8 Days Camping Safaris Camping Safaris
Join Joica Tours & Safaris On this 8-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 and Lake Manyara National Park. You will see swamps and savannah, huge herds of elephants and a crater full of game.
Day 1:Arrival Day
- Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
- Pick up by Joica Tours & Safaris
- Tonight we overnight in a mid range hotel/lodge
Day 2 Arusha – Tarangire National Park
After breakfast at a hotel/lodge, 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 Campsite just outside of the park for your overnight stay.
Day 3 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 Maasai 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 Campsite in the Seronera Valley, where you will stay the night.
Day 4 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 Campsite in the Seronera Area.
Day 5 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 Campsite directly on the crater’s edge with the orange glow of sunset surrounding you as you drift off to sleep.
Day 6 Ngorongoro Crater – Mto wa Mbu
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 track into the crater. This UNESCO world heritage site, formed millions of years ago, is 610 m deep and covers roughly around 260 square kilometres. Due to its dense animal population of approximately 25 000, the crater offers the best game viewing of all the parks in Tanzania. In 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 the multi-cultural village of Mto wa Mbu, situated close to Lake Manyara National Park, for your overnight stay at a Campsite. The day will come to a close with a scrumptious dinner and quick dip in the pool.
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 drive through the park, you will leave the cascades of flamingos behind and head back to hotel/lodge in Arusha, where you will arrive in the early evening.
Day 8 Departure Day
- Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for those returning home
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DURATION8 Days / 7 Nights
- Game drive sessions
- Chance to see the “Big Five”
- Visit in Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Mto wa Mbu and Lake Manyara.
- Complimentary sleeping bag for camping
- Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- 2 nights’ accommodations hotel/lodge in Arusha
- 8 Activity days
- Camping safari according to the itinerary
- Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
- Professional guide driver
- Professional safari cook
- Overnight stays in safari tents
- Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
- Daily Meals
- All mentioned activities
- All national park fees
- Sleeping bag
- Optional activities
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Visa fees
- Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
- Travel insurance