Tanzania Camping Safaris

Short Tanzania camping safaris includes game viewing and culture tour at Lake Eyasi. This budget camping safari in Tanzania will take you to the beautiful Lake Manyara, Lake Eyasi inhibited by a small group of bushman then to Serengeti National park and Ngorongoro Crater. Affordable Short camping safaris Tanzania starts in Arusha at around 08:00 to 8:30 & drive across Arusha city with a chance of any last minutes parches before heading to Lake Manyara National Park.
Private Tour
Wildlife Viewing
Arusha , Tanzania
4 days
English, French, German, Spanish
2 - 6

What we'll do

Day 1: Arusha – Lake Manyara

Distance: 120 km Non-game-viewing time: 2 to 3 hours. After breakfast at your lodge Back to Africa safaris driver guide and chef will meet you at the lobby and you will start your driving via Arusha city to Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive. Manyara park is placed in the most dramatical wildlife area in Tanzania & consisting of a huge shallow salt Lake covering almost two-thirds of the park & lies at the base of the Great Rift Valley’s Western escapement.

Rich and varied habitats in this park attract a variety of animal species which include herds of buffalo, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, warthog, African elephant, the famous Lake Manyara tree-climbing lions, and countless numbers of flamingos attracted by green algae in the Lake. Packed lunch will be served inside the Park. In the afternoon drive across the Great East African Rift Valley where you can stop for some nice pictures of Lake Manyara & its forest before starting your way to Lake Eyasi.

On arrival at Lake Eyasi, you will visit the Datoga tribe which are “blacksmiths”, accompanied by a local guide you will go around their homes to experience their livelihood & meet members of the family & kids. Later you will visit the blacksmith & after is a sunset walk at the Lakeshore before going to your Campsite for dinner & overnight.

Overnight at Bushman Campsite close to the Lake. All meals included.

Day 2: Lake Eyasi – Serengeti National park

Distance: 175 km Non-game-viewing time: 3 to 4 hours On this day, short Tanzania camping safaris take you for an early morning hunting with bushmen including short tuition on survival skills. The bushman at Lake Eyasi is divided into small groups of Hadzebe, Tindiga, and Datoga living in hunting with bows and arrows, feeding on roots and wild fruits just as much as humankind lived in the Stone Age.

Afterward, you will come back to the campsite for a full breakfast before departing for Serengeti National Park, the driving is along the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu up to Ngorongoro main gate & across Ngorongoro Conservation Area at (2,300 m). You will stop at the Crater viewpoint for some great pictures of the Ngorongoro Crater floor from the rim. Then drive down to the heart of “The wild Africa” Serengeti National Park with its endless rolling plains. You can have your packed lunch at Naabi Hill Gate or at the kopjes (rocky outcropping) before starting your en-route game drive toward the central Park area called Soronera. Sunset game drives while searching for Wildebeest Migration (it will be packed in Serengeti). Late afternoon drive to your campsite for dinner & overnight.

Overnight at Seronera Public Campsite Central Serengeti. All meals included.

Day 3: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Distance: 145 km Non-game-viewing time: 2 to 4 hours. On the 3rd day of your short Tanzania camping safaris we take you for an early morning game drive-inn the Serengeti starts at 06:30. You will spend much time in Serengeti before driving to Ngorongoro with an en-route game drive. Morning game drive in Serengeti can allow you to spot cat families on the road as they avoid the morning mist. You can as well see other predators coming back from their long night of hunting or a group of lionesses organizing a morning ambush and other animals waking up ready to start their new day.

If the Wildebeest Migration will be in Serengeti you will go straight to where they are & spend much time with the herds before starting your en-route game drive toward Ngorongoro highlands. (Option) Masai village visit on your way to Ngorongoro Conservation Area (extra cost $30 per car), reach Ngorongoro Conservation Area for sunset watch dinner & overnight.

Overnight at Simba Public Campsite at the Crater rim. All meals included.

Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha

Distance: 215 km

Non-game-viewing time: 2 to 4 hrs.

As early as 06:30 you will be ascending 600 meters into the Crater floor for great game viewing. Ngorongoro Crater is believed to be one of the natural wonders of the world. Supported by a yearly water supply and fodder the Crater supports a variety of wildlife which include herds of buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, eland, warthog, hippos, African elephant & the rare black Rhino. This is among few places in the world where you can find black rhinos in their natural habitats.

Another drawcard in this picturesque Crater is the dense population of predators which include lions, cheetah, Jackals, hyenas & the mysterious leopard that needs a binocular eye to spot. You will also visit Lake Magadi larger but shallow salt Lake at the southwest corner of the crater floor frequently visited by hippos, flocks of flamingos & other aquatic birds. After picnic lunch more game drive before starting your way back to Arusha for overnight or drop off at Kilimanjaro international airport for a late flight. (Accommodation on this day can be included upon request at extra cost).

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Our short Tanzania camping safaris can be customized to longer days & can include other parks, just give us your preference.

Where we'll go


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Meeting point

You will be met by our safari manager at Kilimanjaro international airport/Arusha airport and transferred to Planet Lodge in Arusha. After check-in, you will have a detailed safari briefing before leaving to relax and enjoy the nice atmosphere of Arusha city.

Good to know

What is included?

  • Park fees
  • Professional Driver/Guide
  • Meals
  • Accommodations
  • Water
  • 1 Night accommodation in Arusha at Planet lodge or similar on B/B
  • Tents, Mattress, pillows, chairs & table please bring your own sleeping bag
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • 3 Night overnight stay in good Canvas Tents
  • Service of a profession, well experienced local English speaking safari driver guide & a chef
  • Transport in modified 4WD Land Cruiser with photographic roof thatch, window seats for everybody

What is not included?

  • Flight tickets
  • Visa fees
  • Gratitude for safari driver & cook (please tip them separately)
  • All items of a person nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Hot Air balloon ride in Serengeti 599$ per person

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Suncream

Cancellation and refund

The booking fee ($45.00 p.p. included in the displayed price) is non-refundable if you cancel your booking. If a local cancels a booking or does not show up at the agreed time and place, you receive a full refund of the booking fee.

You are buying a unique experience that also empowers local communities and people to improve their lives by sharing their knowledge and lifestyle.

We give space for creativity. The locals themselves decide and develop the activity idea and design it in a way they find interesting.

Locals get 100% of the price they want. The booking fee is added separately.

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