farmland of Karatu up Ngorongoro gate, After check-in, you will drive more up and along the Crater rim, stop for some pictures at the crater viewpoint. More drive around the Crater rim and down to the “Wilde Africa” The Serengeti National park with its endless rolling plains. On the way, you will visit one of the Masai villages whereby some Masai warrior invites you & give you a brief story of their life around this area, questions & answer session before entering their small houses. Later they will sing and dance their famous song which involving jumping high. From there drive further with an en-route game drive to Naabi Hills Gate for check-in before heading to the Central Serengeti park area called Seronera. The richest wildlife habitats in Serengeti, endowed with Seronera River, the main water source in the area that attracts an abundance of wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. Picnic lunch will be served at the Kopjes (Rocky outcropping). Afternoon game drive in search of the Wildebeest Migration, late drives to your lodge during or before the sunset. Overnight at Serengeti Thorn Trees Camp in Central Serengeti

Today your 5 days budget Tanzania lodge safari takes you for a full day of game drive in the Serengeti. You will start early with a packed breakfast box and lunch box. The early morning game drive allows you to spot the cat family on the road as they try to avoid the morning mist, you may also see nocturnal animals coming back from their long night of hunting or a group of lionesses organizing an ambush or eating along the road. Break for breakfast in the bush then you will be heading to where the Wildebeest migration is packed. Spend much time watching the migration of herds, the big cats and others. You may see a lot of animal actions like hunting, killing, fighting & so on. Drive back to the lodge during or before the sunset. Overnight at Serengeti Thorn Trees Camp in Central Serengeti

Distance: 85 km Non – game-viewing time: 2 – 3 hours. After breakfast at your camp, you will start with an en-route game drive towards Naabi Hills gate, after check out you will drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area & a decent 600 meters into the crater floor for exciting game drives. Ngorongoro Crater is referred to by many as one of the world natural wonders. Supported by yearly water supply and fodder, the crater supports a larger number of animals which includes herds of wildebeest, African elephants, eland, zebra, hippos, warthog, buffalo and many antelopes. The rare black rhino & the big 5 can be spotted in this area in the course of one day of game drive. (Packed lunch will be served on the crater floor). Another big surprise in this picturesque crater is the denser population of predators which includes lion, cheetah, hyena, jackal and the mysterious leopard that need binoculars eyes to spot. You will visit Lake Magadi a shallow alkaline Lake which is among the water sources in the crater, some flamingos, hippos & other aquatic birds can be seen here. Late afternoon drive out of the crater & Ngorongoro Conservation Area, arrive at the lodge for dinner & overnight. Overnight at Eileen’s Trees Inn in Karatu town.

Distance: 175 km Non-game viewing time: 3 to 4 hrs. After breakfast at your lodge, you will drive to Lake Manyara National park for a game drive, Lake Manyara is one of the beautiful parks in Tanzania derived its name from Masai word for Euphobia trucalli a milky bush weed used for fencing to protect their cattle. The park’s varied habitats of lush vegetation and tropical forest of huge figs and mahogany trees supported by plenty of underground water streams make this park green throughout the year. Lake Manyara tree-climbing lion & countless flamingos are the highlights of this park. Herds of wildebeest, buffalo, elephant, zebra, hippos & antelope can be seen wandering around the park. Primates like baboons, blue monkeys, velvet monkeys are also inhibited in this park. The eve elusive leopard which needs sharp eyes to sport is to be seen if lucky. Colourful flamingos & other aquatic birds can be seen at the lakeshore. Game drives until afternoon, then start your way back to Arusha, if not flying the same day you can visit some Masai market on your way to Arusha. Arriving in Arusha late afternoon for overnight.


Location Nights Type Property Name Rating Occupancy
Arusha 2 Guesthouse Mvuli Hotel or Similar 3 Star Private
Karatu 2 Lodge Eileen's Trees Lodge 3 Star Private
Serengeti 2 Lodge Thorn Tree Tented Lodge 3 Star Private
Pickup & Drop-Off
  • Airport Transfer
  • Hotel
  • Halal
  • Jain
  • Kosher
  • Meat
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Jeep & 4WD
Other Included -All transfers

- 2 Night accommodation at Mvuli hotel in Arusha on H/B

- 05 Days 4 nights private Tanzania budget lodge safari for 1 to 7 person

- Transport and game viewing in modified 4WD Land Cruiser with a photographic roof hatch

- Services of a professional English speaking safari driver-guide

- 5 Days 4-night accommodation on F/B while on safari

- All park fees & game drives as per Itinerary

- 1.5 l mineral water per person during game drive

- All meals during the safari

- Included value-added tax by the government


  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Extra Services

Other Excluded:

-Visas, Flights and airport taxes

-Items of a personal nature

- Serengeti Baloon Excursion (Can be arranged upon request with extra charges)


-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)

Covid Safety

-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


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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 3 day(s) prior departure

Good To Know

Comfort & private – Transportation will be in comfortable private 4 x 4 safari jeep with photographic roof thatch driven by a well experienced local safari driver guide who will take you to the areas which will leave you breathless with wonder & excitement. Accommodation is a combination of a nice budget lodge safari & a mid-range tented camp in Serengeti.

Destination: Northern Tanzania

Location: Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro & Lake Manyara.

Dates: Year -Around

Physicality: Easy


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.



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