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10 Days Budget lodge safari

This 10 days Tanzania safari tour you will experience the real life home of Maasai warriors and Africa’s Big Five. Get a true taste of daily life in the African bush when you learn how to make beaded jewelry and throw a spear, and go inside a village school. You may see lions resting under enormous baobab trees… wildebeest making their way past herds of elephants and gazelles… elephants, up close. Travel aboard our open-top Africa safari vehicles where everyone has a great view of Tanzania’s amazing wildlife during morning and afternoon game drives. And from your tented camp in “the place where life began”…. to your lodge next to Africa’s “Garden of Eden”… to your safari camp in the western Serengeti, your becomes part of the unbelievable wilderness pageant that comes alive right outside your door.

Day 1: Arrival into Arusha

Arrive this evening into Arusha where you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to your comfortable lodge.
Dinner and Overnight: Serena Mountain Village.

Day 2: Arusha to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast Your guide will brief you on your itinerary and review the expectations for your safari,giving you a taste of what’s to come. Please ask the guide questions at this time and as they come up during the safari and drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, first crossing the Maasai Steppe and the Great Rift Valley Escarpment, and then winding up into the fertile Ngorongoro Highlands. The Conservation Area is a wildlife and cultural preserve that covers 3,200 square miles, of which a mere102 square miles represent Ngorongoro Crater. Only Maasai are permitted to live within the area’s boundaries; they are seen throughout the highlands and conservation area wearing bright red and royal blue cloths and tending their herds of goats and cattle. The crater floor, however, is reserved only for wildlife. At some ten miles in diameter, the crater is the world’s largest intact caldera, and it abounds with one of the highest concentrations of diverse animals imaginable.
Dinner and Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.

Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater

Early in the morning descend in the Ngorongoro Crater , a habitat rich in culture and teeming with wildlife. Sometimes there are more than 30,000 animals in and around the crater, including black rhino,cheetah, lion, hyena, eland, and numerous antelope. On the floor of the crater, the alkaline Lake Magadi serves as an important water source, also attracting flamingo flocks during the dry season.Nearby, the small Lerai Forest, with its yellow fever acacia trees, provides shade and shelter for wildlife. You will often see baboons, vervet monkeys, and even elephants in its thicket. Thorny bush,grasslands, hippo pools and a second small lake are also found on the floor. You’ll soon see why Ngorongoro is considered to be among the world’s great wonder, breakfast box and picnic lunch are saved to maximize your wildlife viewing time on the crater floor, enjoy your picnic lunch near a hippo pool.
Dinner and Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.

Day 4: Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Serengeti National Park

After breakfast at your hotel depart the cool, grassy Ngorongoro Conservation Area and later arrive on the great Serengeti plains for a different but just as spectacular wildlife viewing experience. You will pass one of the world’s greatest prehistoric archaeological sites, called Oldupai Gorge, and then continue your way over the scrublands. The wooded knolls around Naabi Hill Gate mark the Serengeti’s official entrance, which then drops into the park’s signature wide-open plains. Like no other, this stretch embodies the meaning of the word “Serengeti,” which from the Maasai “Siringet” and has been artistically translated as “the land that flows on forever”. Serengeti National Park covers 6,000 square miles of pristine land and offers not only expansive vistas but the largest migration of mammals on earth, including 2 million wildebeest.
Dinner and Overnight: Serengeti Serena Lodge.

Day 5: Serengeti National Park ( Southern Serengeti)

There is nothing as marvellous as traversing the plains of the Serengeti, Tanzania’s second largest national park, covers nearly 6,000 square miles of grassland, plains, savannah, kopjes, hills, woodlands, and riverine forests. The Grumeti, Mbalageti, and Mara river systems serve as critical water sources and are often excellent sites for wildlife viewing. Beyond the heralded migration of wildebeest and zebra, the Serengeti is best known for its big predators, ncluding cheetah and leopard, as well as large prides of lions and clans of hyenas. Other commonly seen animals include gazelle, buffalo, giraffe, topi, hartebeest, ostrich, and jackal, but it is the full diversity of wildlife and habitats that you will truly find amazing. The greater Serengeti ecosystem actually covers the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Maasai Mara in Kenya, and numerous surrounding wildlife-protected lands that combine for a total of almost 17,000 square mile. Dinner and Overnight: Ndutu Lodge.

Day 6: Full Day of Wildlife Viewing Around Ndutu.

What is the story behind the Big Five? It actually has nothing to do with the size of the animals. In the 1800s, colonial trophy hunters named buffalo, rhino, elephant, lion, and leopard as the most difficult animals to hunt on foot. Thus, they were named the Big Five. Years later, tourism companies adopted the term and the list became the so-called five must-see animals while on safari. While it is possible to spot all the listed animals on your trip, leopard and rhino sometimes prove difficult to track down asthey are both solitary, reclusive species. Ultimately, however, wildlife viewing in the Serengeti will be nothing short of amazing.

Optional Serengeti Balloon Excursion

Those with advance reservations will have the opportunity to balloon across the plains during one of your mornings in the Serengeti. A pre-dawn wake-up call leaves you time to drive to the balloon launch site in order to catch the most dramatic light. Then take to the skies just as the sun rises. Glide over the plains and acacia treetops, taking in spectacular views of the Seronera River Valley and the surrounding plains. After your descent, enjoy a magnificent champagne breakfast right in the midst of the Serengeti wilderness.
Dinner and Overnight: Ndutu Lodge.

Day 7: Full Day of Wildlife Viewing Around Ndutu

Your exploration takes you to various parts of the Serengeti ecosystem, including Ndutu area, the southernmost corner, where large herds of wildebeest tend to congregate in the so-called green months. The southern plains of the Serengeti eco-system fall outside of national park boundaries into what is known as the Ndutu area. Seasonally, this area is home to vast numbers of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle, as they migrate over the plains in search of food and water.
Dinner and Overnight: Ndutu Lodge.

Day 8: Full Day of Wildlife Viewing Around Ndutu

Most of us know about the “Great Migration” from nature programs that capture some of the most thrilling moments on film. Often misunderstood, the migration is a perpetual, year-round process involving over one million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra who roam the plains quietly, in search of food and water. While some antelope and hyena may follow the herds, other animals remain in their territories or have separate migratory patterns. The migration’s most dramatic moments often occur when large numbers of wildebeest and zebra make river crossings, during which they must elude predators in a desperate fight for survival. There is no telling exactly when these highly dramatic movements will occur, but all safari-goers are sure to see plenty of wildebeest and zebra while in Tanzania.
Dinner and Overnight: Ndutu Lodge.

Day 9: Full Day of Wildlife Viewing Around Ndutu

Explore the pristine landscapes of the Southern Serengeti with your guide’s uncanny wildlife spotting instincts leading the way. Expansive plains, rolling hills, dramatic granite outcrops and riverine valleys are home to an endless variety of fascinating creatures, from the lowly dung beetle to the impressive elephant.
Dinner and Overnight: Ndutu Lodge.

Day 10: Depart

After breakfast drive or ( flying-option) to Arusha for lunch and transfer to Kilimanjaro International airport to catch your departing Flight.Each passenger is allowed one duffle bag, weighing no more than 15kgs (33lbs), unless otherwise noted.