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Small Group Camping Safari

The Wild Side

7 Days from 2.200 USD per person sharing

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The Wild Side – 7 Day Small Group Camping Safari

On this 7-day best camping safari in northern Tanzania, you not only see the highlights Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park, but also visit the lesser-known Lake Natron in the Great Rift Valley. A truly exciting adventure awaits.

Tent camping

Adventure Camping

Accommodation style

price dollar

from 2.200 USD pp sharing

Starting price per person

travellers

2-7

Travellers (window seat guaranteed)

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Every Friday

Departure dates

Highlights

Day 1-7 | Tanzania

Not more than 7 travellers, window-seat guaranteed

Small Group Safari
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Not more than 7 travellers, window-seat guaranteed

Many elephants, Baobab trees, Tarangire River

Tarangire National Park
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Many elephants, Baobab trees, Tarangire River

Off the beaten track, waterfall walk

Lake Natron
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Off the beaten track, waterfall walk

Big Five territory, many different wildlife species

Serengeti National Park
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Big Five territory, many different wildlife species

World-famous area for safaris, biggest intact caldera in the world

Ngorongoro Crater
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World-famous area for safaris, biggest intact caldera in the world

Who Should Go

If you are ready to spend one week in Tanzania’s great outdoors and are looking for a way to go back to basics, taking a break from the rest of the world – this safari is for you. Nature and outdoor lovers will appreciate sleeping in simple tents on unfenced campsites – comfortable, but without unnecessary frills. Safari days on camping safaris start early, so you should be ready to seize the day at sunrise. If you like a sense of adventure, but still want to be comfortable and lean back to enjoy, don’t worry: Your camp crew will take care of all chores around camp, including cooking meals and setting up and taking down your tent.

Adventurers

Adventurers

Tanzania newbies

Tanzania Newbies

Outdoor Lovers

Outdoor Lovers

Early birds

Early Birds

“If you like basic camping in the wilderness surrounded by animals, this is the perfect trip for you. Mathew John Msuya was one of the best guides I’ve ever had on a tour. He has an excellent knowledge about nature, animals and culture in Tanzania and was very helpful and attentive. He always tried to do his best so we could see the animals from a very good spot. Ombeni and Arestidi cooked delicious meals in the very basic kitchen of the campsites.”
Monika Gut | Switzerland

Accommodation

5-6 campsites over 7 days/6 nights
Public campsite on camping safari in Tanzania
Public Campsites
Inside or just outside the national parks
Two person dome tents
Two-Person Dome Tent
With mosquito netting and mattresses
Camping equipment
Camping Equipment
Tables, chairs, and cutlery
Ablution block on camping safari in Tanzania
Shared Ablution Facilities
Shower & toilet cubicles

Tour Itinerary

Small group camping safari | minimum 2, maximum 7 people | guaranteed window-seat

On this best Tanzania camping safari you will experience it all! From fantastic wildlife to impressive landscapes and meeting the local people. You will visit the highlights of northern Tanzania such as the Tarangire National Park, the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. Unique to this safari is the “off the beaten track” trip to Lake Natron, offering you a real sense of adventure.

Best Tanzania camping safari The Wild Side

Start Arusha

End Arusha

Elephants tree savanna

Day 1 | Arusha – Tarangire National Park

Distance approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 2-3 hours

Arusha – Tarangire National Park

Distance approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 2-3 hours

After a short briefing in the morning you will head off in direction of the Tarangire National Park. The park with its savannah, baobab trees, seasonal swamps and lagoons is home to huge elephant herds. Animals gather at the life-giving Tarangire River and you should see a selection of mammals ranging from giraffes, bushbucks and hartebeests to the weird-looking gerenuk and fringe-eared oryx. The park is also home to buffaloes, zebras and wildebeests which are always closely followed by a range of predators such as lions. Leopards are seen now and then but cheetahs are rarely spotted. From the open roof of the safari vehicle you will be able to absorb the landscape and watch the animals. In the late afternoon you will arrive at a campsite inside the park, where you will spend the night in a tent. Welcome to this best Tanzania camping safari!

Lunch Dinner
Ol Doinyo Lengai Tanzania

Day 2 | Tarangire Area – Lake Natron

Distance approx. 170 km; driving time approx. 4 hours

Tarangire Area – Lake Natron

Distance approx. 170 km; driving time approx. 4 hours

After breakfast you will leave the Tarangire National Park and head to the multicultural village of Mto wa Mbu. From here you will travel on a spectacular and very bumpy gravel road along the Rift Valley Escarpment with Ol Doinyo Lengai “the holy mountain” of the Masai in the distance. Today’s destination is the beautiful Maasai village of Ngare Sero, an oasis in the hot and dusty Rift Valley. In the distance you will notice a pink glow from thousands of flamingos breeding and feeding on the algae of the alkaline Lake Natron. In the afternoon you will join a Maasai guide on a walk to a nearby waterfall before you return to the campsite for your overnight.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Dome tents on best Tanzania camping safari

Day 3 | Lake Natron – Serengeti National Park

Distance approx. 190 km; driving time approx. 6-7 hours

Lake Natron – Serengeti National Park

Distance approx. 190 km; driving time approx. 6-7 hours

After an early start, you will travel along adventurous dirt tracks with breath-taking views as your vehicle climbs out of the Rift Valley to reach the grassy plains of the Serengeti by midday. Serengeti means “endless plains” in the language of the Maasai, and you will see the grassland savannah stretching to the horizon. The Serengeti is the most famous park in Tanzania, and it is home to the largest animal migration on the planet – hundreds of thousands of animals trek to find fresh grass and water. You will overnight at a campsite in the northern or central part of the park.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Male lion Serengeti

Day 4 | Serengeti National Park

Game drives

Serengeti National Park

Game drives

The entire day is dedicated to game viewing in the Serengeti National Park. You will either go on a full day game drive or join early morning and afternoon drives in the Seronera area, depending on last night’s stop. Between December and May huge herds of wildebeests and zebras will be seen, with calves and foals being born between January and March. The Seronera area is also the best place to spot the shy and nocturnal leopard. You will spend the night at a campsite in the Seronera area.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Safari vehicle camping safari Ngorongoro Highlands

Day 5 | Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Distance approx. 160 km; driving time approx. 3-4 hours

Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Distance approx. 160 km; driving time approx. 3-4 hours

The morning is set aside for another game drive in the Serengeti, and you might spot some creatures that you haven’t seen yet. Animals tend to be more active in the morning before the temperatures soar around midday. After lunch, you will leave the plains of the Serengeti and travel to the highlands of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You will camp at a campsite directly on the Ngorongoro Crater’s edge with a view over the collapsed volcano. It is a perfect spot to enjoy a sundowner at sunset.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Buffaloes Ngorongoro Crater

Day 6 | Ngorongoro Crater – Mto wa Mbu

Distance approx. 50 km; driving time approx. 1-2 hours

Ngorongoro Crater – Mto wa Mbu

Distance approx. 50 km; driving time approx. 1-2 hours

Rise and shine! It is up at daybreak to take on the steep path leading down into the 600 m deep crater. The slopes are forested but soon the landscape changes to savannah with the occasional acacia tree here and there. The wildlife in the crater is just breath-taking and with a little luck you might see the Big Five – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. You should also see warthogs, wildebeests, zebras, hippos and some of the more than 500 bird species of the area. After an entire morning of game viewing and a picnic lunch in the crater, you will travel to Mto wa Mbu where you will overnight on a campsite.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Campsite on best Tanzania camping safari

Day 7 | Mto wa Mbu – Arusha

Distance approx. 140 km; driving time approx. 2-3 hours

Mto wa Mbu – Arusha

Distance approx. 140 km; driving time approx. 2-3 hours

After a leisurely breakfast, you will start your return trip to Arusha, where you will arrive around midday. You will be dropped off in the city centre or at the airport, where our best Tanzania camping safari comes  to an end.

Breakfast Lunch

Included

  • transport in a 4x4 safari vehicle
  • professional, English-speaking guide
  • professional safari cook
  • 6 nights’ stay in dome tents
  • camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc)
  • meals according to the itinerary
  • drinking water
  • activities as per itinerary
  • all national park fees
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari

Excluded

  • flights (international and domestic)
  • meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • alcoholic and soft drinks
  • sleeping bag (can be rented at extra cost)
  • optional activities
  • tips
  • personal expenses, visa fees, travel insurance

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