Short Wildlife Safari in Tanzania

Short Wildlife Safari in Tanzania

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  • Duration:3 Days
  • Trip GradeEasy
  • DestinationTanzania Kilimanjaro
  • Max Altitude1,800 m
  • ActivityWildlife Safari
  • Group Size1-10
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  • No booking or Credit Card Fee
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Tanzania, nestled in the heart of East Africa, is a land of unparalleled natural beauty and a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Embarking on a 3-day wildlife safari in Tanzania is an extraordinary opportunity to witness the untamed majesty of the African wilderness up close. From the iconic Big Five to the vibrant birdlife and stunning landscapes, this brief 3-day Safari in Tanzania promises an unforgettable glimpse into the wild wonders of Tanzania.

As the sun rises over Arusha, the gateway to Tanzania's famed national parks, anticipation fills the air. The first leg of the journey takes you to Lake Manyara National Park, where you'll embark on a thrilling adventure through diverse ecosystems teeming with wildlife. From the graceful movements of giraffes to the majestic presence of elephants, every moment promises a new and exhilarating encounter with nature's finest.

The second day of this Short Tanzania Safari begins with an early departure towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The main attraction in Tanzania is the Ngorongoro Crater, often referred to as "Africa's Eden" for its unparalleled concentration of wildlife.

Descending into the crater, you're greeted by a breathtaking vista. The Ngorongoro Crater is a natural amphitheater, home to a diverse array of animals, including the Big Five, as well as hippos, cheetahs, and hyenas. The five-hour game drive within the crater provides ample opportunities to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

As the day unfolds, you may witness lions on the hunt, elephants cooling off at watering holes, or the impressive black rhinoceros, one of the most endangered species on Earth. The Ngorongoro Crater is not just a wildlife haven; it's a geological wonder, and the breathtaking views from its rim are equally captivating. 

The third day of the 3 days safari in Tanzania Itinerary takes you to the Tarangire National Park, a hidden gem renowned for its diverse wildlife and iconic baobab trees. The drive itself is an immersive experience as you traverse through the rural landscapes of Tanzania, catching glimpses of daily life in remote villages.

Upon arrival at Tarangire, the park's unique charm unveils itself. Giant baobab trees look like ancient sentinels, and the landscape transforms into a patchwork of golden grasslands, vibrant swamps, and lush woodlands. Tarangire is celebrated for its massive elephant population, and it's not uncommon to encounter these gentle giants grazing by the roadside. The park is also home to a plethora of other wildlife, including lions, leopards, giraffes, zebras, and countless bird species.

A game drive through Tarangire allows you to immerse yourself in this natural wonderland. The thrilling sightings, like a pride of lions resting under an acacia tree or a herd of impalas bounding gracefully through the savannah, make every moment an adventure. As the day comes to a close, you'll retire to your chosen accommodation, which may be a comfortable lodge or a tented camp, surrounded by the sounds of the African night.

After an exhilarating five hours of exploration, it's time to bid farewell to this natural marvel and begin your journey back to Arusha, where your safari adventure concludes. As you reflect on your three days of discovery, you carry with you the indelible memories of Tanzania's wild beauty, an experience that will forever hold a special place in your heart.

Major Highlights of Tanzania 3 Days Tarangire and Ngorongoro Safari

Lake Manyara 

Tucked away in Tanzania's Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara is a mesmerizing destination known for its stunning landscape and diversity in species of animals. Discovering the rich greenery of the national park and coming across famous African species, visitors can take in extensive views of the lake and its stunning backdrop of the Rift Valley ridge. The existence of indigenous populations such as the Maasai and Iraqw lends cultural relevance to the area, enhancing Lake Manyara's appeal as a natural wonder and cultural treasure.

Tarangire National Park Safari

One of the major highlights of a 3-day Tarangire and Ngorongoro Safari in Tanzania is the opportunity to witness the incredible elephant population in Tarangire National Park. Tarangire is renowned for having one of the highest numbers of elephants in Africa, and encountering these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat is a truly awe-inspiring experience. These gentle giants, often in large herds, can be seen gracefully meandering through the golden grasslands, using their trunks to strip leaves from acacia trees or playfully spraying themselves with water at the Tarangire River. Observing their social interactions and witnessing baby elephants alongside their protective mothers adds an emotional depth to the safari. Tarangire's elephants are a testament to the park's commitment to wildlife conservation and provide a memorable and heartwarming highlight of the trip.

Ngorongoro Crater

Another major highlight of this Three Day Safari Tanzania is the Ngorongoro Crater, often known as "Africa's Eden." The Ngorongoro Crater is a natural wonder, formed by the collapse of a volcanic caldera, and it offers an unparalleled opportunity to see an astonishing variety of wildlife in a relatively compact area. As you descend into the crater, you'll be greeted by breathtaking panoramic views before encountering the rich diversity of animals that call this unique ecosystem home. The Big Five, lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, rhinoceros, etc are present making it a prime location for wildlife enthusiasts. Beyond the Big Five, you'll encounter cheetahs, hyenas, hippos, and an array of bird species. The Ngorongoro Crater's unique geography and exceptional wildlife make it one of the world's most sought-after safari destinations, offering an unforgettable spectacle of nature's grandeur during your 3-day adventure in Tanzania.

Highlights of 3 Day Safari Tanzania

  • Witness large herds of elephants in the Tarangire National Park.
  • Encounter lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinoceros in Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Enjoy stunning views of baobab trees, savannahs, and the Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Interact with local communities and experience Tanzanian culture.
  • Marvel at the vibrant African sunsets.
  • Learn from knowledgeable safari guides.
  • Rest in comfortable lodges or tented camps.
  • Spot diverse bird species in their natural habitat.

Best Time for 3 Days in Tanzania

The Best Time to Safari Tarangire and Ngorongoro would be during the dry season, goes from June to October. This period offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities as animals gather around water sources, making them easier to spot. The weather is generally clear, with comfortable temperatures, creating perfect conditions for outdoor activities and photography.

However, it's essential to note that this is the peak tourist season, so accommodations may be pricier, and some areas might get crowded. If you prefer a quieter experience with more affordable options, the shoulder season (November to March) can also be an excellent choice. However, it may come with occasional rains and lush landscapes.

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Here is the complete itinerary of the Short Wildlife Safari in Tanzania. If you are looking for your own customized itinerary, feel free to contact us anytime. 

On Day 1 of your safari adventure, your journey begins with a prompt 8:30 AM pickup from your hotel in Arusha, initiating an exciting expedition to Lake Manyara National Park. As you traverse the picturesque landscapes, anticipate an array of wildlife sightings amidst diverse ecosystems, including the renowned pink flamingos adorning the lake's shores. After a captivating game drive, relish a scenic picnic lunch amidst the park's stunning backdrop. Following this, continue your safari, immersing yourself in the park's rich biodiversity until late afternoon. Overnight at a standard lodge or Safari Lodge.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge/ Safari Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 Hours
  • Maximum Altitude1,400 m

The next day you ascend up early at the Ngorongoro Crater and descent at around 6:30 AM into the crater floor. The Ngorongoro crater is the world's largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. It has a massive floor of about 260 sq kms with a depth of over 2000 feet. The 5-hour game drive on the crater floor will show you a lot of animal action. Keeping the camera ready is definitely recommended. 

The African Elephant, Buffalo, Black rhino, Hippos, Hyena, cheetahs and Lions are found in plenty. Post the picnic lunch at the beautiful Hippo pool, you will begin a steep ascend to the top exit of the crater. 

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge/ Safari Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude1,800 m

On the last day of your safari, you will have an early start. Finishing up with a quick breakfast you will make an early depart for Tarangire National Park with a picnic lunch for a full day game drive. This third largest National Park is known for majestic baobab trees that dot the landscape, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. The Tarangire River is the centerpiece of this park which is famous for some of the largest herds of elephants in Africa. Here you may see lion, leopard, cheetah, lesser kudu, buffalo, oryx, eland, giraffe and zebra. 

This is the last leg of the safari, with a 4hr drive left to Arusha. You will be dropped off to your preferred location in Arusha by 6:00 PM in the evening. With an incredible experience and loads of memories to cherish, this is the time you bid goodbye to your team.

  • MealsBreakfast and Lunch
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude1,250 m

What's Included

  • Park fees (for Non-Residents).
  • 2X Accommodation at standard lodge during the safari
  • All the ground transportation during the safari 
  • Concession Fees.
  • A professional driver/ guide while on safari.
  • Food, insurance, and salary for all the crew members
  • 4x4 Land Cruisers.
  • Company service charges and government taxes
  • Full Board Meals as per itinerary.
  • Drinking water during safari (1.5 liters per person per day).
  • International flights
  • Lunch & dinner in Arushi
  • Tips for guide or drivers
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tanzanian Visa fee (50 USD for most of the passports and 100 USD for USA citizens, purchase during arrival)
  • Increases in park fees where applicable
  • Personal Expenses (Bar Bills, Phone Calls,etc.).
  • Government imposed an increase of Taxes and or Park Fees.
  • Any other personal expenses which are not mentioned above


Q1. How much is Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater for 3 days?

The cost of a 3-day Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater safari in Tanzania can vary depending on various factors, including the tour operator, the level of accommodation, and the specific services included in the package. 

On average, you can expect the cost to range from $900 to $1,500 or more per person. Luxury safaris with premium lodges or tented camps tend to be at the higher end of this range, while budget options may be more affordable.

Tanzania is generally considered safe for tourists, and both Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater are popular safari destinations. However, like any travel destination, it's essential to take standard safety precautions. 

Additionally, we highly recommend consulting your healthcare provider for necessary vaccinations and health precautions before traveling to Tanzania.

You can book your trips from Footprint Adventure, a reputable travel agency that takes care of all of your travel needs. Make sure to pre-book your trips for a smooth and safe travel. 

To know more about booking a trip with Footprint Adventure, visit here or contact us directly, here.

For packing, consider including items like lightweight clothing, comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, a camera with extra batteries and memory cards, binoculars, and a reusable water bottle. It's also advisable to check with your tour operator for any specific packing recommendations based on the season and your chosen itinerary.

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