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CAMPING SAFARI: 5 DAYS TO LAKE MANYARA , SERENGETI & NGORONGORO CRATER + 2 NIGHT HOTEL STAY

from $1,470.00

This is our most popular booked safari itinerary, typical in a small group, pick your own dates and real taste of wild adventure! A departure is confirmed with 1 person (paying $ 3,107).  To get a price discount of $ 1,462 per person, you should book at least two people. The group has a maximum of 5 people with guaranteed departure and window seat.

This five day safari will take you to northern Tanzania’s very best parks for wildlife viewing.  If you plan to go on safari from June through November, option to spend 2 nights in the Tarangire national park area to take advantage of the rare species like kudu and oryx, the healthy lion prides, and the enormous elephant herds you can see in the park is best decision to take. This time of the year goes together with the amazing Serengeti migration, specifically in Moru Kopjes and therefore to spend three nights in the Serengeti to witness this breathtaking experience is the best gift you can give to your own!

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All about the CAMPING SAFARI: 5 DAYS TO LAKE MANYARA , SERENGETI & NGORONGORO CRATER + 2 NIGHT HOTEL STAY.

Overview

Visit the Serengeti, Tanzania’s most famous and largest national park and one of the most spectacular parks in the world. The “endless plains” cover some 14,763 square kilometers including large plains, short grass plains, kopjes, and lakes. In Lake Manyara, over 400 species of birds can be seen here. It is a beautiful park filled with acacias with a large variety of games such as zebras, elephants, giraffes, and waterbuck. You will also visit Ngorongoro – the largest intact crater in the world abundant with the wild game including elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, lions, leopards, and hyenas.

Itinerary summary

Day 1: International arrival

Day 2: Moshi to Tarangire Park

Day 3: Drive to Serengeti

Day 4: Full day in Serengeti

Day 5: Drive to Ngorongoro, optional visit: Maasai Bomas

Day 6: Ngorongoro crater 1/2 day tour to Moshi/Arusha

Day 7: International departure

 

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking naturalist driver/guide
  • Transportation in a custom safari 4×4 with viewing roof and guaranteed window seating
  • Bottled water in the safari vehicle
  • National Park gate fees, Park Commission, and Government taxes (based on current rates)
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Tips for safari guide ($10-20/person/day)
  • Optional visit to Olduvai Gorge and a Maasai village
  • Ndutu park fees of US$65/person
  1. Day1 Arrival and pick-up from the airport

    Our representative will meet and pick you up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and drive you to Arusha/Moshi town, at your arranged hotel. You will meet your driver guide who will brief you on your upcoming safaris. Take advantage of available hours to rest for next day game drive.

  2. Day2 Moshi to Tarangire, afternoon game drive

    Today your safari guide drives you from your hotel Tarangire (June-October) with lunch en route for an afternoon game drive.

    Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Tarangire public camp

  3. Day3 Drive to Serengeti, afternoon game drive

    Drive to the Serengeti for an afternoon game drive in search of the migration (Moru Kopjes area June-October).

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner .
    Accommodation: Serengeti  Pimbi campsite

  4. Day4 Serengeti, full day game drive

    Enjoy a full day game drive in the remarkable Serengeti with a picnic lunch served mid-day.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Serengeti Pimbi campsite

  5. Day5 Drive to Ngorongoro via optional Olduvai Gorge and Maasai village

    Drive from the Serengeti to the scenic Ngorongoro Crater enjoying wildlife viewing along the way. En route, you’ll have options to visit the Olduvai Gorge and/or an authentic Maasai village.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Ngorongoro Simba campsite

  6. Day 6 Ngorongoro, half day game drive, drive to Arusha/Moshi

    Enjoy a morning game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater. In the afternoon, return to Moshi or Arusha  or if you are flying out tonight, your guide can drop you off directly at the Kilimanjaro Airport.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

  7. Day 7 International flight

    A driver will be ready to take you to the airport as early as 4 hrs before your flight time. Remember to take all your belongs and fly back home.

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Moshi Partners: Honey Badger, Ameg Lodge and Mountain View Inn. Arusha partners: Vijiji Center Lodge

Our partner accommodation service providers in Moshi Tanzania are Honey Badger, Park View Inn and Ameg lodge while in Arusha is Vijiji center. You will be booked to one of these hotel while you are in Tanzania.

What is the accommodation like on safari tour?

For safaris, you can choose the standard of accommodation. The cheapest and simplest option is budget camping.  If you expect 5-star luxury accommodation, it is best for you to choose luxury lodges.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
What included in this tour?Tour inclusions
  • Three meals a day
  • All camping accommodation on the mountain
  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro airport (JRO)
  • Transfers from and to Hotel and Mount Kili gates
  • Rescues for each client while on the mountain
  • Government entry fee of 18% VAT
  • Wages and allowances for guides and porters
  • Accommodation on arrival date
  • Air evacuation cover if trip booked 1 month in advance
Things not included in this tour?Things not included in this tour
  • personal items (laundry, clothing, snacks, etc.)
  • trip cancellation insurance (offered as an option)
  • international airfare and meals during travel
  • snacks during trek
  • beverages outside of designated meals

Safaris are possible at any time of the year. We adapt the exact locations for game viewing to the yearly migration of wildlife. For instance in the months of December to March, the animals are rather in the Eastern part of the Serengeti, and in April and May they move to the Western part. Other National Parks don’t have any migration scheme at all.

For safaris, there are two rainy seasons: The November rainy season typically starts at the end of October and has short (maybe just an hour of rain every three days), but strong rains. During the April/May rainy season it is possible to have 1-2 consecutive days of nonstop rain. Some roads may be impassable during rainy season.

Please notice that, the complete months of October and November, April, May, and from the 1st – 15th of June are low season and we offer discounts and special itineraries!

During peak season (Christmas to middle of January) prices are highest and it might be hard to find hotel rooms.

For safaris, you can choose the standard of accommodation. The cheapest and simplest option is budget camping.  If you expect 5-star luxury accommodation, it is best for you to choose luxury lodges.

Regardless of the size of your expedition, we recommend budgeting around $50 – $100.

You can tip in Tanzania Shillings (TZS) or US Dollars but for simplicity-sake, we suggest tipping in USD. Be sure to bring small bills.

 

Your daypack should contain any clothes needed for that day and any personal belongings like your camera or passport.

It is important to keep luggage to the barest minimum when on trek or safari, as this will ease the burden of the drivers, vehicles and porters. Baggage should be of the round squashy type rather than hard suitcases that are difficult to fit into vehicle. Try to use something that is both lockable and water proof as luggage can often end up sitting on the roof of the vehicle.

It is a good idea to bring another smaller bag so that unwanted clothes can be kept in it at the hotel or our office when you go on trek. This also helps to keep city clothes clean and free from dust. You should also bring a small day pack which can be carried while hiking or riding or can be readily accessible when you are traveling in the vehicles on long drives. On camping trips all equipment will be provided.

It should be noted that the luggage limit per person on domestic flights is 15-20 kg per person (checked-in and hand luggage).

On your inbound flight, don’t check in items that you absolutely need (such as medicines), as it is not uncommon that checked-in luggage gets misdirected and arrives in Tanzania a couple of days after you. It is better to have such items in your hand luggage. Contact us for tailor made safari.

Vehicles used are generally Toyota Land Cruisers or Land Rovers, as they are most suitable to the terrain. For larger groups we use 4WD buses as it is more convenient for our clients to be all together in one vehicle only, and it is also more economic and better for the environment.

Our drivers are ultimate. They have been trained by in customer relationship, tourism-related topics, environmental issues and vehicle maintenance. These drivers are always experienced, reliable and very knowledgeable of the areas they will take you.

All groups and individual travelers will be provided with an English speaking Tanzanian guide. Some of the guides also speak Spanish or German. They are trained and experienced in leading trips and knowledgeable about the fauna, flora and many more aspects of their country. Often they become lifelong friends with the travelers. Interactions with staff are often the highlight of people’s trips. It is a great way to get to know the real life of Tanzania.

Yes! you will be staying at the same hotel before and after your trip in Moshi or Arusha. Leaving an extra bag at either hotel during your safari tour is free of charge.

Talk to your physician and follow recommended CDC guidelines for Tanzania.

Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine.

Yellow Fever Vaccination Cards are required for some travelers depending on their travel itinerary. The government of Tanzania requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon arrival if you are traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever (this does not include the US). If you’re traveling from any of the countries listed in this link, a yellow fever vaccine is required.

Question on vaccines? Call your local Travel Medicine Clinic or Yellow Fever Vaccination Clinic

Safe bottled drinking water will be provided to you along the safari. When in Moshi or Arusha, be sure to only drink bottled water and do not use tap water to brush your teeth.

We always ask that you stay safe on safari tour by drinking enough water, eating well, and communicating openly with your guide about any issues that arise. Be sure to take care of your belongings, be respectful of your travel companions, practice your Swahili with the people you meet along the way, and respect the natural landscape that you’re exploring.

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