Small Group Camping Safari from Arusha

12 Day East Africa Camping Safari

An extraordinary cross border camping safari of Tanzania & Kenya, including all must-see national parks and a photo opportunity of Mt Kilimanjaro on this 12 Day East East Africa Safari.

Take the chance of a lifetime to tour northern Tanzania with highlights including; Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and the wide-open plains of the Serengeti where, depending on the season, millions of wildebeest and zebras will pass during the annual Great Migration. Cross the border to Kenya, visit Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa and an important food source for the human population whose everyday life you can experience at first hand. Visit the famous Masai Mara, Mara River and Lake Nakuru National Park, which is renowned for its large flamingo and rhino population. Spend a night in Kenya's bustling and often yet chaotic capital - Nairobi - where you can explore this lively city by taxi. Travelling in a south-easterly direction towards your last stop, which will be the Amboseli National Park, where you will get a picture-perfect view of Mt Kilimanjaro before we travel back to Arusha where the tour ends.

Start: Arusha
End: Arusha
Language: English
Accommodation: Camping

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Our 12 Day East Africa Safari is ideal for any adventure seeker who loves nature and wildlife, have a passion for travelling and shares unique experiences among fellow travellers.


  • GUARANTEED WINDOW SEAT for each passenger
  • Visit Tarangire National Park, home to one of the largest elephant populations
  • Walking tour of the multi-cultural town of Mto wa Mbu
  • Optional walk in the coffee plantations
  • A scenic drive down the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Extensive safari in Serengeti NP and Masai Mara
  • Best chances of spotting the Annual Migration
  • Masai River Safari, home to crocodiles - the greatest hurdle for the migration
  • Canoe trip on Lake Victoria
  • Visit Lake Nakuru, home to gigantic flocks of Flamingos
  • Catch a glimpse of Kilimajaro across the great plains of Amboseli National Park


All Meals Included

12 Days
4x4 Safari Vehicles

Tanzania & Kenya

Day 1 Arusha – Tarangire National Park
(Distance approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 2-3 hours)
In the morning we will pick you up and after a short briefing 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 and Dinner)

Day 2 Tarangire Area –Lake Manyara National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
(Distance approx. 140 km; driving time approx. 3 hours)
After breakfast, the safari continues 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, and Dinner)

Day 3 Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park
(Distance approx. 160 km; driving time approx. 3-4 hours)
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 and Dinner)

Day 4 Serengeti National Park
You will leave the camp for an early morning game drive before you return in the late morning to a hearty breakfast. If 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 and Dinner)

Day 5 Serengeti National Park – Lake Victoria
(Distance approx. 180 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours)
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 programs. You will spend the night at a campsite near the lake.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 6 Lake Victoria – Masai Mara Region
(Distance approx. 270 km; driving time approx. 8-9 hours)
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 and Dinner)

Day 7 – 8 Masai Mara Game 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 and Dinner)

Day 9 Masai Mara Region – Lake Nakuru National Park
(Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 5 hours)
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 a 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 and Dinner)

Day 10 Lake Nakuru National Park – Nairobi
(Distance approx. 180 km; driving time approx. 3-4 hours)
After breakfast, you will leave Lake Nakuru 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 and Lunch)

Day 11 Nairobi – Amboseli National Park
(Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours)
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 and Dinner)

Day 12 Amboseli National Park – Arusha
(Distance approx. 190 km; driving time approx. 4-5 hours)
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 airport or to a hotel, depending on your travel plans.
(Breakfast and Lunch)


East Africa Camping Safari

  Per Person Sharing Single
Nov 2021 - Dec 2021 US$ 5,145 pp sharing US$ 300
Jan 2022 - Dec 2022 US$ 5,150 pp sharing US$ 300

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Rates quoted in US Dollars
Minimum of 2 passengers required to operate this tour
*Window seats guaranteed

Tour Includes:

  • Transport in a 4x4 safari vehicle (change of vehicle at the border) 
  • Professional, English speaking guide and safari cook (change of guide at the border) 
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Mineral water on safari
  • 11 nights' stay in safari tents
  • Tents, mattresses & camping equipment
  • All national park fees
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari
  • Window seat guaranteed for every client


  • Flights (international and domestic)
    Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, currency exchange, fluctuations, and any unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.


Departure Dates
  2021 2022
January   02, 16, 30
February   13, 27
March   13
June   26
July   10, 24
August   07, 21
September   04, 18
October   02, 16
November 28 27
December 12, 26 11, 25

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