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Arusha: Serengeti and Ngorongoro Multi-Day Camping Safari

1. Arusha: Serengeti and Ngorongoro Multi-Day Camping Safari

Day 1: Arusha - Serengeti National Park Start your safari and camping adventure with hotel pickup from Arusha at 8:00 AM. Drive to Serengeti National Park with your complimentary packed lunch. Take a game drive en route to the campsite. Serengeti National Park is home to lions, leopards, elephants, cheetahs, buffalos, zebras, wildebeest, eland, wild dogs, gazelles, crocodiles and many birds, including Eurasia migrant birds. Have dinner and stay overnight in a tent at Serengeti Seronera Campsite. Day 2: Full Day at Serengeti After breakfast, you will go on wide-ranging morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park. Your guide will locate the flocks of migrant birds and the herds. Spot carnivores like big cats and hyenas. See the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra in action. Learn about the park as you drive and see why the Maasai gave the park the name Serengeti, which means “endless plains”. Break for lunch and dinner at the campsite and spend one more night at Serengeti Seronera Campsite. Day 3: Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater Wake up at 6:00 AM for early-morning game drives in Serengeti. Return at 9:00 AM to the campsite for breakfast.  Then, check out and set off for Ngorongoro Crater. Eat lunch and view game en route to the largest unbroken caldera in the world, which serves as a protected habitat for thousands of mammals and birds. Spend a full day on the crater floor spotting lions, hyenas, wildebeest, zebras, black rhinoceros, and many species of small antelopes. Use this unique setting at one of the few places in Africa to stand a good chance of seeing the Big Five in the course of a game drive. Your guide will explain the formation of the crater and the immense eruption that caused it. You will also see Maasai cattle and buffalo grazing together with lions mere meters away. Have dinner and spend the night at Ngorongoro Simba “A” Campsite.  Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater Floor – Arusha Have breakfast and then drive off at 7:30 AM to Ngorongoro Crater, where you will descend to the crater floor for game drives. See flamingos on Soda Lake and geese, storks, and vultures in the surrounding area. Then, break for lunch at the scenic Ngoitoktok Springs picnic site. After lunch, get in some final game viewing while ascending the crater. Finish your safari adventure with drop-off at your hotel in Arusha.

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2 Days 1 Night Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater

2. 2 Days 1 Night Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, your driver-guide will collect you and your safari will commence. You will drive from Moshi to Tarangire National Park. This takes approximately 3 hours. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. The park is famous for its huge number of elephants, baobab trees, and tree climbing African pythons. The park covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers. You will enjoy a day of game viewing, with a picnic lunch looking out over the river to break up the time in the car. After a nice game drive, before it gets dark, you will drive to the lodge or campsite for dinner and an overnight stay. After breakfast the next day, you will drive to the Ngorongoro conservation area (NCA) - a UNESCO world heritage site. Once in the NCA you will see the Rift Valley and animals like elephant, buffalos, zebra, monkeys, and birds. The main feature of the NCA is the Ngorongoro Crater, a large, unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera. You will then enter the crater and witness a large concentration of wild animals. This is undoubtedly the best place to see black rhino in Tanzania as well as prides of lions. There are lots of colorful flamingoes and a wide variety of water birds. Other game commonly sighted included cheetahs, hyenas, and lots of other members of the antelope family. After completing your drive, you will return back to Moshi or Arusha.

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Mount Kilimanjaro Day Trip Trekking from Arusha or Moshi

3. Mount Kilimanjaro Day Trip Trekking from Arusha or Moshi

Depart from Arusha at 7.30 AM and drive to Moshi region for breakfast (at your own cost). Proceed to Kilimanjaro National Park which is home to the highest peak of Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro is the top roof of Africa, reaching 5895 meters above sea level. It is a world heritage site and its outstanding features reach into 3 major volcanic centers: Shira in the West, Mawenzi in the East, and Kibo in the center (the snow-capped peak).  Check in at the gate and embark on your guided hike through the forest. Experience the landscape, unique native vegetation, and local wildlife including monkeys and different species of birds. In addition to this, the forest contains elephant, leopard, buffalo, bushbuck, the endangered Abbott’s dicker, some small antelope, primates, rodents and much more. Depending on your fitness level, arrive at Mandara Hut for a picnic lunch after 3-4 hours of walking. After taking lunch, continue on to the Maundi Crater to witness incredible panoramas. Finally, hike back down for 2 hours to Marangu Gate where the van will be waiting for you to return you back to your accommodation in the evening. 

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Arusha National Park: Private Jeep Tour

4. Arusha National Park: Private Jeep Tour

Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and take a half day safari in Arusha National Park. After an early morning or midday hotel pickup, depending on your tour start time, enjoy the drive in a 4x4 vehicle to the famous national park.   Arusha National Park has a rich variety of wildlife. Common animal sightings include giraffes, buffalo, zebra, warthogs, monkeys, flamingos, elephants, lions, and many. Leopard populations are present, but rarely seen.   Bird life in the forest is prolific, with many species more easily seen here than elsewhere. Narina trogon and bar-tailed trogon are both possible highlights for visiting birdwatchers, and there is a range of starling species. After your safari tour with a professional guide, you will be dropped back to Arusha town.

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From Arusha: Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater Camping Safari

5. From Arusha: Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater Camping Safari

Day 1: Arusha to Tarangire Start your day with pickup from your hotel at 7:30 AM. After meeting your guide, chef, and other clients, begin your 2-hour drive to Tarangire National Park, famous for its diverse landscape. The park is particularly known for its abundance of Ancient Baobab trees and for having the largest concentration of elephants in the entire country. Take part in a game drive through the park and try to spot lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, wildebeest, zebras, and others. Later on, go to the Tarangire River picnic site and enjoy the beautiful view of the river and animals. After lunch, proceed with the game drive and exit the park around 4:30 PM, where you will head to your accommodations for dinner and to spend the night. Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater The Ngorongoro Crater is a wildlife park known for its beautiful crater landscape and for being a prime spot to see wildlife. After an early breakfast at 6 AM, head to the Ngorongoro view point and admire the breathtaking view. Then, descend the crater on a journey to find the black rhinos, the hardest animals to spot in the crater. After lunch, take a game drive, ascend the crater, and return to your accommodations in Arusha.

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From Arusha: Tarangire National Park Private Full-Day Tour

6. From Arusha: Tarangire National Park Private Full-Day Tour

Benefit from a hotel or international airport pickup in a 4x4 land cruiser to start your day trip. After a brief introduction, you will drive to Tarangire National Park. The Park is famous for its high density of elephants and baobab trees. Visitors to the park in the June to November dry season can expect to see large herds of thousands of zebra, wildebeest, and cape buffalo. Other common resident animals include water buck, giraffe, dik dik, impala, eland, Grant's gazelle, monkey, banded mongoose, and olive baboon. Predators in Tarangire include African lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal, honey badger, and African wild dog. The Park is also home to more than 550 bird species and is therefore a haven for bird enthusiasts. After your tour, you will be dropped back off in Arusha.

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Serengeti and Ngorongoro: 2-Night 3-Day Camping Safari

7. Serengeti and Ngorongoro: 2-Night 3-Day Camping Safari

Embark on a three-day, private or group tour with a maximum of six guests. Ride in a custom safari jeep with pop-up roof accompanied by a driver-guide and a chef. Discover the most popular wildlife destinations in the world in a short timeframe. These destinations are home to a wide variety of animals including wild cats; it’s no wonder the famous “Lion King” was based on Serengeti National Park. Take the chance to see thousands of wildebeest during their migration time and discover the beauty of Ngorongoro Crater. • Day one: Arusha - Serengeti  After breakfast, drive eight hours from Arusha to Serengeti through the Ngorongoro Conservation. Enjoy a 20-minute stop at Ngorongoro Crater for a breathtaking view. Then, choose to make another 20 to 45-minute stop at Maasai Village and discover the culture of the Maasai tribe, known for chasing and hunting lions to gain status as a warrior, and then drinking the animal blood.  Arrive to Serengeti National Park in the late afternoon and set off on a game drive in Seronera (the center of the park) until the late evening. Experience the sunset over Serengeti while getting a close-up view of the wild animals. If you’re lucky, you may witness a predator hunting or on a kill. Later, head to Seronera campsite for an overnight. Note that in the campsite you’ll still be able to see animals, mostly hyenas, but that the site is actively protected by rangers throughout the night. Meals included: lunch, dinner • Day two: Serengeti  After an early breakfast, set off on a sunrise game drive through the park. In the afternoon, head back to the campsite for lunch and to pack up. Enjoy another game drive as you exit Serengeti for a two-hour drive to Simba campsite, near the rim of Ngorongoro Crater. Note that animals may be spotted on the campsites here as well. Overnight at Simba campsite.  Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner  • Day three: Ngorongoro Crater Wake early for breakfast and descend the crater on a journey to find the black rhino, the most difficult to spot in the beautiful crater. Spend a maximum of six hours in the crater. After lunch, enjoy another game drive as you ascend the crater back to camp. Pack up your things and head back to Arusha for hotel drop-off. Meals included: breakfast, lunch

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Arusha: 2-Day Luxury Serengeti Safari

8. Arusha: 2-Day Luxury Serengeti Safari

Day 1: Your day will begin as you are picked up early in the morning from your Arusha-based hotel. Following a brief introduction, your guide will direct you to your awaiting jeep in which you will begin your memorable African safari. You will drive for 4 hours, passing through the Ngoro Ngoro Conservation Park and getting a glimpse of its famous crater. You will then proceed to Serengeti National Park, enjoying your packed lunch in the park itself. Following lunch, you shall proceed with more game drives until late the afternoon, at which point you will check-in for dinner before your overnight at Sopa Lodge (or an equivalent lodge). Day 2: Your second day will begin with an early-morning breakfast before you depart with a packed lunch for some early game drives. You will enjoy game drives until noon, at which point you will depart Serengeti for Arusha City via the Ngoro Ngoro Conservation Area. You will enjoy your packed lunch on the way, before you eventually arrive back in Arusha at around 7:00PM.

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Day Trip to Tarangire National Park from Arusha

9. Day Trip to Tarangire National Park from Arusha

Your day tour begins with your hotel pickup in the morning, and heading south to stunning Tarangire National Park. Arrive at the Tarangire National Park for game viewing. In the afternoon you will stop for a picnic lunch. Your afternoon game-drive will reveal all the wonders of Tarangire, a National Park often referred to as the 'Elephant Playground'. Herds of up to 300 of these mighty mammals are sometimes seen in the park. Serengeti may be better known, but Tarangire in the dry season easily rivals it for animal densities. As well as the herds of elephant Tarangire is home to buffalo, lion, wildebeest, zebra and gazelle while gerenuk and fringe-eared Oryx are 'local specialties'. Lake Burungi's marshy shores are the lure for these mammals and the waters attract many beautiful bird species, too. Look out for giant kingfishers, hoopoes and the delightfully-named white-bellied go-away bird. Tarangire is noted for its splendid baobab trees, rolling savannah and acacia woodland. At the end of an inspiring afternoon amongst the wildlife, drive back to your hotel in Arusha.

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From Moshi: Maasai Village and Hot-springs with Lunch

10. From Moshi: Maasai Village and Hot-springs with Lunch

Get first-hand insights into Maasai village traditions from community members on this day trip from Moshi. Visit the stunning Kikuletwa hot springs and try to spot monkeys and turtles. Have a delicious lunch. Be picked up directly from your accommodation in Moshi and travel to a Maasai village. Walk around the mud-thatched buildings and see the cattle. Discover the secrets of how the locals prepare fires and food. See local craftsmen weave necklaces and bracelets. Continue to the turquoise waters of the Kikuletwa hot springs. Swim in the crystal clear water that is surrounded by lush fig and palm trees and winding root systems. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like monkeys as you explore the hot springs. Catch the sunset on your drive back to your accommodation in Moshi.

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What people are saying about Arusha (Region)

It was nice overall! We spent the night in a very nice hotel where the staff prepared very nice food. I also appreciated that the meals were homecooked and brought in pots with real cuttlery (no plastic involved!) and it was always delicious. The safari car was comfortable, it had electricity and enough space. I recommend the activity if you want to do these safaris in Tanzania. Asante sana!

The driver was very nice, followed my wishes and gave me a lot about the landscape, history and animals. He was also well versed in ornithology. The sanitary facilities of the camps were poor, only cold showers. The Ngorongoro crater was overwhelming!

It was a very good tour! Ngorongoro Conservation Area was bigger and bigger than expected! African guides were also very friendly. I's an exciting tour! Ngorongoro Conservation Area is very exciting.Addition, stuff is friendly and kind!

Julius our tour guide is the best choice. But donnot forget about Amidi, who is the best cook far away in Serengeti. Each day was a great adventure in the Land Rover with Julius behind the wheel.

Mega cool safari !! Well worth it, good cook, good driver, saw all the animals we wanted to see! Definitely recommended!