8 Days Tanzania Camping Safari Overview

Kiwoito Africa Safaris offers the best of 8 Days Camping Safari in Tanzania to Lake Natron, Lake Manyara, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park. Your accommodation will be in budget camping sites during your safari (most of the campsites are inside the National Parks except Lake Manyara and Tarangire). 8 Days Camping Safari Tanzania Serengeti Ngorongoro Crater Lake Manyara Tarangire.

This 8-day Tanzania camping safari is the best way to experience the unparalleled beauty of Tanzania’s diverse landscapes and wildlife with a campsite overnight stay. This safari offers an immersive journey through Tanzania’s natural wonders, starting from Arusha to Tarangire National Park, then to the world-renowned Serengeti, where the Great Migration takes place, followed by Ngorongoro Crater, where the Big Five thrive and finally to Lake Manyara. With carefully selected campsites, expert guides, and sustainable travel practices, this safari promises exhilarating game drives and an intimate connection with the wild. Travelers will experience a range of ecosystems and leave with profound memories and appreciation for Tanzania’s natural heritage.

Itinerary for 8 days camping safari in Tanzania:

Day 1: Arrival in Arusha Tanzania

Your Kiwoito Africa Safaris guide will be waiting for you at Kilimanjaro or Arusha Airport (or pick you up from your accommodation in Arusha) and drive you to Lake Manyara National Park. If time allows we can visit Mto Wa Mbu (optional at extra cost), where you will spend an hour or two wandering around this busy town. You’ll learn more about the life of the Masaai and the 100 or so other cultural groups living in this area (some in traditional huts). We’ll visit plantations, and local craftsmen, taste banana beer in an authentic bar and amble past the many market stalls with local produce. Lunch is served by a cheerful Tanzanian “mamma” who will delight you with tasty local dishes.

Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park

Before breakfast, we’ll plan a game drive in the calm early morning long before visitors are allowed to enter the park. And with a little bit of luck, you will experience a beautiful sunrise over the lake with an abundance of flamingoes and hopefully spot lions close by. After breakfast, it’s time to relax a bit. After the midday heat, we will take another game drive on a different route. Most animals make their way down to the river for a much-needed drink at this time of day. The famous Manyara lions could be spotted in the trees! Alternatively, in consultation with your guide, you can choose to do an optional excursion (at additional costs): a night game drive, guided walks or the Tree-Top walkway.
Dinner and your overnight stay will be at Endabash Public Campsite.

Day 3: Lake Manyara to Serengeti National Park

Today we will start with an early breakfast, take our lunchboxes and leave for Serengeti National Park via the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It is a spectacular area with panoramic views over the crater hundreds of meters below. Today is also an adventurous safari day as a large part of this route is straight across the centre of the Serengeti National Park, the area of the Seronera River.

Day 4: Serengeti National Park

Enjoy a full safari day in Serengeti! Driving along the shores of the Seronera River and Mara River, trying to find unforgettable moments and catch a glimpse of the way wild animals live and survive. Wildebeest crossing the river, a hunting cheetah, lion or any other predator or the magnificent view of the silhouette of a giraffe at the horizon. You will have a chance to see Nile crocodiles (sometimes more than 6 meters long), waiting for animals to come drinking or crossing and ambush them. You will enjoy areas that are not known to the greater public and are therefore perfect for an experience off the beaten path. Today, our route follows the presence and migration of the animals on the plains.
Dinner and your overnight stay are at Seronera Public Campsite.

Day 5: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro

We will depart early in the morning and begin an unforgettable morning drive in the Serengeti. At sunrise, while the bush is awakening and still peaceful, the carnivores are out in hunting mode and we are on their trail to once again be observers of another natural spectacle. At midday, we’ll return to the campsite, enjoy brunch and leave for our next campsite on the edge of the Ngorongoro crater.

Optional: A visit to a Maasai Boma where you will experience how semi-nomadic communities continue to live according to their age-old traditions.

Day 6: Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Tarangire

After breakfast, depart for a game drive in the famous Ngorongoro Crater. We will wind our way down into the caldera, with the most breathtaking views along the way. Armed with your guide’s years of experience and his ‘eagle-eyes’, we might even encounter a rhino. The chance of seeing an active pride of lions at close quarters is high on the list of possibilities. At the Hippo Pool, you will enjoy all the sights and sounds of the ‘laughing’ hippos enjoying a wallow in the cool water and a mud bath. You’ll be back for a hot lunch at the campsite, after which we will depart to Tarangire National Park.

Day 7: Tarangire National Park

You’ll be driving in the park, observing elephants, sometimes very close to the campsite near the (dry bedding of the) river. Drive to Larmaku Swamp, a large swamp where you can find elephants and other animals, cooling down in the water and sheltering from the sun in the shadow of the acacia trees. Regarding encountering wildlife, we can not guarantee anything, but the chance that you will see large herds of elephants in this park is 99.9%.
Dinner and your accommodation will be at Tarangire Public Campsite.

Day 8: Tarangire National Park – Arusha

Depending on your itinerary, we will drive you to a lodge in Arusha, Arusha Airport (for domestic flights e.g. to Zanzibar) or to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your return flight home.
Distance: 120 km
Time/road condition: Approximately 3 hours to a lodge or the airport in Arusha, about 4 hours (160 km) to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Included

  • Park fees(For non-residents)
  • All activities(Unless labelled as optional)
  • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
  • Camping equipment
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water(On all days)
  • Sleeping bag

Excluded

  • International flights(From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Bath towels
  • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • The government imposed an increase in taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)