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12 Day Camping Safari

This 12-day camping safari is for travellers wanting to experience both Tanzania and Kenya. Starting in Arusha, you experience Tanzania’s safari highlights such as the national parks Tarangire and Lake Manyara, the famous Ngorongoro Crater as well as the vast Serengeti. Via Lake Victoria, you cross into Kenya and continue to the Masai Mara where spectacular wildlife viewing awaits. Round off your safari by exploring the swamps of Amboseli National Park with Mt Kilimanjaro in the background before you end in Nairobi.

Tanzania and Kenya Wildparks

Highlights

Day 1-6 | Tanzania

  • Tarangire National Park – Game drives
  • Lake Manyara National Park – Game drives
  • African Rift Valley – Viewpoint
  • Ngorongoro Crater – Game drives
  • Serengeti National Park – Game drives, Frankfurt Zoological Institute’s visitor centre
  • Lake Victoria – Canoe trip

Day 7-12 | Kenya

  • Masai Mara Game Reserve – Game drives
  • Amboseli National Park – Game drives

Facts

Scheduled safari:
Tanzania’s and Kenya’s Wildparks
Tourcode: ET12WILCAM
From: Arusha
To: Nairobi
Min. number to guarantee tour: 2
Max number of participants: 7 per vehicle (window seat guaranteed)
Departure day: every second Sunday
Price: from 5,150 USD
Single Supplement: from 300 USD
safari-vehicle camping

Day 1 Arusha – Tarangire National Park

After a short briefing in the morning, your safari will set off towards the Tarangire National Park. This park with its savannah, seasonal swamps and life-giving Tarangire River is home to huge elephant herds – literally hundreds of animals. Animals gather at the river and besides elephants you should be able to see mongoose, giraffes, bushbucks, hartebeests, dik-diks, waterbucks, warthogs and reedbucks. 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 National Park – Lake Manyara National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before you continue your trip to the Lake Manyara National Park, one of the smallest but most diverse parks in Tanzania. The shallow and alkaline Lake Manyara covers a large area of the park and is the seasonal home to thousands of flamingos. In addition, the park is also known for its few hundred different types of birds. The forests, grassy plains and acacia woodlands are an excellent habitat for monkeys, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, wildebeests, elephants and lions. After an intensive game drive, you will leave the park to travel to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where you will be spending the night on a campsite overlooking the famous Ngorongoro Crater.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3 Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park

Rise and shine! You will have breakfast at dawn before the 4×4 safari vehicle descends into the crater on an adventurous and steep trail. Inside the world’s biggest caldera you will see a diversity of wildlife ranging from black rhinos, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, lions and leopards to elephants and mountain reedbucks in the forests on the slopes. You will have lunch at a picnic spot in the crater before the safari continues to the acacia-dotted plains of the Serengeti in the afternoon. The Serengeti is the most famous park in Tanzania and it is here where the mass migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeests and zebras takes place as they trek between Tanzania and Kenya to find fresh grass and water. You will overnight on a campsite in the Seronera area.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Serengeti National Park

You will leave the camp for an early morning game drive before you return in the late morning to a hearty breakfast. If you would like to experience the Serengeti from the sky, we recommend joining a hot air balloon ride, followed by a champagne breakfast (optional and booking in advance is necessary). A stop at the Serengeti visitor centre can also be arranged. In the afternoon, there will be another game drive before you return to your campsite to overnight.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 Serengeti National Park – Lake Victoria

After an early start, you will travel through the Serengeti National Park towards Lake Victoria. On your way you might spot animals you haven’t seen so far. 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. After leaving the park, the safari continues to Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa and the second largest in the world. The area around Lake Victoria is the most fertile and densely populated region in Tanzania. Stopping at the lake, you will have the chance to see another side of Tanzania. Away from the tourists you can 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

After breakfast you will join the local fishermen and a guide on a canoe trip on Lake Victoria. You will see how the locals catch fish the traditional way and admire the previous night’s catch. After your fishing excursion you will set off on the longest section of your safari – the journey to the Masai Mara. The road towards the Kenyan border is a long and adventurous one, but it should be worth it as the “Mara” is reputed to have the highest lion population of all reserves in Africa. Other large cats like leopards and cheetahs also live here and can be spotted all year round as their sightings are not dependent upon the seasons or the great migration. You will overnight in tents on a campsite on the outskirts of 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

After breakfast you will leave the bush to travel to Nairobi, Kenya’s bustling and often chaotic capital. The rest of the day is at your leisure. You can relax, put your feet up and let the amazing wildlife sightings you witnessed over the past few days really sink in. In the evening, you enjoy dinner together with your fellow travellers at the famous Carnivore restaurant (own expense), before spending the night at your campsite in Nairobi.
Breakfast; Lunch

Day 11 Nairobi – Amboseli National Park

Today’s trip takes you in a south-easterly direction towards the Amboseli National Park near the Kenya-Tanzanian border. Amboseli is the setting for many iconic images of elephants on the plains with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. Big herds of elephants live here and share the park with lions, buffaloes, hippos and water birds that are attracted to the seasonal swamps. At Observation Hill viewpoint you will have great views over the swamps and the rest of the park. You will spend the night in a tent on a campsite near the park’s entrance gate.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 12 Amboseli Area – Nairobi

After breakfast and after your camp has been packed up, you return to Nairobi. Your unforgettable safari is slowly coming to an end. Your guide will take to a hotel in the city or to the airport, depending on your travel plans. At this point you will have to say good-bye to your guide and hopefully, we will see you soon in East Africa again!
Breakfast; Lunch

Items included:

  • 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

Items excluded:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
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  • 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.

Tanzanias and Kenyas Wildparks map