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Kenya & Tanzania Camping Safari

Kenya & Tanzania Camping Safari

Overview

Discover our unforgettable Kenya & Tanzania camping safari package, that runs for a duration of five days visiting the best parks in the region. Our safari package begins at Nairobi and ends in Arusha. We organize pickups anywhere within the city centre, the suburbs or the airport.

Budget Accommodation

While on safari we will set you up in a permanent erected tent with washroom facilities or  carry camping equipment which we pitch on public campsites. The public campsites have basic facilities like a bathroom where you will use a bucket to take a shower; water for showering is boiled by our cook. There is a long drop toilet in the camp. 

We will  set up a mess where meals are served in buffet style. We also cater for special diets [Vegetarian/Vegan meals]. You can opt for a group joining safari or a private safari.

Transport Logistics

Transport and game drives are facilitated by 4×4 safari vehicles that are customized for the ultimate safariing experience. The vans/jeeps are accessorized with pop up roofs ideal for game viewing, hifi radio communication gadgets and comfortable seats. 

Budget Camping Safariing

While on your Kenya & Tanzania camping safari you will enjoy the services of our experienced driver guides who have enormous knowledge on wildlife as well as different sceneries you will be visiting.

The thrill of touring various wildlife  gems is an adventure that should be on every tourist’s bucket list. Our budget camping vacay gives you the opportunity to experience first hand the diversity in terms of culture as you socialize with the locals as well as epic game viewing encounters in this premium park.

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Five Days Amboseli / Lake Manyara / Ngorongoro Crater Budget Camping Safari. [Itinerary]

Day One: Nairobi – Amboseli

A representative from Kenya epic safaris will meet you at your hotel or pick you up from the airport and after briefing you he or she will hand you over to your assigned driver guide to facilitate your Kenya & Tanzania camping safari.

You will be driven to Amboseli national park by your driver guide who will keep you entertained and informed on different sceneries as you journey to your destination arriving Kimana camp in time for a hot delicious lunch at the campsite. On arrival the camp staff will usher you to your respective tents. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure or interacting with the locals; later head out for the evening game drive.

Amboseli has a wide variety of wildlife ranging from the Big five, cats, plains game and birdlife. Dinner and overnight at Kimana Camp.

Day Two: Amboseli

Wake up bright and early to the most intoxicating view of Mt. Kilimanjaro, which sits majestically as the backdrop of this amazing park, on a clear day the snow peaks are visible. After breakfast head out for the morning game drive which provides the opportunity to see the most since wild game come out to hunt or browse/graze very early before the sun becomes too hot.

Amboseli has the highest population of elephants and has been the centre for elephant research for the last thirty years with each individual known by name. The game drive will include a visit to the outlook post which gives you the opportunity to have an aerial view of the Amboseli plains.

Return to the campsite for lunch and spend the afternoon at leisure or take a walk around the camp making friends. Head out for the evening game drive; large herds of elephants can be encountered. Amboseli has a variety of bird life both migratory and terrestrial. All meals and overnight at Kimana Camp.

Day Three: Amboseli – Lake Manyara

Depart Amboseli after breakfast and hit the road to Namanga border and after formalities proceed to Lake Manyara arriving by mid day. Pitch tent as you wait for lunch to be prepared. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure and later go for the evening game drive as the African sun sets, giving you a perfect setting to take amazing photos and selfies.

Lake Manyara is 230 kilometers squared while the whole park is 330 kilometers squared inclusive of the lake. It is located under the wall of the Rift Valley and has the highest population of elephants per square kilometer in the country. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions.

The lake attracts thousands of lesser flamingos as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks, due to its alkaline nature. Dinner and overnight at Jambo campsite.

Day Four: Lake Manyara – Ngorongoro Crater

Pre Breakfast game drive which offers you an opportunity to view game you might have missed, return to the camp for your full breakfast and shortly depart. Hit the road and journey to Ngorongoro crater enjoying the ride and different landscape sceneries on the way arriving in time for lunch. After pitching your tent, relax at the campsite enjoying your afternoon.

Afterwards proceed for a guided walking tour on the crater rim; this offers amazing view of the crater and a perfect setting take amazing photos and selfies. Dinner and overnight at Simba campsite.

Day Five: Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha

Breakfast will be served bright and early as the African sun rises. Descend 2000 meters with a four wheel drive vehicle to the floor of the crater. Ngorongoro crater is commonly referred to as the “Garden of Eden” and the park is inhabited by about 30,000 animals, of which half are zebra and wildebeest.

The park has recorded over 14000 wildebeest. Tanzania’s few remaining black rhino are regularly sighted in the crater, as are large herds of buffalos. On the crater floor and in the Ngoitokitok swamps, reside plenty of hippos who remain partially submerged during the day and graze on grass at night. Bird life is also abundant.

Spend the day exploring this natural habitat. Break for lunch at Ngoitoktok springs picnic site. Later ascend back to the campsite, pack and depart. Journey back to Arusha arriving late afternoon. Drop off at a hotel or the airport where your Kenya & Tanzania camping safari ends.

End of services.

  • Transport in a customized safari jeep with a pop up roof ideal for game viewing .
  • All park entrance fees.
  • Meals as described in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in a budget campsite with basic amenities.
  • Game drives and other activities as described in the itinerary.
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide.
  • Complimentary Bottled water 1 Litre per person per day.
  • All government taxes.
  • International airfares.
  • All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
  • Tips.
  • Visas.
  • Travel Insurance.

Kenya & Tanzania Budget Accommodation

Campsite facilities at Amboseli national park are limited and located outside the park's perimeter but a short driving distance to the various park entrance gates. The campsites offer tented camps or you can opt for the ground camping experience. 

The tented camps have beds, beddings, mosquito nets, flush toilets and hot showers. Beddings are changed every morning and you are also provided with a towel. A tent can accommodate one, two or three people.

The campsites have dining areas where meals are served and a bar. Fresh food is prepared in a buffet style by our cook. We also cater for special dietaries. In the evening there is a bonfire and the masai warriors entertain you as you socialize and unwind.

Lake Manyara budget camping varies from pitching dome tents in a public campsite, facilities at the public campsite include a long drop toilet, bucket showers and a dining mess. Meals are prepared by our cook.

This can be referred to as basic camping. The other form of camping available is middle range where you find permanent erected tents with beddings, flush toilets and hot showers. Facilities include a swimming pool and a bar. 

For those of you who are new to camping, don’t worry; all tents are easy to erect, your friendly guide will give a demonstration and are around to help you out.

Ngorongoro Crater camping comes in the form of public and private campsites all located at the rim of the crater. The campsites don’t have facilities and the tour operators carry everything required with them. Hot showers are available, heated by wood fires.

The toilet is a long drop. It is possible to visit the lodge bars and restaurants after dark, but we advise you to drive with caution, as many animals move through the area at night. Views of the crater are only a short walk away and are absolutely stunning.

Wild animals from the crater and Serengeti as far as from other parts of Ngorongoro conservation Area frequently visit the campsite which is not fenced, so you should move with caution. The campsite can become fairly cold (from an African perspective) and sometimes noisy at night.

Our cook will place you tent in the area where you will be comfortable and easily reached. He will also take care of your belongings while you are in game drive. We will provide camping equipment as far as an extra sleeping bag just in case you forget yours. Simba Campsite is a public campsite so you should expect other tourists from different companies.

Know Your Parks

Amboseli National Park is located south of Nairobi; 140 kilometers which is a four hours drive from Nairobi. The park occupies an area of 392 km2. The ecosystem is made up of a seasonal lake called lake Amboseli where the park derives its name from, swamps, open plains, acacia woodland, rocky out crops, thorny bushes and marshes.

The landscape is dominated by the backdrop of the majestic snow-caps of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. The snow capes are visible when the clouds are clear mainly in the early mornings and late evenings. The scenery gives you the opportunity to capture wonderful memories on camera for friends and loved ones back at home.

Amboseli national park is considered Kenya second best wildlife gem after Masai Mara game reserve by many tourists and is the only national park in Kenya that has the highest population of elephants. The ecosystem of Amboseli, though small compared to other parks, sustains a large number of bird species and game.

The locals are mostly the Masai but other Kenyan tribes have moved to Amboseli in search of greener pastures. Beside game viewing and the ecstatic views of Mount Kilimanjaro one can visit a local Masai village to learn their way of life and to interact with the locals.

Lake Manyara lies 127 kilometers west of Arusha town, a driving distance of 2 hours. The park covers an area of 330 km2 which consist of dry arid land, forest and the lake. The Lake covers an area of 200 km2 and its alkaline, the lake dries up during the dry season and it is almost non-existent.

Most of the land area of the park is a narrow strip running between the Gregory Rift wall to the west and Lake Manyara to the east. Ernest Hemingway once described the park as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa.

The park’s terrain is vast and impressive including large areas of ground water forest with giant fig and mahogany trees alternating with acacia woodlands and open plains. A good network of roads and tracks gives the tourist a maximum game and bird watching opportunity.

The lake is famous for its tree climbing lions, this behavior has been attributed to the torment of biting flies which is minimal while arboreal. The lake attracts thousands of lesser flamingos as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks. due to its alkaline nature.

Over 400 hundred bird species have been recorded in the park. Game to view include Leopards, lions, elephants, blue monkeys, dik-dik, gazelle, hippo, giraffe, impala, wildebeests and zebras.

The Ngorongoro conservation area was established in the year 1959 and later became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The crater is one of the biggest caldera in the world and has been described as one of the most spectacular game hunts in Africa. The crater has a diameter of 14.5km and a depth of 2000ft – 2500ft. The crater covers an area of 264 km2.

The crater floor is mostly open grassland with two small wooded areas dominated by Acacia xanthophloea. The major source of water for the park is Ngoitokitok Spring, Munge Stream and Lerai Stream.

The best vantage point is the flat-topped Engitati Hill in the north-eastern corner of the park. Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the south-western corner, is the main feature of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually be seen here.

The Lerai forest, a fever tree forest located in the south, is a good place in the park to see animals such as elephants, waterbuck and flitting sunbirds. Swamps, thorn scrub and grassland fill the rest of the park and provide the bulk of wildlife viewing. The park is one of the most densely crowded wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals. There are no giraffes, topi or impala in the park.

Another big draw to this picturesque park is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot.

The Ngorongoro Crater is only open from 06h00 to 16h00 and only 6 hour safari permits are issued which allows for only a single 6 hour morning game drive or 6 hour afternoon game drive to the park. There are two picnic and toilet spots in the crater.

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