• Hippo Pool in the Lake Manyara Safari Park

7 Days Camping Safari in Tanzania

The best of northern Tanzania in one week! You’ll be visiting Tarangire, the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Lake Natron and Lake Manyara. This camping Safari tour brings you to remote ‘off the beaten track’ areas and for one night you will sleep in the unique Maasai Boma Lodge!

An African Buffalo with impressive horns in the Tarangire National Park

Day 1 – Tarangire National Park

Your 7 Days Camping Safari in Tanzania starts today with the Tarangire National Park, about a 2 hour drive from the Safari capital Arusha. Tarangire covers an area of 1,409 square kilometers. The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions, buffalo and leopards. It is famous for the ancient baobab trees, which are estimated to be over 1,000 years old. The scenery is spectacular – with rolling savannas and lush vegetation. Named after the Tarangire river that runs through the park, the park features more than 550 bird species, making it one of the top bird-watching destinations in the world. Tarangire was established in 1970, and is one of Tanzania’s most popular tourist destinations. In the evening we will drive to Africa Safari Lake Manyara where you overnight in a Safari tent.

During your 7 Days Camping Safari in Tanzania you will see many Zebra, like this one in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day 2 – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Today we wake up early in the morning and after breakfast we will drive into the amazing Ngorongoro crater. The Ngorongoro crater is the largest intact crater in the world. The crater features an  estimated 30,000 large mammals. Due to its natural borders, there is an abundance of wildlife throughout the conservation area which is home to the Big Five including the African Black Rhino as well as hyena, zebra and elephants to name a few. Unfortunately the rhinos are critically endangered, therefore they are guarded around the clock by park rangers. You overnight at Eileens Trees Lodge, a beautiful lodge situated in lush gardens.

Zebras drinking from a small pond in the Serengeti National park with Kopjes in the background

Day 3 – Serengeti National Park

On the third day it is time to enter the legendary Serengeti National Park. We drive for about an hour and a half with spectacular views descending from the Ngorongoro highlands towards the endless plains. While waiting for your guide to finish with the gate formalities, you use the time to climb up a large kopjes (these large rocks are a habitat for different kinds of flora and fauna that can only be found among these alien looking stone formations) and see the enormous savanna up to the horizon. After an exciting day of exploring this unique environment we arrive at Africa Safari Ikoma where you over night in a Safari tent with shared bathrooms.

With this 7 Days Camping Safari in Tanzania you have very good odds to see the annual Great Migration in the Serengeti Eco System

Day 4 – Serengeti North

The next day we continue our game drive in Serengeti and we will be heading north. In the migration season we can pass by the Mara river. Be amazed by the thousands of animals crossing the river. Truly a once in a lifetime experience! At the end of the day we overnight at Africa Safari Maasai Boma Lodge. As the accommodation’s name suggests, it is inspired by a traditional Maasai Boma. Look around you and you’ll understand why; you’re in their midst. The village is called Ololosokwan and although not located in an official game reserve or national park, due to the proximity of the Serengeti Eco-System there are always animals nearby.

A Maasai with traditional clothing in the Lake Natron area with Ol Doinyo Lengai mountain in the background

Day 5 – Lake Natron

After breakfast we head to Lake Natron. The drives from the northern Serengeti are remote, with a desolate, other-worldly beauty and an incomparable feeling of space and antiquity. The roads pass through untraveled Maasai land, with small Bomas and big mountains often in view in a wild, cauterized landscape. From June to November at the lake around two million flamingos gather. On the way to the lodge we can make a stop at the hot springs. We overnight at Africa Safari Lake Natron. The lodge has a swimming pool that is embedded in its surrounding landscapes and comes complete with stunning views of neighboring Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai, a still-active volcano. Enjoy the view! From the lodge you can take a 10 minute walk to the lake with your guide.

Ngare Sero Waterfalls near Lake Natron

Day 6 – Lake Natron Waterfalls

In the morning your guide will take you for an adventurous walk to the Ngare Sero Waterfalls (make sure to bring walking shoes). Named after the Ngare Sero River that originates in the Ngorongoro Highlands and descends through the Rift Valley into the Natron basin. It is one of the few sources of fresh water in the area. The river formed a gorge with steep walll through the millennia. In order to reach the waterfalls you will have to cross the river several times, so make sure to bring some appropriate shoes and equipment. After lunch you’ll head to the small village of Mto Wa Mbu where you overnight at Africa Safari Lake Manyara.

A Grey Crowned Crane near Lake Manyara

Day 7 – Lake Manyara National Park

For our last day of Safari we will visit Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara is a soda lake located in the Great Rift Valley, a geological feature that formed millions of years ago and stretches for more than 2,000 kilometers along the eastern side of Africa. Manyara is home to wildlife such as flamingo, giraffes, zebras, hippos and the unique tree climbing lions. We do a game drive in Lake Manyara all day and in the afternoon we drive back to Arusha where we arrive before dinner.

What is this?

• 7 days Camping Safari in Tanzania ‘off the beaten track’ to the remote Lake Natron area and the most important national parks in northern Tanzania
• an itinerary with upgraded camping accommodations
• Safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti National Park, Lake Natron and the Ngorongoro Crater
• classic game drives without any specific physical challenges

Where to stay?

• 2x nights in Safari tents with shared bathrooms Africa Safari Lake Manyara

• 1x Night Eileens Tree Lodge

• 1x night in Safari tents with shared bathrooms Africa Safari Serengeti Ikoma

• 1x night en-suite room at the unique Africa Safari Maasai Boma

• 1x night in Safari tents with shared bathrooms Africa Safari Lake Natron

(full board for all accommodations; 3 meals per day)

This is a true private Safari which can be adjusted in accommodation and routing to fit your needs. That also means you can get the most out of your trip and fine tune your experience with the help of your guide (i.e. duration of game drives).

When to travel?

• all year round, however it can get a little adventurous during rainy season
• daily departure possible

For whom?

• ideal for couples, families, friends, small groups that want to spend more time in the Serengeti Eco System

From where to where?

• starting in Arusha / ending in Arusha
• best flights into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Seasons:

  • HIGH season: 1 September – 14 March
  • PEAK season: 16 May – 31 August
  • LOW season: 15 March – 15 May

7 Days Camping Safari in Tanzania Map

This map serves to give you an approximate outline of the trip itinerary. The number in each map pin corresponds to the day of this Safari proposal. The exact routing will be determined by our experienced local tour guides.

7 Days Safari Tanzania Map

Included:

Game drives with a Safari Truck with pop up roof and experienced guide

National Parks entrance, special camping &
concession fees

4x nights in Safari tents with shared bathrooms – full board (3 meals per day)

1x night at the unique Africa Safari Maasai Boma Lodge – full board

1x night Eileens Tree Lodge – full board

Drinking water (1,5 liter per day)

Booking and Reservation charges

Excluded

International flight

Airport transfers (can be arranged)

Overnight before and after Safari (can be arranged)

Tourist visa

Personal travel insurance

Drinks & Snacks

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