12-day Tanzania and Kenya Adventure Camping Safari

This 12-day Tanzania and Kenya Adventure Camping safari is for travellers wanting to experience both Tanzania and Kenya. Starting and ending in Arusha you will visit the highlights of northern Tanzania such as the Tarangire National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater, the grassy plains of the Serengeti and Lake Victoria. After crossing the border into Kenya you will see the Masai Mara, the flamingos of Lake Nakuru and the swamps of Amboseli National Park.

Highlights

  • Kenya
  • Nairobi
  • Amboseli National Park
  • Arusha
  • Lake Victoria
  • Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Mto Wa Mbu
  • Nakuru
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Seronera
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Kenya
  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
  • Kenya
  • Tanzania

Tour Summary

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Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1 : Tarangire National Park

After a short briefing in the morning, your safari will set off towards the Tarangire National Park. This park with its savannah, seasonal swamps and life-giving Tarangire River is home to huge elephant herds – literally hundreds of animals. Animals gather at the river and besides elephants you should be able to see mongoose, giraffes, bushbucks, hartebeests, dik-diks, waterbucks, warthogs and reedbucks all year round. You will explore the park until the late afternoon before heading to a nearby campsite to overnight.  Lunch; Dinner

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Day 2 : Mto Wa Mbu

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before you continue your trip to the Lake Manyara National Park, one of the smallest but most diverse parks in Tanzania. The shallow and alkaline Lake Manyara covers a large area of the park and is the seasonal home to thousands of flamingos. In addition, the park is also known for its few hundred different types of birds. The forests, grassy plains and acacia woodlands are an excellent habitat for monkeys, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, wildebeests, elephants and lions. After an intensive game drive, you will leave the park to travel to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where you will be spending the night on a campsite overlooking the famous Ngorongoro Crater.  Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

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Day 3 : Ngorongoro Crater

Rise and shine! You will have breakfast at dawn before the 4x4 safari vehicle descends into the crater on an adventurous and steep trail. Inside the world's biggest caldera you will see a diversity of wildlife ranging from black rhinos, Grant's and Thomson's gazelles, lions and leopards to elephants and mountain reedbucks in the forests on the slopes. You will have lunch at a picnic spot in the crater before the safari continues to the acacia-dotted plains of the Serengeti in the afternoon. The Serengeti is the most famous park in Tanzania and it is here where the mass migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeests and zebras takes place as they trek between Tanzania and Kenya to find fresh grass and water. You will overnight on a campsite in the Seronera area.  Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

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Day 4 : Seronera

You will leave the camp for an early morning game drive before you return in the late morning to a hearty breakfast. If you would like to experience the Serengeti from the sky, we recommend joining a hot air balloon ride, followed by a champagne breakfast (optional and booking in advance necessary). A stop at the Serengeti visitor centre can also be arranged. In the afternoon, there will be another game drive before you return to your campsite to overnight.  Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

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Day 5 : Seronera

After an early start, you will travel through the Serengeti National Park towards Lake Victoria. On your way you might spot animals you haven’t seen so far. The Serengeti is also home to the Big Five – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard – and today you might be able to tick off all the members of this group.  After leaving the park, the safari continues to Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa and the second largest in the world. The area around Lake Victoria is the most fertile and densely populated region in Tanzania. Stopping at the lake, you will have the chance to see another side of Tanzania. Away from the tourists and the masses you can experience the lives of the local people. You can watch fishermen at work and visit a local school – an experience unavailable on the usual tourist programmes. You will spend the night at a campsite near the lake.  Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner 

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Day 6 : Lake Victoria

After breakfast you will join the local fishermen and a guide on a canoe trip on Lake Victoria. You will see how the locals catch fish the traditional way and admire the previous night’s catch. After your fishing excursion you will set off on the longest section of your safari – the journey to the Masai Mara. The road towards the Kenyan border is a long and adventurous one, but it should be worth it as the “Mara” is reputed to have the highest lion population of all reserves in Africa. Other large cats like leopards and cheetahs also live here and can be spotted all year round as their sightings are not dependent upon the seasons or the great migration. You will overnight in tents on a campsite on the outskirts of the Masai Mara Game Reserve.  Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

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Day 7 – 8 : Masai Mara National Reserve

During the next two days you will go on game drives with your experienced guide. You will take a trip to the Mara River, the greatest hurdle for the wildebeests and zebras on their yearly trek. At the end of October and the beginning of November an incredible scene is set when the river has swollen to almost bursting levels. Tens of thousands of animals must cross it, knowing that certain death awaits them – crocodiles hiding just below the surface. It can be a gruesome sight. At other times of the year hippos, crocodiles and other animals can also be seen at the river. You will spend two nights at a campsite on the outskirts of the Masai Mara Game Reserve.  Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

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Day 9 : Nakuru

After breakfast you will leave the Mara to reach Lake Nakuru National Park in the early afternoon. The alkaline lake attracts gigantic flocks of flamingos – a bird lover's dream – and gives the lake a shimmering pink hue from afar. The park is home to over 450 bird species and 50 mammals such as Rothschild's giraffes, common and Defassa waterbucks and two species of hyenas. If you are lucky, you will see a leopard lounging in the branches of fever tree. Most importantly, you might spot both the endangered white and black rhino as the park was declared a rhino sanctuary in 1987. You will spend the night on a campsite in the park.  Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

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Day 10 : Nairobi

After breakfast you will leave the Lake Nakuru National Park to travel to Nairobi, Kenya's bustling and often chaotic capital. The rest of the day is at leisure and you can explore this lively city, preferably by taxi. Tonight, you will stay at the Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel and dinner will be for your own account.  Breakfast; Lunch

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Day 11 : Amboseli National Park

Today’s trip takes you in a south-easterly direction towards the Amboseli National Park near the Kenya-Tanzanian border. Amboseli is the setting for many iconic images of elephants on the plains with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. Massive herds of over 500 elephants live here and share the park with lions, buffaloes, hippos and water birds that are attracted to the seasonal swamps. At Observation Hill viewpoint you will have great views over the swamps and the rest of the park. You will spend the night in a tent on a campsite inside the park.  Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

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Day 12 : Departure

After breakfast your journey continues towards the Tanzanian border. Driving through the park you will have some last chances to see animals before the safari ends. After formalities at the Kenyan-Tanzanian border post you will arrive in Arusha, where you started your safari. You will be taken to the city centre or to the airport, depending on your travel plans.  Breakfast; Lunch

Included

Camping safari according to the itinerary
Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle (change of vehicle at the border)
Professional, English-speaking guide (change of guide at the border)
Professional, English-speaking safari cook
Overnight stays in safari tents
Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
Meals according to the itinerary
Mineral water
All mentioned activities
All national park fees
Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari

Excluded

Sleeping bag
Flights
Optional activities
Alcoholic and soft drinks
Visa fees
Tips
Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
Travel insurance