Tanzania Budget Camping- 7 days

This is a true adventure in Africa, a camping safari to three beautiful and diverse parks.  Explore Lake Manyara, a small but magical park with a great diversity of wildlife, world–famous Serengeti, with its boundless plains and annual Great Migration, and Ngorongoro Crater, a wildlife cornucopia surrounded by 2000 ft. walls.  You will not only see vast herds, dramatic landscapes, and an incredible diversity of wildlife, you will experience it in a truly memorable way, in a tent, close to the wildlife and wilderness.  Enjoy fresh, hearty meals under the star-filled sky, fall asleep to the occasional roaring of the black-manned lion, awaken to the sounds of birds outside your tent, or the laughter of a fully-fed hyena, and share stories from the day in front of a warming campfire. This trip isn’t for everyone, the accommodations are simple, but the experience is grand.

 

 

 

ITINERARY

Day 1 
Arrive in Tanzania/Transfer Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha
After arrival in Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met by and transferred to your hotel in Arusha. 
Overnight: Impala Hotel

Day 2  
Arusha- Lake Manyara
Sleep late, get over jet lag, have breakfast at your hotel.  Lunch in Arusha, then drive to Lake Manyara National Park.  Enjoy a game drive in the park, whose inhabitants include hippos, monkeys, flamingoes and a large elephant population.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight:
campsite in Mto wa Mbu

LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
Manyara is a magical and scenic park with a horseshoe-shaped driving route through wooded pathways that wind between the banks of the alkaline soda water lake and the impressive rise of the Great Rift escarpment.  Although it is small, there with no fewer than five different vegetation zones and a vast variety of wildlife.  It is excellent for birdwatching and a good area to find elephant and flamingo, as well as the potential of spotting the legendary tree-climbing lion. 

Day 3
Lake Manyara- Serengeti

After breakfast, depart for Serengeti National Park with picnic lunches. Enjoy an afternoon game drive on the endless plains of the Serengeti for a chance to see the great herds of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles, or a pride of lions lounging in the shade.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight:
 under tents in the Serengeti

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
A World Heritage Site, and recently proclaimed a World Wide Wonder, Serengeti National Park is one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in the world.  The park is vast, covering 6000 square miles, and is aptly named “endless plains” by the Maasai people.  You immediately experience its enormity as you enter the southeastern plains of the park from Ngorongoro.

The principal features of the Serengeti are the short and long grass plains in the south and east, the acacia Savannah in the central areas, the hilly and densely wooded areas in the north and the extensive woodland in the west. There is a wide variety of scenery, which includes the plains, lakes, hills and  rocky outcrops called kopjes. The main game drive areas in the Serengeti are the Seronera Valley, the Western Corridor, and northern Serengeti. The Seronera valley in central Serengeti, endowed with permanent surface water, attracts a large concentration of wildlife throughout the year.  Common animals that can be seen here are lions, buffaloes, impalas, hippos, waterbucks, elephants, cheetahs, the leopard, and over 400 species of birds.  The park provides sanctuary to the highest concentration of plains animals in the world, and is the site of the Great Migration.

Day 4
Serengeti

Spend a full day of game viewing in Serengeti National Park.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight
: under tents in the Serengeti

Day 5
Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater

Drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area , via Olduvai Gorge, the site of  Louis and Mary Leakey’s  renowned archaeological discoveries.  Their findings include some of man’s earliest known ancestral remains.  Picnic lunches will be served at the Gorge.  Then drive to Ngorongoro Crater.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: 
Simba campsite

NGORONGORO CRATER
Ngorongoro, a deep crater created by the collapsed cone of a volcano, contains a hidden world of wildlife.  It is a true Garden of Eden. A beautiful highland forest covers the 2,000-foot-deep sheer sides of the caldera, a spectacular barrier encircling and protecting the plains wildlife living on the crater floor.  Although the floor is only 100 square miles, it is home to around 30,000 animals -zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest, wart hog, and elephant, to name just a few, along with a high concentration of predators, including leopard and some of the finest black-maned lions in Africa.  Thousands of flamingos flutter and shimmer like a pink heat haze on the soda lake in the middle of the crater.  You may spot the rare and elusive black rhinoceros, one of Africa’s most endangered species, who is also a resident here. Take great photographs of the wildlife against the spectacular backdrop of the crater’s forest covered walls.

A UNESCO protected World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a pioneering experiment in multi-purpose land use where people (the Maasai), their livestock and wildlife coexist and share the same protected habitat. The craters of Ngorongoro and Empakai are reserved exclusively for wildlife, while the rest of the Conservation Area is shared by wildlife, people and livestock. The Maasai, the main residents of Ngorongoro, are pastoralists who move widely with their herds of cattle, sheep, goat and donkeys in search of pasture and water. In recent years the Maasai have been encouraged to work on the land and supplement their traditional diet of milk and meat.

Day 6
Ngrongoro Crater

Today you will descend 2000 feet to the floor of the crater for a half day of game drives. Explore the forest areas that are inhabited by monkeys and elephants, the lake area, where you may see beautiful pink flamingoes, and the open savannah where lions hunt for food.  In the afternoon, return to the camp for lunch.  After lunch, drive to Karatu.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight:
  at a campsite

DAY 7  
Ngonongoro Crater –Arusha-Kilimanjaro Airport

After breakfast, drive back to Arusha.  Lunch in Arusha.  After lunch, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home.
 

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  • Impala Hotel
  • campsite in Mto wa Mbu
  • under tents in the Serengeti
  • Simba campsite

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