Travel type: 7 days Camping Tour
Destination: Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater / Tarangire
Travel time: 7 days
Day 0: Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha city
Meet and greet on arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel, 45minutes drive, On Arrival to the airport we will pick up you and provide accommodation at our hotel within Arusha, Mount Meru Hotel- Bed and Breakfast.
On this 7-day camping safari, you will explore four of Tanzania’s northern nature reserves. Apart from the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you will also visit the Tarangire, Lake Manyara National Park and Bushmen trip near Lake Eyasi. You will see swamps and savannah, huge herds of elephants and a crater full of game.
Day 1: Arusha – Tarangire National Park
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up and driven to the Tarangire National Park, a huge park roughly the size of a small country. Savannah, baobab trees and seasonal swamps dot the park’s landscape, providing nourishment and shelter for hartebeests, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, various antelopes, and over 550 bird species.
The park prides itself on its large elephant herds, for which the park is famous for, and has become one of the best places in East Africa to see them.
These large mammals have become accustomed to the sound of the safari vehicles allowing for closer observation. After an extensive game drive, you will travel to a Jambo campsite just outside of the park for your overnight stay.
Lunch; Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Day 2: Tarangire Area – Serengeti National Park
Today you will set out on your journey through the lush highlands where corn, coffee, and wheat grown, to travel to the Serengeti National Park. Serengeti, named by the indigenous Masai people, means “endless plains”, which is easy to see once the grassy savannah stretches out before you with no end in sight. The landscape is dotted by kopjes, bizarre rock formations, on which predators often are found surveying the region in search of their prey.
The Serengeti is home to the largest animal migration in the world and depending on the season you will be able to witness thousands of wildebeest and zebras trekking through the Serengeti and Masai Mara Game Reserve in search for food.
In the late afternoon, you will arrive at your dikdik campsite in the Seronera Valley, where you will stay the night.
Breakfast, Lunch; Dinner.
Day 3: Serengeti National Park
The entire day is set aside for more game drives in the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti is the habitat for an abundance of wildlife, such as impalas, buffalo, crocodiles and hippos, but is more well-known for its great migrating herds of zebras and wildebeest.
The animals’ trek is determined by the rainfall and varies from year to year. In November and December, the animals move from the northern region, dominated by woodlands and hills, to the grassy plains of the south. During the longer rainy season from April to June, they return to the north. Apart from the migrating herds, you might have the chance to see predators, such as leopards, cheetahs, and lions, always lurking close by.
The night will be spent at a dikdik campsite in the Seronera Area. Breakfast, Lunch; Dinner.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After an early breakfast, you will head out for another game drive in the Serengeti. You might be able to spot the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard – before embarking on your journey to the Ngorongoro Crater.
The animals roam freely through the unfenced reserves offering you an uninterrupted game viewing experience. Arriving at the edge of the crater you will have your first glimpse of what awaits you the following day – glistening streams, open grassland and an infinite amount of animals.
You will spend the night at a Ngorongoro campsite, directly on the crater’s edge with the orange glow of sunset surrounding you as you drift off to sleep.
Breakfast, Lunch; Dinner.
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater – Lake Eyasi (Hadzabe Tribe)
Early risers are rewarded with breath-taking views of the rising sun over the crater’s edge and after a hearty breakfast, you will drive down the adventurous 4X4 Jeep Land Cruiser into the crater. Formed millions of years ago, is 610 m deep and covers roughly around 260 square kilometers. Due to its dense animal population of approximately 25 000, the crater offers the best game viewing of all the parks in Tanzania. In a matter of minutes, you will be able to see wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, elephants and some of the more than 500 bird species in the area.
With a little bit of luck, you might catch a glimpse of the endangered black rhino horns, peeking through the grass.
After lunch, you will ascend the steep walls of the crater and head to Lake Eyasi bushman or chemchemc.
Day 6: Lake Eyasi hunting with hadzabe-bushman
Very early morning (0645am) you’ll drive to the dwellings of the famous Hadzabe tribe in the bush for cultural interaction. Join the Hadzabe tribe and go to forage, and during the course of the day eat while foraging, and also bring back some honey, fruit, or wild game when available.
While traditionally considered an East African branch of the Khoisan peoples, primarily because their language has clicked, modern genetic research suggests that they may be more closely related to the Pygmies. Get an opportunity to walk with them and watch the way they hunt or collect honey and insects.
Late evening drives back to near Lake Manyara Park for dinner and overnight at the campsite.
Day 7: Mto wa Mbu – Lake Manyara National Park – Arusha
Your final stop on the tour is the small Lake Manyara National Park, named after the shallow alkaline lake covering roughly 200km² of the park. The park is known for its diverse landscapes; not only open grassy plains but also primate-filled woodlands and baobab dotted cliffs
Apart from the spectacular and diverse birdlife of over 400 species, the park is also home to hippos, elephants, baboons, wildebeest, and the peculiar tree-climbing lions. After an extensive game drives through the park, you will leave the cascades of flamingos behind and head back to Arusha overnight at Mount Meru Hotel, where you will arrive in the early evening. Breakfast; Lunch.
Tanzania Camping Safari Include:
Full board accommodation before and After the safari
Private safari guide
Private 4 x 4 safari jeep with pop up roof for game viewing
Transfers in both directions between the International Airport
Park fees/ Crater fees
Comfortable sleeping Tent with Mattress, Sleeping bag.
All meals whilst on safari
Airport Arrival/Departure Meet and Greets at the airport
On safari – Vehicles equipped with ice chest with mineral water, wildlife guidebooks.
Government taxes, VAT and service charges relating to accommodation and included meals
Tanzania Camping Safari Excludes:
Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival, USA and Canada passport holders USD.100.
Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
Optional Tours (balloon rides USD. 500 per person etc)
Tips and any items of personal nature.