Tanzania Budget Camping Safari Over View

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.

Tarangire lies south of the Maasai land along the Arusha - Dodoma road. The Park is home to a huge number of elephants, baobab trees and its tree climbing pythons. Other common wildlife includes waterbuck, giraffe, olive baboons and over five hundrend and fifty bird species.

Our budget camping safari takes you to lake manyara, ngorongoro crater and tarangire in a duration of five days. The tour begins in Arusha and ends in Arusha. We normally use land rovers 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.

L. Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater & Tarangire Camping Safari

Day One: Arusha - Lake Manyara

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 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 Two: 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.

Ngorongoro Crater

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. Break for lunch at Ngoitoktok springs picnic site. Dinner and overnight at Simba Campsite.

Day Four: Ngorongoro Crater - Tarangire

tarangire camping safaris After breakfast depart and head to Tarangire National Park arriving in time for lunch. Pitch tent while the cook prepares lunch. Spend the afternoon at leisure and later go for the evening game drive. Tanzania's third largest national park and sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Animals concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in the area. Tarangire is famous for its tree climbing pythons. Game to view in this park includes zebras, heartbeests, elephants, buffalos, waterbucks, gazelles, oryx and abundant birdlife. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.

Day Five: Tarangire - Arusha

Pre breakfast game drive; depart the lodge by 6:30 A.M and this will give you the opportunity to view the African sun rise and you will also get the chance to spot any game species you might have missed on our previous game drives. Return to the camp around mid morning; your full breakfast will be served and afterwards depart and drive to Arusha arriving in time for lunch. 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 4x4 land rover with pop up roof.
  • All park entrance fees.
  • Meals as described in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation.
  • 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.
  • Tips.
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance.


Accommodation

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.

Tarangire National Park budget camping includes a public campsite located 5km south of the park gate. The public campsite has a capacity of 50 beds. The camp is owned and managed by TANAPA. The campsite has toilets or pit latrines, showers and dining facilities. Public campsites offer minimal facilities and need to be booked one month in advance, we can provide portable facilities on request.

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.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park lies 118 km southwest of Arusha town and covers an area of 2,850 square kilometers. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire river that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. The Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania after Ruaha, Serengeti, Mikumi, Katavi and Mkomazi. The landscape is composed of scattered baobab trees alternating with open acacia woodlands, open bush, plains, swamps, rivers and palm trees.

The park is famous for its huge number of elephants, baobab trees and its tree climbing pythons. Visitors to the park can expect to see any number of resident zebra and wildebeest in addition to the less common animals. Other common animals include waterbuck, giraffe, and olive baboons.

Home to more than 550 species, the park is a haven for bird enthusiasts who can expect so see dozens of species even in the dry season. The swamps are the focus of the largest selection of breeding birds anywhere in the world. Yellow-collared Lovebirds are a common bird sighting in the trees along the Tarangire River. The park is also famous for the termite mounds that dot the landscape. Those that have been abandoned are often seen to be home to dwarf mongoose.

Tarangire National Park can be reached via paved road from Arusha in under four hours. Lake Manyara National Park is only a 70 kilometers (43 mile) drive from Tarangire. One can visit the park all year round but the month of June to September are the driest months and wildlife population decreases. Besides game viewing other activities include Guided walking safaris, day trips to Maasai and Barabaig villages, as well as to the hundreds of ancient rock paintings in the vicinity of Kolo on the Dodoma Road.

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.