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4 Days Secrets of Tanzania Camping Safari in Lake Manyara, Tarangire, and Ngorongoro Crater

Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Tanzania Safari.

Come to Tanzania and observe amazing animals while touring its three epic national parks. On this four-day camping safari, you will explore the Tarangire National Park with its huge elephant herds, the diverse landscapes of Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, a collapsed volcano filled with wild animals, ranging from the Big Five – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard – to spotted hyenas, rare wild dogs and some of the more than 500 bird species of the area. Others include zebras, eland, gazelles, Baboon and many others.

Key information

  • Private tour
  • Group size: max 6 persons per vehicle
  • Children policy: Children are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting and ending point: Arusha
  • Languages: English, French-speaking guides
  • All park fees are included

Highlights

  • Observe Big Five animals, various bird species
  • Game drives at Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Parks
  • Visit Ngorongoro Crater, an inactive caldera, home to many animals
  • Meals as per itinerary and drinking water
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • 3 nights accommodation

Styles


3 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Group size: 2-6 participants
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Accommodation

During the tour, you may opt to go camping or stay in lodges / tented camps.

The standard tent can fit 2 people but there is an option for a bigger tent that can fit 3 people.

Program

Day 1: Arusha - Tarangire National Park

After a short safari briefing in the morning, you will travel southwest towards the Tarangire National Park. The park has a diversity of landscapes including grass, acacia woodlands and forests and it is especially popular for its huge elephant herds and animals gathering at the river and swamps.

Animals range from swarms of yellow-breasted lovebirds to kudus, buffaloes, giraffes, eland and the weird-looking gerenuk. Predators include lions, leopards, and hyenas, while wild dogs are rare. In the late afternoon, you will arrive at a campsite inside the park, where you will spend the night in tents.

  • Meal plan: Lunch, dinner

Day 2: Tarangire National Park - Lake Manyara National Park - Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After breakfast, you will leave the Tarangire National Park and drive via the town of Mto wa Mbu to the Lake Manyara National Park. This park with its shallow alkaline lake stretches along the base of the Rift Valley Escarpment.

Lake Manyara attracts thousands of birds, including huge flocks of flamingos. Other animals in the park include buffaloes, elephants, hippos and Masai giraffes as well as troops of boisterous baboons and monkeys in the forests.

The park once became famous for tree-climbing lions and if you are lucky to spot them you will be amused by the sight of these animals lounging on branches in the acacia trees.

After a game drive in the park you will ascend to the Ngorongoro highlands, where you will overnight on a campsite situated on the crater’s edge with magnificent views of the caldera below.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 Ngorongoro Crater - Mto wa Mbu

Rise and shine! After an early breakfast at your campsite, you will travel down a precipitous trail into the crater. Its grass plains and acacia forests are home to almost all the species of animals found in the East African savannah.

In only a few hours you might see all of the Big Five – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard – as well as eland, mountain reedbucks, hyenas, and rare wild dogs. After an extensive game drive and a picnic lunch inside the crater, you will leave the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and travel to Mto wa Mbu, where you will spend the night in a tent on a campsite.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Mto wa Mbu - Arusha

After a leisurely breakfast, you will start your journey back to Arusha, where you will arrive around midday. You will be dropped off in the city center or at the airport.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch

Location

On this tour, you will travel to Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater before returning to Arusha.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park lies 120 kilometers south of Arusha, along The Great North Road highway, and is very popular for day trips from the town. Tarangire offers a wide variety of wildlife in its area of 2,850 square kilometers.

As in all ecosystems, the vegetation and the types of animals you find are closely correlated. The principal features of the park are the flood plains and the grassland, mainly comprising of various types of acacia trees, and a few scattered baobabs, tamarind and the sausage trees.

The Tarangire River, after which the park is named, provides the only permanent water for wildlife in the area. When the Maasai Steppes dry up with the end of the long rains in June, migratory animals return to the Tarangire River, making Tarangire National Park second only to Ngorongoro in the concentration of wildlife.

This period stretches between June and October and it is the best season for game viewing in Tarangire. The most common animals found in the park include zebras, wildebeest, lions, leopards, waterbucks, giraffe, elephants, gazelles, impala, gerenuk, lesser kudu, and the beautiful fringe-eared oryx.

You may be lucky to spot the tree-climbing python, for which the park is famous, or the greater kudu and the roan antelope which are rare species in Northern Tanzania. Over 550 bird species have been recorded in the park.

Lake Manyara National Park

Located 125 kilometers west of Arusha town, nestling by the wall of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park is one of the oldest and most popular sanctuaries in East Africa. The park has a large variety of habitats, making it possible to support a wealth of wildlife in its small area.

The main habitats include the shallow soda lake itself which occupies 77% of the National Park total area of 330 square kilometers, the groundwater forest, open grassland, acacia woodland, and the rift wall.

The most famous spectacle in the park is the tree-climbing lions, which are occasionally seen along branches of acacia trees. Other animals found in the park include buffalo, elephants, leopards, baboons, impala, giraffes, zebra, wildebeest, ostrich and hippos.

Popularly referred to as an ornithologist’s paradise, Lake Manyara National Park contains over 400 bird species found in most savanna and river habitats in East Africa. Common water birds to be seen here are pelicans, spoonbills, Egyptian geese, hammerkops and the migratory flamingoes, which arrive in hundreds of thousands creating one of Africa’s great natural sights over the soda lake.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

A UNESCO protected World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is situated some 190 kilometers west of Arusha, between Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Parks. Covering approximately 8,292 square kilometers, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area consists of the Ngorongoro Crater itself, the Olduvai Gorge and Ndutu, the Empakai Crater and the Oldonyo Lengai Mountain.

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.

Wild animals are protected as in the national parks. 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.

The Ngorongoro Crater, which is the central attraction in the area, is the largest caldera in the world that has its walls intact. The Ngorongoro Crater floor, a sheer drop of 610 meters below the crater rim, has an area of 304 square kilometers, with a diameter of 19 kilometers.

The sight of the Ngorongoro Crater is simply stunning. "It is impossible to give a fair description of the size and beauty of the Crater, for there is nothing with which one can compare it. It is one of the Wonders of the World," once wrote Professor Bernhard Grzimek.

The crater floor is home to tens of thousands of plains animals, including wildebeest, zebra, gazelles, elands, and a large predator population of lions, hyena, and jackal which can all be viewed at close quarters. The rare black rhino can be viewed here, and if you are lucky you can see cheetah and leopard.

The rainy season is between November and May. The altitude at the crater rim is about 2286 meters above sea level, and temperatures can get quite chilly in the evening, especially between May to September.

Food

The meal plan as stated in the itinerary is included in the package. Also included is mineral water.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

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

Things to do (optional)

Visit Maasai boma, they charge $50.00 for entry and show you how their homes are. They will try to sell some of their handmade goods. You can quickly make a family trip to this small village before you get into Ngorongoro Crater for a magical experience.

Also you can visit Oldupai Gorge for an extra payment of $45 pp. It is an archeological site that you will love to see it if you're interested in history.

What's included

  • Camping safari according to the itinerary
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Professional, English-speaking safari cook
  • 3 nights stay in safari tents
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Mineral water
  • 3 Game Drives
  • All mentioned activities
  • All national park fees
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari

What's not included

  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money on souvenirs etc.
  • 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 transfer is available on request at an extra fee. For more information, please send an inquiry.

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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Pricing information

Children below 5 years are free of charge. Between 5-14 years, pay 60% of adult price.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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