5 Days Budget Tanzania Safari to Serengeti & Ngorongoro

Enjoy 5 Days Budget Tanzania Safari exploring the splendid Northern Tourist Circuit sites such as Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park.

This is an ultimate wildlife safari in Tanzania taking you through a thrilling wildebeest migration experience in Serengeti, big game safari in Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara National Park.

5 Days Budget Tanzania Safari

Serengeti National Park an expansive 14763sq.kms protected area was established in 1952 and protects a range of wildlife. This designated UNESCO Site boasts of its spectacular landscape teeming with wildlife including over 2 million wildebeests, cheetahs, leopards, lions, rhinos, buffaloes;

Others include waterbucks, hartebeests, elands, hippos, crocodiles, spotted hyenas, gazelles, giraffes. Over 500 bird species also range within Serengeti National Park’s diverse habitats and they include lots of ostriches, grey crested helmet shrike, red capped robin chat, secretary bird, Fischer’s lovebird, Usambiro barbet, kori bustard etc.

5 Days Budget Tanzania Safari Brief itinerary

  • Day 1: Lake Manyara NP
  • Day 2: Serengeti National Park
  • Day 3: Serengeti wildlife viewing
  • Day 4: Serengeti-Ngorongoro Crater
  • Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater-Arusha

Detailed itinerary of the 5 Days Budget Tanzania Safari

Day 1: Lake Manyara National Park

Drive from Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park, 2 and half hours’ drive/130kms. Lake Manyara National Park is a compact Tanzania safari park but rich with wildlife including buffaloes, giraffes, impalas, warthogs, elephants, monkeys, lions- the tree climbing lions, over 400 bird species including flamingos.

Lake Manyara National Park

Upon arrival, check in at your safari lodge and after, proceed for a guided game drive in the plains of Lake Manyara National Park. Expected animal sightings include big game species, antelopes, birds and more then you get back for dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Activities: Game drive, bird watching

Budget Accommodations in Lake Manyara National Park

  • Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp/Olmasera Tented Camp

Meal plan: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, leave your accommodation for a short guided game drive to search for more wildlife that you could have missed the previous day including lots of the tree climbing lions. Later, begin your 6 hours’ drive/205kms journey to Serengeti National Park a home to wildebeests.

Descend down to Seronera area, a rich area with Serengeti’s wildlife. Settle for lunch and after, set off for an afternoon game drive to look out for big game and wildebeests. Enjoy the sunset views and later return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay.

Activities: Travelling, Game drive, Sightseeing

Budget Accommodations in Serengeti

  • Kijereshi Tented Camp/Usanja Camp

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Serengeti Wildlife Viewing

Rise up and enjoy spicy breakfast, after, begin the long day wildlife adventure in extensive Serengeti Plains. Today’s expected animal sightings range from wildebeest river crossing to big game and several other mammal species, birds etc.

Serengeti National Park

Since you have the whole day exploring what Serengeti has to offer, you will also settle for picnic lunch and next visit will be the kopjes circuit.

Activities: Wildebeest migration experience, Game viewing


  • Kijereshi Tented Camp/Usanja Camp

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater

After a delicious cup of tea/coffee, you will leave Serengeti and your next visit will be Ngorongoro Crater – 4 hours’ drive/145kms. En-route expected stopover will be at Olduvai gorge a historical site where human skull was discovered.

Drive down 600m into the Crater to enjoy remarkable view of wildlife for at least half day. Ngorongoro Crater is a home to countless wildlife such as elands, the giant African elephants, warthogs, zebras, buffaloes, wildebeests, hyenas, lions, jackals and more.

There will be opportunity to also pay a visit to Lake Magadi an extensive and shallow Alkaline Lake located in the Southwestern side of Ngorongoro Crater. Lake Magadi also houses a range of birds including flamingos plus aquatic life like hippos.

Activities: Travelling, Ngorongoro Crater safari

Budget Accommodation in Ngorongoro Crater Area

  • Budget: Karatu Simba Lodge/Plantation Lodge

Travel time: 4 hours

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha

Enjoy an early breakfast at the lodge in Ngorongoro Crater, after, you will be exiting Ngorongoro for Arusha- 4 hours’ drive.

Lunch will be offered at the classic restaurant upon arrival, then the driver will drop you to the airport for departure or at your hotel.

End of the 5 Days Budget Tanzania Safari


5 Days Budget Tanzania Safari inclusions

  • 4×4 tourist vehicle
  • Full board accommodation
  • All trip activities as stated in the package
  • Park entry fees
  • Bottle of mineral water on a safari

5 Days Budget Tanzania Safari exclusions

  • Domestic flights
  • Laundry
  • Tips
  • Extra trip activities
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Bills on telephone
  • Shopping

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