5 Days from$1577 p/p in USD
Guided, Small Group
On this camping safari visit Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. While this safari has something for everybody, a wealth of birds, the Big Five and a crater filled with wildlife, it is also ideal for those with limited time. Experience the best camping safari at an affordable price.
Safari types:Big Five Safari, Camping Safari, Family Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
You will visit:Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area & Crater
Wildlife:Big Five, Birds, Antelope, Zebra, Giraffe, Hippo, Crocodile, Cheetah, Hyena, Wildebeest
Getting around:4x4 Safari Vehicle
Start/end:Start in Arusha, end in Arusha
Rates – Per Person USD
From USD 1,577 per person
- Camping safari according to the itinerary
- Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
- Professional, English-speaking safari guide and cook
- Overnight stays in safari tents
- Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc)
- Meals according to the itinerary
- Mineral water
- All mentioned activities
- All national park fees
- Visa fees
- Optional activities
- Sleeping bag
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Tips (suggested tip to guide USD20 per day)
- Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
- Travel insurance
- This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Mkama Tours to Tanzania‘
- All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
- Display price is usually based on two people sharing
- ‘Mkama Tours to Tanzania‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
- All itineraries are subject to availability
Day by Day Overview
Pick up from Arusha and transfer to Lake Manyara National Park, one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive, shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park), located at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, Lake Manyara’s unique tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake.
Dinner and overnight at Jambo Campsite
After breakfast we head towards the Serengeti National Park, via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, we descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We head to the central region, known as the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park,. It features the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti National Park.
Dinner and overnight at Seronera Campsite
Morning game viewing drive along the Sogore River Circuit, which loops into the plains south of the Seronera River. It’s good for possible lion, Thomson gazelle, topi, ostrich and cheetah sightings. The Visitor Centre, close to the Serengeti Seronera Lodge and public campsite, is well worth a visit after the morning game drive. This nicely designed center offers some interesting wildlife displays as well as a gift shop selling information leaflets and maps of the area. The center also has a shop where cold drinks and snacks can be purchased, as well as a picnic area and information trail up and around a nearby kopje.
We enjoy a relaxed picnic lunch at the center in the shade of the giant acacia trees. In the afternoon we follow the Kopjes Circuit, which goes anti-clockwise around the Maasai Kopjes, which usually attracts a number of lion and some formidably large cobras. Kopjes are weathered granite outcrops, scattered around the plains, most of which are miniature ecosystems, providing shade and drinking water in pools left in the rock after the rains. This makes the kopjes particularly good for spotting wildlife in the dry seasons – including lions, which like to lie in wait for animals coming to drink.
Dinner and overnight at Seronera Campsite
After breakfast we depart to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We stopover at Olduvai Gorge, which boasts a history dating back to the dawn of time. It was here that the anthropologists Drs. Lois and Mary Leakey discovered the skulls of Nutcracker Man and Handy Man, both very significant links in the chain of human evolution. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and afterwards descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife on a half day safari tour.
Supported by a year round water supply and food, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here.
Dinner and Overnight at Simba Campsite
Enjoy breakfast, after which we will transfer back to Arusha where we have lunch and end our Tanzania safari adventure. You’ll be driven to your onward accommodation or the airport.