This Tanzania & Kenya Wildlife Camping Safari takes a rewarding circular route through East Africa's top game reserves.
Start with the top wildlife destinations on Tanzania's Northern Safari Circuit - Tarangire National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and world-famous Serengeti National Park.
Venture off the beaten track to encounter local Tanzanian culture at Lake Victoria, before crossing into Kenya to explore the quintessential African wilderness of Masai Mara Game Reserve. Going to both Serengeti Park and neighbouring Masai Mara, gives safari-goers the unforgettable game viewing experience of witnessing the Great Wildebeest Migration in season.
From the game-rich open plains of Masai Mara we head north to Lake Nakuru, where we see the an abundance of birds and wild animals, including rhinos. Then we drive to Kenya's buzzing capital, Nairobi, and the following day southwards to Amboseli National Park to see the huge herds of wild elephants roaming the plains flanked by majestic Mount Kilimanjaro.
Our East African Camping Adventure ends back in Arusha, bringing the wildlife exploration of a lifetime to a close.
This East African Camping Safari starts with a short tour briefing in Arusha before we set off southwest toward our first Tanzanian game viewing destination, Tarangire National Park.
Tarangire is the first of the Northern Safari Circuit game parks that we visit on this Tanzania & Kenya Wildlife Camping Safari. This diverse game park is home to a large variety of wildlife and is considered one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in northern Tanzania. Tarangire Park hosts one of the largest elephant populations in Tanzania and is dotted with baobab and acacia thorn trees. This top Tanzanian game park is also home to various big cats including lions, leopards and cheetahs, as well as tree climbing pythons. Other wildlife inhabiting the game park include many giraffes, buffalos, zebras and various antelope species such as gazelles.
We spend the late afternoon enjoying superb game viewing in Tarangire Park followed by our first night of camping in Tanzania, near Lake Manyara and Tarangire Park.
Meals: Lunch; Dinner
On day two we depart from the Tarangire National Park area, after breakfast, admiring the scenic landscapes of northern Tanzania as we travel a little further into the Great Rift Valley. Our next stop is an ethnically diverse town, called Mto wa Mbu.
This is a cultural stop, where we get to encounter the residents of the rural town with a local. We sample some locally brewed banana beer, in this area where more than thirty kinds of bananas are grown. See the coffee plantations of Mto wa Mbu and meet some of the local kids at a small school.
Lunch is a highlight of the day, as we tuck into traditional African dishes, before continuing through the Rift Valley to our next overnight spot. The Great Rift Valley, known for its beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife, stretches over 6000 kilometres north to south from Syria to Mozambique in southern Africa. A short drive takes us out of the Great Rift Valley where the lowlands disperse making way for the richly vegetated crater highlands.
We continue up into the highlands enjoying spectacular views over the plains and Lake Manyara, pausing to take photos.
On night two we stay at campsite on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, looking out over the huge crater below.
Our next Tanzania safari destination is the world famous Ngorongoro Crater, also known as Africa's Garden of Eden. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the Northern Tanzania Safari Circuit destinations, as is our next stop, the Serengeti Park.
Day three starts with breakfast at dawn, before we descend the steep walls of the crater to the wildlife-rich floor below.
Ngorongoro, part of the Serengeti ecosystem, is a massive caldera (collapsed volcano) spanning an impressive 18 km in diameter with walls as high as 600m. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the densest mammalian population in Africa, at around 25,000 large animals. The diverse habitats found on the fertile crater floor support a variety of wildlife, including elephant, monkey, hyena, jackal and herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and other antelope species. The Ngorongoro Crater hosts the Big Five of Africa, boasting one of the highest concentrations of lions in the world.
Almost all of the wild animal species found on the savannahs of East Africa inhabit this compact crater. Ngorongoro offers first-class game viewing and is considered one of the best places to capture the endangered black rhino on film. In the early afternoon we move on from the crater to the seemingly endless Serengeti Plains.
Tanzania's most famous game park, the Serengeti Park is where the wildlife spectacle of the annual Great Migration takes place. Here vast herds of stampeding wildebeest, gazelle and zebra can be seen migrating across the plains in search of fresh grazing, in turn attracting numerous predators.
Tonight we stay at a camp, located inside Serengeti National Park, surrounded by the untamed African bush and its wildlife.
Meals: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
The day starts at sunrise with a Serengeti game drive, followed by a hearty breakfast back at the camp.
Serengeti National Park offers spectacular game viewing year round, being home to healthy populations of Africa's Big Five - rhino, lion, buffalo, elephant and leopard as well as huge numbers of various antelope species such as eland, topi, kudu, impala, oribi, waterbuck and gazelle. Cheetah, hippo, giraffe, serval cat, crocodile, hyena and a rich array of other wildlife including numerous monkey, mongoose and rodent species also inhabit the Serengeti, along with over 500 bird species!
You have the option of taking a guided trip to the visitor's centre with a representative of the Frankfurt Zoological Society in the morning. The knowledgeable guide can tell you about the work this organisation has been involved in for the last thirty years in Serengeti (advise when booking). We enjoy some more rewarding game viewing in Serengeti this afternoon before returning to our safari camp for another night in the African wilderness. We overnight at the safari camp in Serengeti Park again, surrounded by the bush and sounds of nature at night.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Today we get an early start for our journey towards Lake Victoria game viewing as we travel through the Serengeti National Park. Leaving this top Tanzania game park, we head to the shores of Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake and the second biggest lake in the world.
We stop off at Lake Victoria getting a glimpse of less-visited Tanzania in this very fertile area. The region around the lake is the most densely populated in Tanzania and here we get the unique opportunity of seeing the local way of life and encountering Tanzanian people in this less touristed spot. Watch the local fishermen as they bring in their catch and visit a rural community school in this off-the-beaten-track corner of Tanzania that most tourists never get to visit.
Tonight we camp near Lake Victoria.
Meals: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
First breakfast, then out onto the lake in a boat to see the locals fishing in old-fashioned style.
From Lake Victoria we drive to the world-renowned Masai Mara of Kenya.
The Masai Mara is known for its exceptional population of Big Cats and is said to host the largest lion populations of Africa's game reserves. Other large cats including cheetah and leopard also inhabit the park and can be spotted throughout the year, not just during the great migration.
The annual Wildebeest Migration can be witnessed in this spectacular game reserve - an unforgettable wildlife spectacle with over two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle stampeding over the scenic plains as they migrate between Tanzania's Serengeti and the Masai Mara in Kenya. The rolling hills and open grasslands of the Masai Mara are famous as the picture-perfect movie setting for African wildlife experiences.
The 1510km² Mara Reserve is home to an impressive variety of wild animals, including numerous antelope species, rhino, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, elephant, hyena and an incredible array of birds.
On day six of this budget East African Wildlife Safari we camp near the Masai Mara Reserve.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
The next two days are dedicated to exploring the phenomenal Masai Mara game reserve in open-sided 4x4 vehicles.
Your skillful safari guide takes you on full day game viewing drives in search of the Big Five of Africa and other wildlife roaming the Masai Mara Game Reserve today. The Masai Mara is home to healthy populations of the Big Five of Africa, as well as cheetahs, hyenas, bat-eared foxes, Masai giraffes, gazelles, elands, hartebeests and roan antelopes.
Our game drives take us to the River Mara, where birds and wildlife congregate year round. During the rainy season the great migration takes place, from July to October, when the river swells to several times its normal size. Tens of thousands of hoofed beasts take the plunge into the surging River Mara risking the crocodiles that lie in waiting as they make the dangerous crossing.
We sleep in tents at a safari camp in the Maasai Mara National Reserve area.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Breakfast starts the day, before we head north through Kenya to our next safari stop - Lake Nakuru.
Early in the afternoon we arrive at this shallow soda lake in the Great Rift Valley. Lake Nakuru is a bird watcher's paradise, attracting a wide range of water birds and others, numbering over 400 species. Of the numerous birds here, flamingoes are the most famous, sometimes flocking to the lake shores in huge numbers to form a visual sea of pink.
The Lake Nakuru National Park set around the lake, is home to plenty of big mammals, warthogs and baboons, as well as black and white rhinos.
In the morning we have breakfast and depart from the tranquil Lake Nakuru, making our way south to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.
Arrive in Nairobi early in the afternoon and either relax at the hotel or venture into this bustling city to discover its sights and experience its fast pace. Visit the national museum, lively local markets, the Karen Blixen museum or pretty Uhuru gardens.
We spend the night at a comfortable hotel on leafy grounds in Nairobi, near the city centre and a snake park. Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool, gym, lounge, bar, restaurant and gardens.
After breakfast today this Tanzania & Kenya Wildlife Camping Safari continues to Amboseli National Park, near the Tanzanian border. Amboseli Park is considered the best place in Africa to get up close to free-roaming elephants, boasting a population of around 1000 individuals.
Amboseli is the ideal place to take close-up photographs of wild elephants with the spectacular backdrop of snow-capped Kilimanjaro to complete the picture. It's not just the big elephant bulls and natural beauty of Amboseli, flanked by Africa's highest mountain, that make this such a popular Kenyan game park - Amboseli is also a culturally important area inhabited by the traditional Maasai people of the region.
We keep an eye out for Africa's wildlife as we drive to our overnight campsite at Amboseli National Park where elephants roam the plains below majestic Mount Kilimanjaro.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Today we drive through Amboseli Park, towards Tanzania to the south, game viewing en route.
We travel back to Arusha, completing our Tanzania & Kenya Wildlife Camping Safari. We transfer you to the Arusha or Kilimanjaro airport for your onward travel.
Note: Window seat guaranteed for every client