What a great adventure!
Experience great highlights in northern Tanzania on this affordable budget camping safari! Your driver will greet you at Kilimanjaro Airport and bring you to your accommodation in Arusha. The next day you start your adventure tour in our elephant park - the Tarangire! Wonderful these elephant herds and baobab trees. You stay overnight on a public campsite right inside the park! In addition to the elephants, the second day in Tarangire will also be full of other animal sightings, such as lions, warthogs, zebras and much more. The following day, Lake Manyara with its great variety of birds is waiting for you. After the game drives, we will send you to lofty heights on the only Tree Tops Walkway within Tanzania - experience the park from a completely new perspective! At the end of your safari, we invite you to Mto wa Mbu - the village located directly at the edge of Lake Manyara. Take a look behind the scenes of a typical Tanzanian village on a small guided walk through the market and visit local artisans. If you prefer to be active, you can alternatively take a bike tour on the edge of Lake Manyara. Do you prefer a cozy atmosphere? Then take a tuk tuk - what fun :-) - At lunchtime you can taste delicious, typical Tanzanian dishes. Take a seat under the banana leaves and enjoy your meal before heading back to Arusha.
|Budget Camping Tent
|Minimum number of participants
Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport - Welcome to Tanzania
Today you land in East Africa - at the foot of the majestic mountain: Mount Kilimanjaro!
Perhaps you have already caught a glimpse of the highest mountain in Africa from the plane, if not, with a little luck you can still make out the summit on the drive from the airport to Arusha.
Your personal driver will be waiting for you at the exit of the airport with a sign in his hands and will give you a warm welcome on Tanzanian soil with a cheerful "Jambo" and "Karibu".
The drive to Arusha takes about 1 hour, depending on traffic and time of day. Your transfer will lead you through the first small local villages, past Mount Meru - the second highest mountain in Tanzania - to the lively city of Arusha.
Here you check into your accommodation and can recover from the journey.
Do you have any questions about the tour? Then discuss this with your guide before he says goodbye to you for the rest of the day.
If you arrive early in the morning, we would be happy to organize a guided tour of Arusha for you.
The Clock Tower, the Tanzanite Museum and the Maasai Souvenir Market are particularly worth seeing :-)
Herds of elephants and baobab trees in Tarangire National Park
Your guide will pick you up from the hotel after breakfast around 8:30 a.m. Check out of the accommodation and stow your luggage in our comfortable Toyota Landcruiser, in which you will be traveling with the guide for the next days.
The safari adventure can begin!
You can already observe the typical Tanzanian landscape on the way to Tarangire National Park. Wide savannahs, acacia trees and grasslands line the path. The vegetation is broken up by the red robes of the Maasai who herd their calves, goats and cattle here. Children who watch with big eyes the Mzungus (Swahili: the traveler / the white person) on the way to the national parks and sometimes run after the cars with big laughs and a lot of waves.
After about 2 hours you will reach the entrance gate of the Tarangire National Parks. While your guide takes care of the entry formalities, you can freshen up and visit an information trail about the park. First impressions of the dryness and heat will accompany you.
The journey continues straight into the National Park. First animals crossing your path.
The park is known for its large herds of elephants, zebras and wildebeest, but also for the baobab trees that shape the landscape. In between there are also a few lions and a variety of bird species. Especially on the Tarangire River - the main source of water in the park - you can watch the animals looking for water.
After the first impressions we take a break at the Tarangire Safari Lodge for lunch. A good mix of Tanzanian and continental food is offered here and the view from the terrace with a cup of coffee or tea is unforgettable. Many times the elephants pass under the hill and all you have to do is keep your eyes open and watch.
After your meal, continue your game drives with your guide. There is so much to discover and your guide will take you to beautiful spots in the park so that you can fully enjoy the tour - rest assured - the guide has eyes like an eagle and also spots small animals out of the corner of his eye!
The day is coming to an end and you continue to your campsite within the National Park.
Tarangire National Park - also home to lions, zebras and wildebeests
Another day in Tarangire National Park is calling!
Today we recommend you drive to the swamps in the southern Tarangire together with your guide. Here you can, if the elephants wish, see them wading through the water.
These animals slide slowly through the water, quench their thirst and cool off. A great contrast between the gray pachyderms and the lush green marsh grasses provide a wonderful backdrop for an unforgettable photo.
In addition to the elephants, you also have the opportunity to see lions, wildebeests and zebras in front of your lens. Warthogs wallow in the sand and run swiftly through the steppe.
You can enjoy the lunch box at a public picnic area at lunchtime before your guide continues the game drives in the afternoon. You will pass the liver sausage trees, a real curiosity in Tarangire.
Ask your guide about the story with God and the baobab trees - you will be amazed!
You end the day at the camp in the evening.
A great variety of birds and lions climbing the trees - Lake Manyara National Park
After the huge herds of elephants, you continue to Lake Manyara National Park.
A special highlight for bird lovers. In the winter months, the migratory birds come from the north and populate the lake - huddling close together. In addition to the storks, there are also vultures, pelicans and of course the pink flamingos!
In addition to these many species of birds, you can also watch the hippos snorting in the lake and, with a bit of luck, lions climbing the trees to protect themselves from annoying flies and the heat on the ground. They just hang around here and have a good time in the shade.
If time permits, drive to the hot springs - which occur here due to the activities underground - and walk a little way into the lake via a jetty.
Today we packed a packed lunch for you - you can eat it at one of the picnic areas in the park and use the sanitary facilities on site before you go on the next observation tour.
On the further way dik diks, giraffes, zebras and buffaloes will cross your path.
In the afternoon we go on a walk in lofty heights - the only treetop path in Tanzania - the Treetop Walkway. A great view that is offered here. After you have stretched your feet, you continue to next camp, just right outside the gate of Lake Manyara National Park.
Mto wa Mbu - the mosquito village on the edge of Lake Manyara National Park
The name Mto wa Mbu translated from the Swahili means mosquito village - but these little flies are found there only conditionally during the day. We take you on a journey through a typical Tanzanian village today. Take a guided tour and take a look behind the scenes of local artisans and sample the local banana beer. Your guide will tell you some stories about the Tanzanian way of life and the local village culture. For lunch, we invite you to take a seat under banana leaves and taste typical Tanzanian dishes. After refreshment we return back to Arusha.
As an alternative to the guided tour of the village, we also organize a guided bike tour along Lake Manyara, or a tuk tuk tour followed by lunch.
Today your journey comes to an end. 3 hours before your flight departure you will be picked from the hotel and transferred to the airport.
We hope you have packed a bag full of memories.
We are waving good bye and wishing you a safe flight back home!
Kwa heri na karibu tena!
Bye bye and welcome again!
The Outpost Lodge is located in the centre of Arusha. The small complex is sparkling with African charm, the pool is inviting to relax and the restaurant is serving delicious food.
A bit offside the main road in Tarangire is the public campsite. To this day the Tarangire National Park is considered an insider tip – especially to watch elephants.
The Migombani Campsite is a family-run camp close to one of northern Tanzania’s highlights: The Lake Manyara National Park. The campsite has wonderful large lawns, where you can put up your own tent or rent one for your comfort. The campsite is spacious, fully equipped and safe with 24-hours security.
The Tarangire National Park is one of 11 national parks in Tanzania. It is situated southwest of Arusha near Lake Manyara and is divided by Tarangire river, which is the only water source during dry season. Therefore the park is home to many animals. Its landscape is mostly made of savannah and stretches over 2600 km² at a height of about 900 m. The many baobab trees, elephants and various bird species have made the park famous.
The Lake Manyara National Park features a groundwater forest very rare to East Africa, transitioning into grass plains with acacia trees and open grasslands. At the banks of Lake Manyara, you can discover swamplands. The park is home to about 20 to 30 lions which enjoy resting on the trees, as well as some leopards and many monkeys of different species. Common animals of the park are giraffes, impalas, gnus, zebras, hippos and large buffalo herds.
Four-wheel drive safari vehicle with pop-up roof
English speaking guide
Camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, mattress, crockery)
Accommodation and meals as described
1.5 liters of water per person per day during the safari
Flying Doctors Insurance
Things of personal use
15 - 20 US per day per group per guide
10-15 US per day per group per cook
International travel health insurance
Travel cancellation insurance
Any airport charges