June 2019 - March 2020 / August 2020 - March 2021
ADVENTURE CAMPING SAFARI
This is an 8-day adventure camping safari to Tanzania's northern circuit. We are with you from airport pick-up until your departure from Arusha at the end of your safari. Accommodation is a mix of lodges and tents in campsites. A licensed safari tracker, driver, and chef are part of the crew and we sleep in tents for 6 nights while in the bush. A 4-wheel drive Land Cruiser with a roof hatch, air-conditioning, refrigerator and USB charging port takes us to an unforgettable wildlife adventure through East Africa's savanna. This trip is for the adventurous in spirit and not for the faint-hearted. Karibu Tanzania!
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN ARUSHA
Pick-up from Kilimanjaro International Airport in Moshi. We spend the night in an eco-lodge in Usa River, which is about 40 minutes from the airport and steps away from Arusha National Park. A beautiful view of Mt. Meru, Tanzania's second highest mountain, greets you in the morning.
DAY 2 - LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, we depart Usa River and drive 3 hours west of Arusha to Manyara National Park, a haven for bird watchers and the setting of the earliest Tarzan films. It is known for flamingos and the more than 400 species of bird that inhabit it.Visitors may also see leopards, lions, elephants, vervet monkeys, dik-diks, gazelles, hippos, giraffe, impala, zebras and other wild animals. And if you get lucky, you may see tree-climbing lions lounging on trees. Ernest Hemingway once described it as "the loveliest I have seen in Africa." We eat a picnic lunch inside the park. After the afternoon game drive we proceed to a private campsite in Mto wa Mbu where we spend the night. The driver and guide set up tents and the cook prepares afternoon tea and dinner for us.
DAY 3 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, we drive about 3.5 hours to the world famous Serengeti National Park. We stop at Lake Manyara viewpoint and Ngorongoro viewpoint for pictures. We make a side trip to the Olduvai Gorge, a steep-sided ravine in the Great Rift Valley where the archaeologist Mary and Louis Leakey established one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world. It is where the earliest human skull in the world was discovered. We eat lunch at their picnic site and visit the museum. Then we proceed to central Serengeti and go to an afternoon game drive. We stay in a public campsite in Seronera for two nights. Our driver and tracker set up tents and our cook prepares all meals. The camp is solar-powered and has outlets for charging in the dining area. You may also charge your electronic devices in the vehicle while we travel. Please bring flashlight in case you may need to use the toilet at night. It’s also not advisable to roam unaccompanied at night due to presence of wild animals in the vicinity.
DAY 4 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Whole day game drive in either the western corridor or northeastern corridor of Serengeti (depending on the season). After a quick coffee we leave camp early in the morning to revel at the beauty of the northern savanna at dawn. We eat both picnic breakfast and picnic lunch prepared by our chef under the acacia trees in the bush. We return to camp at around 6:00 PM and dine under the Serengeti skies later in the evening.
DAY 5 - MORNING GAME DRIVE IN SERENGETI AND AFTERNOON DRIVE TO NGORONGORO
Morning game drive around central Serengeti after an early breakfast. We go back to camp for lunch and prepare for a long drive to Ngororongoro Conservation Area. The drive is about 2 hours and we pass by a Massai village inside the conservation area. You may take photos with the Massai people and buy handcrafted items sold by the women. We camp at Simba campsite along the rim of the crater for the night. Our driver and tracker set up tent and our cook prepares dinner. We dine under the stars this evening.
Optional activity in the morning: Hot air balloon ride with Miracle Experience. This is a spectacular way to experience Serengeti aboard a state-of-the-art hot air balloon. It's an experience like no other. This is an optional activity for $599. It could be expensive but worth every penny. A lavish bush breakfast follows the ride. If you opt for this activity, you leave camp at around 5:15 AM and the group will meet you back in the camp at around noon. Advanced booking with balloon operator required. You may visit www.miracleexperience.co.tz or read reviews about it at Tripadvisor for more information.
DAY 6 - NGORONGORO CRATER DESCENT
Early morning game drive down Ngorongoro Crater, a protected UNESCO world heritage site and known as the Eden of Africa. It is the world's largest intact caldera and the best place to see the Big 5 (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, rhinoceros). We eat a picnic breakfast by the hippo pool in between game drives. We exit the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area at around 12:00 noon and eat lunch in a lodge in Karatu town. We then proceed to Tarangire National Park, which is about 2.5 hours drive and spend the last evening in a public campsite inside Tarangire. We dine under the stars on our last night in the bush.
DAY 7 - TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania and famous for its high density of elephants and baobab trees. During the dry season (June to November) visitors could expect large herds of zebras, buffalo, elephants and wildebeest congregating along the Tarangire River. But wildlife viewing is good all year round even during the wet season. Tarangire is beautiful anytime of the year with its picturesque landscape dotted with baobab trees and termite mounds. Resident animals include giraffe, waterbuck, bushbuck, dik-dik, impala, eland, gazelle, vervet monkey, mongoose, baboon, lion, leopard, and cheetah. The park is haven to bird watchers being it home to more than 500 species of birds. We spend a whole day game drive in Tarangire and exit the park at around 4:00 PM. We drive 2.5 hours to our hotel in Arusha town.
DAY 8 - OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES AND DEPARTURE FROM ARUSHA
Cost of optional activities not included in the package, but we could arrange them for you. You may go souvenir shopping at the Massai market, public market in Arusha town, or a jewelry shop for tanzanite stones and jewelries. You may also take guided village walk to the waterfalls, horseback riding through coffee farms and villages, massage at the spa, or simply relax in your hotel. In the afternoon we drive to Kilimanjaro International Airport, which is about 1.5 hours from Arusha town, for your evening flight.
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PACKAGE COST (depending on group size) - Please send inquiry for more information
This package is inclusive of airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro International Airport, all park fees and duties, all meals and non-alcoholic beverages from days 1 to 8, all transport from days 1 to 8, and all accommodations from days 1 to 7.
Airport transfers to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport
All ground transportation in mainland Tanzania
All park fees, concession fees, and duties
All meals and non-alcoholic beverages from days 1 to 8
All accommodations from days 1 to 7 (eco-lodge before and after safari, basic camping in public camp sites during safari
Round-trip international airfare to Tanzania
Tourist visa (you can get upon arrival) - $100 for US citizens, $50 for citizens of other countries
Tips to safari driver (about $20/day per group)
Rapid Antigen test upon arrival to Tanzania ($10 but might be lifted by September)
PCR test before flight back to the US ($80 but might be lifted by September)
Laundry service, alcoholic beverages, optional tips to servers and ground crew
Optional activities on day 11
Optional travel insurance
Safaris & Treasures is based in Southern California and offers customized guided tours and safari consultancy services to Tanzania. We specialize in tailor-made safaris to Tanzania's northern and western zones, as well as beach destinations in the island of Zanzibar.
Driving in the parks is allowed between 6 am and 6 pm only.
The speed limit in the parks is 50km/h and 25km/h in the Ngorongoro Crater.
Animals always have the right of way.
Never feed animals. It will upset their diet and lead to an unnecessary dependence on people.