Treasuries of Tanzania
4 Day Safari, Camping
Number of Participants: 2-7 per vehicle
Tour Price: from 890 USD
Single Supplement: from 50 USD
On the 4 days camping safari you don´t visit the Serengeti on purpose as the way in the Serengeti is long and time consuming. Instead you will visit extensively Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.
Day 1-4; Tanzania
- Tarangire National Park: Game drives
- African Rift Valley
- Ngorongoro Crater: Game drives
Day 1 Arusha - Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Distance approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 2-3h
After a safari briefing, you travel southwest towards Tarangire National Park. This park has diverse landscapes as well as a large variety of wildlife and is considered as one of the most attractive parks in northern Tanzania. It is one of the most densely populated areas for elephants and also home to predatory big cats such as lions, leopards and cheetahs. In the park, you will also see many giraffes, buffalos, zebras and various antelopes and gazelles. The late afternoon will be spent in the national parks with plenty of time for wildlife watching. You will stay overnight on a campsite in a tent near the park gate.
Day 2 Tarangire National Park, Tanzania - Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Distance approx. 100 km; driving time approx. 2-3h
After breakfast, you will leave Tarangire National Park. Whilst travelling on good roads, you will shortly arrive at the African Rift Valley where the lowlands break up and make way for the vegetation rich crater highlands. Soon, the higher lands are reached and a wonderful view of the Masai Plains and the Lake Manyara opens up before you. Stops will be made for taking photos and to enjoy the spectacular views before reaching your final destination for today - the world famous Ngorongoro Crater. This massive caldera is an incredible 18 km in diameter and with its walls, as high as 600m, Prof. Grzimek has described it as the 8th wonder of the world. The Ngorongoro Crater has also been labelled as a Garden of Eden as it has the highest and possibly the densest mammalian population on earth. You will overnight on a campsite which is situated directly on the crater’s edge and offers fantastic views of the crater.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania - Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania
Distance approx. 65 km; driving time approx. 1-2h
After breakfast at your camp during the break of the day, you will travel down the adventurous trail into the crater below. Inside the biggest crater in the world, a number of different animals live. Its grass steppes and acacia forests are home to almost all the species of animals found in the east African savannah. In only a few hours, you have the chance of spotting the big five - lions, elephants, buffalos, rhinoceros and leopards. After extensive wildlife watching and a picnic in the crater, you will leave the highlands of Ngorongoro in the afternoon and travel further to your campsite at Mto wa Mbu.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania - Arusha, Tanzania
Distance approx. 180 km; driving time approx. 3-4h
After a late breakfast, you will start your journey back to Arusha and arrive in the early afternoon. You will be dropped at the airport and fly to Zanzibar or we drop you in town at a hotel of your choice.
- Safari according to the itinerary
- 3 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.