Affordable Short camping safaris Tanzania starts in Arusha at around 08:00 to 8:30 & drive across Arusha city with a chance of any last minutes parches before heading to Lake Manyara National Park.
Your Journey Mapped Out
Day 1: Arusha – Lake Manyara – Lake Eyasi
Day 2: Lake Eyasi – Serengeti National park
Day 3: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha
Short Tanzania Camping Safaris Itinerary
Tanzania Camping Safaris
Distance: 30/50 km
You will be met by our safari manager at Kilimanjaro international airport/Arusha airport and transferred to Planet Lodge in Arusha. After check-in, you will have a detailed safari briefing before leaving to relax and enjoy the nice atmosphere of Arusha city.
Overnight at Planet Lodge in Arusha. Breakfast include.
- Distance: 120 km
- Non-game-viewing time: 2 to 3 hours.
After breakfast at your lodge Back to Africa safaris driver guide and chef will meet you at the lobby and you will start your driving via Arusha city to Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive. Manyara park is placed in the most dramatical wildlife area in Tanzania & consisting of a huge shallow salt Lake covering almost two-thirds of the park & lies at the base of the Great Rift Valley’s Western escapement.
Rich and varied habitats in this park attract a variety of animal species which include herds of buffalo, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, warthog, African elephant, the famous Lake Manyara tree-climbing lions, and countless numbers of flamingos attracted by green algae in the Lake. Packed lunch will be served inside the Park. In the afternoon drive across the Great East African Rift Valley where you can stop for some nice pictures of Lake Manyara & its forest before starting your way to Lake Eyasi.
On arrival at Lake Eyasi, you will visit the Datoga tribe which are “blacksmiths”, accompanied by a local guide you will go around their homes to experience their livelihood & meet members of the family & kids. Later you will visit the blacksmith & after is a sunset walk at the Lakeshore before going to your Campsite for dinner & overnight.
Overnight at Bushman Campsite close to the Lake. All meals included.
- Distance: 175 km
- Non-game-viewing time: 3 to 4 hours
On this day, short Tanzania camping safaris take you for an early morning hunting with bushmen including short tuition on survival skills. The bushman at Lake Eyasi is divided into small groups of Hadzebe, Tindiga, and Datoga living in hunting with bows and arrows, feeding on roots and wild fruits just as much as humankind lived in the Stone Age.
Afterward, you will come back to the campsite for a full breakfast before departing for Serengeti National Park, the driving is along the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu up to Ngorongoro main gate & across Ngorongoro Conservation Area at (2,300 m). You will stop at the Crater viewpoint for some great pictures of the Ngorongoro Crater floor from the rim. Then drive down to the heart of “The wild Africa” Serengeti National Park with its endless rolling plains. You can have your packed lunch at Naabi Hill Gate or at the kopjes (rocky outcropping) before starting your en-route game drive toward the central Park area called Soronera. Sunset game drives while searching for Wildebeest Migration (it will be packed in Serengeti). Late afternoon drive to your campsite for dinner & overnight.
Overnight at Seronera Public Campsite Central Serengeti. All meals included.
- Distance: 145 km
- Non-game-viewing time: 2 to 4 hours.
On the 3rd day of your short Tanzania camping safaris we take you for an early morning game drive-inn the Serengeti starts at 06:30. You will spend much time in Serengeti before driving to Ngorongoro with an en-route game drive. Morning game drive in Serengeti can allow you to spot cat families on the road as they avoid the morning mist. You can as well see other predators coming back from their long night of hunting or a group of lionesses organizing a morning ambush and other animals waking up ready to start their new day.
If the Wildebeest Migration will be in Serengeti you will go straight to where they are & spend much time with the herds before starting your en-route game drive toward Ngorongoro highlands. (Option) Masai village visit on your way to Ngorongoro Conservation Area (extra cost $30 per car), reach Ngorongoro Conservation Area for sunset watch dinner & overnight.
Overnight at Simba Public Campsite at the Crater rim. All meals included.
Distance: 215 km
Non-game-viewing time: 2 to 4 hrs.
As early as 06:30 you will be ascending 600 meters into the Crater floor for great game viewing. Ngorongoro Crater is believed to be one of the natural wonders of the world. Supported by a yearly water supply and fodder the Crater supports a variety of wildlife which include herds of buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, eland, warthog, hippos, African elephant & the rare black Rhino. This is among few places in the world where you can find black rhinos in their natural habitats.
Another drawcard in this picturesque Crater is the dense population of predators which include lions, cheetah, Jackals, hyenas & the mysterious leopard that needs a binocular eye to spot. You will also visit Lake Magadi larger but shallow salt Lake at the southwest corner of the crater floor frequently visited by hippos, flocks of flamingos & other aquatic birds. After picnic lunch more game drive before starting your way back to Arusha for overnight or drop off at Kilimanjaro international airport for a late flight. (Accommodation on this day can be included upon request at extra cost).
Price will Include
- All Park fees
- All activities (unless labeled as optional)
- All accommodations as stated in the itinerary
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
- All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
Price Will not Include
- International flights (from/to home)
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
- Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- Services not mentioned in the program
- Travel insurance and medical repatriation
- Items of a personal nature
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