This Basic Camping Safari is designed especially for outdoor lovers, who would like to experience the ultimate adventure of Tanzania Safari Tours but are on a tight budget. You will travel with your own personal chef and mobile tents which will be set up upon your arrival at the public campsites. Most public campsites have shared washroom and shower facilities but may not always have hot water. The facilities are well maintained and are kept thoroughly clean. If you love nature and would like to sleep in a canvas tent under the star-filled African sky or sit around a campfire listening to the sounds of laughing hyenas and other nocturnal sounds, this is the safari for you.
For convenient and flexible guided safaris with Mangokili Adventures, all transfers on every quoted safari itinerary published on our website are inclusive.
However, for pick-ups and drop-offs outside Tanzania, we will have to requote your itinerary to cover the extra costs depending on your whereabouts. To be sure it will always be our 4×4 vehicles and driver guides with you the whole trip, on safari, from and to the airport.
Guided Tanzania Safari Tours is by far the most rewarding option for most of our visitors. Whatever your budget, imagine a hustle-free Safari, arranged pick-ups and drop-offs, pre-booked accommodation, and campsites all tailored to your specifics. Affording you the comfort and luxury you could hardly achieve on your own. By putting you first, Mangokili Adventures commits to providing you with curated private safari packages that cater to all budgets.
In this regard, we have designed different Tanzania Safari tour packages in full luxury, comfortable mid-range adventures, and packages for more outdoor adventure like basic camping safaris, as well as photographic safari packages. Most rewarding, all safaris are private, meaning you will have a personal driver guide with you the whole trip. The guide is a well-informed local and a naturalist. Just what you need for a carefree safari holiday.
Day 1: ARRIVE IN TANZANIA
You will be picked up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your accommodations in Arusha town. During the short drive (approximately one hour) your driver/guide will brief you on your African Safari. Today you will spend your time at your leisure and relax for your upcoming exciting adventure.
Accommodation Masailand Hotel, bed and breakfast
DAY 2: ARUSHA – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Non-game-viewing travel time: 1:40 hours
After breakfast, your driver will pick you up at the hotel and you will make your way to Tarangire National Park. The drive will be approximately 2 hours. Big baobab trees, bush savannah, and seasonal marshes add to the wonders of this nature reserve. Tarangire National Park is considered to be one of the best parks to view elephants up close. The Park is also home to buffaloes, zebras, and wildebeests that are closely followed by a range of predators such as lions and leopards, but cheetahs are rarely spotted in this area. From the open rooftop of your safari vehicle, you will be able to absorb the landscape and get a perfect view of the wildlife. You will enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the Tarangire river and afternoon a game drive before heading to your accommodations for the night.
Dinner and overnight at Tarangire Campsite.
DAY 3: TARANGIRE NATIONAL – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Non-game-viewing travel time: 4hours
Distance: 242 km.
After early morning breakfast, you will exit Tarangire and head towards the Serengeti National Park, via the beautiful high lying farmlands of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands at the back, you will move into the heart of wild Africa, the Serengeti National Park with its endless plains rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. You will head to the central park area, also known as Seronera. Seronera is one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park and features the Seronera River which provides a valuable water source to the wildlife in the area. The wildlife is representative of most of the Serengeti’s wildlife species. You will arrive in Seronera mid-day and after lunch, you will enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti National Park.
Dinner and overnight at Tumbili public camps
DAY 4 – 5: SERENGETI
These two days will be spent on game drives in the Serengeti. You will head out on your game drives after breakfast at the camp. The areas that you visit will depend on where the migrating herds are. The herds are usually followed by predators and can be seen trekking behind them. From July to October, the herds are in Northern Serengeti. During the short rainy season in November and December, they move from the hills in the north to the plains in the south. During the longer rainy season from April to June, they return to central Serengeti. The yearly trek is determined by the rainfalls and the location of the herds might vary from year to year. Your guide will know where the animals will be located so that you can fully experience what Serengeti has to offer. Apart from wildebeests and zebras, you will also be able to spot predators such as lions, leopards, and cheetahs as well as elephants, buffalos, and if lucky, rhinos. Depending on your location, you will be able to venture out to the Seronera river or the Grumeti river. Erick do you want to mention picnic lunch? Let me know I will add it
Dinner and overnight at Tumbili public campsite
DAY 6: SERENGETI – NGORONGORO CRATER
Non-game-viewing travel time: 2hours
Distance: 147 km, 91 miles
After breakfast at the camp, you will head out for a game drive until mid-day. You will have a picnic lunch in the Park and continue onward to Ngorongoro. On the way, you will visit the Maasai people who live in the Ngorongoro conservation area and you will be able to learn about their culture and traditional practices.
Dinner and overnight at Simba Campsite
DAY 7: NGORONGORO CRATER – ARUSHA/JRO
Non-game-viewing travel time: 3 hours
After early morning breakfast, you will descend approximately 600 meters into the crater for a half-day game drive. Supported by year-round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park supports a variety of animals, including herds of wildebeests, zebras, buffalos, elands, warthogs, hippos, and giant African elephants. Another big attraction to this picturesque National Park is its dense population of predators, such as lions, hyenas, and jackals. Cheetahs and leopards are usually not seen in the crater as they tend to roam outside the crater and around the crater rim. With some luck, you may see black rhinos that are easier to spot in Ngorongoro than other parks in Tanzania. You will visit Lake Magadi, one of the main features of the crater. Lake Magadi is a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner of the crater and is home to flamingos and hippos. You will enjoy lunch at the designated picnic site and start your journey back to Arusha.