10 Day Camping Safari
Day 1-6 | Tanzania
- Tarangire National Park – Game drives
- Lake Manyara National Park – Game drives
- African Rift Valley – Viewpoint
- Ngorongoro Crater – Game drive
- Serengeti National Park – Game drives, Frankfurt Zoological Institute’s visitor centre
- Lake Victoria – Canoe trip
Day 7-10 | Kenya
- Masai Mara Game Reserve – Game drives
Scheduled safari: Follow the Migration
Min. number to guarantee tour: 2
Max number of participants: 7 per vehicle (window seat guaranteed)
Departure day: every second Sunday
Price: from 4,100 USD
Single Supplement: from 200 USD
Day 1 Arusha – Tarangire National Park
After a short briefing in the morning, you will travel southwest towards the Tarangire National Park, named after the Tarangire River that flows through the park. The park is one of the most attractive and diverse nature preserves on the northern circuit. Scattered throughout the park you will find a large number of baobab trees for which the park is well known for. The river is usually the best location to not only spot the large elephant herds, but also various other wildlife such as giraffes, antelopes, gazelles, zebras and buffaloes. The park also boasts around 550 species of bird and bird enthusiast will easily be able to capture them on film. You will explore the park until the late afternoon before you will arrive at a campsite inside the park to overnight. Lunch; Dinner
Day 2 Tarangire Tarangire National Park – Lake Manyara National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast you will leave the Tarangire Area and continue your journey to the Lake Manyara National Park. The shallow alkaline Lake Manyara stretches along the base of the Rift Valley Escarpment and attracts thousands of birds, including huge flocks of flamingos. Other animals that call the park their home include buffaloes, elephants, hippos and Masai giraffes as well as troops of boisterous baboons and monkeys in the forests. The park once became famous for tree climbing lions and if you are lucky to spot them you will be amused by the site of these animals lounging on branches in the acacia trees. After a game drive in the park you will ascend to the Ngorongoro Highlands, where you will overnight on a campsite situated on the crater’s edge with magnificent views of the caldera below.Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 3 Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park
You will have breakfast at dawn and see the sunrise over the crater before travelling down the steep trail into the crater below. Here, inside the world’s biggest caldera, you will see a diversity of wildlife ranging from zebras, gnus, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles to lions, leopards, elephants and mountain reedbucks in the forests on the slopes. The crater is also one of the best places to see the magnificent but endangered black rhino. You will have lunch at a picnic spot before you exit the crater in the early afternoon and travel to the open plains of the Serengeti. The Serengeti is the most famous park in Tanzania and it is here where the biggest animal migration in the world takes place. Herds of wildebeests and zebras cross the border between Tanzania and Kenya in search of fresh grass and water, with predators waiting patiently in the shadows. The night will be spent at a campsite in the central Serengeti.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 4 Serengeti National Park
You will set off on an early morning game drive while enjoying the warming rays of the sun. Adventurous guests may choose to experience the Serengeti from the air and join a hot-air balloon ride followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush. This activity is not included in the tour price and needs to be booked in advance. After a hearty breakfast at your camp, you will continue exploring the Serengeti National Park in search of animals you might have missed the day before. The Serengeti is also home to the Big Five – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard and today you might be able to tick off all the members of this group. A stop at the visitor centre is also possible for interested parties. You will head back to your camp in the late afternoon for your evening meal and overnight. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 5 Serengeti National Park – Lake Victoria
After an early breakfast, you will start the journey to Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa and the second largest freshwater lake in the world. The region around Lake Victoria is one of the most densely populated in Africa, with several million people living on its shores. Due to its somewhat remote location, away from the tourist hot spots, the area offers a different side of Tanzania. You will be able to experience the lives of the local people. You will spend the night at a campsite.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 6 Lake Victoria – Masai Mara Area
Lake Victoria boasts one of the largest fishing industries in Africa and fish has become a staple in the diets of the local population. You will join a canoe trip on Lake Victoria and see the local fisherman at work. You will see how the locals catch fish the traditional way and admire the previous night’s catch, before embarking on the longest section of your safari – the journey to the Masai Mara. Arriving at the border you will bid farewell to your Tanzanian safari team and start your Kenyan adventure with a new vehicle and new team. You will overnight in tents on a campsite outside the Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 7 Masai Mara Game Reserve
Today you will be rewarded for yesterday’s long drive. In your 4×4 safari vehicle you explore the north-western part of the Masai Mara, the Mara Triangle, on extensive game drives. You can look forward to experiencing amazing wildlife encounters, especially during the time of the Great Migration! You will take a trip to the Mara River, the greatest hurdle for the wildebeests and zebras on their yearly trek. At the end of October and the beginning of November an incredible scene is set when the river has swollen to almost bursting levels. Tens of thousands of animals must cross it, knowing that possible death awaits them – as crocodiles are hiding just below the surface. It can be a gruesome sight. At other times of the year hippos, crocodiles and other animals can also be seen at the river. As the sun begins to set, you return to your camp where after a tasty meal, you can relax around the campfire and enjoy another night in East Africa.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 8-9 Masai Mara Game Reserve
The following two days are dedicated to game drives in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Together with your experienced guide you can search for the Big Five: elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard. You are in no rush, so you have enough time to enjoy all the wonderful moments which can make your safari a magical experience. The Mara is home to many other interesting animals too, such as Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, elands and Coke’s hartebeests. Not often seen outside Kenya are the Masai giraffe, roan antelope and the nocturnal bat-eared fox. The reserve also has over 470 bird species including about 60 raptor species. Enjoy the next two nights camping near the eastern section of the Masai Mara, just outside of the Game Reserve.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 10 Masai Mara Area – Nairobi
You will leave the Mara Region just after breakfast to reach the bustling capital of Nairobi in the late afternoon. Your eventful camping safari ends here. Depending on the rest of your travel program, you will be taken to your hotel in the city centre or directly to the airport.
- Camping safari according to the itinerary
- Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle (change of vehicle at the border)
- Professional, English-speaking guide (change of guide at the border)
- Professional, English-speaking safari 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
- Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari
- Sleeping bag
- Optional activities
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Visa fees
- Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
- Travel insurance
- Group sizes range anywhere between 2 and 7 people per vehicle and travellers come from all over the world.
- There is no set age limit, however, we discourage parents with children under the age of 8 to join such a safari due to the lengthy drives and the fact that nights are spent on unfenced campsites. If parents are nevertheless convinced that their child / children are unfazed by the long driving distances and the travel time that goes with it, children are welcome to join the safari. But please keep in mind that the responsibility for each child lies with you as a parent at all times.
- Nights are spent on basic campsites inside the national parks or on the outskirts thereof. Clients are provided with spacious two-man dome tents (2.1 x 2.1 m) that are equipped with mosquito nets and comfortable 5 cm thick sleeping mats.
- Yes, communal ablution facilities can be found on all campsites. Most of them are very basic and hot water is few and far between.
- We make use of reconstructed 4×4 safari vehicles (i.e. Toyota Landcruisers), that have been designed to conquer the ever demanding road conditions in East Africa. All vehicles have pop-up roofs that can be opened during game drives and a window seat is guaranteed for each guest.
- The tour is run on a full-board basis and meals are included as indicated in the itinerary. Mineral water is also provided, whereas all other beverages (soft drinks & alcohol) are excluded and on your own account.
- Breakfast can include eggs, sausages or bacon and toast and jam. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are also provided.
- Lunch-boxes are provided for lunch and are enjoyed en-route at a picnic spot. These usually contain sandwiches, boiled eggs and fruits or grilled chicken thighs.
- Dinner is freshly cooked and meals consist of meat or fish and some sort of starch (pasta, rice, mashed potatoes etc.) and vegetables.
- Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies and we will do our outmost to cater for them (only possible with advanced notification).
- We will provide you with a detailed packing list at the time of booking – (please feel free to contact us should you have any questions or wish to hire a sleeping bag).
- Luggage is restricted to one large bag / rucksack weighing no more than 15 kg. Furthermore, every traveller is allowed one piece of hand luggage.
- Due to the limited space in the vehicle, we kindly ask guests to refrain from travelling with suitcases as storing them in the vehicle could prove a problem. Please also do not forget to check the baggage allowances of your respective airlines.
- Yes, we suggest that you bring some spending money for drinks, snacks, souvenirs and tips.
- Please only bring USD bills that have been printed after 2004 as earlier dated bills will not be accepted.
- Tips are not included in the price and we recommend 15-20 USD per group per day for the guide and 10-15 USD per group per day for the cook.
- Most nationalities can apply for a visa upon arrival in Tanzania but all travellers need to contact their respective embassies to check the latest visa regulations. Furthermore, it is the sole responsibility of each traveller to be in possession of the required documents.
- We do recommend that you get a yellow fever vaccination as Tanzania finds itself in a yellow fever region.
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, Hepatitis A & B vaccinations are not required, but nevertheless recommend by us.
- Malaria is also present and we hence suggest some precautions for this as well. Please contact a travel clinic or your health care practitioner for further information on prophylaxis and the effects and side effects that come with it.