Tanzania – Explore the Wild
7 Day Safari, Camping
Number of Participants: 2-7 per vehicle
Tour Price: 2,160 USD
Single Supplement: 95 USD
On this 7 day camping safari, you will experience it all starting from fantastic wildlife watching to the impressive land and the lifestyle of the people. You will visit the highlights of North Tanzania such as the Tarangire National Park, Lake Natron, the Serengeti and at the end of your trip the crowning glory; the Ngorongoro Crater. Unique to this safari is the route alongside Lake Natron with its gigantic flamingo colony. Unlike other safaris, it is also possible to travel in and out of the Serengeti along different routes that takes you a little away from the tourist route with a more ‘off the beaten track’ feel and sense of adventure.
Day 1-7; Tanzania
- Tarangire National Park: Game drives
- Lake Natron: Ol Doniyo Lengai- holy mountain of the Masai
- Ngare Sero: Masai Village
- Serengeti Lobo Area: Game drives
- Serengeti Seronera Area: Game drives
- Ngorongoro Crater: Game drives
Day 1 Arusha - Tarangire National Park
Distance approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 2-3h
After your arrival at the airport or your breakfast at your respective hotel, you will be collected from your point of departure. Following a short briefing and after loading the luggage into the vehicle, you will be off in the direction of the Tarangire National Park. This park has diverse landscapes and the variety of wildlife is undoubtedly one of the most attractive in northern Tanzania. Along with the largest elephant population in East Africa, it is also the home to many different large cats such as lions, leopards and cheetahs and you will also see plenty of giraffes, buffalos, zebras and various types of antelopes and gazelles. The late afternoon as well as the following morning will be spend in the national parks with plenty of time for wildlife watching. You will stay overnight in tents.
Day 2 Tarangire National Park - Lake Natron
Distance approx. 170 km; driving time approx. 4h
After breakfast, you will leave Tarangire National Park and head in the direction of Mto wa Mbu. Via exciting tracks along the Rift Valley Escarpment, you will travel to Lake Natron. This route is an ‘insider’s tip’ and has only recently been opened up to tourists. After passing Maasai villages, you will then travel on to the famous mountains of the Rift Valley; Mount Gelai or the Oldonyo Lengai ‘the holy mountain of the Maasai’. Today’s destination is the beautiful small Maasai village of Ngare Sero. With its trees offering shade and a nearby waterfall, it is just what an oasis should be in the hot, dry and dusty Rift Valley. In the distance, a pink glow shimmers from thousand of flamingos breeding on the alkaline Lake Natron. You will stay overnight at a campsite near to the lake itself.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Lake Natron - Serengeti Lobo Area
Distance approx. 190 km; driving time approx. 6-7h
After an early start, you will travel along exciting dirt tracks with wondrous views as your vehicle climbs out of the Rift Valley to reach the wide-open plains of the Serengeti by midday. The Serengeti is the most famous park in Tanzania as it is home to the largest animal migration on the planet. The migrating animals are free to roam where they please and are not confined solely to the park boundaries. However, it has been witnessed that they are straying further afield and to this date, the wildlife watching can only be described of as spectacular. You will stay overnight at a campsite in the Serengeti National Park.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Serengeti Seronera Area
Distance approx. 75 km; driving time approx. 2h
After an early start, you will participate in an early morning wildlife tour. Back at camp, a hearty breakfast will be waiting for you, which will be followed by further wildlife watching in the Seronera Valley. You will stay overnight at a camping place in the Serengeti National Park.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Distance approx. 160 km; driving time approx. 3-4h
The morning is set aside for further wildlife watching in the Serengeti. After midday, you will leave the plains and travel to the Ngorongoro Crater. You will camp at a campsite directly on the crater’s edge, which affords a view that is just simply jaw dropping.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Ngorongoro Crater - Mto wa Mbu
Distance approx. 30 km; driving time approx. 1h
You will have breakfast at dawn before travelling down the seemingly hanging walls into the crater below. Here, within a fewer square kilometres, you can find practically the complete cross section of all the animals that can be found on the entire East African savannah. Naturally, this is one of the best places to capture the magnificent but endangered black rhinoceros on film and experience some of the best wildlife watching available. After lunch, you will travel back towards Mto wa Mbu and stay overnight at a campsite not too far away.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Mto wa Mbu - Arusha
Distance approx. 200 km; driving time approx. 3h
After a late breakfast, you will start your journey back to Arusha. At Lake Manyara, you will leave the crater highlands behind and your vehicle will descend the steep slopes into the Rift Valley below. You will once again get the chance to view the imposing scenery of the East African graben or fault zone and you will return to Arusha by early afternoon.
- Safari according to the itinerary
- 6 nights camping
- Transport in a 4x4 safari vehicle (window seat guaranteed)
- Professional English speaking guide
- Safari cook
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Mineral water while on safari
- Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
- National Parks fees
- Camping equipment
- Flights (international & domestic)
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Beverages (alcohol and soft drinks)
- Optional activities
- Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance
- Sleeping bag
How big is the group and where are my fellow travellers from?
- Group sizes vary however there is a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 travellers per group.
- Travellers are from all over the world and from all walks of life.
Is there an age limit on tour?
- Generally there is no age limit on small group safaris. Due to the long driving distances and unfenced camp sites we however don’t recommend small group safaris for children under the age of 8 years. But if you as a parent are confident that the long driving distances and the many hours spent in the car won’t bother your child/children, they are welcome to join this safari. Please note that parents are responsible for children at all times.
Where does the group overnight while on tour?
- Nights are spent in spacious two-man dome tents (2,1 x 2,1m) on basic campsites inside or outsight of the National Parks. The tents are equipped with comfortable 5 cm thick sleeping mattresses and mosquito nets.
What kind of ablution facilities can I expect on public campsites?
- All campsites have communal ablution facilities but most of them are very basic. Showers with hot water are scarce.
What vehicle is used on tour?
- We make use of 4x4 safari vehicles (i.e. Toyota Landcruiser) that have been reconstructed in order to cope with the demanding African conditions. Each guest is guaranteed a window seat and during game drives, the roof can be opened.
What meals are included and what food can be expected on tour?
- Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary. Mineral water is provided on safari however soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are not included and are for your own account.
- Typical English breakfast will be served, incl. eggs, sausages or bacon and toast with jam.
- Lunch is usually en-route at a designated picnic spot in form of a lunch box, which can contain sandwiches, boiled eggs and fruits or grilled chicken thighs for example.
- For dinner you will have a fresh cooked meal with meat or fish with e.g. pasta, rice, mashed potatoes and vegetables.
- Please inform us of any special dietary requirements or if you are vegetarian!
What do I need to bring with me?
- A sleeping bag and good, suitable clothing
- A detailed list of what to bring will be provided after booking.
- (Please feel free to contact us, in case you would like to rent a sleeping bag)
- Please remember that there is limited space available in the vehicle and that you should restrict yourself to one large piece of luggage or a rucksack, weighing no more than 15 kg and one small piece of hand luggage. If possible, please do not bring a suitcase with you. Please also take note of the luggage regulations of the different airlines.
How much extra money do I have to take along?
- Tipping the crew after the tour is common. We recommend 15-20 USD per day/group for the guide and 10-15 USD per day/group for the cook. In addition you should take some extra cash for drinks, snacks and souvenirs.
- Please note that all USD bills must be printed after 2004 as any earlier dated bills are not valid and won’t be accepted.
Do I need visa for this safari?
- Citizens of all nationalities need to contact the respective embassies of their travel destination to check the visa regulations.
- In general European citizens can apply for a Tanzanian Visa upon arrival in Tanzania
- It is the sole responsibility of every traveller to be in possession of the required documents and visa that allows them to enter their holiday destination.
Do I need vaccinations for this safari?
- The safari starts and ends in Tanzania, a yellow fever region, which is why we recommend a yellow fever vaccination.
- Tanzania is also situated within a malaria area, wherefore we would recommend some precautions. Please speak to your doctor or travel clinic about the different prophylaxis and their effects and side effects.
- Although Tanzania does not require proof of immunization against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A & B, we nevertheless recommend those vaccinations.