5 Days Camping and Big Five Safari in Tanzania

  • Panorama Campsite, Lake Manyara area - Seronera Campsite, Seronera River valley - Ngorongoro Simba Campsite, Ngorongoro Crater area - Jambo Campsite, Lake Manyara area - Arusha Tourist Inn Hotel, Arusha

Exhilarating Tanzania Safaris

Come and join Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris in this exhilarating safari holiday. Drive to the best and most popular wildlife destinations in the world for game drives and animal viewing. Take great photos at Lake Manyara, Tarangire, and Serengeti National Park, and the Ngorongoro Crater. See impressive views and scenery, and experience the amazing Maasai culture through a village visit. So what are you waiting for? Prepare your bags and gear up for a memorable adventure.

Highlights

  • Exciting game drives
  • Visit to Lake Manyara
  • Visit to a Maasai village
  • Visit to the Ngorongoro Crater
  • All transportation and park fees
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 3 daily meals
  • 5 activity days
  • French, English
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You will be accommodated in camps during this safari tour. On the first night, you will stay at the Panorama Campsite. For the second night, you will stay at the Seronera Campsite, a chain of small campsites found at the Seronera River valley.

For the third night, you will stay at the Ngorongoro Simba Campsite, a large, public campground located in the Ngorongoro Crater area. For the fourth night, you will stay at the Jambo Campsite. And for the fifth and final night, you will stay at the Arusha Tourist Inn Hotel.

Arusha Tourist Inn Hotel

This hotel is located in the heart of Arusha city. It is easily accessible and is only 45 minutes from the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), one and a half hours from the Namanga Border, and five minutes from the city center. All the rooms are well-furnished with elegant decor and wooden furniture and equipped with an electronic card door lock system to maximize security, making it one of the safest and best places to stay in Arusha.

All superior rooms have en-suite bathrooms with a combined shower and bath, plus a basin and toilet. Each room also has an air-conditioning unit, electronic safe, television with a selection of satellite channels, electricity points, and three-pin square plug points for easy charging. Mosquito nets are provided around the beds in all rooms.

Jambo Campsite

This campsite is conveniently located in the Mto wa Mbu village, not far from the gate to Lake Manyara National Park. It features well-maintained gardens and spotless en-suite rooms in two-story houses. Each room has a television, fridge, and terrace or balcony. There's also a swimming pool, restaurant, and baobab tree bar. The campsite has a spacious camping ground with good ablution facilities. Hot and cold showers are both available.

Panorama Campsite

Located just outside the Mto wa Mbu village, this campsite is perched up on the edge of the Great Rift Valley directly overlooking Lake Manyara National Park. Its amenities include a tent, sleeping bag, and pillow. The facilities include hot showers, bathrooms, cooking facilities, an eating area, and a bar.

Day 1 - Arusha and Tarangire National Park

After breakfast at 8:30 a.m., your driver will pick you up from the Arusha Tourist Inn Hotel and drive you the Tarangire National Park. Enjoy a morning game drive followed by lunch at the Panorama Campsite. You will also check in for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 2 - Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, you will head towards the Serengeti National Park by way of the beautiful, high-lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, you will descend into the heart of wild Africa, the Serengeti National Park, with its endless plains rolling in the distance as far as the eye can see.

You will proceed to the central park area known as the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park. It features the Seronera River which provides a valuable water source to this area of the park and attracts wildlife well-representative of most of Serengeti's species. Arrive in time to enjoy lunch and then head out for an afternoon game drive. Dinner and an overnight stay will be at the Seronera Campsite.

Day 3 - Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater

Wake up early in the morning, have a cup of coffee, and get ready for a sunrise game drive that will last up to 11:30 a.m. Afterwards, you will come back to the campsite for brunch. Later on, you will proceed with a game drive in Serengeti National Park then do an en-route game drive to the Ngorongoro Crater. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at the Ngorongoro Simba Campsite.

Day 4 - Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast, you will descend the Ngorongoro Crater for a full day of game driving where you will get a chance to see Africa's Big Five. Afterwards, you will drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at the Jambo Campsite.

Day 5 - Lake Manyara National Park and Arusha

After breakfast in the campsite, you will continue with a full day of game driving in Lake Manyara National Park, complete with packed lunch. The lake occupies a large area of the park - the forest starts just when you cross the park gate along the base of the Great Rift Valley and hot spring, and continues to the west of the park. This national park is home to tree-climbing lions, buffaloes, giraffes, hippos, and troops of baboons.

The flamingo, ostrich, Egyptian goose, and many more animal and bird species also inhabit the area. After your picnic lunch, you will proceed with an afternoon game drive. Later on, you will drive to a Maasai village to experience various cultural activities. The Maasai people are known for strongly upholding their traditional values and lifestyle. In the evening, you will be taken back to Arusha to have an overnight stay at the Arusha Tourist Inn Hotel. This is where your tour will end.

  • Visit to Lake Manyara
  • Visit to the Maasai people

This safari holiday will take place in Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, all of which are located in the country of Tanzania.

All three daily meals are included in the price of this retreat.

  • Capture photos of the wildlife and scenery
  • Enjoy animal watching
  • Explore the surroundings
  • Relax at your accommodation
  • See the stunning views
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation before and after the safari
  • 3 daily meals
  • 4 nights camping accommodation during the safari
  • Airport transfers
  • All transportation and park fees
  • Game drive in Lake Manyara National Park
  • Game drive in Tarangire National Park
  • Game drives in Serengeti National Park
  • Game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Services of a safari driver-guide and cook
  • Visit to Lake Manyara
  • Visit to the Maasai people
  • Airfare costs
  • Any additional activities, services, or trips
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa costs

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Arusha Airport (ARK).

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler from Beijing, China
    10 out of 10

    "Our mission was simple: arrive in Arusha and scour the streets in search of a good budget safari operator. We talked to many operators but none could offer us other people to share the costs with except Meru Slopes. We discovered them through a tour on the street and were apprehensive to go into their office but I'm sure glad we did. It's located within the Arusha Tourist Inn on the main road. Emmanuel was our point of contact and he was very professional, honest, and caring. They were organizing trips leaving the next couple of days that had vacancies. He was thorough in explaining to us the schedule and what exactly was included (no hidden fees or additional costs). The price was good and we felt comfortable enough to sign up for a five-day safari. Afterwards, he even showed us a really yummy local place to eat. My partner's birthday happened to fall during the safari and so I asked Emmanuel to pass on a little cash and message to the cook to see if he could help me organize a cake and candles for that day. He didn't let me down and the birthday celebrations went smoothly."

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    "The actual safari was amazing. The driver, Ziggy, was great; very popular with all the locals, smiley, easy-going, professional, funny, and a good driver and laser-eyed guide. The cook created good plentiful dishes for all of us. The vehicle was similar to all the other off-road vehicles and sat up to seven guests. Our group of six decided to rotate seat rows which I found very fair and the way to do it."

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    "My favorite was Ngorongoro for the shear concentration of animals and being able to spot the infamous black rhino. Serengeti was great as well. We got to see the great migration as well as many lions, cheetahs, and leopards. We were so lucky and got to see everything that we wanted. The only thing I would've changed would've been to do Lake Manyara first (if at all, as opposed to last) and then Tarangire, Serengeti, and finally Ngorongoro. Because if you do Manyara last like we did, it's just not exciting unless you're a bird-person."

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    "The sleeping situation was totally fine, if not exciting at times. Sunbright had permanent tents for lodging and it was comfortable with the Wi-Fi (which didn't work most times), electricity, beds, mosquito nets, and en-suite bathrooms. Camping in the Serengeti was fun with all the animal noises outside your tents. Ngorongoro's campsite on the crater rim was a bit chilly but not as cold as I had imagined. It was more beautiful than anticipated so that was a good surprise."

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    "Overall, Meru Slopes was great. I have no complaints and only praises for them. I totally recommend booking your safari with them. If you have any questions at all, feel free to ask me."

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  • Review by Hyewon
    10 out of 10

    "Geoffrey was very professional and responsive among all the tour operators I contacted before the trip so I decided to safari with them. Everything went seamless from the pick-up to the trip. My airline lost my bag on the way to Tanzania so I had to be on a safari without my bag. It could have been a very unpleasant experience but Geoffrey contacted the airline on a daily basis on my behalf while I was on safari, and my bag was waiting for me at the end of the trip. I appreciate Geoffrey and the Meru Slopes staff for this. "

    ""

    "He also arranged a taxi to Moshi which was my next destination. The safari trip was amazing. Although one thing I noticed was that the drivers are working for multiple companies and you may end up sharing a jeep with other folks booked with other companies. Things happen with drivers that can be out of the tour operator's control but Geoffrey was responsive and put effort to make my trip pleasant. I would strongly recommend Meru Slopes to others."

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  • Review by a traveler from Brooklyn, New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I recommend Meru Slopes Tours for a really great safari, and for a great price! Our trip was a five-day safari in Tanzania, where we camped for two nights and actually stayed in permanent tents with attached bathrooms and showers for two nights, which was an upgrade from what we were quoted. The food was really great, and it was fantastic to get a warm meal at the end of the day. Our guide, Estome, was very knowledgeable, and spent as much time as we wanted viewing the animals. We also saw the Big Five, not guaranteed of course, but a great bonus for us. We had an amazing time camping at the top of Ngorongoro, and it's pretty surreal to be sleeping next to god-knows-what animal walking around your tent. It's truly incredible (and safe, don't worry)."

    ""

    "The company was great and with the transfers and the hotel stay (Arusha Tourist Inn, a very decent hotel for sleeping), it was a smooth experience and a great deal. They also helped us organize a duo taxi trip and hike to see the waterfall, which was above and beyond. We basically used the Arusha Tourist Inn just to sleep at, but it was a decent and clean hotel, better than I thought it would be. Geoffrey was always prompt in email correspondence, which put me at ease, and answered all my questions. Be sure to ask him anything you are uncertain of. The company is very eager to please, and wants to make sure you have a good time. That was definitely felt from our experience with them."

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    "Breakfast and dinner were generally quite filling, lunch was a packed lunch, more of a basics situation but decent, and there was a variety of samosas and breads. Dinner was really great and we were impressed with Tanzania's system for safaris. There were many people getting similar safaris through other companies that were spending much more money."

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    "Things to know but not related to this tour company: The road to Serengeti is bumpy and very dusty. It can be helpful to have a hat and coverings so you won't be so coated in dust. Ngorongoro could get quite chilly so keep that in mind when packing. Pack toilet paper and comfy clothes for post-safari. "

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    "I really can't imagine getting a better deal and I highly recommend this company for a budget safari. I was a little concerned when booking a budget safari but, to be honest, I wouldn't change a thing. Don't hesitate, it's such a great experience and a great deal!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Lisbon, Portugal
    10 out of 10

    "I was in Tanzania to do a five-day safari with Meru Slopes. I must say it was perfect. They picked us up at the Nairobi airport, we stayed at their hotel (quite nice) the day before and on the last day which was included in the price. The guide was a very passionate guy with great knowledge of the animals and the area, the cook was also great (cooked very tasty food). We saw the Big Five! We had no problems with the accommodation. Actually, on the first night, the "tent" was a bungalow and there was a swimming pool at the park. It was a dream trip and Meru Slopes made it real!"

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  • Review by Shimeah Mckinstry
    10 out of 10

    "I was a woman traveling alone and would highly recommend Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris. Emanual organised all my tours, picking me up and delivering me back to my hotel, as well as helping me with any other needs I had. I felt safe at all times and enjoyed everything he organized for me. The safari was wonderful and I particularly enjoyed two village stays he organized. First was in a Maasai village which was so different from any experience I've ever had. Two Maasai men picked me up from my hotel and took me by bus, walking, motorbike, and further walking to the village. They explained all aspects of the village life and the village family, though not speaking much English, welcomed me and treated me with much love and respect. The second village was very different from the Maasai village but also a wonderful experience where I made close connections with a number of people. I experienced a village funeral of a young girl, went to a church service, and took things to enjoy and share with the children. Once again, everyone welcomed me and treated me like I was special. All in all, I had a wonderful time and would recommend a village experience for everyone as well as a safari."

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