22 Days / 21 Nights Economy Budget Safari Tanzania & Zanzibar

Arrive/Dar es Salaam – Arusha National Park – Lake Manyara National Park – Lake Natron – Serengeti National Park – Central Serengeti – Lake Victoria – Ngorongoro Crater – Lake Eyasi – Lake Burunge – Stone Town – Matemwe/Depart

Introduction

Accommodation preview

Destinations

Start

End

Basis

Duration

Hotel Slipway Arrival at Dar es Salaam Airport Day 1 Day 3 B&B  2 Nights
African View Lodge Arusha National Park Day 3 Day 5 B&B  2 Nights
Migunga Tented Camp Lake Manyara National Park Day 5 Day 6 FB    1 Night
Lake Natron Camp Lake Natron Day 6 Day 7 FB    1 Night
Serengeti View Camp Serengeti National Park Day 7 Day 8 FB    1 Night
Ikoma Tented Camp Northern Serengeti National Park Day 8 Day 9 FB    1 Night
Speke Bay Lodge Lake Victoria Day 9 Day 10 FB    1 Night
Serengeti Katikati Tented Camp Central Serengeti National Park Day 10 Day 12 FB  2 Nights
Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge Ngorongoro Crater Day 12 Day 13 FB     1 Night
Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge Lake Eyasi Day 13 Day 14 FB     1 Night
Lake Burunge Tented Camp Lake Burunge Day 14 Day 15 FB     1 Night
African View Lodge Arusha National Park Day 15 Day 16 B&B     1 Night
Tembo House Hotel Stone Town Day 16 Day 17 B&B     1 Night
Kena Beach Hotel Matemwe departure from Zanzibar Day 17 Day 22 B&B    5 Nights

Key
B&B:
Bed and Breakfast.

FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch.

Flight Information

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time
Day 3 Scheduled

 

 To Be Advised Dar es salaam

 

 To Be Advised Arusha  To Be Advised
Day 16 Scheduled   Arusha   Zanzibar  

DAY 1: HOTEL SLIPWAY, DAR ES SALAAM

Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s former capital, her largest city and main port. The distinctly African, colourful markets are well worth a visit and both German and British influences can still be seen in the architecture around the city. Conveniently positioned amidst some of the most important sea routes in the world, the city is the transport and economic hub of the country as well as a centre for arts and culture. It serves as an excellent jumping off point to explore the surrounding area including Pemba, Mbudya, Unguja islands, a variety of national parks and countless pristine beaches. Visitors can look forward to visiting a number of other activities including: learning about Tanzanian culture at the National Museum and House of Culture, visiting the eclectic Oyster Bay, and taking a stroll through the city’s lush Botanical Gardens.

Overnight: Hotel Slipway      

Hotel Slipway is ideally located just 7km from the Dar es Salaam city centre on the posh Msasani peninsula, right on the Indian Ocean overlooking Msasani Bay. It offers best value for money accommodation in this upmarket neighbourhood. The hotel is integrated into the Slipway complex, which provides a wide range of amenities including various dining options and everything a traveller needs. Within its vicinity is a selection of popular shopping, dining and nightlife destinations.

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

DAY 2: HOTEL SLIPWAY, DAR ES SALAAM

Optional activities at your disposal around the city of Dar es salaam.

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

DAY 3: AFRICAN VIEW LODGE, ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK   

Arusha National Park

Situated in north-eastern Tanzania, the Arusha National Park is idyllically set against the spectacular backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. This 552 square kilometre park is renowned for its remarkable scenery and excellent choice of trekking possibilities. This exceptionally beautiful area is divided into three parts: Mt. Meru, a spectacular volcanic cone; the Ngurdoto Crater, with its lost-world feel; and the multi-hued Momela Lakes. It features a wide range of habitats which provide a home to an array of wildlife and plant life. Commonly spotted species include: Cape buffalo, giraffe, zebra, warthog, monkey, flamingo, lion and elephant.

Overnight: African View Lodge         

African View Lodge is just a stone’s throw from Arusha National Park. This charming little lodge has 20 en-suite rooms with breath-taking views of Mount Meru. The reception, dining room and bungalows have been designed using local materials including Meru-styled ceilings which are covered with banana leaves. Rooms come with modern amenities including a terrace and free WiFi. Facilities and services include a TV room, luggage storage, laundry services, a tours desk, restaurant, bar, beer garden and massage services. The tropical garden with its infinity swimming pool as centrepiece offers a cooling plunge especially during the hot months. In the evenings, whilst enjoying a sun downer on the ‘Meru View platform’ to round off the day, the chefs will be busy preparing tasty meals made with fresh ingredients from the garden.

Basis

FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch.

DAY 4: AFRICAN VIEW LODGE, ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK   

Basis

FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch.

DAY 5: MIGUNGA TENTED CAMP, LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK       

Lake Manyara National Park

Situated in Tanzania’s central-northern region with the Lake Manyara on its east and the Manyara Escarpment to its west, the Lake Manyara National Park offers breathtaking views and a large variety of habitats supporting an array of wildlife. This small park is home to surprising biodiversity and features a magnificent landscape of acacia woodlands, water forests, baobab strewn cliffs, algae-streaked hot springs, swamps and the lake itself.

The park supports 400 species of bird, and the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world. Other species include giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, warthog, the Cape clawless otter, and Egyptian mongoose. Don’t miss the opportunity to see thousands of flamingos on the lake, the renowned tree-climbing lions, and large families of elephants strolling through the forest.

Overnight: Migunga Tented Camp     

Nestled in a quiet corner on the northwest of the lake, Migunga Tented Camp is only 5 minutes from the entrance of Lake Manyara National Park, which spreads out across the Great East African Rift Valley, dominating a vast landscape. Often called Tanzania’s water wonderland due to the large number of birds and animals the lake supports, Lake Manyara NP is also famous for it’s tree-climbing lions.

At Migunga you wake up in the morning with the beams of the sun finding their way through our Migunga trees. In the afternoon you can enjoy our mountain bike ride trail through Lake Manyara’s backyard or you can enjoy watching our vervet monkeys. The evenings are resonating with the typical sounds of forest creatures.

Basis

FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch.

DAY 6: LAKE NATRON CAMP, LAKE NATRON     

Lake Natron

Situated in the East African country of Tanzania, Lake Natron is fed by mineral-rich hot springs and is less than three meters deep. High levels of evaporation leave loads of salt and minerals behind, the volcanic carbonate colours the water a striking red and the temperature can reach up to 50 degrees Celsius.

All of which makes it a perfect breeding ground for the endangered Lesser Flamingo, however, it is known as the deadliest lake in the country, the high sodium carbonate level in the water is known to calcify and petrify wildlife that get too close. Visitors can climb the Ol Doinyo L’Engai, an active volcano; explore the surrounding terrain which includes rugged mountains, grassy plains, and gorges; and spot a variety of wildlife.

Overnight: Lake Natron Camp          

Located on the very edge of Lake Natron, this 10 tent luxury tented camp is perfectly situated for amazing adventures! Located within walking distance are the hominid footprints and Lake Natron where over 1 million flamingoes come to breed, it is also ideally situated as an ending point for our Empakai to Lake Natron Trek, The Great Rift Valley Trek, as well as a number of other activities and expeditions combined with northern Tanzania safaris.

Basis

FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch.

DAY 7: SERENGETI VIEW CAMP, SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK        

Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti National Park together with Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve form Africa’s most famous wildlife park.  The image of acacia trees on an endless grass plain epitomises Africa for many, and then add a Masai warrior and some cattle to the picture, and the conversation need go no further. The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains.  But that is not where the game viewing ends; large prides of lions, elephants and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles and eland to mention but a few. Aside from traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Serengeti plains has become almost essential, and you can even do a horse riding safari.

Overnight: Serengeti View Camp       

Serengeti View Camp is a mobile tented camp that follows the never ending circle of life in the Serengeti. Throughout the year, the camp covers spectacular spots inside the park, as close as possible to the vast, migrating herds of over 2,5 million animals. The camp offers 10 tents with twin, double or single beds, luggage rack, own small terrace, en suite with shower, mess tent and solar power energy.

Basis

FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch.

DAY 8: IKOMA TENTED CAMP, NORTHERN SERENGETI       

Central Serengeti

Situated in the heart of Tanzania, the Central Serengeti encompasses the world-famous Seronera Valley which is known for its prime wildlife-viewing opportunities. This picture-perfect landscape is characterised by endless stretches of savannah-covered open plains, interspersed by rocky outcrops of granite, scattered with acacia woodlands and covered in a network of rivers and streams. The Central Serengeti forms part of the great wildebeest and zebra migration and provides an ideal habitat for a variety of wildlife such as giraffe, impala, waterbuck, hippo, elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, hyena, jackal, serval and much more. Popular activities include: game viewing, cultural tours, horse riding safaris, and hot air ballooning over the spectacularly scenic terrain.

Overnight: Ikoma Tented Camp        

Set in the midst of an incredible scenery of savannah and skies, you find Ikoma Tented Camp, sheltered in a grove of acacia trees. Ikoma has 35 traditional Meru tents, each under thatch with a private veranda overlooking the impressive plains of the Serengeti.

Ikoma Tented Camp is ideally situated at the border of the world-renowned Serengeti National Park, along the path of the migrating wildebeests between Kenya and Tanzania.

From Ikoma you can enter the western corridor of the park, taking in Kirawira and the Grumeti river – home to the giant wildebeest-eating crocodiles. There is no better place to enjoy one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles. Staying at Ikoma Tented Camp gives you the unique opportunity to enjoy a night game drive or a walking safari, as the camp is located just outside the national park boundary. A great chance to see and hear some of the nocturnal animals that can’t be spotted in daytime, such as the Leopard, Aardvark and the Bat-eared fox.

Basis

FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch.

DAY 9: SPEKE BAY LODGE, LAKE VICTORIA  

Lake Victoria

Known as one of Africa’s ‘Great Lakes’, Lake Victoria is world-renowned as the source of the Nile. This massive 6.5 million-hectare lake is three times the size of Wales and is shared by Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. It is both Africa’s largest lake and the source of its biggest river, the Nile. Its waters are rich in fish life with shimmering shoals of colourful cichlids and large Nile Perch which is sought after by fishermen. It boasts an impressive 3440 kilometre stretch of shoreline and is dotted with over 3000 inhabited islets. Visitors can look forward to a variety of activities including: excellent fishing; wildlife viewing; visiting Ukerewe, the lake’s largest island and enjoying the picturesque island beaches and spectacular scenery.

Overnight: Speke Bay Lodge  

Speke Bay Lodge is located on the south-eastern shore of Lake Victoria in Tanzania. It is 15 kilometres away from the Serengeti National Park, and 125 kilometres north of Mwanza. The main buildings and luxury accommodation are round in form, painted white and thatched with grass roofs in the traditional style of the local tribe, the Sukuma. It is an ideal place to start or end a safari, or relax during travels.

The lodge offers excursions in boats and on mountain bikes. Guests can fish from the beach for Tilapia, enjoy the peacefulness, go bird watching or wander around on the lodge’s 100 hectares of Savannah. The lodge’s tented camp comprises of twelve tents, each covered by a thatched roof, which also creates a private and shady sitting area. The tents are fully furnished and equipped with two beds, hot showers and lavatories are close-by.

Basis

FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch.

DAY 10: SERENGETI KATI KATI TENTED CAMP, CENTRAL SERENGETI       

Central Serengeti

As previously described

Overnight: Serengeti Kati kati Tented Camp   

The camp offers comfortable accommodation and a unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari camp experience. The camp is only a two hour scenic drive from Olduvai Gorge Museum and Grumeti River.

A cosy mess tent is located in the centre of the camp where meals are served. The campfire is ready every evening for appetizers and snacks before dinner. Ten double tents and one family tent with en suite facilities.

There are several airstrips in the National Park that receive schedule flights from Arusha as well as charter flights.

Basis

FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch.

DAY 11: SERENGETI KATI KATI TENTED CAMP, CENTRAL SERENGETI       

During the first hours of the morning, the savannah is filled with a special animation. This is when the larger predators hunt for their food, before the temperature becomes too hot for any excessive physical activity. This is the time we have the highest chances of watching a hunt in action (also likely in the early evening). The colours of the landscape are also more accentuated, and help us to take great photographs.

The Serengeti National Park extends over an area of 14.763 square kilometres, which makes it one of the largest protected areas in the country. Just as its name suggests (Serengeti means “neverending plains”), this is an immense plain, a large animal sanctuary bordered on the east by the Ngorongoro volcanoes, and on the west by Lake Victoria, into which drain the main rivers that cross the plains (Grumeti, Seronera, Orangi). And in the midst of this “sea of grass” rise the rocky outcrops known as kopjes, refuge for a great number of smaller animals, as well as lions and leopards. However, the thing which catches most of our attention is the sheer number of animals present: zebras, wildebeest, Thompson´s and Grant´s gazelles, hartebeest, topis, buffalos, lions, jackals, hyenas etc. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Basis

FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch.

DAY 12: NGORONGORO RHINO LODGE, NGORONGORO CRATER   

Ngorongoro Crater

Located in Northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is best known for its natural beauty and abundance of diverse wildlife; which makes it one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. Surrounded by Tanzania’s highlands, this UNESCO-listed crater is said to be the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Visitors can look forward to spotting the world-renowned Big Five and a host of other wildlife species including large herds of zebra and wildebeest. It is famed as one of Tanzania’s best tourist attractions offering visitors an array of wonderful activities including excellent bird watching, trekking, wildlife viewing, mountain biking and visiting a local Maasai village. Don’t miss the opportunity to jump on an excursion to the magnificent Olduvai Gorge.

Overnight: Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge

Ideally located on the edge of the Ngorongoro crater rim, the Rhino Lodge offers an ideal base from which to explore the Ngorongoro crater and it’s surroundings. The lodge features 24 comfortably equipped en suite guest rooms, a cosy living space and generous African inspired meals. Each room is equipped with a wood burning stove and hot water bottles.

Basis

FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch.

DAY 13: LAKE EYASI SAFARI LODGE, LAKE EYASI   

Lake Eyasi

Tucked between the Kidero Mountains in the south and the Eyasi Escarpment in the north, Lake Eyasi is set in a remote, dry, arid landscape located just south of Tanzania’s renowned Serengeti National Park. This seasonal lake features dry salt beds; a variety of birdlife such as flamingos and pelicans; and is surrounded by woodlands, forests and ancient baobabs. Visitors can learn about local cultures and visit the pastoralist Datoga people as well as the nomadic hunter-gatherer Hadzabe group. Other popular activities include: bird watching, hiking, walking safaris and soaking up the spectacular views. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the nearby Oldeani Mountain, the swampy valley of Yaeda and spectacular Serengeti.

Overnight: Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge     

Located on a gentle slope overlooking the lake, Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge offers stunning views over the seasonal soda lake and up to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. All the 14 spacious rooms are scattered within the vast property and are tastefully furnished with great attention to detail, the décor blends elements from the surrounding landscape with modern comfort, and have private verandah overlooking the lake.

The region of Lake Eyasi, South – west of Ngorongoro, is home to the Hadzabe Bushmen, the last survivors of a civilisation that knows nothing of agriculture, livestock, pottery, and metals. They live by hunting with bows and arrows, and gathering wild berries and fruits. They are the last heirs of the homines sapientes who took their first steps right here, along the Rift Valley, about two hundred thousand years ago.

Their way of life has remained unchanged over the millennia and they live in small wandering groups of about twenty individuals. The Hadzabe people of Lake Eyasi are the heirs of the very first human beings, the kids of Olduvai Gorge and Koobi Fora who still have a symbiotic relationship with the environment, the purest example of anarchic society with no rules, no chief, no dont’s.

Basis

FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch.

DAY 14: LAKE BURUNGE TENTED CAMP, LAKE BURUNGE    

Lake Burunge

Lake Burunge is one of three major lakes in the Manyara Region of Tanzania. Located in the migratory corridor of Manyara and Tarangire, Lake Burunge serves as an ideal base for exploring the area as it is just a stone’s throw from the impressive Tarangire National Park. There are several tented camps along the lake’s shore, from which guests can enjoy uninterrupted views of the lake and surrounding wilderness. Visitors can look forward to enjoying sun downers from their lakeside deck, going on thrilling game drives in the national park, and relaxing around a roaring open fire in the evenings. Other popular activities include guided nature walks and cultural visits to a number of neighbouring Mbugwe villages.

Overnight: Lake Burunge Tented Camp         

Permanent luxury tents. Located only 10 minutes from Tarangire National Park, Lake Burunge Tented Camp consists of 30 rooms with en suite facilities. Among them 6 family tents, that consists in two interconnected rooms. Nearest Airstrip: Tarangire/Manyara 1 hour and 20 minutes away.

Activities: Game drives in Tarangire National Park, guided nature walks and / or visits a boma (village) to interact with the local Mbuwge people and learn about their culture.

Basis

FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch.

DAY 15: AFRICAN VIEW LODGE, ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK  

Arusha National Park

As previously described

Overnight: African View Lodge         

African View Lodge is just a stone’s throw from Arusha National Park. This charming little lodge has 20 en-suite rooms with breath-taking views of Mount Meru. The reception, dining room and bungalows have been designed using local materials including Meru-styled ceilings which are covered with banana leaves. Rooms come with modern amenities including a terrace and free WiFi. Facilities and services include a TV room, luggage storage, laundry services, a tours desk, restaurant, bar, beer garden and massage services. The tropical garden with its infinity swimming pool as centerpiece offers a cooling plunge especially during the hot months. In the evenings, whilst enjoying a sun downer on the ‘Meru View platform’ to round off the day, the chefs will be busy preparing tasty meals made with fresh ingredients from the garden.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast.

DAY 16: TEMBO HOUSE HOTEL, STONE TOWN   

Stone Town

Situated on the beautiful island of Zanzibar, Stone Town is the old city and cultural heart of the island and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is famous for its winding alleys fringed by grand architecture, bustling bazaars, sultan’s palace, mosques, the House of Wonders, gardens and the extravagant merchants’ houses with their remarkably ornate doors.

Stone Town is home to over fifty mosques, six Hindu Temples, a Catholic and an Anglican Cathedral. Visitors can also look forward to visiting the Old Fort along the waterfront; pay a visit to the Palace Museum, and sampling local cuisine at Forodhani Gardens a local seaside market. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a sunset dhow cruise.

Overnight: Tembo House Hotel        

The Tembo House Hotel features an array of antique furniture and ornaments from all over the world. The hotel is situated at the heart of Zanzibar Stone Town, on the picturesque seafront, nearby to the region’s shops, restaurants and historical sites. Located in close proximity to the hotel, is the Beit-al-Ajaib, the Old Fort and the Palace Museum. Zanzibar port is just a 5 minute drive away from the hotel, and the Zanzibar International Airport a further 15 minutes away.

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

DAY 17: KENA BEACH HOTEL, MATEMWE   

Matemwe

Sandwiched between tropical greenery and the warm azure waters of the Indian Ocean, remote Matemwe beach is arguably the most enchanting of all the beaches in Zanzibar. Located on the last stretch of sand before the beaches give way to rugged cliffs on the uninhabited north-east coast of the island, Matemwe offers an unspoiled natural landscape, perfect for a relaxing tropical beach holiday.

With its lovely shallow lagoon and the coral gardens of the renowned Mnemba Atoll resting just off the coast, Matemwe boasts some of Africa’s most impressive diving and snorkelling sites where you can marvel at the abundance of exotic marine life including colourful reef fish, turtles and many species of dolphin. Above water, visitors can experience a local fishing trip on a traditional dhow, visit nearby markets and villages, or simply kick back under a palm tree and unwind, far from the stresses of the modern world.

Overnight: Kena Beach Hotel

Kena Beach Hotel is the ultimate barefoot paradise on the east coast of the laid-back tropical island of Zanzibar in East Africa. Here you will find the answers you have always been looking for. Whether you are in need of reconnecting with your significant other and children on a fun-filled Zanzibar Family Holiday or need a place to truly relax. Kena Beach Hotel can offer you everything and more. Plus, beautiful sunrises and palm-lined beaches are free – and we know that the best things in life are often free.

Why not soak your tense body in the stunning crystal clear Zanzibar waters that envelop Kena Beach Hotel while you dream of lazily making your way back to one of the two delightful restaurants to snack on fresh local food. Afterwards, satiated, you can stretch out on hammocks under the distinctive Makuti roofs as you carefully select the most desirable spa treatment from the hotel spa booklet. If you prefer Mother Nature’s treatments, then nothing can beat a healthy dose of fresh air as you soak up the sun around the pristine pool or garden.

Basis

Half Board: Bed, Dinner and Breakfast.

DAY 18, 19, 20, 21: KENA BEACH HOTEL, MATEMWE   

Free days at leisure with optional activities available at an extra cost.

Basis

Half Board: Bed, Dinner and Breakfast.

DAY 22: END OF ITINERARY      

Day Itinerary

After breakfast at the hotel followed by check out, Transfer to the Zanzibar Airport for your international outbound flight departing at TBA hrs back home. End of our services

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