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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 in the morning. Drive to Serengeti National Park with your complimentary packed lunch. Take a game drive en route to the campsite. Discover Serengeti National Park, known for its abundance of animals and the great wildebeest migration. It's a World Heritage Site teeming with wildlife and 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 the Serengeti Wild Camp. 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 Enjoy breakfast and check out of your accommodations before taking a game drive as you make your way toward the 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 birds and mammals. 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 may 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 an early breakfast and head 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, enjoy some final game viewing while ascending the crater. Finish your safari adventure with drop-off at your hotel in Arusha.

From Arusha: Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater Camping Safari

2. 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.

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

3. 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

From Arusha: Ngorongoro Crater with Nature Tour and Lunch

4. From Arusha: Ngorongoro Crater with Nature Tour and Lunch

Following a 7 AM pickup from your hotel in Arusha, sit back and relax on the 3-hour drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Experience the spectacular sights and sounds and enjoy a picnic lunch in this truly special place. Your expert guide will take good care of you throughout the day and share their knowledge of the region. On a 4x4 safari dirve, see the wildlife and breathtaking beauty of the conservation area. The animals take advantage of the year-round water supply at the crater and there's a chance you might even spot a rare black rhino. Ngorongoro is not just home to the wildlife; The iconic Maasai people choose to graze their cattle here, too. This happy cohabitation of man and beast is what makes Ngorongoro unique in Tanzania. Depart Ngorongoro Conservation Area at approximately 3 PM for the 3-hour return journey to Arusha for the drop-off at your hotel.

Arusha: 3-Day Safari to Tarangire, Ngorongoro & Lake Manyara

5. Arusha: 3-Day Safari to Tarangire, Ngorongoro & Lake Manyara

On day 1, you will be picked up from your hotel in Arusha town and driven to Tarangire National Park for a mid-morning game drive. Tarangire is well known for its large elephant herds. From the open roof of the vehicle, you’ll be able to admire the views of seasonal swamps, grassy savannas and the Tarangire River.  Look out for many animals including zebras, wildebeest, buffalos, elephants and giraffes. You may catch a glimpse of a lion stalking its prey or leopards relaxing in the trees. Around midday, enjoy a picnic lunch. Enjoy further game viewing in the afternoon before driving to the Karatu area, where you will check into the Country Lodge hotel and enjoy dinner.  On day 2, enjoy breakfast at the lodge and depart with a packed lunch to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Ngorongoro Crater is inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa including the rare black rhino. It contains a river, several swamps, a lake, a forest and open plains. There are said to be over 30,000 animals living in the area that is naturally enclosed by the slopes of an old volcano. In the evening, enjoy dinner back at your hotel.  After breakfast on day 3, depart for a morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, home to a range of wildlife including baboons, blue monkeys, over 350 species of birds and tree-­climbing lions. In the afternoon, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Arusha or Arusha Airport.

2 Days 1 Night Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater

6. 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.

Arusha: 4-Day Serengeti and Ngorongoro Camping Safari

7. Arusha: 4-Day Serengeti and Ngorongoro Camping Safari

Day 1:Pick up from the hotel at 8:00 AM and drive Tarangire Np where will begin your game viewing in the park including a picnic lunch. After lunch proceeds with an afternoon game drive to enjoy the landscape, huge herds of Elephant and many species of animals and birds as well. Baobab trees it is so famous one, end of the day transfer for dinner and overnight at Kizumba Campsite Meal Plan: Approx transit time: 1½ hrs Day 2: After a leisurely breakfast drive to Serengeti NP with a picnic lunch en route and option stop at Olduvai Gorge or Masai village Following the late afternoon game viewing, will eat dinner and overnight Seronera Campsite Approx Transit time: 4 hrs Day 3: After breakfast, you have a morning and afternoon game-drive in the park departing Serengeti for Ngorongoro with a picnic lunch en route. You will eat dinner and overnight on the rim of the crater at Simba Campsite Meal Plan Approx Transit time: 3 hrs Day 4: After an early breakfast, descend into the Crater for a crater tour and game viewing with a picnic lunch at hippo pool site to enjoy the game and vegetation in the unbroken caldera home for almost 30,000 animals including the last remaining Black Rhinos. Laite afternoon drive to Arusha for dinner and overnight, or drop off to The airport, arriving about 5pm. Meal Plan: Approx Transit time: 3 hrs End of service

From Arusha: 3-Day Tarangire, Ngorongoro, and Manyara Safari

8. From Arusha: 3-Day Tarangire, Ngorongoro, and Manyara Safari

3 Day 2 Night Northern Circuit Tarangire Park, Lake Manyara Park, Ngorongoro Crater Day 1: Arusha/Tarangire National Park (120km –3hrshours) Breakfast at 0730am. Pick up from your hotel in Arusha where client have booked at 08:00am and drive on tarmac road 120km to Tarangire National Park (2,850 sq km or 1,005 sq mile’s) for game drives. Lunch picnic there after lunch continue with afternoon game viewing in the park, a home to Lion, Leopard, Elephant, buffalo, Python, Zebra, Oryx, Impala and more... Over 450 species of birds have been observed. Dinner and overnight at the Campor Lodge Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park (70km – 1hour) Breakfast at 0700am. Pick up from the Campsite at 0800am and drive on tarmac road 60km with lunch box to Lake Manyara National Park (330 sq km or 127 sq mile’s) on the base of the Great Rift Valley, for the Afternoon game drives. The park is home to Lion, Hippo, Elephant, Zebra, Buffalo, Giraffe, Baboon, Blue and Vervet monkey, Warthog and more...About 350 species of birds have been recorded. This small park contains also five distinct vegetation zones. Thus supporting a large variety of birds and animals. The Manyara National park is also famous for its large flocks of flamingos. In this park canoeing has recently been added to the tourist activities in this park at extra cost. This is a great way to see the park from a new perspective. Dinner and overnight at the Campsite or Lodge Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater Floor/Arusha (190km – 3 hours) Wake up early morning for breakfast then at 0730hours drive to Ngorongoro and descend into the Crater floor (19.2 km of diameter, 610m deep, 304 sq km) for game drives. The crater is home to Black Rhino, Elephants, Zebras, Wildebeests, Buffalos, Impalas and so many other Antelopes. Approximately 25,000 millions of different animals. Carnivores are pride of Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena and other small cats. Your lunch will be served on the picnic site at Ngoitoktok swamp a Hippo pool, after lunch proceeds with afternoon game viewing while ascending the Crater and in the late afternoon driver back to Arusha

6 Days Tanzania Lodge Safari

9. 6 Days Tanzania Lodge Safari

Day 1: Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park 0830hrs drive from Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park for game drives with picnic lunch boxes. Lake Manyara is a good soft introduction to the safari experience. It is a magical and pretty park that winds its way around a mainly forested driving route between the banks of soda-water Lake and the impressive rise of the Great Rift escarpment, dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge on full board basis Day 2: Lake Manyara – Serengeti National Park After breakfast depart for Serengeti National Park with picnic lunch boxes, game drives en route towards Serengeti park game. Most visitors enter the Serengeti through the southern Naabi Hill Gate, which opens onto the Seronera Valley; a vibrant wildlife area at the heart of the Serengeti. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge Day 3: Full Day Serengeti National Park 0630hrs early morning game drives in Serengeti National Park, late breakfast at Lodge, followed by another game drive, dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge Day 4: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater After breakfast depart for Serengeti park game drives, return for hot lunch at lodge, then drive to Ngorongoro for dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge on full board basis Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater – Tarangire National Park After breakfast Ngorongoro Crater game drives with picnic lunch boxes. The crater is said to have the most-dense concentration of wildlife in Africa. As such, Ngorongoro Crater has achieved world renown, and attracts a growing number of visitors each year. Even if time is limited this natural but accessibly small caldera ensures a rewarding safari. Later afternoon drive to Tarangire National Park for dinner and overnight at Tarangire Sopa Lodge Day 6: Tarangire National Park – Arusha After breakfast Tarangire National Park for game drives, Tarangire is well known for its big herds of Elephants and huge baobab trees plus other predators like lions and leopards. Hot lunch at the lodge or picnic lunch at the picnic site, later afternoon drive back to Arusha town and dropped off at Arusha Serena Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Tanzania: Private 4-Day Tour with Lodging and Safaris

10. Tanzania: Private 4-Day Tour with Lodging and Safaris

Day 1: Get picked up from your hotel or your home and depart for Serengeti NP with a game drive en route and an optional stop at Olduvai Gorge and/or a Maasai Village on the way. Following the late afternoon game drive, you will eat dinner and stay overnight at Serengeti Kisura Luxury Camp. Meal Plan: (L, D) Approx transit time: 4 hours Day 2: This is your full day for game viewing in Serengeti with morning and afternoon game drives, returning to the lodge or tented camp for dinner and overnight once more. Meal Plan: (B, L, D) Day 3: After breakfast, you have a morning game drive in the park departing Serengeti for Ngorongoro with a picnic lunch en route. You will have dinner and overnight on the rim of the crater at Rhino lodge. Meal Plan: (B, L, D) Approx Transit time: 3 hours Day 4: After an early breakfast, descend into the crater for a crater tour and game viewing with a picnic lunch at the hippo pool site to enjoy the game and vegetation in the unbroken caldera home for almost 30,000 animals including the last remaining Black Rhinos. At the end of the day, drive back to Arusha arriving at about 5:00 PM, and transfer to your designated hotel or the airport. Meal Plan: (B, L) Approx Transit time: 3 hours

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I don `t know where to start. It was the best we have ever experienced. Our guide was able to see the animals from such a distance, it was really incredible. We were really lucky and were able to see the big five + babies. The best was even a baby rhino. The food was delicious and we were really spoiled. I recommend everyone to book this tour because who can say that you stayed in the middle of the Serengeti National Park. We have seen over 20 countries and this was the best vacation ever.

Ismail and julian the best ever Julian our guide always knew where to see which animals. Are also some of the few who have seen the big 5. Ismails eat better than any restaurant tent clean sleeping bags clean. It was a really great experience and I would recommend it to anyone

It was a great experience! Such beautiful environment and animals to see.. it's clearly a life experience everyone needs to do once! Alidi our guide and Freddy the cook make the trip even more great! Big thanks to them

Had an excellent experience!! The driver was an excellent guide, very authentic and knowledgeable. A clear recommendation to use GetYourGuide to arrange safari trips and trips to explore the Maasai culture!

It was one of the best experiences of my life. Everything was perfectly organized, our guide was very experienced and the chef cooked delicious food for us every day. I highly recommend this activity!