If you are heading to Tanzania to Climb Kilimanjaro, it makes perfect sense to extend your trip with a safari in neighbouring Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, the Serengeti Plains, and of course, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ngorongoro Crater.
Why? Well, these awe-inspiring National Parks are all within driving distance of Mount Kilimanjaro, and whether you are short on time or short on budget, it is possible to extend your Kilimanjaro Expedition with a trip to at least one or two of these wildlife-rich parks, without breaking the bank.
Camping safaris are the latest trend in Tanzania. Not to be confused with the luxurious Tented Camps of the Serengeti Plains, you know, the ones that cost around $1,000 per person per night, this is real ‘camping’ with 2-man tents and shared bathrooms, but it’s done beautifully – Tanzanian style. With someone to put up your tents, cook your meals, and show you the very best wildlife viewing spots, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and make sure your batteries are charged for your next animal encounter. It’s a stress-free way to safari, and the perfect way to unwind after a tough Kilimanjaro Expedition.
5-Day Camping Safari Tanzania: A Sample Itinerary
DAY 1: MOSHI – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
In the morning, depart Moshi (or Arusha) and drive to Tarangire National Park, the home of large herds of elephants, migratory zebra and wildebeest, and huge baobab trees. Enjoy an afternoon game drive with a picnic lunch before transferring to the Haven Nature Campsite for dinner and overnight.
DAY 2: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Today you will visit one of the most famous game parks in Africa, the Serengeti! Home of the most amazing wildlife spectacle on earth – the great migration – the Serengeti is perhaps, the best place on earth to view wildlife. After a thrilling day, you will transfer to your campsite inside the park.
DAY 3: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK – NGORONGORO CRATER
You’ll head out early this morning to try and catch a glimpse of lions and other predators on their morning hunt. After lunch, you’ll make your way to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders, stopping at any wildlife sightings along the way. You’ll camp on the rim of the crater – stargazing guaranteed!
DAY 4: NGORONGORO CRATER
Descend the 600m high walls to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater UNESCO World Heritage Site for a full day safari. Due to the concentration of game in the crater, sightings are plentiful, so be sure to pack plenty of spare batteries! Afterwards, you’ll make your way back to the outskirts of Tarangire National Park where you’ll camp.
DAY 5: LAKE MANYARA – MOSHI – DEPARTURE
The last stop on your whirlwind camping safari will take you to Lake Manyara National Park in the Great Rift Valley. This park is famous for its tree-climbing lions and prolific bird life, and so it’s the perfect end to the perfect trip. After lunch in the park, you will drive back to Kilimanjaro Airport for your return flight home.
You really don’t have to spend a fortune to go on Safari in Tanzania, and by taking the camping option, you might even have enough money leftover for a few days in Zanzibar!