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    $1239 p/p in USD
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Matukio Safaris

  • Tanzania



Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Camping, Mid Range

Tour Overview

Visit Tanzania’s renowned Tarangire National Park,  Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater on a group safari. Joining a group is one of the most economical and best ways for a budget traveller to explore the beauty and diversity of Tanzania. Cut down the cost of your safari by sharing costs including transport and crater fees as well as having an opportunity to make new African safari friends. You can join as a single traveler or as a couple. Our shared safari group size is kept small, ranging from six persons per vehicle.

Game drive serengeti
Matukio Safaris Mvulini Hotel Arusha
Matukio Safaris Olea African Lodge Karatu
Matukio Safaris Olea Africana Lodge Karatu
Mvulini Hotel Arusha Matukio Safaris
Serengeti Accommodation Tent Matukio Safaris Tanzania
Matukio Safaris game drive vehicle 4 X 4

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Big Five Safari, Camping Safari, Family Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area & Crater
  • Wildlife:
    Big Five, Birds, Antelope, Zebra, Giraffe, Hippo, Crocodile, Elephant, Leopard, Lion, Cheetah, Rhino, Buffalo, Wild Dog, Hyena, Wildebeest
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Optional Activities
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Safari Vehicle, Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Kilimanjaro or Arusha Airports
  • Minimum age:
    17 years old


  • Enjoy daily game drives
  • Free park entrance and guiding fees
  • Accompanied by an English speaking driver/guide
  • Experience game viewing from a 4×4 vehicle with window seat guarantee
  • Daily delicious meals
  • Bottled water & soda during the game drive
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure

What to expect on Tanzania Budget Safari

  • The group will share bathroom facilities only at Serengeti for two nights. At other accommodations they have bath and toilet in their room.
  • Shared safari vehicle with a window seat guarantee.
  • Tasty meals prepared by our camping chef from a planned safari menu, the menu is usually wholesome, simple food.
  • A self-service bar, with guest participating in stocking it. Guests will be required to purchase their alcoholic beverages and soft drinks at supply points along the safari route.
  • Staff and supplies don’t travel with the guests in a same vehicle so our clients can spend more time game viewing.
  • Low budget safari participation involves guest more intensely in the challenging but rewarding life of a nomad, providing a very unique experience while you’re at Serengeti for two nights.
  • In the Serengeti you will stay in public campsites, located inside the park or on private campsites on the outskirts. The campsites in the parks are not fenced and it is not unlikely that you may find elephants wandering between the tents or bump into antelopes on your way to the shower.
  • Serengeti accommodation will be in waterproof 2-person-tents (2.5m x 2.5m and 1.8m high) with built-in mosquito nets at the entrances and windows. Comfortable 5 cm thick sleeping foam mattresses are provided, as well as robust camping furniture such as tables, safari chairs, functional cutlery and crockery. Our camping equipment is of superior quality, regularly inspected and serviced.

Things to do (optional)

During the safari, there are three optional value added services available. Firstly, visiting the Olduvai Gorge to explore the footprints and skull of Homo Habilis, secondly to visit the Maasai culture in the bush villages, and thirdly to take a hot air balloon safari in the Serengeti.

Additional Remarks

We may have to reroute the accommodations in similar standard lodges/hotels in case of non-availability.

Rates – Per Person USD

From USD 1,239 per person

What's Included

  • 5 lunches
  • 4 dinners
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 5 breakfasts
  • Accommodation at Arusha based on Bed & Breakfast
  • Activities detailed in the itinerary
  • All entry fees and guiding fees
  • All taxes and VAT
  • An excellent 4×4 vehicle with window seat guarantee
  • Camping equipment
  • Car entrances fees
  • Complimentary bottle of drinking water and soda during the game drive
  • Cup of coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa
  • Government imposed increase of park fees
  • Round trip airport transfer
  • Service of an English speaking driver guide
  • Sleeping bags
  • Medical evacuations (Flying Doctor Services) other companies not provide this service
  • Taxes on park fees for non-residents
  • Free Wi-Fi access at the entrance gate of Ngorongoro and Serengeti National Park

What's Excluded

  • International flight (please book your flights to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK))
  • Drinks
  • Extras at the lodges/hotel/camps
  • Telephone usage
  • Tips to the drivers guides
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Any item of personnel nature
  • All not mentioned in the itinerary


  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Matukio Safaris
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Matukio Safaris‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

Matukio Safaris representative will pick you from your place of arrival (Arusha Airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport or bus station) and transferred to Arusha Mvuli Hotel for overnight stay. You will settle your safari payments on arrival at the hotel.

Arusha Mvuli Hotel: located 3 km from the centre of Arusha. It is comfortable and affordable to guests visiting this part of Tanzania. The available facilities onsite include swimming pool, satellite TV, restaurant and parking on premises. All rooms have bath and toilet inside the room.

Wake up early morning to enjoy breakfast and there will be a safari briefing before the tour. After that, an experienced driver guide will transfer you from Arusha Mvuli Hotel to Tarangire National Park for a full day game drive with picnic lunch and then evening drive to Karatu. The group will overnight at Olea Africa Lodge at Karatu, which has a swimming pool to cool off in.

Tarangire National Park is home to three rare species of animals, the greater kudu, fringe-eared oryx and ashy starlings. The park’s vegetation consists mainly of acacia woodland, giant African  baobab trees, and huge swamp areas as well as the Tarangire River and low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. The river and swamps act like a magnet for the local wildlife during the dry season in Tanzania. The sixth largest national park in Tanzania, Tarangire is located in the Manyara Region while its name originates from the Tarangire River that crosses the park.

Olea Africa Lodge: located in Karatu, it is 145 km from Arusha city on the main road to Ngorongoro and Serengeti National Park. The available facilities include swimming pool and  restaurant. All rooms have bath and toilet inside the room.

After breakfast, the group will depart to Serengeti National Park with picnic lunches for a full day game drive. During the afternoon, the group will go on a game drive in Serengeti National Park along the Sogore River circuit, which loops into the plains south of the Seronera River. After the game drive, the group will enjoy dinner and stay overnight at the Seronera campsite. During the night, there are wild sounds that will seduce your soul.

Serengeti is the largest national park in the world, renowned for its natural features, landscape, and the endless plains of savannah grasslands horizon. It’s well-known for its huge annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. From Seronera River valley, you will spot animals such as leopard, gazelle, topi, ostrich, flamingos, lovebirds, cheetah and much more.

There is an optional value added service to visit the Olduvai Gorge, where you can explore the footprints and skull of homo habilis.

Seronera Public Campstine: one of the most famed campsites in Tanzania for animal encounters. It is located in the Central Serengeti area known as Seronera. There are often nocturnal animals passing through the campsite during the night. The facilities available include shared hot showers, bathrooms, eating area and solar powered electricity. The campsite is not fenced; you should move around with caution.

We will offer you an ideal opportunity to do an optional but unforgettable hot air balloon flight over the Serengeti, followed by a delightful champagne breakfast (available at a supplementary cost, but can be booked in advance).

After breakfast we head to the south-eastern side of the park, visiting the Barafu Kopjes and the Ngare Nanyuki River area, for our morning and afternoon game drives. Apart from the lion prides you find in the area, the Barafu Kopjes is the place to visit for possible cheetah sightings. The Ngare Nanyuki River area is also well known for being packed with game. Evening drive back to the campsite for dinner and overnight stay in a dome tent.

After early morning breakfast the group departs for Ngorongoro Crater. Descend to the floor of the crater for a game drive where you will be able to see the jaw-dropping beauty of the world’s largest volcanic caldera, full of grassland, forest and swamp. The permanent water of the crater floor supports a resident population of more than 25,000 large mammals. From there you will encounter animals such as elephants, lions, leopards, hyenas, jackals, wallowing hippos, waterbucks, baboons, and even the rare black rhinos which find shelter there.

The Maasai share this awesome space with the animals, grazing their cattle in an area which has been a separate conservation area since 1956, and became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978. This harmonious co-habitation of man and beast makes Ngorongoro unique in Tanzania and the driver guide will be pleased to explain this incredible co-existence to you. During the afternoon, the group will enjoy a picnic lunch in the crater before driving to Karatu for dinner and overnight at Olea Africa Lodge.

After breakfast drive back to Arusha and your driver guide will drop you to the airport or bus station. We are kindly looking forward to welcoming you back again with friends and family.

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