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12 Days Tanzania To Kenya Budget Camping Safari

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Duration

12 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

12 Days  Tanzania Budget Camping Safari from Mwanza through Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro crater and Tarangire National Park you experience a really nature of Tanzania National Parks to Kenyan National Parks and Reserves.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arusha – Tarangire National Park
In the morning you will be welcomed by your safari team. This park with its savannah, seasonal swamps and life-giving Tarangire River is home to huge elephant herds – literally hundreds of animals. Apart from elephants you should be able to see mongoose, giraffes, bushbucks, hartebeests, dik-diks, waterbucks, warthogs and reedbucks. You will explore the park until the late afternoon before heading to a nearby campsite to overnight.Meal Plan: Lunch & Dinner
Day 2 Tarangire Area – Lake Manyara National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before you continue your trip to the Lake Manyara National Park, one of the smallest but most diverse parks in Tanzania. The shallow and alkaline Lake Manyara covers a large area of the park and is the seasonal home to thousands of flamingos. In addition, the park is also known for its few hundred different types of birds. The forests, grassy plains and acacia woodlands are an excellent habitat for monkeys, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, wildebeests, elephants and lions. After an intensive game drive, you will leave the park to travel to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where you will be spending the night on a campsite overlooking the famous Ngorongoro Crater.Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 3 Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park
Rise and shine! You will have breakfast at dawn before the 4×4 safari vehicle descends into the crater on an adventurous and steep trail. Inside the world’s biggest caldera you will see a diversity of wildlife ranging from black rhinos, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, lions and leopards to elephants and mountain reedbucks in the forests on the slopes. You will have lunch at a picnic spot in the crater before the safari continues to the acacia-dotted plains of the Serengeti in the afternoon. The Serengeti is the most famous park in Tanzania and it is here where the mass migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeests and zebras takes place as they trek between Tanzania and Kenya to find fresh grass and water. You will overnight on a campsite in the Seronera area.Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 4 Serengeti National Park
You will leave the camp for an early morning game drive before you return in the late morning to a hearty breakfast. If would like to experience the Serengeti from the sky, we recommend joining a hot air balloon ride, followed by a champagne breakfast (optional and booking in advance is necessary). A stop at the Serengeti visitor centre can also be arranged.Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 5 Serengeti National Park – Lake Victoria
After an early start, you will travel through the Serengeti National Park towards Lake Victoria. On your way you might spot animals you haven’t seen so far. The Serengeti is also home to the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard and today you might be able to see all the members of this group. After leaving the park, the safari continues to Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa and the second largest in the world. The area around Lake Victoria is the most fertile and densely populated region in Tanzania. Stopping at the lake, you will have the chance to see another side of Tanzania. Away from the tourists you can experience the lives of the local people. You will spend the night at a campsite.Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 6 Lake Victoria – Masai Mara Area
Following an early breakfast you will take part in a canoe trip on Lake Victoria with some of the local fisherman, where you will learn how to fish in this area. After this excursion you will start your journey on a long and adventurous road to the Masai Mara. The Masai Mara, named after the indigenous Masai people, along with the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area is host to the largest animal movement in the world, the “Great Wildebeest Migration”. Eagerly anticipating the arrival of the large herds are leopards, cheetahs and especially lions, of which the Mara has the highest population of all reserves in Africa. You will camp the night on the outskirts of the Masai Mara Game Reserve.Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 7 – 8 Masai Mara Game Reserve
During the next two days you will go on game drives with your experienced guide. You will take a trip to the Mara River, the greatest obstacle for the wildebeests and zebras on their yearly trek between the Serengeti and the Mara. Depending on the rain an incredible scene is set when tens of thousands of animals must cross the river, knowing that certain death awaits them – crocodiles hiding just below the surface. It can be a gruesome sight. At other times of the year hippos, crocodiles and other animals can also be seen at the river. You will spend two nights at a campsite on the outskirts of the Masai Mara Game Reserve.Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 9 Masai Mara Area – Lake Nakuru National Park
Today your journey continues to the Lake Nakuru National Park, which you will reach in the early afternoon. The park is home to a large number of greater and lesser flamingos attracted by the abundance of algae found in the alkaline lake. You will also be able to spot various other bird species, such as the great white pelican, and mammals such as Defassa waterbucks, Rothschild’s giraffes and hyenas. Even leopards can sometimes be spotted lazing in the tree branches. Declared a rhino sanctuary in 1987, the park is also the habitat for both the endangered black and white rhino, one of the major attractions of the area. The night will be spent on a campsite inside of the park.Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 10 Lake Nakuru National Park – Nairobi
After breakfast you will leave the Lake Nakuru National Park to travel to Nairobi, Kenya’s bustling and busy capital. The rest of the day is at leisure and you can explore this lively city, preferably by taxi. Tonight you will stay at the Hotel and dinner will be for your own account.Breakfast; Lunch
Day 11 Nairobi – Amboseli National Park
Today’s trip takes you in a south-easterly direction towards the Amboseli National Park near the Kenya-Tanzanian border. Amboseli is the setting for many iconic images of elephants on the plains with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. Big herds of elephants live here and share the park with lions, buffaloes, hippos and water birds that are attracted to the seasonal swamps. At Observation Hill viewpoint you will have great views over the swamps and the rest of the park. You will spend the night in a tent on a campsite inside the park.Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 12 Amboseli National Park – Arusha
After breakfast your journey continues towards the Tanzanian border. Driving through the park you will have some last chances to see animals before the safari ends. After formalities at the Kenyan-Tanzanian border post you will arrive in Arusha where you started. Your guide can take you to the city centre or to the airport. Karibu Tena – see you next time in Tanzania!Breakfast; Lunch

Included/Excluded

  • Lodge safari according to the itinerary
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Overnight accommodation according to the itinerary
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Mineral water
  • All mentioned activities
  • All national park fees
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

Tour Categories

Kenya Safaris
Tanzania Safaris

Durations

Multi day

Languages

English

Tour's Location

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FAQs

What can I expect on a typical safari day?
This is your safari trip, your adventure! You decide how you want to spend your time on this vacation. If you would like to spend a full day on safari, you are definitely welcomed to do so. Visa Expeditions does not restrict your mileage, fuel or how much time you want to be on safari. While some days you may decide set out by sunrise, other days you can have a slower-paced breakfast before starting your daily exploration. Simply sit down with your guide to plan your day and meals the night before. Your guide will have plenty of suggestions, but of course, the decision is yours.
What to Bring on Safari
Safaris are casual vacations! Dress comfortably and pack lightly. As you will be spending most of your safari viewing in the vehicle, loose-fitting and light coloured clothing is recommended. Avoid dark colours (i.e. black, dark blue) as they tend to attract unwanted attention from insects such as the tsetse fly.
What are the park fee regulations?
All park fees and conservation fees have a 24 hours limit. We plan your itinerary according to the park permits paid. Your safari driver guide will brief you the night before and provide suggestions regarding your schedule. Please note that any penalty fee resulting from the client’s wish to extend their stay will be at the guest’s expense.
Am I allowed to walk around the national parks?
It is recommended to stay inside your vehicles at all times when you are in the national parks unless your driver-guide find a safe area to stop for lunch or to stretch your legs. If you are keen on hiking, there are guided walks that are available in Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro. Within the Serengeti National Parks, long walks are not permitted during to conservation reasons, however, some lodgings will offer short walks near the lodge or camp.
Will there be wildlife roaming at the camps and lodges?
It is important to never assume that any of the animals encountered on your game drive are tame. Though attacks by wild animals are unusual, nothing in the African wilderness is predictable. While you are staying in your safari lodges and camps, it is important to be especially cautious and aware of your surroundings as many of these areas are not fenced and contain wildlife roaming freely. If you have children with you, keep them in sight and do not let them wander alone. At smaller tented lodges, you will always be escorted to and from your tent for dinner or during the night. Should you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to raise them to the staff or your guide.
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