4 Days Tarangire, Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro safari
First, we visit Tarangire National Park, which is home to one of Tanzania’s largest elephant populations and is regarded as one of the most beautiful game reserves in Tanzania. Then we go on a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, which is famous for its tree-climbing lions.
Then we drive into the Great Rift Valley highlands, admiring breath-taking views of the Masai Plains and Lake Manyara en route to the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater, which is home to Africa’s Big Five and a plethora of other wildlife. After viewing wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater, we travel to the village of Mto wa Mbu, passing through Tanzania’s scenic landscapes along the way.This Budget Tanzania Camping Safari takes you on a spectacular scenic and wildlife journey through the Northern Safari Circuit in one of East Africa’s most popular safari destinations!
Day 1: Arusha to Tarangire National Park on Day 1 (Tanzania)
This Tanzania Budget Camping Safari visits three of the Northern Safari Circuit’s top game parks: Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and Ngorongoro. Our wildlife adventure begins with a brief tour briefing in Arusha, followed by a drive southwest to Tarangire National Park, our first Tanzanian game viewing destination.
This diverse game park is home to a wide range of wildlife and is regarded as one of northern Tanzania’s most beautiful wilderness areas. Tarangire Park is home to one of Tanzania’s largest elephant populations and is dotted with baobab and acacia thorn trees.
This top Tanzanian game park is also home to lions, leopards, and cheetahs, as well as tree climbing pythons.The game park also has many giraffes, buffalos, zebras, and various antelope species such as gazelles. We spend the afternoon in Tarangire National Park, followed by our first night of camping under the African stars.
Day 2: Tarangire National Park to Lake Manyara National Park & Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Tanzania)
After breakfast on day two, we depart from Tarangire National Park, admiring the scenic landscapes of northern Tanzania as we travel. We drive northwest of Tarangire to the nearby Lake Manyara National Park, passing through the diverse village of Mto wa Mbu and stopping for lunch along the way. On an afternoon game drive, we explore the beautiful Lake Manyara Park, taking in the stunning scenery and spotting wildlife. This national park is located in the Great Rift Valley, at the base of the steep Rift Valley escarpment, and includes a shallow soda lake and woodland areas.
Lake Manyara is famous for the massive flamingo flocks that flock to its shores, sometimes numbering in the thousands. There are over 400 bird species here, including migrant species and water birds like cormorants, geese, pelicans, and storks. Lake Manyara National Park is famous for its tree-climbing lions and large elephant population.
The park is also home to large groups of large baboons, which are frequently seen. Buffalo, cheetah, zebra, Masai giraffe, wildebeest, and impala are among the other animals that thrive in the park. There are also many warthogs, hippos, mongooses, monkeys, and antelope species, as well as some elusive leopards.
We drive through the Great Rift Valley from Lake Manyara Park to where the lowlands disperse, giving way to the lushly vegetated crater highlands. We continue up into the higher lands, stopping to take photos of the spectacular views of the Masai Plains and Lake Manyara. The world-famous Ngorongoro Crater, also known as Africa’s Garden of Eden, is our next Tanzania safari destination.
Ngorongoro, which is part of the Serengeti ecosystem, is a massive caldera that spans an impressive 18 km in diameter and has walls as high as 600m. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to Africa’s densest mammalian population, with approximately 25,000 large animals. Elephants, monkeys, hyenas, jackals, and herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, and other antelope species live in the diverse habitats found on the fertile crater floor.
Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater to Mto wa Mbu
We descend the steep crater walls after breakfast to explore this diverse wilderness area teeming with Africa’s wildlife. The Ngorongoro Crater is home to Africa’s Big Five, including one of the world’s highest concentrations of lions.
This compact crater is home to nearly all of the wild animal species found on East Africa’s savannas. Ngorongoro offers first-rate game viewing and is regarded as one of the best locations for photographing the endangered black rhino. We stop in the crater for a picnic lunch before continuing on to our next overnight safari campsite near the village of Mto wa Mbu.
Day 4: Arusha to Mto wa Mbu (Tanzania)
On the final day of our Budget Tanzania Camping Safari, we eat a late breakfast before departing the crater highlands and returning to Arusha, where the adventure began. En route, we will once again pass through the Great Rift Valley, which stretches over 6000 kilometers north to south from Syria to Mozambique in Southern Africa.
We arrive in Arusha in the early afternoon, where our fantastic Tanzania Budget Camping Safari to the Northern Safari Circuit comes to an end.