5 Days

Camping Safari Northern Tanzania

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DAY 1: ARUSHA TO LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

At 9am, leave Arusha for Lake Manyara National Park. Reach Lake Manyara at 11am and go on a game drive until 6pm. Lake Manyara, a Rift Valley chain lake, is nestled at the foot of a spectacular 2,000-foot escarpment and is surrounded by a lush tropical forest filled with towering mahogany and fig trees. During the game drive, you will see elephants, baboons and giraffes at close range. You will visit the park’s five different vegetation zones and spend time at the lakeshore viewing magnificent birds. If lucky, you may glimpse Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions.

After the game drive, proceed to Panorama Campsite. The private campsite overlooks Lake Manyara National Park and the Rift Valley. You will have your own private canvas tent. The site has several sitting areas, showers and bathrooms, a bar, and kitchen. Dinner and overnight at Panorama.

DAY 2: LAKE MANYARA TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Leave Panorama Campsite at around 8:30am for Serengeti National Park. To get to the Serengeti, you have to first pass through Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. You will arrive in Ngorongoro at approximately 11am. Stop at the view point to take photos of Ngorongoro Crater and eat a snack. Continue driving to the Serengeti, viewing animals along the way. Once you arrive in the Serengeti, you will drive across the Seronera Plain to the northwest gate of the Serengeti.

Serengeti National Park, which has been declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, is a vast and beautiful expanse of 15,000 square kilometers, which supports the largest concentration of plain game in the world. Famous for its gregarious procession of millions of wildebeest and zebra that takes place from December to August, the Serengeti attracts thousands of visitors each year.

The migration offers excellent opportunities to view animal behavior due to the abundance of both predators and prey. Common animals are wildebeest, cheetah, zebra, lion, giraffe, and many species of antelope. Arrive at Seronera Campsite at around 6pm. The campsite, located in the center of the Serengeti, allows easy access to all of the Serengeti’s regions.

DAY 3: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Spend all of day three in Serengeti National Park following the migration. Watch thousands of wildebeest and zebra in their natural habitat. See male wildebeest battle for control of the uninterested females. Watch zebra feed on the fresh grasses of the Serengeti Plain.

The Serengeti region encompasses Serengeti National Park itself, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Maswa Game Reserve, the Loliondo, Grumeti and Ikorongo Controlled Areas and the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. The migration could be in one of several possible locations and we will alter the Serengeti schedule depending on where the migration is during your safari. Return to Seronera Campsite for dinner and overnight.

DAY 4: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK TO NGORONGORO CRATER

After an early breakfast, leave with all of your belongings for a final game drive in the Serengeti. Drive to Grumet River to spend time watching bird and water life. We will have the opportunity to view crocodiles and may be lucky enough to see a crocodile hunt a wildebeest. Continue on a game drive watching lions and searching for cheetahs. After lunch, drive to Ngorongoro Crater.

We will make sure to get you to the crater rim Simba Campsite in time for the spectacular sunset. Simba Campsite overlooks the crater and offers breathtaking views. Be sure to bring warm clothes for this night as very cold temperatures can be experienced on the crater rim.

DAY 5: NGORONGORO CRATER TO ARUSHA

Leave the campsite at 7:30am to descend 2000 feet to the crater floor. The largest unbroken caldera in the world, Ngorongoro has an area of 260 kilometers and a depth of 610 meters. The crater provides a protected habitat for thousands of mammals and birds. The entire day is spent on the crater floor viewing lion, hyena, wildebeest, zebra, black rhinoceros, and many species of small antelopes. During some seasons, the soda lake on the crater floor is crowded with flamingo and other water birds. You may also see Maasai herdsmen grazing their cattle in the crater.

Enjoy your picnic lunch on the crater floor where Black Kites feed on tourists’ leftovers. Lunch offers an excellent opportunity to view the behavior of birds and observe the forest elephants that usually feed in the marsh near the picnic area. After lunch, continue on a game drive to spot the most elusive of the Big Five, rhinoceros and leopard. Leave the crater at around 3pm to drive back to Arusha. Buffalo Tours will assist you with your next travel plans.

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