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8 Days Tanzania Camping Budget Safari

Northern Tanzania




8 days

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Tour Overview

Get ready for the ultimate Tanzania adventure! Explore this beautiful country without breaking the bank with our budget-friendly Tanzania safari camping trip. You’ll venture through Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park, and the breathtaking Serengeti National Park. Gasp in awe at the sheer variety of wildlife, from graceful zebras and majestic elephants to powerful big cats and magnificent rhinos.

Our experienced team of experts will be with you every step of the way, making sure that your Tanzania wildlife adventure is unforgettable.

We’ll supply you with all the safari camping gear you need, from comfy safari tents and cozy sleeping bags to tables and chairs for your campfire dinners. And speaking of healthy foods, our expert chef will be whipping up delicious meals for you to savor under the starry sky.

Join us for the adventure of a lifetime and discover the breathtaking beauty of Tanzania’s wildlife.

As the moon rises over the vast savannah, the dedicated crew works tirelessly to set up your sleeping tents, ensuring you wake up to breathtaking views each morning. This is not your average safari experience – here, you’ll get up close and personal with nature.

With no fences around the camping grounds, curious animals like zebras, giraffes, and gazelles may wander right up to your tent, stopping to graze as you watch in awe. Just be sure to bring a headlamp and avoid unnecessary movements at night.

Even though this is a pocket-friendly Tanzania camping safari, we go above and beyond to ensure you travel in style and luxury.

All campsites are well selected to offer visitors the best chances of spotting wild animals, whether you’re here to see the famous Serengeti migration or the calving season.

But this adventure isn’t just about the wildlife – it’s also about the unique culture and people of Africa. You’ll get to visit the local Maasai village of Mto wa Mbu, where you’ll learn about the rich traditions of these beautiful people. From dancing to family life, and even the separation of power, every aspect of their culture will leave you feeling invigorated and enlightened.

Tour Amenities

Bush Meals
Maasai Village Visit

Trip Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be greeted and escorted to your hotel in Arusha for a restful overnight stay.

Overnight at Rivertrees Country Inn

Nestled beneath the mighty Mount Meru in Arusha, Rivertrees Country Inn exudes country charm and rustic luxury. A true adventure awaits as you meander through the extensive gardens, coffee in hand, admiring the majestic fig trees and catching sight of playful Sykes' monkeys. The soothing sound of the babbling river takes you to a world far from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Rivertrees boasts an array of stylish and cozy rooms, nestled among the lush gardens, tranquil forests, and serene riverbank. Recharge and rejuvenate before embarking on your wild safari journey.

Wake up early for a thrilling adventure. Fuel up with a hearty breakfast before meeting up with an expert guide for a briefing on your upcoming safari. Buckle up and get ready for a scenic 2-hour drive to Tarangire National Park.

As you journey through the vast grasslands, keep your eyes peeled for ancient baobab trees, traditional Maasai homes, and nomadic cattle herders. Your heart will race as you witness the world-renowned baobab trees, watch tree-climbing pythons, and experience the largest concentration of African elephants, lions, leopards, and cheetahs.

Take a break midday with a satisfying picnic lunch before exploring more of the park during your afternoon game drive. As the sun sets, make your way back to your camp for a well-deserved dinner and overnight stay.

Get ready for an exhilarating journey that will leave you with unforgettable memories.

Overnight at Twiga Campsite.

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Serengeti National Park as you set out for an action-packed adventure after indulging in a delicious breakfast! As you embark on your journey, be prepared to be awed by the stunning sights of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where you will have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the iconic Ngorongoro Crater that will leave you fascinated!

But the adventure doesn't stop there! Buckle up for a wild ride as you make your way through the southern plains of the Serengeti National Park and experience the thrill of spotting a vast variety of rare game species on the way. Keep an eye out for the most majestic creatures that roam the terrain and be amazed at their incredible beauty.

Excitement awaits you around every corner as you journey through this vast expanse, stopping at the Ndutu area for an incredible chance to feast your eyes on the most awe-inspiring landscapes imaginable! Take in the sweeping views of this picturesque haven and let its natural splendor seep into your soul.

To fuel up for the journey ahead, take a quick break for a picnic lunch that promises to tantalize your taste buds before you resume your drive and continue on your adventure.

With a game drive en route, you'll arrive at your camp just in time for a refreshing evening under the stunning African sky.

Get ready to rest and rejuvenate after an exhilarating day, as you prepare for the next leg of your wild safari!

The next three nights will be spent in Serengeti National Park, searching for wild animals, relaxing, and enjoying whatever our eyes capture.

Overnight at Nyani Campsite.

Gear up for an exciting day ahead! Fuel up with a mouthwatering breakfast and take off for a thrilling early morning game drive with a packed lunch in hand.

From 08:00 to 14:30 hours, you'll uncover the magic of the wild, soaking in the sights and sounds of nature. As your adrenaline kicks in, we'll head towards the breathtaking Ngorongoro Conservation Area, indulging in an en-route game drive.

You'll be on a constant lookout for majestic wildlife out in the open, feeling the rush of adventure in your veins. After taking in the glorious vistas, we'll settle down for a delicious dinner, followed by an overnight stay.

Overnight at Simba Campsite.

Embark on an exciting journey as you venture into the unspoiled wilderness of Ngorongoro. As the sun rises, indulge in a hearty breakfast before descending over 600 meters into the awe-inspiring crater.

Brace yourself for a thrilling encounter with some of the world's most magnificent wild animals that call this haven home. Delight in a midday feast at the base of the crater, while surrounded by the breathtaking scenery.

Witness the impressiveness of the 8th Wonder of the World as its inhabitants roam free right before your eyes. Observe mighty elephants, rare black rhinos, and a multitude of other majestic beasts as they play out their everyday rituals.

Behold the spectacular sight of massive herds of wildebeest and zebras, glistening hippopotami, and African cape buffalos going about their daily routines. Prepare to be enthralled by the pride of lions, cunning hyenas, and elusive serval cats that lurk in the shadows.

Immerse yourself in the enchanting harmony of over 400 species of birds, each with its distinct call. Showcasing countless breathtaking natural wonders, Ngorongoro's crater is an adventurer's paradise.

Overnight at Twiga Campsite.

Get set for an unforgettable experience! Your day starts with a hearty breakfast followed by a visit to a mesmerizing Maasai village.

With your knowledgeable safari guide by your side, you'll get to immerse yourself in the vibrant Maasai culture and gain insights into their incredible way of life.

As the sun sets on your amazing adventure, we'll whisk you off to the airport for your journey back home.

Inclusions / Exclusions

  • Camping safari as per the specified itinerary
  • Transportation provided in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional guide fluent in English
  • Expert safari cook with proficiency in English
  • Accommodation in safari tents
  • Camping gear such as tents, sleeping mats, chairs, and tables
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Mineral water
  • All activities mentioned in the package
  • National Park fees
  • AMREF Flying Doctors insurance during the safari
  • Sleeping bags
  • Flight costs
  • Optional Activities
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Visa fees
  • Tipping
  • Personal expenditure for buying souvenirs, etc.
  • Travel insurance.

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Can you please explain what constitutes a game drive?

A game drive is an activity commonly organized in African game reserves and national parks where visitors go on guided tours to see wildlife in their natural habitat.

The drive can take place at different times of the day and typically lasts between 6-8 hours. Visitors are accompanied by experienced guides, who can offer insight into the different animals and birds encountered during the tour.

To maximize the chances of seeing animals, guides often use specialized vehicles that are open, allowing visitors to move around and observe wildlife from different angles. Game drives are popular with tourists as they provide a unique and unforgettable experience of the natural world.

What is a Safari?

Have you ever heard of a safari? Wondering what sets it apart from a regular vacation?

The term safari has roots in the Swahili language, signifying a journey and serving as the foundation for the verb “to travel” in this East African tongue. When seeking a remarkable safari experience, Tanzania reigns as the top destination throughout Africa. Not only does Tanzania showcase the biggest national parks, but it features UNESCO World Heritage Sites and lays claim to Africa’s highest mountain.

Serengeti National Park, located in Tanzania, has consistently been recognized as the leading safari destination in Africa for multiple years in a row. This accolade serves as a testament to Tanzania’s position as the top country for safaris in the continent, as Serengeti National Park has been awarded the title of ‘Best Safari Destination’ by experts, surpassing several national parks within Africa.

A safari in Africa offers more than just a mere vacation but a compelling travel experience. It is noteworthy that advertising ‘safaris’ at other destinations such as Thailand or India is significantly different and cannot be matched to an African safari. Additionally, these excursions to observe animals lack any historical relevance to the Swahili word ‘safari.

Do I need Visa?

It is mandatory to have a visa for entry. The visa fee is USD 50 per individual, whereas US citizens are required to pay USD 100 per person. While it is possible to obtain visas on arrival, it is advisable to obtain them beforehand.

Do I need Travel Insurance?

To safeguard against unforeseen events that may disrupt travel plans, travel protection plans offer a range of benefits including coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay, and other customizable options.

As a responsible travel operator, EAS Guides mandates all travelers to acquire essential Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation insurance protection. This rudimentary coverage, also known as Post-Departure or Travel Med, is available for as little as $60 per person and guarantees peace of mind during travel.

How do I tip?

While tipping is not mandatory, it is customary to show appreciation for exceptional service. To assist you in determining an appropriate gratuity, below are some suggested tipping ranges per person per day/vehicle, based on the number of people in the vehicle:

– 6 people: $10 to $15 per person per day

– 4 people: $12 to $20 per person per day

– 2 people: $15 to $25 per person per day

If you are on a camping safari, it felt your chef should be tipped like the safari guide, as they work as a team. Most lodges/camps have a tip box at the front desk, and we recommend using it instead of tipping individuals so that everyone who contributed to your enjoyable experience can share in gratitude, including those working behind the scenes. In most lodging and hotels, it is usually for staff members to offer assistance with your luggage. While it is common to consider tipping as an appropriate gesture, the decision to do so is ultimately at your discretion.

About Kilimanjaro Tipping

These are our recommended tipping guidelines when trekking on Kilimanjaro (not per climber): Guides should receive $15/day, assistant guides should receive $10/day, cooks should receive $10/day, and porters should receive $5/day. For every 2 hikers, we suggest having 1 guide, for every 3 hikers, 1 assistant guide, and for every 8 hikers, 1 cook. The number of porters should meet the following minimums:

– 4 porters per hiker for the 8-day Lemosho Route (minimum of 8 porters)

In some cases, additional porters might be required based on luggage weight. We recommend a budget of $250-300 per hiker for tips during an 8-day trek.

How about Security?

While Tanzania is generally a secure country, it is advisable to exercise caution. Avoid attracting attention by keeping a watchful eye on your personal belongings. It is recommended to refrain from walking in towns or cities after dark and instead, opt for a taxi.

Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or displaying valuable items like cameras, as these can make you a target for pickpockets. Use hotel safety deposit boxes and ensure to obtain a receipt to secure your valuable possessions. Consider leaving valuable jewelry at home to avoid any unwanted attention.

How about Health?

It is essential for all individuals traveling from yellow fever-endemic countries/regions to obtain the yellow fever vaccine. This requirement applies to individuals who are in transit for at least 12 hours or those who venture beyond the immediate airport premises in a yellow fever endemic area. Furthermore, individuals from yellow fever endemic regions traveling via air, marine, or land transportation must also meet this vaccination requirement. The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of the United Republic of Tanzania has reinstated HEALTH SURVEILLANCE DESKS in all border crossings, ports, and international airports. Therefore, it is crucial to carry your health certificates when entering Tanzania. While malaria is endemic in Tanzania, it is preventable by taking appropriate measures, including using insect repellent, protecting oneself at sundown, sleeping under a mosquito net, and taking anti-malaria prophylactics as prescribed by a medical professional. It is wise to bring prescription medication, spare glasses, contact lenses, solution, sunscreen, a first aid kit, cream for insect bites and stings, and medication for diarrhea.

About Covid-19

To enter Tanzania, travelers arriving from or transiting through Uganda or the DRC need to complete a Traveler’s Health Surveillance Form at least 24 hours before their arrival. The completed form will generate a Unique Health Code (UHC), which the traveler needs to present upon arrival. To access the form, please follow this link: https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/. For those arriving directly in Zanzibar, please use this alternative link.

While proof of Covid-19 vaccination is not required, arriving guests are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated. No RT-PCR certificates or Rapid Antigen tests are needed upon arrival; however, guests will undergo thermal and physical screenings. It is essential to review your airlines and international airport(s) pre-boarding testing requirements carefully. Kindly ensure you read and understand the full regulations to avoid any inconvenience during your travel and entry into Tanzania. A significant number of our visitors transit via Amsterdam, and it’s important to note that as of now, passengers who do not exit Schiphol Airport are not subject to Covid-19 testing protocols.