8 Days Camping Safari in Tanzania

  • Arusha National Park - Tarangire National Park - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Lake Manyara National Park

8 Days Camping Safari in Tanzania

  • Arusha National Park - Tarangire National Park - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Lake Manyara National Park

Magnificent Tanzania Safari

This will be a very fantastic tour for you. Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris will drive you to the most popular and best destinations for the tours and game drive in the world. They will also drive you to the northern Serengeti for wildebeest migration. You will be able to see and take photos while you're on the way to Ngorongoro, Arusha, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and Tarangire National Park. Go to Tanzania and you will find yourself in the heart of sub-Saharan Africa!

Highlights

  • 8-day game drives
  • A full day crater tour
  • A safari driver or guide
  • Daily transfers and transport
  • 7 nights' camping accommodation
  • 2 nights' lodging in Arusha
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meals
  • 8 activity days
  • English
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During this safari, you will stay at Arusha Tourist Inn Hotel for 2 nights while the other nights will be spent at Tarangire River Camp, Seronera Campsite, Simba Campsite, and Panorama Campsite.

Day 1: Arusha National Park

The day will begin with pre-breakfast and picnic lunch around the lodge grounds, seeing fire finches, a variety of sunbirds, bulbuls, and olive thrush. First of all, you will have breakfast and head for Arusha National Park with your packed lunches. You will also visit the various crater lakes and catch up with a maccoa duck, Egyptian geese, Hottentot teal, comb duck, and many unusual waders as well as varieties of animal including a blue monkey and black-and-white colobus. If you are lucky, you may also spot a shy red duiker. A more common animal is the even smaller Kirk's dik-dik. Giraffes are very common in the area around the Lake Momella. Late in the evening, Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris will drive you to Mto wa Mbu. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Panorama Campsite.

Day 2: Tarangire National Park (130 kilometers drive, 2 hours)

After breakfast at the camp, you will leave early to Tarangire National Park. After a game evening in the late afternoon, you will go back to your lodge for preparing a walking tour with a ranger for 2 hours. Overnight stay will be at Tarangire River Camp.

Day 3: Tarangire - Serengeti National Park

The breakfast will be at 06:00. You will be picked up from the camp at 07:00 and drive to the great Serengeti National Park with your picnic lunch packed and game drives en route via Ngorongoro Crater rim. Overnight stay will be at Seronera Campsite.

Day 4: Central to North Serengeti game drive

After breakfast, you will continue with both morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park. This park is famous for its wonder 'great migration'. However, even without this mass migration, the park is still an exciting and spectacular place that cannot fail to enthrall. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Seronera Campsite.

Day 5: Northern Serengeti game drive

After breakfast, Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris will drive you during your full game drive following the animal migration at the northern Serengeti where the migration will be. There, you can see wildebeest, zebra, a topi hartebeest, eland, antelope, hyena, and varieties of birds singing in the trees. You will also enjoy viewing the beauty of landscape and nature. Usually, on August and November, the migration reaches its northern range where the herds cross the swarm of a crocodile in Mara River twice, as they complete their migration. Also, you will be able to enjoy a sunset at Serengeti between 18:20 to 18:40 after the game drive. Later in the evening, you will drive back to Seronera Campsite.

Day 6: Serengeti - Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, you will continue game viewing in Serengeti for 3 hours. After that, you will proceed with a game drive en route and arrive at nabi gate for lunch. Then, you will proceed to Ngorongoro Conservation Area for dinner and stay overnight at Simba Campsite.

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater - Lake Manyara National Park

This day, you will start early in the morning at 07:00 for the game drive with a picnic lunch inside Ngorongoro Crater. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 feet walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds, and other species. Your driver or guide will be in contact with other safari drivers and will amaze you with his skill at locating hidden animals. After the great exploration in Ngorongoro Crater, you will drive to Panorama Campsite for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 8: Lake Manyara to Arusha

After breakfast, the journey will continue to Mto wa Mbu village near Lake Manyara. Over the years, the village has attracted people from various ethnic groups. The wide variety of backgrounds and ethnicities has created a multicultural atmosphere in Mto wa Mbu. After a short briefing, your guide will take you on a walk through the village and its surroundings. They will guide you from banana plantations to rice fields, from the local medicine man to the local brewery, and from the paint and woodcraft workshop to the local school. The village walk will give you an insight into the daily village life.

Lunch will be prepared by a communal women's group and served at a local compound. It consists of a wide variety of African dishes, giving you the opportunity to taste thetraditional food. After this wonderful experience, you will visit the Lake Manyara National Park. After watching the animals and exploring the national park, you will leave the park in the afternoon and travel to Kirurumu Manyara Lodge. Soon, the higher lands will be reached and a wonderful view of the Maasai plains as well as Lake Manyara will open up before you. Photo stops will be taken and you will be able to enjoy the spectacular views.

This safari includes game drives to Tarangire National Park, Ndutu area, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and a visit to Ngorongoro Crater, in Tanzania

Tanzania

This safari will take place in Arusha, Tanzania. Tanzania is home to some of the most unique, intriguing, and mysterious cultural natural phenomenon on earth. It is located just one degree to the south of the equator. Its northern border is Kenya. Its northwestern border is Uganda along the shoreline of Lake Victoria. Its southwestern border is Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Along Tanzania’s southern border is Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique, to its east is the Indian Ocean.

Lake Manyara National Park

The protected area encloses a large part of the alkaline lake of the same name. This amazing lake is the seasonal home of a giant flamingo colony and many more waterfowls. On the lakeshore, you can also observe elephants, hippopotami, buffalos, guenons, banded mongooses, and numerous types of gazelles and antelopes. Furthermore, the park is well known for its "Tree climbing lions". Visitors can regularly observe lions taking a nap in the tree canopies or escaping from the heat on the ground.

Tarangire National Park

This is the third largest park in Tanzania and is characterized by amazingly large herds of elephants that can be encountered in this park. The Baobab trees are one of the other highlights of Tarangire. The Tarangire River that flows all year round is the lifeblood of the park. Many animals such as predators and the preys alike gather around the river where you can do an excellent game viewing.

Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti National Park is home to lion, leopard, elephant, cheetah, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, eland, wild dog, gazelles, crocodiles, and more. The park is one of the most comprehensive and appealing nature. Every day, hundreds of nature lovers and tourists from all over the world visit the Serengeti. The Serengeti National Park is also famous for its wonder 'Great Migration' where over a million wildebeest and 2 hundred thousand zebras travel to follow the rains each year. In October and November, they travel from the mountains of the north southwards to the plains seeking lush pastures. After the great rainy season in April, May, and June, the herds then make their return ward journey.

During this safari, you will be served 3 daily meals consists of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Additionally, 2 small bottle of 1.5 liters water per person will also be provided every day.

  • Cultural activities
  • Hot air balloon ride for 550 USD (on your fourth and fifth day)
  • Maasai Village visit
  • 2 nights' accommodation before and after safari in Arusha
  • 7 nights' accommodation during the safari
  • 4-hour game drives
  • A professional driver / guide
  • All transportations (unless labeled as optional)
  • Camping equipment
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Daily drinking water
  • Full day crater tour
  • Game drives in Tarangire, Ndutu area, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro
  • Late evening game drives
  • Mto wa Mbu Village walk
  • Park fees
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Sleeping bag
  • International flights (from / to home)
  • Tips (tipping guideline 10 USD per person per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc)

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 32% 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.

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    Review by Robin Hermle from Germany

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Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler from 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 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 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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