Tanzania and Kenya’s wild parks camping safari

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Price: From USD 4945 per person

    Tanzania and Kenya’s wild parks camping safari

    This 12-day camping safari offers the chance to experience some of Kenya’s and Tanzania’s most famous highlights and wildlife parks.

    Fast Facts

    • Start: Arusha
    • End: Arusha
    • Type: Camping
    • Comfort: Standard
    • Vehicle: Safari vehicle
    • Duration: 12 days

    Day 1: Arusha to Tarangire National Park

    Meet your guide in Arusha, a former garrison town that was founded in about 1900. After a short briefing, set off for Tarangire National Park, the sixth largest park in Tanzania. While the beautiful countryside rolls past, get to know your fellow travellers and consider the adventures ahead. Tarangire is thought to be the most beautiful and diverse park in northern Tanzania, and its variety of habitats support a tremendous amount of wildlife, from huge herds of elephants to the big cats, like tree-climbing lions, that prey on a multitude of antelope species. After spending the afternoon exploring the region – marvelling at the gargantuan baobabs and ticking off from a list of 550 bird species - exit the park and head to your campsite nearby.

                   
    • Highlights: Tarangire National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
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    Day 2: Drive the scenic route to Ngorongoro Crater

    After breakfast, you take a scenic drive through the countryside to the small town of Mto wa Mbu, whose traditional name means ‘River of Mosquitoes’! This fertile area is a melting pot of tribes and cultures, and you have the chance to walk through the lush plantations, taste delicious banana beer and visit a local school before enjoying a traditional African lunchtime meal.

    The journey then continues into the Great Rift Valley – an incredible patchwork of dormant and live volcanoes, lakes and early human settlements - and on to your campsite on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, where the views over the landscape are truly breathtaking. 

                   
    • Highlights: Mto wa Mbu, Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti

    Rise at dawn to see the sun come up over the crater, then descend the steep walls in a 4x4 safari vehicle. This extinct volcano forms an 82 000km² enclosure that contains thousands of animals, including hugely tusked elephants and black-maned lions. You also have the chance of encountering black rhinos: beautiful, prehistoric-looking animals that are sadly on the verge of extinction. After a full morning on a game drive in the crater, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, ascend the slopes and drive on to the fabled plains of the Serengeti.

                   
    • Highlights: Ngorongoro Crater
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day 4: The magic of the Serengeti

    Set off at sunrise into the vast grassy landscape, tinged gold in the early morning light. Meaning ‘endless plains’ in the Maa language, this region is the scene of the greatest migration on earth, where in excess of a million wildebeest, zebra and gazelles pass through in an ancient 800km-long search for water and new grazing. Undeterred by a multitude of predators that pursue them, blind instinct drives them on past lions, hyenas, leopards and rivers teeming with crocodiles.

    Return to the campsite for a hearty late breakfast, and then visit the visitor centre for a presentation by a representative of the Frankfurt Zoological Society on the research they have been conducting here over the past three decades. Later in the afternoon, set off on sunset game drive to see what nature has in store for you. 

                   
    • Highlights: Serengeti National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day 5: Serengeti to Lake Victoria

    Take final farewell game drive through the Serengeti, before exiting the park and heading to the shores of Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa and the largest tropical lake in the world. This region is the most fertile and densely populated in Tanzania, and a tour around the villages gives you an insight into the lives of the farmers and fisher folk who live here. After seeing a traditional way of life largely unchanged in centuries, visit a school to encounter the next generation of children who are eager to show you around. 

                   
    • Highlights: Lake Victoria
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day 6: Lake Victoria to the Masai Mara

    In the morning you join a local fisherman on a boat trip onto Lake Victoria and learn about traditional fishing methods as he hauls in his catch. Return to the shore and climb onto the vehicle for the drive north to the Masai Mara in Kenya. This is an adventurous route that takes some time but, at the end of it, the famed Masai Mara, with its tremendous lion population, awaits you. 

                   
    • Highlights: Masai Mara
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Days 7-8:: The magic of the Masai Mara

    During the next two days you will experience the wonders of this incredible reserve, named after the traditional Maa word that means ‘spotted’ and refers to the clumps of trees and bushes that dot the plains. Driving in 4x4 safari vehicles, you seek out the lions and other big cats that make the region famous, as well as visit the Mara River, which is a major obstacle to the animals on the Great Migration. During October and November, the river becomes a swollen torrent teeming with some of the biggest crocodiles in Africa, and the determined masses of wildebeest and zebra have to make it across to reach the sweet new grasses in the plains beyond. The region is also home to at least 470 documented bird species, 60 of which are powerful raptors. 

                   
    • Highlights: Masai Mara National Reserve
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day 9: Drive to Lake Nakuru

    Depart the Masai Mara and drive north, arriving at Lake Nakuru in the afternoon; because it swells and shrinks over time, its traditional name ironically means ‘dusty place’. This algae-filled alkaline lake attracts thousands – sometimes millions - of flamingos and their discarded feathers turn the fringes of the water bright pink. The lake also hosts a great multitude of other waterbirds, and the surrounding reserve is home to a number of large mammals, including both the endangered black and white rhino. 

                   
    • Highlights: Lake Nakuru National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day 10: Drive to Nairobi

    After breakfast, leave Lake Nakuru and drive to Nairobi, Kenya’s lively and bustling capital whose name is derived from ‘cold water’ and which was first settled in 1899. Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring the many attractions of this vibrant city that is an intriguing mix of old and new. 

                   
    • Highlights: Lake Nakuru National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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    Day 11: Amboseli National Park

    Today’s journey takes you southeast towards the looming bulk of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, at the foot of which is Amboseli National Park. Home to a huge population of elephants, this area is famed for images of Africa’s largest land mammal with the world’s highest free-standing mountain as a backdrop behind it. On your game drives you also have a chance of encountering lions, buffalo, hippo and a multitude of birds. 

                   
    • Highlights: Amboseli National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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    Day 12: Back to Arusha

    The game drive continues through Amboseli towards the Tanzanian border. Rounding the massive bulk of Kilimanjaro, you drive through the valleys and aromatic coffee plantations of Arusha, and come to your final destination, where your enthralling adventure comes to a blissful end.

                   
    • Highlights: Arusha
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    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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    Rates & Dates
    • SEASONAL DATES: TOUR PRICE: LOCAL PAYMENT
    • 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017 USD 4945 N/A
    Tour Departures Dates
    • Departure Month: Start Date: End Date:
    • November 19 November 2017 30 November 2017 December 03 December 2017 14 December 2017 December 17 December 2017 28 December 2017 December 31 December 2017 11 January 2018