Tanzania Camping Safari – 7 days
Take a private safari to the best of all the East African national parks. Depending on the time of year, you’ll have the chance to see the great migration in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
The tour starts in Arusha and ends in Arusha. Along the way you’ll have countless adventures in your own animal tracking vehicle, travelling the wild African savanna in search of big game. If you’re a nature enthusiast at heart, this trip is definitely one you don’t want to miss!
Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) – Arusha
Upon arrival, you will be met at the Kilimanjaro International Airport by your driver. After being taken to your hotel, your safari manager will come and meet you for a safari briefing. Whichever you choose, tonight you can sit back, enjoy your dinner and settle into the African way of life. Overnight at L’oasis Lodge or similar lodge, meals on bed and breakfast basis
Day 2: Arusha – Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, we depart for Tarangire, Tanzania’s third largest national park and sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Animals concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in the area. There is a great diversity of wildlife including lion, leopard, and cheetah and up to six thousand elephants. Camping Accommodation Tarangire public campsite, all meals included.
Day 3: Tarangire National Park – Lake Manyara National Park
Tree Climbing Lions & Pink Flamingoes
The morning after breakfast with packed lunch boxes, Your Safari will continue with a drive towards Lake Manyara National Park…. Nestled at the base of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment, the park is recognized for its incredible beauty.
You can see many game animals such as buffalo, elephant, giraffe, impala, hippo and others. Eventually, you will arrive and stay overnight at beautiful Lake Manyara, which Ernest Hemingway once called the “The loveliest lake in Africa.” The national park is home to the unique tree-climbing lions of Lake Manyara, which you’ll have the chance to see lounging in the high tree branches.
Camping Accommodation: Lake Manyara public campsite, all meals included
Day 4: Lake Manyara – Naabi Hill Gate – Serengeti National Park
Endless Plains of the Serengeti
After breakfast from your camp, you will start on your way to the Serengeti National Park.
You will transit Ngorongoro Crater and stop for a picnic lunch on a kopje (rock outcropping) it will be time to head further into the park begin your game drive. You pass through green savannah where elephants and giraffes roam, through a stretch of territory which is rarely visited by travellers, to reach the central Serengeti. The name Serengeti comes from the Maasai word, “Siringet” referring to an endless plain. As you traverse the park you’ll begin to understand the reason behind this name. Once you’ve seen enough game for the day, it will be on to your nearby lodge in time for dinner.
Camping Accommodation: Serengeti public campsite, all meals included.
Day 5: Full day Game drive in Serengeti National Park
Great Wildebeest Migration
If you rise early you can take a morning game drive through the park to see the nocturnal predators returning from their nightly hunt and animals waking up in the early morning light. Depending on the time of year and the migration of the herds, you can expect to see wildebeest, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos, antelopes and many birds and other species. Just as in Ngorongoro, your driver will be in contact with other safari drivers and will amaze you with his skill at locating the hidden animals. You will then head back to your camp for another night.
There is an optional hot-air balloon safari – which will take place in the morning, just as the sun rises. You’ll float in whichever direction the morning winds take you. Your pilot can precisely control the altitude of your balloon; at times he will ascend to 1000′ or more to see the enormity and wonderful panorama of the Serengeti. After the landing, you celebrate with champagne and a full English breakfast prepared and served in the bush in ‘Out of Africa’ style. After breakfast, you receive your Serengeti balloon certificate and drive back to your lodge or proceed with your day’s activities and game drives around the Serengeti.
(Price for this ballooning is not included in the package, it is US$539 per person, and please let me know in advance to book this for you – space is so limited).
Camping Accommodation: Serengeti public campsite, all meals included
Day 6: Depart Serengeti National Park -Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater – Natural Wonders of the World
After breakfast you will proceed to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, visit Masai Boma (Local society village on the Ngorongoro Crater rim, before you descend down to the crater floor for a full day game drive).
Afterwards, you will descend into the crater for a wonderful game drive and picnic lunch. The inside of the Ngorongoro Crater is often described as one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. It is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and a natural sanctuary for one of Africa’s most dense animal populations. It is one of the few places where the rare black rhino can still be observed in its natural setting. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater because of its 2,000 ft. high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds and other species. With a bit of luck, the ‘Big Five’ can all be spotted on a single game drive. Tonight you will stay overnight in a lodge in the crater.
Camping Accommodation: Simba Public Campsite, all meals included.
Day 7: Ngorongoro – Mto Wa Mbu Village – Arusha – Kilimanjaro International Airport
Visit orphans, Local School & Masai Markets
After breakfast at Ngorongoro Crater, you will drive to Karatu & Mto Wa Mbu village. Spend some hours around Karatu and Mto Wa Mbu villages, a small town located at the outer rim of the Ngorongoro Highlands. Sitting on a plateau of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment, the town enjoys a beautiful climate. Your day will be filled with many cultural encounters. Go on a stroll to the busy market of Karatu Town and pay a visit to a descendant of the old Iraq-Tribe. He will give you an interesting introduction to the traditions of Tanzania and his tribe.
At the appropriate time, you will be taken to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for your international flight. Welcome Back to Tanzania!
Group Size Per person
2 – 4 1,560US$
6 – 8 1,460US$
10 or more Contact us for price
• All airport and hotel transfers in private car
• Private safari as per itinerary
• Transport and wildlife drives in modified 4WD Land Cruiser with photographic roof hatch
• Services of a professional English speaking safari guide
• All wildlife reserve entry fees
• All game drives as mentioned
• All accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
• 2 ltr mineral waters per person/day during game drives
• International Flights
• All items of a personal nature
• Gratuities for safari guide
• Travel insurance
• Visa fee (50 US$ /100 US$ for Americans & Irish Passport Holders- to be paid upon arrival)
• Drinks and beverages
• Hot Air Balloon Safari at Serengeti (539 USD per person including concession fee)
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*** routing subject to changes if necessary ****