Budget Tanzania Safari – Tarangire to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater
We pick you up from your hotel in Arusha and drives to Tarangire National Park for a game drive. The park is famous for its high density of elephants and baobab trees. Continue our trip to Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania, which is known for its massive annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. Spent 2 days in Serengeti for the game drive and heading to Ngorongoro Crater on 4th day. After great all exploration in Ngorongoro Crater, we will drive back to Arusha to return back home.
Day 1: Arusha to Tarangire National Park for Game Drive (L, D)
Our driver picks you up from your hotel, depart with a packed lunch box, drive to Tarangire for Full day game drive. Tarangire National Park is the sixth-largest national park in Tanzania, it is located in Manyara Region. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses the park. The Tarangire River is the primary source of freshwater for wild animals in the Tarangire Ecosystem, during the annual dry season. The Tarangire Ecosystem is defined by the long-distance migration of wildebeest and zebras. During the dry season, thousands of animals concentrate in Tarangire National Park from the surrounding wet-season dispersal and calving areas.
The park is famous for its high density of elephants and baobab trees. Visitors to the park in June to November dry season can expect to see large herds of thousands of zebra, wildebeest, and cape buffalo. Other common resident animals include waterbuck, giraffe, dik-dik, impala, eland, Grant’s gazelle, vervet monkey, banded mongoose, and olive baboon. Predators in the Tarangire include African lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal, honey badger, and African wild dog.
Home to more than 550 bird species, the park is a haven for bird enthusiasts.
The park is also famous for the termite mounds that dot the landscape. Those that have been abandoned are often home to dwarf mongoose.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Lilac Camp.
Day 2: Serengeti National Park (B, L, D)
Breakfast, depart with packed lunch and drive to Serengeti for a game drive. Serengeti National Park, in northern Tanzania, is known for its massive annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. Seeking new pasture, the herds move north from their breeding grounds in the grassy southern plains. Many cross the marshy western corridor’s crocodile-infested Grumeti River. Others veer northeast to the Lobo Hills, home to black eagles. Black rhinos inhabit the granite outcrops of the Moru Kopjes
The park covers 14,750 square kilometers (5,700 sq mi) of grassland plains, savanna, riverine forest, and woodlands.
The park is worldwide known for its incredible scenery and magnificent wildlife. Some of the most popular animals among tourists include:
Masai lion, African Leopard, Cheetah, Elephant, Impala, African Buffalo, Wildebeest, Serengeti wildebeest: the park is home to spectacular migration events. Large ungulates from Grant’s gazelles to blue wildebeests travel across vast tracts of land as the seasons change. The population of migratory wildebeests is approximately 1.2 million.
Apart from the vast herds of migratory and some resident wildebeest and zebra the park is also densely packed with other plains game including half a million Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle over 8,000 Masai.
giraffe, warthog, topi, common eland, waterbuck, grey duiker, impala, klipspringer, roan antelope, bushbuck, lesser kudu, fringe-eared oryx, and coke’s hartebeest
Carnivores include about 4,000 spotted hyena, two species of jackals, African golden wolf, honey badger, striped hyena serval seven species of mongooses, two species of otters, and the recently introduced East African wild dog (extinct since 1991). Apart from the safari staples, primates such as yellow and olive baboons and vervet monkey, patas monkey, black-and-white colors are also seen in the gallery forests of the Grumeti River.
Other mammals are including aardvark, aardwolf, bat-eared fox, ground pangolin, crested porcupine, three species of hyraxes, cape hare.
Serengeti National Park has also great ornithological interest, boasting about 500 bird species, including Masai ostrich, secretarybird, kori bustards, helmeted guineafowls, southern ground hornbill, crowned cranes, marabou storks, yellow-billed stork, lesser flamingo, martial eagles, lovebirds, oxpeckers, and many species of vultures.
Reptiles in Serengeti National Park include Nile crocodile, leopard tortoise, serrated hinged terrapin, rainbow agama, Nile monitor, chameleons, African python, black mamba, black-necked spitting cobra, puff adder–
🏚️ Hotel Option: Serengeti Seronera Camp Site.
Day 3: Full Day Game Drive in Serengeti (B, L, D)
Breakfast from the lodge, game drive then return to the lodge for hot lunch or depart with packed lunch.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Serengeti Seronera Camp Site.
Day 4: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater (B, L, D)
Breakfast from the lodge then drives to Ngorongoro crater for a crater tour. This day we will start early morning at 08:00 for the game drive (with a picnic lunch) inside the Ngorongoro Crater. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 ft. high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds, and other species. Your Driver/Guide will be in contact with other safari drivers and will amaze you with his skill at locating hidden animals. After great all exploration in Ngorongoro Crater, we will drive to the campsite.
🏚️ Hotel Option: Simba Camp Site.
Day 5: Ngorongoro to Arusha (B)
After breakfast, you will depart with packed lunch, return back to Arusha for your flight.
Specification: Budget Tanzania Safari – Tarangire to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater
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