This is the best 3-day Tanzania Safari Package that takes you to Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara, and the famous Ngorongoro Crater which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the world biosphere reserves in Tanzania. You will then finish your tour with a visit to the small gem of a park; Lake Manyara National Park, after which you will be dropped back at Arusha.

This 3-day Tanzania safari tour starts and ends at Arusha, the hub for safaris in Tanzania. If arriving early morning at Kilimanjaro International Airport, we can always pick you up from there and you will head straight to the park for safari game drives. A small supplement for the transfer will be charged. Please contact our safari experts for more information.

The three-day taste of the Tanzania safari starting and ending at Arusha will be as per the below-outlined tour itinerary;

3-day Tanzania Safari at a Glance

Day 1 – Pick up from your hotel in Arusha or hotel in Arusha. Transfer to Tarangire National Park for safari. Overnight at a lodge in Karatu.

Day 2 – Descend to Ngorongoro Crater for a full-day safari. Transfer back to your lodge at Karatu.

Day 3 –  Drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a safari up to later in the afternoon. Depart Manyara in the afternoon and transfer back to Arusha.

End of your 3-day safari in Tanzania.

3-day Tanzania Safari Where to visit?

This package takes you to two of the most famous parks in Tanzania which makes part of the more visited Northern Tanzania Safari Circuit.

Tarangire National Park

Are elephants your favorite animals? Tarangire National Park harbors thousands of them. Large herds of elephants roam this wilderness in Northern Tanzania. You will be treated to great sightings of huge elephants dwarfed by the gigantic baobab trees of Tarangire. Tarangire River which is a permanent river that crosses the park ensures a constant supply of water, which draws lots of animals that come to drink at the banks.

Other animals that can be seen in Tarangire include lions, zebras, giraffes, elands, gazelles, hartebeests, Buffaloes, impalas, lions, cheetahs, leopards, and many others. Many birds can be spotted in Tarangire, both resident and migratory.

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater is a small area of 21 Km in Diameter, full of wildlife, both animals and birds. No other place can compare to Ngorongoro Crater in terms of wildlife concentration per square kilometer. The small area is believed to harbor more than 20,000 animals, no wonder the place is referred to as the ‘Africa’s Garden of Eden’.

Lake Manyara National Park

This small park covers a total of 330 Km square of which 110 is the landmass while 220 is the lake itself. The park is usually lush green with rainforests which have underground rivers that provide constant water supply to the lake and therefore wildlife wildlife as well. Lake Manyara National Park is well known for the legendary tree-climbing lions, but many other animals call the park home.

3-day Tanzania Lodge safari – Where to stay?

During this 2 days / 1 night safari in Tanzania, you will be accommodated in a lodge or tented camp within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area or in Karatu just outside the NCAA. No human habitation is allowed at the base of the Crater, while a few lodges and camps are located inside the conservation area but at the crater’s rim. Most of the accommodations at Ngorongoro are located in Karatu within a short driving distance from the main gate; Loduare.

If you have an extra day to spend, our 4-day Tanzania safari will be a great alternative for you. Please get in touch for free advice from our Tanzania safari experts.

Safari add-ons

After the safari, you will be dropped back at Arusha from where you can take a flight to Zanzibar Island for a beach extension. We normally can include a flight from Arusha or from Kilimanjaro depending on availability. While at Zanzibar you will be staying in nice beach hotels and the cost depends on the level of comfort.

Apart from a beach vacation in Zanzibar, we can also arrange a hike to the rooftop of Africa; Mount Kilimanjaro. The climb to Mount Kilimanjaro can take from 5 days to 9 days depending on the route that you choose.

This will be a private tour and you can get in touch with our able safari experts for more information and free advice on the best way to take this 3-day Tanzania Lodge safari.

Additional information

Duration3 Days
DestinationNorthern Tanzania
LocationTarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater
Starting | Finishing PointArusha town

3-day Tanzania safari Itinerary

Day 1

Arusha – transfer to Tarangire National Park

Pick up from Arusha town and the environs. We pick up from any hotel in Arusha, at around 7 or 8 Am depending on your preference. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel’s lobby and after loading your luggage onto the 4×4 safari jeep, you will take off to Tarangire National Park with a brief stop at the hops in Arusha if you wish to buy any personal supplies or change money. The drive to Tarangire National Park is a scenic one. Sights of Masai children grazing cattle in the Maasai Steppe, as well as rolling hills in the horizons. You will make a brief stop at the park gate for paperwork and thereafter start on your first safari game drives right from the gate.

You will have a picnic lunch at one of the picnic sites and proceed with safari game drives through the afternoon until around 4.30 Pm when you will exit the park and transfer to Karatu, in the Ngorongoro Highlands. Check-in for dinner and overnight at the Marera Valley Lodge. Lunch and Dinner Included.

Meals included: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2

Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater floor

Early morning pick up from your lodge at Karatu, and transfer to Loduare Gate where you will make a brief stop for registration to enter the Ngorongoro Conservation Area at the Loduare Main Gate. The earlier you descend to the Crater floor, the better because that gives you a better chance to spot animals while they are still most active.  The descent down the 600-meter-high walls of the Crater is a highlight in itself, and once you arrive at the Crater floor you will start the safari game drive right away. Lunch will be served at the Hippo poolside picnic site. Explore the different habitats in the Crater floor in search of animals and with a little luck, you will spot the Big Five; Lions, Elephants, Leopards, buffalos, and Rhinos among many other animals.  Late in the afternoon (or early afternoon if you wish), you will be taken back to your lodge for relaxation and later dinner and overnight. Overnight at Marera Valley Lodge.

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 3

Lake Manyara tour, transfer back to Arusha

This is the last day of your 3 days Tanzania Lodge safari. You will wake up for an early morning breakfast then you will say goodbye to the lodge staff and take off for Lake Manyara National Park. It is a nice scenic short drive (of around 20 minutes) down the Great Rift Valley Escarpment walls to the park’s main gate where you will make a brief stop for registration.

You will do game drives in Lake Manyara National Park in search of wild animals, up to the shores of the lake where you will watch hippos and many aquatic birds including geese and colorful flamingos. Many animals migrate between Tarangire and Lake Manyara including large herds of elephants. Lunch will be at a picnic site, then after satisfactory game drives, you will be transferred back to Arusha where the safari ends.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

Please Note:

At the end of the 3-day Tanzania safari in Arusha town, we can arrange your airport transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport at a small supplement, if departing on the same afternoon. In case you are heading to Zanzibar for beach extension please indicate your requirements and we will be able to tailor make your combined safari and beach package.

3-day Tanzania Safari Prices

We only offer private tours. The price for the 3 days safari in Tanzania from Arusha will be as per below depending on the number of persons travelling together.

2 adults travelling together 1080 USD
4 adults travelling together 825 USD
6 adults travelling together 750 USD

For groups of more than 6, for children under 16 years old, and for Solo travelers, please get in touch with our safari experts for a price quote.

We can customize the program according to your interests and budget.

The Price includes

03 days private Tanzania safari for 2 – 6 persons or more

Transfers and safari game drives in a 4×4 safari land cruiser with photographic roof hatch

Services of a professional English-speaking safari guide

Park entry fees and Ngorongoro Crater fees

02 x FB at safari lodges camps as per your itinerary

Bottled water in the safari car during game drives

Value Added Tax by Tanzania Revenue Authority

The price does not include

Airport transfers in Arusha (if needed)

All items of a personal nature

Tips and gratuities for safari guide & lodge /camp staff

Travel insurance

Laundry services during the safari

Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks & beverages

This package can be customized with cheaper accommodation or basic camping if you like. The same package can be also offered using luxury lodges or tented camps in case you want an upgrade.

You may also be interested in our 4-day Tanzania Lodge safari in case you have one more day to spare for the best wildlife safari in Tanzania. The four-day package includes Tarangire, Ngorongoro but also The Serengeti National Park.

Get in touch with us for free customization and advice on the best 3-day Tanzania safari.

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