4-Day Budget Safari (Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro & Tarangire)




4 day budget tour overview

Our 4-day Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park safari package was designed to offer visitors, with a budget constraint, the opportunity to experience a 4 day Tanzanian Northern Circuit wildlife safari at affordable rates. Experience the excitement of an African wildlife safari, or even a photographic safari in the Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro crater and Tarangire National Park located in the northern Tanzania.

This unforgettable African safari tour will take you to the Ngorongoro crater, rated as one of the top 10 safari destinations in the world. The Ngorongoro crater is a breath taking natural wonder, featuring one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa and offering some of the easiest and most rewarding game viewing in Tanzania. You will also visit the Lake Manyara National Park, home to a myriad of birdlife, offering an impressive diversity of habitats for animals and birds – slopes of the rift valley, ground water forest, acacia woodlands, open grassland and the soda lake itself. You will also visit the Tarangire National Park that offer a wide variety of wildlife. During the dry season the Tarangire River offers the only permanent water source in the area and animals migrate to this park.

We are flexible to tailor this sample Tanzanian safari itinerary – it can be adapted to suite your own personal needs and preferences, to any seasonal changes or to migratory animal movements. As with all our African safaris, we have offered you a wide variety of accommodation options – directly impacting on the total safari costs – in order to offer you the widest possible tour budget options.

Please do not hesitate to contact one of our tours consultants directly, should you require any further assistance or more detailed information, regarding any of our safaris, tours, travel and other trekking packages.

Safari at a glance

4 Days: Lake Manyara / Ngorongoro Crater / Tarangire

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
National Park Arusha / Lake Manyara Lake Manyara / Ngorongoro Ngorongoro / Tarangire Tarangire / Arusha
Game viewing drives Half day afternoon game drive Full day game drive Half day afternoon game drive Half day morning game drive
Other activities (additional cost) Hike to crater rim* or visit Masai village*
Travel time 2 ½ hours 2 hours 3 ½ hours 2 hours
Accommodation options
Luxury lodges Lake Manyara Serena Lodge Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Semi Luxury lodges Kirurumu Tented Lodge Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Tented Camps & Lodges Migunga Forest Camp Bougainvillea Lodge (not on crater rim) Whistling Thorn Camp
BL = Breakfast & Lunch, BLDB = Breakfast Lunch Dinner & Bed, LDB = Lunch Dinner Bed
Am = Morning game viewing drive / Pm = Afternoon game viewing drive
* optional extras subject to availability at additional cost


Day 1 – Arusha – Lake Manyara

Travel time: 2 ½ hours
Distance: 130 km

Meet our professional tours guide/driver in Arusha town, who will deliver a short safari info briefing, after which, we travel to the Lake Manyara National Park. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. After lunch we head into the Lake Manyara National Park. This impressive park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park) at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake.

Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.


Day 2 – Lake Manyara National Park – Ngorongoro Crater

Non game-viewing travel time: 2 hours

Distance: 60km

After breakfast, collect packed lunch and transfer to the Ngorongoro crater. Upon arrival we will descend 600m into this magnificent crater for a full-day game drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most densely crowded African wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro Crater supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is it’s dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will enjoy a picnic lunch in the crater.

Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.


Day 3 – Ngorongoro Crater – Tarangire National Park

Travel time: 3 ½ hours
Distance: 155 km

After breakfast we depart for the Tarangire National Park, we arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. After lunch, will we head into the Tarangire National Park for an afternoon game drive. The park runs along the line of the Tarangire River and is mainly made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. Its natural vegetation mainly consists of Acacia woodland and giant African Baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the south. Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.


Day 4 – Tarangire National Park – Arusha

Non game-viewing travel time: 2 hours
Distance: 90 km

After breakfast do we head into the Tarangire National Park for a morning game drive. Both the river and the swamps act like a magnet for wild animals, during Tanzania’s dry season. The Tarangire National Park is reputed to contain some of the largest elephant herds in Africa. This African national park is also home to three rare species of animals – the Greater Kudu, the Fringed-eared Oryx, as well as a few Ashy Starlings. We return to the lodge for lunch after which we will depart for Arusha town and we will end our African safari adventure. The group should tip the tour guide around $ 20 to $ 30 a day for all our safaris. You will be taken to your hotel, which ends our safari packages services.


The departure dates for all our African safaris and tours packages are totally flexible according to your own personal needs. Please contact us for further and more detailed information.


Link: 4 day budget safari package prices.