Kenya & Tanzania Budget Camping Safari Over View
Amboseli is commonly reffered to as "Kilimanjaro royal court". The Park is famous for its big game, such as lions, cheetahs, baboons and large elephant herds that traverse the savannahs in search of watering holes or feeding grounds. The park also offers amazing view of Mt Kilimanjaro peaks which are visible early morning on a clear day.
Lake Manyara National Park lies in the shadow of the Great Rift Valley whose reddish brown escarpment wall looms 600 metres on the eastern horizon. The park is particularly known for its tree-climbing lions, who may be seen resting on a tree branch instead of a shady spot on the ground like most other lions. The lake has a wide array of bird species most notable are the lesser flamingos.
Often called the eighth wonder of the world, Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken caldera in the world, and is one of the only places in Africa you can view every member of the "big five" (rhinoceros, lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant and buffalo) on a single game drive. Unique to Ngorongoro, indigenous tribes are permitted to live in the conservation area and local Maasai graze their livestock on the crater floor in harmony with nearby herds of buffalo and wildebeest.
Our budget camping safari takes you to amboseli, lake manyara and ngorongoro crater in a duration of five days. The tour begins in Nairobi and ends in Arusha. We normally use safari vehicles which have pop up roofs ideal for game viewing. Fresh meals are prepared by our cook and we en sure high standards of hygiene. We also cater for special diets [Vegetarian meals]. This trip can be undertaken as a group joining safari or a private safari.
Amboseli, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Camping Safari
Day One: Nairobi - Amboseli
A representative from goshawk tours will meet you at your hotel or pick you up from the airport and after briefing you he or she will introduce you to your safari guide and other members of the tour. You will be driven to Amboseli arriving Kimana Camp in time for lunch. On arrival you will be assisted to check into your respective tents. Spend the afternoon at leisure or interacting with the locals; later head out for the evening game drive. Amboseli has a wide variety of wildlife raging from the Big five, cats, plains game and birdlife. Dinner and overnight at Kimana Camp.
Day Two: Amboseli
Wake up early enough to the most intoxicating view of Mt. Kilimanjaro which seats majestically as the back drop 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 to 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 - Namanga Border - Lake Manyara
Depart Amboseli after breakfast and drive to the Namanga border and after formalities proceed to Lake Manyara arriving by mid day. Pitch tent as you wait for lunch to be prepared. Spend the afternoon at leisure and later go for the evening game drive. Lake Manyara is 230 kilometers squared while the whole park is 330 kilometers squared inclusive of the lake. Lake Manyara 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 opurtunity to view game you might have missed, return to the camp for your full breakfast and shortly depart afterwards. Drive to Ngorongoro crater; lunch en route arriving in the afternoon. Pitch tent at the campsite which is at the rim of the crater and take a guided walking tour on the crater rim this offers amazing view of the crater. Dinner and overnight at Simba campsite.
Day Five: Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha
Have breakfast early and 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 taking a break to have a picnic lunch. Later ascend back to the campsite, pack and depart. Drive to Arusha arriving late afternoon. Drop off at a hotel in Arusha or the airport to board a flight to your next destination.
Safari Pricing Includes:
- Transport in a custom safari minibus & 4x4 land rover with pop up roof.
- All park entrance fees.
- Meals as described in the itinerary.
- 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.
Safari Pricing Excludes:
- International airfares.
- All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
- Travel Insurance.
Amboseli budget camping accommodation in form of budget campsites or guest houses. The tents are permanently erected and are furnished, they have beds with flush toilets and hot showers. Kindly note that some campsites have toilets and bathrooms outside the tent. The campsite has a common dinning area where guest take their meals.
Most campsites use generators as the source of lighting and the generators are turned off at 1000 - 1100 hrs. Some of the camps are located right outside the boundary of the Amboseli though there isn't a clear demarcation or fence of the park. Animals some time wonder in the camps but the camps are very safe and Masai warriors are always on the lookout. In the evening there is a bonfire and the Masai warriors entertain you as you relax. Fresh foods are prepared by our cook. We also cater for special dietaries.
Lake Manyara budget camping varies from pitching a two man dome tent in a public campsite, facilities at the public campsite a long drop toilet. You are expected to help with pitching tent and taking it down. 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 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 form of public campsites 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 advice you drive with caution, as many animals move through the area at night. Views points 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 part of Ngorongoro conservation area frequently visit the campsite which is not fenced, 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 equipments as far as extra sleeping bag just in case you forget yours. Simba Campsite public campsite so you should expect other tourist from different companies.
Amboseli National Park
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, thorn bushes and marches. The landscape is dominated by the backdrop of the majestic snow-cap of Mount Kilimanjaro the highest mountain in Africa. The snow capes are visible when the clouds are clear mainly early morning and late evenings and this scene gives one the opportunity to capture wonderful memories on camera for friends and loved ones back at home.
Amboseli national park is considered Kenya second best after Masai Mara game reserve by many tourist 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 sustain a large number of bird species and game. Amboseli offers some of the best opportunities to see African animals because its vegetation is sparse due to the long dry months. The park is considered most ideal for writers, filmmakers and researchers.
The Masai are the local habitant of this area, which they call Empusel meaning "Dusty place". Other community 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 National Park
Lake Manyara lies 127 kilometers west of Arusha town a driving distance if 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 almost non existence. 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.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The Ngorongoro conservation area was established in the year 1959 and later become 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 highlands on the side facing the easterly trade winds receives 800-1200 mm of rain a year and is covered largely in montane forest, while the less-steep west wall receives only 400-600 mm; this side is grassland and bush land dotted with Euphorbia trees. 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 been 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 giraffe, topi or impala in the park - they probably find it to difficult to negotiate the crater rim cliffs and there is also insufficient grazing for large herds of antelope, inside the park. However the park teems with wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, aggressive pack hunting hyenas and resident lion prides. Supported by a year round supply of water and fodder, the park supports a vast variety of animals, which include impressive herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, giant elephants and a small population of black rhino. Another big draw to this picturesque park is it 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 - the one in the Lerai Forest and at the other at the Ngoitokitok Springs located in the south-eastern section of the park.
Do's And Don'ts In The Game Reserves & National Park.
- Do not Litter the reserve/park.
- Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys or baboons.
- Do give the animals the right of way and do not disturb wildlife.
- Do not take any plant or animals remains, dead or alive.
- Do not start fires or throw cigarettes in the reserve.
- Do stay in your vehicle except at designated viewing points.
- Do not shout, laugh loudly, play radio or cassettes as this will keep away the animals.
- Do not provoke any animals its dangerous.