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5 Days Highlights of Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater Wildlife safari in Tanzania

Seronera Public Campsite, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Wildlife Camping Safari in Tanzania

On this 5-day camping safari, you will see flamingos and other water fowls in Lake Manyara National Park, a crater filled with wild animals in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and a large selection of animals in the Serengeti National Park.

Key information

  • Maximum group size: 15 persons
  • Starting point and ending point: Arusha
  • Park fees are included.

Meet the guides

Thomas
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Highlights

  • 4 exciting game drives
  • Ngorongoro Crater floor tour
  • See ions, leopards, elephants, cheetah, buffalo, zebra, and more
  • Explore Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Services of an English speaking guide
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 4 nights accommodation at public campsite

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


5 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer available:
Kilimanjaro International Airport (US$30 per person)
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Accommodation

During this safari, you will be provided with four nights of accommodation at public campsite.

Program

Day 1 Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park

In the morning you will travel from Arusha to the small Lake Manyara National Park. Not only is this park a bird-lover’s paradise with over 400 species of birds, but is also home to primates such as baboons and blue monkeys and many herbivores, such as elephants, hippos, wildebeest, impalas, and giraffes. You might even catch a glimpse of the more carnivorous inhabitants, such as leopards and lions. Through the pop-up roof of your safari vehicle, you will see the landscape changing from lush acacia woodlands to grassy floodplains, where colonies of flamingos and other waterfowls can be found on the alkaline Lake Manyara’s shoreline. After extensive game viewing, you will leave the park and head to your campsite in the small town of Mto wa Mbu. The evening can be spent lounging at the pool or bar before you have your evening meal and overnight. The night will be spent in tents.

Lunch; Dinner

Day 2 Lake Manyara Area – Serengeti National Park

After the breakfast plates have been cleared, you will continue toward the fertile highland where wheat, coffee, and corn are grown by the Iraqw people. Passing through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you will be able to see the breath-taking Ngorongoro Crater before traveling onwards to the Serengeti National Park, which you will reach by midday. The Serengeti National Park is the largest park in Tanzania with a diversity of landscapes and habitats, such as grassy plains, swamps, lakes, savannah, and mountains. Here the biggest wildebeest and zebra migration takes place and depending on the season you will have the opportunity to witness thousands of animals on their search for nourishment. You will camp the night in the Seronera area in central Serengeti.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3 Serengeti National Park

Today you will explore the Serengeti National Park. Your guide will take you closer to where the migrating herds are to be found. During the short rainy season in November and December, the herds make their way from the hills in the north to the plains of the south, returning north during the longer rainy season from April to June. Their exact location differs yearly as they migrate according to the rainfalls, but your guide will know where you will be able to see the best. Lurking close by you might even spot some leopards, cheetahs, and lions. After an eventful day, you will return to your campsite in the Seronera area for your evening meal and overnight.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Early morning you will set out on another game drive in the Serengeti before continuing towards the Ngorongoro Crater. Soon the 600 meters deep unbroken caldera will open up before you and you will have a moment to take in the fantastic, awe-inspiring views of the collapsed volcano. Your campsite lies directly on the crater’s edge, offering a once in a lifetime view as the sun slowly sets over the crater. Nestled in your tent, thinking about the adventure the next morning brings, you will drift off to sleep.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha

Early in the morning you will head down the forested slopes into the crater on a steep and narrow path. The crater floor is covered in open grassland with the occasional acacia tree and two small wooded areas. Teaming with wildlife, you will be able to see many animals in a short period of time and might even be able to tick the Big Five – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard – off your list. Other animals present in the crater area include wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, warthogs, hippos and more than 500 species of birds. You will spend the entire morning exploring the park and after a picnic lunch in the crater, you will return to Arusha where you will arrive by early evening.

Breakfast; Lunch

Included excursions

Camping safari according to the itinerary

Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle

Professional, English-speaking guide

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

Guides

Thomas Massawe

Location

This wildlife safari tour will take place at Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a seventh worldwide wonder. The Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebras and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeests' trek for fresh grazing.

Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala, and Grant’s gazelle.

The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains.

Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.

Ngorongoro Crater

In nearly three million years ago, Ngorongoro towered alongside Mount Kilimanjaro as one of the highest peaks in Africa. Forged during the tumultuous birth of the Rift Valley, its volcanic top erupted at the time that ancient man first walked the plains.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) covers some 8,300 square kilometers. It boasts the finest blend of landscapes, wildlife, people, and archaeological sites in Africa. It is also a pioneering experiment in multiple land use. The concept of multiple land use in conservation perspective is a deviation from a traditional approach of regarding conservation as complete absenteeism of human interference.

Today, Ngorongoro’s caldera shelters the most beautiful wildlife haven on earth. The rich pasture and permanent water of the crater floor supports a resident population of some 20,000 to 25,000 large mammals. They are not confined to the crater walls, and can leave freely; they stay because conditions are favorable.

Since most of the crater floor is grassland, grazing animals predominate gnu, zebra, gazelles, buffalo, eland, kongoni (Coke’s hartebeest), and warthogs. The swamp and forest provide additional resources for hippos, some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhinos, giant-tusked elephants, waterbucks, reedbucks and bushbucks, baboons, and vervets.

The steep inner slopes provide a habitat for dik-diks and the rare mountain reedbuck. Towering euphorbias cling to the crater walls and on the floor, Fever tree and Fig tree forests give shade to an awe-inspiring array of creatures. All these animals, in turn, support large predators such as lion and leopard, and scavengers such as hyena and jackals.

Features

Activities

  • Shopping

General

  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace

Services

  • ATM / banking
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Local market
  • Medical assistance
  • Mosquito net
  • Wireless internet

Food

For this safari tour, you will be provided with daily Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

Not available

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation at public campsite
  • Transportation in a 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking guide and safari cook
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, and tables)
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Mineral water
  • All mentioned activities in the itinerary
  • All national park fees
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari

What's not included

  • Sleeping bag (15$ per person )
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs and others
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by Airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport Airport transfer available: Kilimanjaro International Airport (US$30 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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