A Taste of Tanzania – 5 Days Budget Safari

Overview

Embark on an unforgettable Tanzanian adventure with our “A Taste of Tanzania – 5 Days Budget Safari” package. This carefully crafted package offers two distinct itineraries, each showcasing Tanzania’s iconic wildlife reserves. Over five days, explore Tarangire National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Manyara National Park, encountering diverse wildlife.

Choose between comfortable mid-range camping or lodge accommodations, ensuring a restful night’s sleep amidst the Tanzanian wilderness. These mid-range options are designed to be budget-friendly, providing exceptional value without compromising on comfort. Whether captivated by ancient baobab trees, mesmerized by tree-climbing lions, or touched by the rich Maasai culture, this safari promises moments that stay with you.

With Benson Safaris, safety and comfort are priorities, allowing you to focus on creating cherished memories. Experience the magic of Tanzania up close and personal through two unique itineraries, each offering a different perspective of this stunning region.

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Lodging Accommodation

5 Days Budget Tanzania Safari Itinerary Highlights

  • Witness the elephants and ancient baobab tress in Tarangire
  • Search for the Big 5 in the Ngorongoro Crater
  • See the tree-climbing lions in Lake Manyara
  • Meet the Maasai and learn about this nomadic tribe’s culture, beliefs and traditions
  • Enjoy the comforts and hospitality of a safari lodge in the heart of the Tanzanian bush
  • This tour is a private safari and run exclusively for you and can depart any day

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Arusha

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by a Benson Safaris Tanzania Transfer Driver and driven to your lodge where the remainder of the day is at leisure – rest in your room, enjoy a swim in the pool or explore Arusha and the surrounding areas on one of our day tours – the choice is yours.

After breakfast you will drive to Tarangire National Park for a full day game drive. Tarangire is one of Africa’s little-known gems and should be on the itinerary of all lovers of wilderness and solitude. Its name originates from the Tarangire River that crosses through the park and is the only source of water during the dry season.

Today you will be rewarded with a full day game drive in the stunning Ngorongoro Crater which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979 and is one of the only places on earth where mankind and wild animals co-exist is harmony. The Ngorongoro Crater is famous for Africa’s best game viewing as there is an ever present abundance of wildlife due to the permanent water supply on the crater floor.

Upon arrival at the Crater’s rim you will descend 610 metres into the Crater where your safari truly begins. Spot the endangered black rhino as well as wildebeest, buffalo, zebra, eland, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle and of course, giant tusked elephants. The Crater also has the largest known population of lions and you will also find leopards and cheetahs as well as scavengers such as spotted hyenas, jackals and rare wild dogs. Over 500 species of birds have been recorded within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and these include white pelicans and flamingos.

In the late afternoon you will drive to Isoitok Tented Camp located on Maasai land in the Manyara region where you will spend the night.

Today you will visit Lake Manyara National Park for a full day game drive. Stretching along the base of the Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is home to giant fig trees, acacia woodlands, mahogany trees and grassy flood plains. The contrasts of this area are simply breathtaking with its open plains, huge escarpment, Soda Lake, dense woodlands, and distant volcanic peaks coming together in an area best described by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”.

Animals such as large buffalo, wildebeest, giraffes, mongoose, dik dik and zebra herds congregate on the grassy plains while the narrow belt of acacia woodland is home to the legendary tree-climbing lions and tusked elephants.

Lake Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s bird life with more than 400 species being recorded. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.

In the late afternoon you will return to Arusha for your final evening.

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Pricing:

This is a private safari, run exclusively for you and each vehicle holds a maximum of 7 clients. If an accommodation is fully booked we’ll suggest a comparable alternative where possible. All prices quoted are per person in USD (US Dollars) and are subject to availability and expire on the 31st December 2019. Please contact us for a quote for travel in 2020 and beyond.
1 Traveller (1 Room) 2 Travellers (1 Room) 3 Travellers (2 Rooms) 4 Travellers (2 Rooms) 5 Travellers (3 Rooms) 6 Travellers (3 Rooms) 7 Travellers (4 Rooms)
$3,500 $2,600 $2,400 $2,150 $2,100 $2,050 $1,950

Travelling in Green Season

Upgrade Your Accommodation:

We also offer accommodation located in the heart of Arusha as well as at coffee lodges and 5-star hotels. Upgrade to one of our 5-start hotels – The Arusha Hotel or the Mount Meru Hotel for just $35 per person, per night. If you would like to upgrade your pre or post safari accommodation in Arusha please ask us for recommendations and availability.

Enhance Your Safari Experience:

A Tanzanian holiday is a dream come true and a once in a lifetime experience for most of our clients. We understand that every traveller is different and we are proud to offer a range of optional activities to enhance your safari experience.

Tented Camp Accommodation

5 Days Budget Tanzania Safari Itinerary Highlights

  • Witness the elephants and ancient baobab tress in Tarangire
  • Search for the Big 5 in the Ngorongoro Crater
  • See the tree-climbing lions in Lake Manyara
  • Meet the Maasai and learn about this nomadic tribe’s culture, beliefs and traditions
  • Enjoy the comforts and hospitality of a safari lodge in the heart of the Tanzanian bush
  • This tour is a private safari and run exclusively for you and can depart any day

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Arusha

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by a Benson Safaris Tanzania Transfer Driver and driven to your lodge where the remainder of the day is at leisure – rest in your room, enjoy a swim in the pool or explore Arusha and the surrounding areas on one of our day tours – the choice is yours.

After breakfast you will drive to Tarangire National Park for a full day game drive. Tarangire is one of Africa’s little-known gems and should be on the itinerary of all lovers of wilderness and solitude. Its name originates from the Tarangire River that crosses through the park and is the only source of water during the dry season.

Today you will be rewarded with a full day game drive in the stunning Ngorongoro Crater which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979 and is one of the only places on earth where mankind and wild animals co-exist is harmony. The Ngorongoro Crater is famous for Africa’s best game viewing as there is an ever present abundance of wildlife due to the permanent water supply on the crater floor.

Upon arrival at the Crater’s rim you will descend 610 metres into the Crater where your safari truly begins. Spot the endangered black rhino as well as wildebeest, buffalo, zebra, eland, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle and of course, giant tusked elephants. The Crater also has the largest known population of lions and you will also find leopards and cheetahs as well as scavengers such as spotted hyenas, jackals and rare wild dogs. Over 500 species of birds have been recorded within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and these include white pelicans and flamingos.

In the late afternoon you will drive to Isoitok Tented Camp located on Maasai land in the Manyara region where you will spend the night.

Today you will visit Lake Manyara National Park for a full day game drive. Stretching along the base of the Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is home to giant fig trees, acacia woodlands, mahogany trees and grassy flood plains. The contrasts of this area are simply breathtaking with its open plains, huge escarpment, Soda Lake, dense woodlands, and distant volcanic peaks coming together in an area best described by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”.

Animals such as large buffalo, wildebeest, giraffes, mongoose, dik dik and zebra herds congregate on the grassy plains while the narrow belt of acacia woodland is home to the legendary tree-climbing lions and tusked elephants.

Lake Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s bird life with more than 400 species being recorded. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.

In the late afternoon you will return to Arusha for your final evening.

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Pricing:

This is a private safari, run exclusively for you and each vehicle holds a maximum of 7 clients. If an accommodation is fully booked we’ll suggest a comparable alternative where possible. All prices quoted are per person in USD (US Dollars) and are subject to availability and expire on the 31st December 2019. Please contact us for a quote for travel in 2020 and beyond.
1 Traveller (1 Room) 2 Travellers (1 Room) 3 Travellers (2 Rooms) 4 Travellers (2 Rooms) 5 Travellers (3 Rooms) 6 Travellers (3 Rooms) 7 Travellers (4 Rooms)
$3,250 $2,550 $2,350 $2,100 $2,050 $2,000 $1,900
Night Game Drive in Tarangire national park

Night Game Drive in Tarangire on Day 2 – $182 per person:

Night here is another world altogether. Witness the landscape waxed in a silver moonlight as giant elephants make their way into and out of the shadows and be sure to keep an eye out for predator eyes shining back at you from the spotlight. For logistical reasons we will need to book alternative accommodation at the Tarangire Safari Lodge located inside the Tarangire National Park and additional accommodation charges may apply. Please note, this tour is not suitable for children under 12 years.

Night Game Drive in Lake Manyara on Day 4 – $182 per person

Experience a whole new world of nocturnal animals inside the Lake Manyara National Park as you drive into the thick ground-water forest and continue towards the lake following the Simba River to the hippo pools. This night safari will give you an entirely different perspective of the park and wildlife. For logistical reasons we must book alternative accommodation at the Manyara Serena Safari Lodge located high on an escarpment with breathtaking views of Lake Manyara and additional accommodation charges may apply. Please note, this tour is not suitable for children under the age of 12.

Treetop Walkway in Lake Manyara on Day 4 – $47 per person

Walk among the treetops in Lake Manyara and experience untouched nature and wildlife from a unique perspective on Tanzania’s first treetop walkway, and at 370 metres, it is also one of Africa’s longest. It is an experience you’ll never forget. Duration: approx. 1 hour.

Cycling Tour and Mama Lunch in Manyara on Day 4 – $75 per person:

Cycle through Mto wa Mbu Village where you will experience local life and enjoy the sights and sounds of this vibrant town before riding to a Mama’s house where you will feast on a traditional Tanzanian meal. Please note, this is a half day tour which runs in conjunction with a half day game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. e

Arusha Day Tours

We offer Arusha City Tours (half or full day tours), Coffee Farm Tours, Night Tours with Dinner or visit the Lengo Football Academy with Village Walk. Please ask us for detailed tour descriptions and prices.

Add a Beverage Package – $50 per person:

Add beer and wine to your safari. Please note, this package is not available to clients under the age of 18.

Your Safari Includes:

  • Arrival transfer from Kilimanjaro/Arusha Airport to hotel
  • English speaking Driver Guide (other languages available upon request)
  • Custom built, extended, open-roof 4WD safari Land Cruiser with fridge and inverter
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • Drinks during game drives (1 bottle of water and 2 sodas per person, per safari day. Drinks can be substituted to suit your preferences)
  • Unlimited game drives including park and vehicle entry fees
  • Maasai Village visit
  • Departure transfer from hotel to Kilimanjaro/Arusha Airport
  • All current Government fees and taxes 

Your Safari Excludes:

  • Drinks at hotels, lodges and tented camps unless otherwise stated
  • Tips (tipping is an expected, though not compulsory, component of any African safari. We are often asked for tipping guidelines and we recommend $10-15 USD for your Guide per person per day.)

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