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Arusha: Serengeti and Ngorongoro Multi-Day Camping Safari

1. Arusha: Serengeti and Ngorongoro Multi-Day Camping Safari

Day 1: Arusha - Serengeti National Park Start your safari and camping adventure with hotel pickup from Arusha in the morning. Drive to Serengeti National Park with your complimentary packed lunch. Take a game drive en route to the campsite. Discover Serengeti National Park, known for its abundance of animals and the great wildebeest migration. It's a World Heritage Site teeming with wildlife and is home to lions, leopards, elephants, cheetahs, buffalos, zebras, wildebeest, eland, wild dogs, gazelles, crocodiles, and many birds, including Eurasia migrant birds. Have dinner and stay overnight in a tent at the Serengeti Heritage Camp. Day 2: Full Day at Serengeti After breakfast, you will go on wide-ranging morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park. Your guide will locate the flocks of migrant birds and the herds. Spot carnivores like big cats and hyenas. See the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra in action. Learn about the park as you drive and see why the Maasai gave the park the name Serengeti, which means “endless plains”. Break for lunch and dinner at the campsite and spend one more night at Serengeti Heritage Campsite. Day 3: Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater Enjoy breakfast and check out of your accommodations before taking a game drive as you make your way toward the Ngorongoro Crater. During the tour, there will be an optional visit to the Olduvai Gorge at an extra fee for the museum. Have dinner and spend the night at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge “A” Campsite.  Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater Floor – Arusha Have an early breakfast and head to Ngorongoro Crater, where you will descend to the crater floor for game drives. See flamingos on Soda Lake and geese, storks, and vultures in the surrounding area. Then, break for lunch at the scenic Ngoitoktok Springs picnic site. After lunch, enjoy some final game viewing while ascending the crater. Finish your safari adventure with drop-off at your hotel in Arusha.

From Arusha: Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater Camping Safari

2. From Arusha: Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater Camping Safari

Day 1: Arusha to Tarangire Start your day with pickup from your hotel at 7:30 AM. After meeting your guide, chef, and other clients, begin your 2-hour drive to Tarangire National Park, famous for its diverse landscape. The park is particularly known for its abundance of Ancient Baobab trees and for having the largest concentration of elephants in the entire country. Take part in a game drive through the park and try to spot lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, wildebeest, zebras, and others. Later on, go to the Tarangire River picnic site and enjoy the beautiful view of the river and animals. After lunch, proceed with the game drive and exit the park around 4:30 PM, where you will head to your accommodations for dinner and to spend the night. Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater The Ngorongoro Crater is a wildlife park known for its beautiful crater landscape and for being a prime spot to see wildlife. After an early breakfast at 6 AM, head to the Ngorongoro view point and admire the breathtaking view. Then, descend the crater on a journey to find the black rhinos, the hardest animals to spot in the crater. After lunch, take a game drive, ascend the crater, and return to your accommodations in Arusha.

5 Days Budget camping Safari

3. 5 Days Budget camping Safari

Day 1 Tarangire National Park You will get picked from your hotel/accommodation at 7:30 am and get introduced to your guide afterwards you will begin your journey heading to Tarangire National Park(1hr 45 min drive). The park is popular for its assorted scenery. The park is well known for the overflow of ancient baobab trees and having the biggest herds of elephant in the entire nation. You will do a game drive through the park area in search of cheetahs, lions, giraffes, zebra. Later on we will go to Tarangire picnic site for lunch and enjoy the wonderful view overlooking the Tarangire River and animals around it. While having your lunch you will have close encounter from small monkeys and birds. After lunch you will continue with the game drive and later on exit the park and drive to Fig tree Lodge for dinner and overnight. Day 2 Serengeti National park We’ll head out for the Serengeti after breakfast. You will travel a lengthy, bumpy road for roughly 4-5 hours while enjoying an amazing wildlife on the way up the crater highlands into the enormous Serengeti plains. We’ll make a stop for a picnic lunch before entering the park for an afternoon drive. We’ll head to Seronera campsite for dinner and overnight. Day 3 Serengeti National Park You start your day early by getting up before day break to set out on a sunrise game drive. Witness the morning sun, light up the savannah while hunters like leopards and lions take on their morning hunt. In the afternoon you will have your lunch before exiting the park and proceed to Ngorongoro Crater where you will have dinner and spend the night at Simba Camp site. Day 4 Ngorongoro Crater After breakfast you will descend to the Ngorongoro crater, considered to be one of the eight wonders of the world. Home to over 120 animal species including the legendary Big five, Ngorongoro crater is one the best safari destination in the world. It is one the parks you can see the endangered black Rhino, as well as a spot to witness enormous quantities of hippopotamus. From the solace of your open-top vehicle you will have an opportunity to spot countless other animals like lions, leopards, jackals, hyenas, wildebeest, zebras, Elephants and cape buffalos. After exploring the crater you will head to the hippo pool and have your lunch, then afterwards continue with the game drive and later ascend the crater to begin your drive to Fig Tree Lodge where you will have your dinner and overnight Day 5 Lake Manyara National Park The park is just close to Mto wa mbu town, so after breakfast you will have a short drive to the parks gate. Lake Manyara is famous for its tree-climbing lions, besides being relatively small the park has diverse animals. It is also a birdwatchers paradise, with a huge variety of bird species from flamingos, several birds of prey to the colourful-breasted roller. You’ll then begin your journey back to your accommodation in Arusha or head to the Airport if you have a flight to catch.

2 Days 1 Night Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater

4. 2 Days 1 Night Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater

Day 1 - Arusha to Tarangire Pick up at 8:30 AM from your hotel in Arusha and depart for Tarangire National Park with a picnic lunch for a full-day game drive. Tanzania’s third largest National park is known for its majestic baobab trees that dot the landscape, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. The Tarangire River is the centerpiece of this park which is famous for some of the largest herds of elephants in Africa. Here you may see lion, leopard, cheetah, lesser kudu, buffalo, Oryx, eland, giraffe and zebra. Post the game drive, you will head back to your camp/lodge where a delicious dinner awaits you. Day 2 - Ngorongoro Crater Tour (5 Hours) to Arusha On the last day of your safari, you will have an early start. Finishing up with a quick breakfast you will make an early descent at around 6:30 AM into the crater floor. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. It has a massive floor of about 260 sq kms with a depth of over 2000 feet. The 5-hour game drive on the crater floor will show you a lot of animal action. Keeping the camera ready is definitely recommended. The African elephant, buffalo, Black rhino, Hippos, Hyenas, Cheetahs and Lions are found in plenty. Post the picnic lunch at the beautiful Hippo pool, you will begin a steep ascend to the top exit of the crater. This is the last leg of your safari, with a 4hr drive left to Arusha. You will be dropped off to your preferred location in Arusha by 6:00 PM in the evening. With an incredible experience and loads of memories to cherish, this is the time you bid goodbye to your team.

Serengeti: 3 Day Joint Group camping Safari

5. Serengeti: 3 Day Joint Group camping Safari

Day 1: Our adventure begins in Arusha, where you'll meet your fellow travelers and experienced safari guides. After a warm welcome and a brief orientation, we'll set off in our comfortable safari vehicles, ready to explore the wonders of Tanzania's wildlife and landscapes. As we head towards the Serengeti, you'll be captivated by the changing scenery, from lush greenery to vast savannahs. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for glimpses of zebras, giraffes, and perhaps even the majestic African elephant. We'll make stops for scenic views and photo opportunities, ensuring you don't miss a moment of the breathtaking African wilderness. Day 2: Awaken to the sounds of the Serengeti as the sun rises over the horizon. Today, we delve deeper into this world-famous national park, renowned for its abundant wildlife. Lions, cheetahs, and the Great Migration herds are among the many species that call this place home. Our knowledgeable guides will share their expertise and lead you on thrilling game drives, tracking the "Big Five" and other remarkable creatures. We'll break for a delicious picnic lunch in the heart of the Serengeti, surrounded by nature's beauty. Day 3: After two unforgettable days in the Serengeti, we'll journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, known as the "Cradle of Mankind." Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, a natural wonder teeming with diverse wildlife. Here, you might encounter rhinos, hippos, and a variety of bird species. As our safari adventure comes to a close, we'll ascend from the crater and start our return journey to Arusha. Along the way, you'll have time to reflect on the incredible experiences and memories you've collected. We'll reach Arusha in the evening, marking the end of this amazing 3-day joint group safari. This safari isn't just about witnessing the remarkable wildlife and landscapes of Tanzania; it's also an opportunity to forge new friendships and share your passion for adventure with fellow travelers. Don't miss out on this extraordinary journey that promises to leave you with lasting memories and a deeper connection to the African wilderness.

4 Days Serengeti, Ngorongoro & Lake Manyara Exploration

6. 4 Days Serengeti, Ngorongoro & Lake Manyara Exploration

Friendly Gorillas Safaris 4 Days Serengeti, Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro safari which specifically includes the Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti National Park, has been designed to offer you a short but intense Tanzanian Northern Circuit safari experience for a shorter and time-constrained period. You will experience the excitement of game viewing in three of the most spectacular national game parks in Tanzania. It's definitely not a trip you want to miss! Day 1: Arusha (pre-safari) Pickup from the airport (can be from Kilimanjaro airport or Arusha airport) and then drive to the hotel You will have a city tour with the guide which will show the Arusha city plus the Masai market, Hot spring at Kikuletwa hot springs, and an optional Tanzanite experience tour as you explore the beauty of Tanzania’s Arusha. Day 2: Transfer from Arusha - Lake Manyara Meet our professional tour guide/driver in Arusha town who will deliver a short safari info briefing, after which you travel to the Lake Manyara National Park. You arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. After lunch, you head to the Lake Manyara National Park. This impressive park is one of Tanzania's most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park) 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, Manyara's famous tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake. Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested. Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park - Ngorongoro Crater After breakfast, you descend 600 meters into this magnificent crater for a morning half-day game drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most densely crowded African wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals including some of Tanzania's last remaining black rhino. 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. You will enjoy a picnic lunch in the crater, after which you travel to the Serengeti National Park. Day 4: Serengeti National Park tour and drive back to Arusha Early in the morning after breakfast, you'll set out for the endless open plains and stunning skies of the Serengeti. Enjoy an unforgettable Serengeti game drive as you meet some of the profound wildlife of Serengeti including the wildebeest. This vast wildlife reserve is famous for the same annual migration of animal.The Serengeti National Park provides excellent wildlife viewing all year, so we should see plenty of plains game and predators roaming the plains. Retreat from the game drive late afternoon and embark on the journey back to Arusha.

Arusha: 4-Day Serengeti and Ngorongoro Camping Safari

7. Arusha: 4-Day Serengeti and Ngorongoro Camping Safari

Day 1:Pick up from the hotel at 8:00 AM and drive Tarangire Np where will begin your game viewing in the park including a picnic lunch. After lunch proceeds with an afternoon game drive to enjoy the landscape, huge herds of Elephant and many species of animals and birds as well. Baobab trees it is so famous one, end of the day transfer for dinner and overnight at Kizumba Campsite Meal Plan: Approx transit time: 1½ hrs Day 2: After a leisurely breakfast drive to Serengeti NP with a picnic lunch en route and option stop at Olduvai Gorge or Masai village Following the late afternoon game viewing, will eat dinner and overnight Seronera Campsite Approx Transit time: 4 hrs Day 3: After breakfast, you have a morning and afternoon game-drive in the park departing Serengeti for Ngorongoro with a picnic lunch en route. You will eat dinner and overnight on the rim of the crater at Simba Campsite Meal Plan Approx Transit time: 3 hrs Day 4: After an early breakfast, descend into the Crater for a crater tour and game viewing with a picnic lunch at hippo pool site to enjoy the game and vegetation in the unbroken caldera home for almost 30,000 animals including the last remaining Black Rhinos. Laite afternoon drive to Arusha for dinner and overnight, or drop off to The airport, arriving about 5pm. Meal Plan: Approx Transit time: 3 hrs End of service

5-day Tanzania affordable group safari with extra activities

8. 5-day Tanzania affordable group safari with extra activities

We have carefully designed a 5-day itinerary that will allow you to explore some of Tanzania's most magnificent destinations. Day 1: Tarangire National Park On the first day, you will embark on an exciting wildlife safari in Tarangire National Park. This park is renowned for its large elephant herds, baobab trees, and diverse bird species. Get ready to witness the beauty of Tanzania's wildlife up close. Day 2-3: Serengeti National Park The next two days will be spent in the world-famous Serengeti National Park. Known for its annual wildebeest migration, this park offers breathtaking landscapes and an abundance of wildlife. Prepare to be amazed by the vast savannahs and the incredible diversity of animals that call this place home. Day 4: Ngorongoro Conservation Area On the fourth day, you will visit the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, home to the stunning Ngorongoro Crater. This natural wonder is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is often referred to as the "Eighth Wonder of the World." Enjoy a game drive in the crater and witness the incredible concentration of wildlife in this unique ecosystem. Day 5: Materuni Waterfall and Kikuletwa Hotsprings To conclude your safari experience, we have included a visit to the Materuni Waterfall and a coffee tour. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Materuni village, learn about the coffee-making process, and enjoy a refreshing dip in the Kikuletwa Hotsprings. We assure you that our professional team will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a seamless and unforgettable experience. Please feel free to contact us for any further information or customization of the itinerary. We look forward to welcoming you to Tanzania and providing you with a remarkable wildlife safari experience.

From Zanzibar: All-Inclusive 5-Day Safari Through Tanzania

9. From Zanzibar: All-Inclusive 5-Day Safari Through Tanzania

Explore the Northern Circuit of Tanzania during your holiday in Zanzibar! Visit Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and Magical Lake Natron! Stay overnight in unique accommodations. Wake up early in the morning for your transfer to the airport of Zanzibar. From here you will fly to Arusha, once you have arrived our driver guide will be awaiting you to take you to Tarangire National Park, famous for its scenic baobab trees and having the largest population of elephants in northern Tanzania. Enjoy a full day game drive. Stay overnight in Africa Safari Lake Manyara, an accommodation located right next to Lake Manyara. Be amazed by its beautiful environment and the wildlife who are often seen grazing the grass on the campsite! The following morning, after breakfast, our driver guide will be awaiting you for a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. This park is famous for its tree climbing lions! Stay overnight in Africa Safari Lake Manyara. On the third day, after enjoying your breakfast, you will enjoy a full day game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater where you will get the chance to see the Big 5. The Ngorongoro Crater is also referred to as the 8th World Wonder, which you will experience for yourself! Stay one more night in our Africa Safari Lake Manyara accommodation. On the fourth day, after enjoying your breakfast in Africa Safari Lake Manyara, it is time to check out and continue your adventure with a road trip to Lake Natron! Be amazed by the volcanic moon-like landscape. When arriving at Africa Safari Lake Natron, an accommodation located next to Lake Natron, you will have the choice to relax at the swimming pool or add an extra activity to your tour. For example a visit to the Ngare Sero Waterfall. The following morning, on your last day, you will enjoy a Flamingo Walk at Lake Natron after having your breakfast. Lake Natron is a breeding ground for hundreds of thousands of lesser flamingos! Be amazed by the beautiful and unearth-like nature in the surroundings. After the flamingo walk your driver will take you to Arusha Airport from where you will fly back to Zanzibar. From here our driver will be awaiting you to bring you back to your hotel.

Tanzania & Zanzibar: 11-Day Safari & Tropical Island Trip

10. Tanzania & Zanzibar: 11-Day Safari & Tropical Island Trip

Combine the best of both destinations; enjoy a safari and a tropical island during this 11-day adventure in Tanzania and Zanzibar. This safari holiday gives you the chance to discover all the world-famous National Parks that the Northern part of Tanzania has to offer. Day 1 After pickup from Kilimanjaro Airport, you will spend the night at Africa Safari Arusha. Because it is Tanzania's tourism centre, Arusha is the best place to start your safari trip. Day 2 Admire Tarangire National Park. This park is well-known for having an abundance of elephants, but a full-day safari will allow you to see a wide range of other safari animals. Your overnight stay will be at Africa Safari Rift Valley. Day 3 Discover the vast biological diversity during a full-day wildlife drive through Lake Manyara National Park, you'll have the chance to see the unique and well-known tree-climbing lions. Travel to Ngorongoro Conservation Area and stay the night at Africa Safari Karatu. Day 4 Take a full day exploring the wildlife during a game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and best-preserved volcano crater in the world. While staying the night in Africa Safari South Serengeti, take in the 360-degree views of the Ngorongoro Highlands. Day 5 Take in the breathtaking surroundings of the Ngorongoro Crater. In the afternoon, go on a safari game drive around Lake Ndutu. Spend the night at the comfortable lodge Africa Safari South Serengeti in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Day 6 Spend the entire day spotting animals at the famous Serengeti National Park. With its expansive plains and an abundance of animals that extend as far as the eye can view, the Serengeti is a safari enthusiast's dream come true. Spend the night at Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma, which has a wildlife-filled backyard thanks to the neighbouring Grumeti River. Day 7 Due to the immensity of the area, it is best to experience the Serengeti National Park over several days. Additionally, you can go on an unforgettable balloon safari to view the spectacular Serengeti from above! At Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma, spend the night. Day 8 Fly to Zanzibar, the jewel of the Indian Ocean, from Seronera Airstrip. Spend the night at Dream of Zanzibar for luxury or at Zanzibar Bay Resort. Day 9-10 Enjoy a variety of optional activities, including diving, snorkeling, visiting a spice farm, going on a submarine adventure, and much more, while relaxing on Zanzibar's stunning white-sand beaches in the days that follow. Day 11 For your return trip to your home country, drivers will transport you to Zanzibar's international airport.

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4.7 / 5

based on 21 reviews

Overall, it was an incredible experience! Our driver was dedicated to spotting wildlife, allowing us to witness all of the Big 5 animals. They’d stop near the animals, giving us ample time for observation and photos. Camping was surprisingly comfortable with soft mats and warm sleeping bags. Despite chilly nights (around 15°C), we slept soundly. The chef amazed us with elaborate dishes, a delightful surprise as we expected simpler meals. We eagerly anticipated each flavorful meal. The only downside was the campsite showers’ cleanliness, so we didn’t shower during the tour. However, we expected this to some extent. We’d suggest bringing wet wipes for freshening up, just like we did.

Tarangire and Ngorongoro are distinctive and a brilliant experience. We had an outstanding experience with Malisa, the Travel Africa guide-cum-driver, from start to finish. I had a booking issue which Get Your Guide took some time to resolve but that fades from memory in view of the intensive experience among the wildlife. Overnight at the lodge in Mto wa Mbu was also very good. I highly recommend this two-day combination.

Fantastic safari adventure!!Our guide Thomas and our cook Freddy looked after us wonderfully!Sleeping in the Serengeti in a tent with animals in close proximity is an incomparable experience!I can 100% recommend this safari for adventurers!5 stars!!!

Best experience ever! Anwar and Amidi were a great team! We saw a lot of animals and Anwar always knew exactly where to go so that we could have cool experiences :) Amidi provided us with very tasty food throughout the day.

It was a really nice tour. We saw a lot of animals and our guide Malissa was very nice and gave us a lot of information. It was a successful tour and I would do it again and again