The Serengeti Sojourn: A 7-Day Tanzania Camping Adventure
Full Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Arusha
Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our friendly representative will be waiting to greet you. They will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to your hotel in Arusha. Take some time to rest and relax, acclimating to the local surroundings and getting ready for the exciting adventure ahead. In the evening, meet with your safari guide for a pre-safari briefing, where they will provide you with important information about your upcoming journey. Enjoy a delicious dinner and overnight stay at your hotel in Arusha, preparing yourself for the thrilling Serengeti Sojourn.
Day 2: Tarangire National Park
After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, depart for Tarangire National Park, a hidden gem known for its diverse wildlife population and iconic baobab trees. Upon entering the park, you'll immediately be immersed in the breathtaking scenery and abundance of wildlife. Embark on thrilling game drives, led by your experienced guide, who will share fascinating insights about the park's ecosystem and inhabitants. Keep your eyes peeled for large herds of elephants, graceful giraffes, majestic lions, and a variety of antelope species. As the sun sets, head to your comfortable campsite, where you'll enjoy a delicious dinner under the starlit African sky. Fall asleep to the sounds of nature surrounding you, anticipating another exhilarating day ahead.
Day 3: Tarangire National Park
Awake to the sounds of birds chirping and the African wilderness coming to life. After breakfast, continue your exploration of Tarangire National Park. Marvel at the unique landscapes and the contrasting colors of the savannah. Capture photographs of the mighty elephants silhouetted against the golden hues of the sunset. Take in the panoramic vistas and immerse yourself in the serenity of this remarkable park. In the evening, return to your campsite for a delightful dinner and a cozy night's sleep.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park
Today marks the beginning of your adventure in the world-renowned Serengeti National Park. After breakfast, depart for the Serengeti, driving through the stunning landscapes of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. As you enter the park, you'll be greeted by the vast plains that stretch as far as the eye can see. The Serengeti is known for its incredible wildlife, including the famous annual migration of wildebeest. Enjoy exhilarating game drives, as your skilled guide navigates through the park in search of the "Big Five" and other fascinating species. Witness the raw beauty of nature and the intricate dynamics of predator-prey relationships. As the day concludes, settle into your comfortable campsite within the Serengeti, where you'll be surrounded by the enchanting sounds of the wilderness.
Day 5: Serengeti National Park
Wake up to the melodious calls of birds and embark on a full day of exploration in the Serengeti. The park's diverse ecosystems offer endless opportunities for wildlife encounters. Observe prides of lions lounging under the shade of acacia trees, watch in awe as cheetahs sprint across the plains, and witness the stealthy movements of leopards in pursuit of their prey. Your skilled guide will share their extensive knowledge of the park, ensuring you have a deep appreciation for its rich biodiversity. In the evening, relax at your campsite, where a delicious dinner awaits you. Sit around the campfire, exchanging stories and relishing the sounds of the African night. As darkness envelops the Serengeti, gaze up at the star-studded sky, marveling at the vastness of the universe.
Day 6: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today, bid farewell to the Serengeti and make your way to the spectacular Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world's largest intact volcanic caldera. The crater is a haven for wildlife, offering an extraordinary opportunity to observe a wide range of species in a concentrated area. Marvel at the abundant wildlife, including lions, elephants, zebras, and the endangered black rhino. Enjoy a picnic lunch amidst this natural wonder, surrounded by breathtaking views of the crater. In the afternoon, ascend from the crater and head to your campsite, where you can relax and reflect on the wonders you've witnessed.
Day 7: Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Departure
On your final day, savor a leisurely breakfast at your campsite, taking in the last moments in the heart of the African wilderness. If time permits, you may have the opportunity to visit a local Maasai village, where you can learn about their traditional way of life and interact with the welcoming Maasai community. Afterward, begin your journey back to Arusha, where you'll be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport or your next destination.
- Accommodation: Comfortable hotels in Arusha and well-equipped camping sites in the national parks
- Meals: All meals from breakfast on day 2 to breakfast on day 7
- Professional English-speaking guide: Knowledgeable and experienced safari guide throughout the trip
- Park fees and camping fees: Entrance fees to national parks and conservation areas, as well as camping fees
- Airport transfers: Arrival and departure transfers between Kilimanjaro International Airport and your hotel in Arusha
- Drinking water and snacks: Ample supply of drinking water and snacks during game drives
- International flights and visas: Arrange your own international flights and obtain the necessary visas for entry into Tanzania
- Personal insurance: It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses, trip cancellations, and personal belongings
- Gratuities: Tipping for guides, drivers, and camp staff is at your discretion and greatly appreciated
- Personal items and additional beverages: Any personal expenses, souvenirs, and beverages not included in the itinerary
Hot Air Balloon Ride in the Serengeti: Experience a breathtaking aerial view of the Serengeti's wildlife and landscapes (additional cost).
- Visit to Maasai Village: Immerse yourself in the local Maasai culture, interact with the community, and learn about their traditions.
- Bird Watching in Tarangire: Explore the diverse birdlife of Tarangire National Park, home to over 500 species of birds.
What to Pack:
- Comfortable walking shoes: Opt for sturdy and comfortable shoes suitable for walking during game drives and nature walks.
- Light and warm clothing: Pack lightweight and breathable clothes for the daytime, as well as warmer layers for the cooler evenings and early mornings.
- Binoculars: Enhance your wildlife viewing experience by bringing a pair of binoculars: Binoculars will allow you to get a closer look at distant wildlife and appreciate the finer details of the landscapes.
- Sun protection: Don't forget to pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to shield yourself from the strong African sun.
- Insect repellent: Protect yourself from mosquitoes and other insects by bringing a reliable insect repellent.
- Camera and extra batteries: Capture the incredible moments and stunning wildlife encounters throughout your safari. Don't forget to bring spare batteries or a portable charger to ensure you don't miss any photo opportunities.
- Travel adapter: Tanzania uses Type D and Type G power outlets, so be sure to bring a compatible travel adapter for charging your electronic devices.
- Personal toiletries: Pack your essential toiletries, including toothbrush, toothpaste, and any necessary medications.
- Reusable water bottle: Stay hydrated throughout your safari by bringing a reusable water bottle, as it's important to drink plenty of water in the African wilderness.
- Daypack: A small daypack will come in handy for carrying your camera, binoculars, water bottle, and any personal items during game drives and excursions.
Remember to pack light and prioritize essential items. It's recommended to bring a soft-sided bag or duffel bag rather than a hard-shell suitcase, as it is easier to store in safari vehicles. Dress in neutral, earth-toned colors to blend in with the natural surroundings and avoid bright colors that may disturb wildlife.