Days: 4 Starting Price: Contact for pricing
If you’re looking for the perfect taste of Tanzania but only have a few days to spare, this is the perfect safari for you. Enjoy cultural immersion with two local tribes and see some of Tanzania’s—and Africa’s—most diverse and incredible wildlife, all without breaking the bank.
Starting out from Arusha, you’ll begin your safari with a 2 hour drive through the Tanzanian countryside out to your first destination, Tarangire National Park. Upon entering its gates, you’ll be welcomed by some of the country’s most iconic images: baobabs—one of the oldest and largest trees in Africa.
Known as the elephant’s paradise due to its population of 2000-3000, Tarangire boasts more than one elephant per square kilometer, and you’ll see plenty as you make your way through the park while your guide shares knowledge about their incredible lives.
Around midday, you’ll stop to enjoy lunch at a scenic overlook before embarking on another game drive through the park to see more wildlife, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, hyenas, jackals, giraffes, Buffaloes, mongooses, wildebeests, zebras, impalas, Dik-dik, baboons, monkeys, and over 450 different species of birds.
In the evening, you’ll head back to Karatu, enjoy a tasty dinner and stay at either Eileen’s Trees Lodge or Marera Valley Lodge.
Your second day will start bright and early at 6am as you head out for a fantastic morning game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater—the largest intact and unfilled volcanic caldera in the world. As the sun begins to rise, you’ll get to see many animals coming out to enjoy the cool weather, including many predators who prefer to expend less energy on their hunts.
Around midday, you’ll stop at a beautiful little picnic spot nestled in the park to enjoy your lunch and watch the nearby animals as they gather near the watering hole. After lunch, you’ll enjoy another game drive through the park, which is home to over 20,000 animals, often making it feel like a small zoo, as there are animals in every direction, including the park’s biggest attraction: the rare black rhino, rarely, if ever, found elsewhere in the region.
In addition to the rhinos, you’ll also see many lions—many up close—as well as cheetahs, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, gazelles, warthogs, wildebeests, zebras and many species of birds.
After your evening game drive, you’ll head to Lake Eyasi, about an hour to an hour and a half from Ngorongoro’s main gate, to enjoy dinner, rest and relaxation for the night at Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge.
You’ll start with another early day as you head to visit two tribes local to the area. You’ll first visit the Hadzabe, best known as hunter-gatherers who still hunt with traditional bow and arrow. You’ll join them on a hunting expedition as they gather food for their people before they share their traditional dance back at the village.
From there, you’ll go to visit the Datoga, best known for their blacksmithing abilities, livestock, and beautiful handmade jewelry. You will join them for several cultural activities before heading back to the lodge for a hot lunch and some time to relax before departing for Karatu, where you will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay back at Eileen’s or Marera.
After waking up, you’ll enjoy breakfast before heading out to Lake Manyara National Park. Once inside, you’ll see plenty of wildlife, including a sight you can’t see anywhere else in the region: tree-climbing lions. Because of the thick brush, the lions have learned to climb trees to better spot their prey, giving visitors an incredible view of them in amongst the foliage.
Around midday you’ll enjoy lunch at a picnic site that overlooks much of the park, giving you a beautiful view of the Great Rift Valley. From there, you’ll head back out on another game drive to see more animals, including leopards, hyenas, jackals, mongooses, hippos, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, wildebeests, warthogs, gazelles, monkeys, many species of water birds, and some of the biggest troops of baboons in the area.
Towards the evening, you’ll take your final 2 hour drive through the countryside back to Arusha, bringing your safari adventure to a close.