7-Day Serengeti Budget Camping Safari

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7 Days
Availability : Jan 21’ - Dec 22’
Arusha
Overview
Itinerary
Price
Inclusions

This 7 day camping safari allows you to experience the highlights of the Northern Safari Circuit. You will experience breathtaking wildlife in the midst of some of the most diverse landscapes; monkeys in the forest, lions in trees, elephants amongst acacias and a huge variety of animals inside a collapsed volcano. You will also visit the world famous Serengeti National Park. The landscapes are breathtaking and the variety and volume of wildlife you will see are unforgettable. Truly epic.


Route overview

Start Arusha (Day 1)
Day 2 Tarangire NP
Day 3-4 Serengeti NP
Day 5-6 Ngorongoro Crater
Day 7 Lake Manyara NP
End Arusha (Day 7)

Tour Features

  • Budget tour

This budget tour includes camping and lodges.

  • Private tour

This tour will be organized exclusively for you and won’t be shared with others.

  • Can start any day

If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.

  • Can be customized

You can request minor changes to the accommodations and destinations of this tour.

  • Not for solo travelers

Solo travelers cannot book this private tour.


 

Activities & Transportation

  • Activities: game drives

  • Game drives: pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle

  • Getting around: pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle

  • A transfer from and back to the airport is included

Arrival

  • You’ll be collected from the airport.
  • Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.

 
Day 1

Arrival

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK) which caters for domestic flights, you will be met by an African Big Cats Safaris representative who will drive you to your accommodation in Arusha. Overnight will be at the Outpost Lodge There is free Wi-Fi in the café, restaurant, and bar, as well as a swimming pool and conference room is situated in a leafy residential area close to the town center – around 20 minutes walk or 5 minutes drive to the clock tower roundabout awaiting the start of your adventure safari the following day.

Main Destination:
 Arusha (City)
Accommodation:
  • Budget lodge located in or near Arusha
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

 
Day 2

Tarangire National Park

Early breakfast will be served at the lodge thereafter, we depart for Tarangire National Park. The Park is named after the Tarangire River which runs through it. This ‘river of warthogs’ is the only source of water for wildlife in the region during the dry season. In places, the vegetation is quite dense, including elephant grass, acacia woodlands. The Park is well known for its elephant families, which can often be seen congregating by the river. You may also see giraffe, bushbuck, and hartebeest. These animals are closely followed by a range of predators, including lions and leopards. There are more breeding species of birds found in Tarangire National Park than anywhere else on the planet. Tarangire is the best place to see these gentle giants in their natural habitat – from the adorable calf’s all the way up to the intimidating bulls. After a packed lunch and an extensive game drive, we head for Lilac campsite for dinner and overnight.

Main Destination:
 Tarangire National Park
  • Best Time to Visit June to October (Animals come to the river)
  • High Season June to October (The park is full of tourists)
  • Best Weather June to October (Little rainfall)
Accommodation:

 Budget camping

  • Outside Tarangire NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • All drinks (Except for spirits/liquor)

 
Day 3

Serengeti National  Park

After an early breakfast, drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and on to Serengeti National Park with game viewing drives en-route. Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and scientific value, it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa. It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge, or crocodile-infested river can hold them back. Serengeti is truly home to the legendary Great Wildebeest Migration. The Serengeti National Park is where safari-goers come for a game drive and to truly experience an African safari. Late afternoon drive Seronera campsite for dinner and overnight.

Main Destination:
 Serengeti National Park
  • Best Time to Visit June to February (Areas are best at different times)
  • High Season July to March (The Seronera area is crowded)
  • Best Weather June to October (Little to no rainfall)
Accommodation:

 Budget camping

  • Inside Serengeti NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • All drinks (Except for spirits/liquor)

 
Day 4

Central Serengeti

The entire day is set aside for more game drives in the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti is the habitat for an abundance of wildlife, such as impalas, buffalo, crocodiles, and hippos, but is more well-known for its great migrating herds of zebras and wildebeest. The animals’ trek is determined by the rainfall and varies from year to year. In November and December, the animals move from the northern region, dominated by woodlands and hills, to the grassy plains of the south Serengeti. During the long rainy season from April to June, they return to the north. Apart from the migrating herds, you might have the chance to see predators, such as leopards, cheetahs, and lions, always following close by.
After an unforgettable day, The Serengeti National Park is where safari-goers come to truly experience an African safari. Late afternoon return to Seronera campsite for meals and overnight.

Main Destination:
 Serengeti National Park
Accommodation:

 Budget camping

  • Inside Serengeti NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 
Day 5

Serengeti to Ngorongoro

After an early breakfast, you will head out for another game drive in the Serengeti. You might be able to spot the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard – before embarking on your journey to the Ngorongoro Crater. The animals roam freely through the unfenced reserves offering you an uninterrupted game viewing experience. Arriving at the edge of the crater you will have your first glimpse of what awaits you the following day – glistening streams, open grassland, and an infinite amount of animals. A packed lunch will be served at a picnic site. You will spend the night at Simba campsite directly on the crater’s edge with the orange glow of sunset surrounding you as you drift off to sleep. Dinner and overnight at your campsite.

Main Destination:
 Ngorongoro Crater
  • Best Time to Visit June to September (General wildlife viewing is best)
  • High Season Most of the year – July to March (Expect crowds)
  • Best Weather June to October (Rainfall is little to none)
Accommodation:

 Budget camping

  • Inside Ngorongoro Crater
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 
Day 6

Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for a game viewing drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s most famous sites and is said to have the highest density of wildlife in Africa. Sometimes described as an ‘eighth wonder of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Crater has achieved world renown, attracting an ever-increasing number of visitors each year. You are unlikely to escape other vehicles here, but you are guaranteed great wildlife viewing in a genuinely mind-blowing environment. There is nowhere else in Africa quite like Ngorongoro! One of the best places in the country to see the endangered black rhinoceros, the park is home is a particularly good place to see lions and cape buffalo, herds of wildebeest and Zebras at a close range year-round. A packed lunch will be served at a picnic site. Late afternoon drive to Lilac campsite for dinner and overnight.

Main Destination:
 Ngorongoro Crater
Accommodation:

 Budget camping

  • Just outside Ngorongoro Crater
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

 
Day 7

Lake Manyara National Park to Arusha

After breakfast, you will drive to your final destination on this epic safari – Lake Manyara National Park. This is a relatively small but diverse park, 120 km west of Arusha. The park’s namesake is a shallow alkaline lake. It covers a large area of the park, flooding and drying with the seasons, and is home to thousands of flamingos and over 500 other bird species. On your exploration of the park, you will see large, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, buffalo, elephants,s and with some luck, lions lounging in the trees. The park is known for its various landscapes, but also a tropical forest and primate-filled woodlands, and baobab dotted cliffs. A packed lunch will be served at a picnic site, After an extended game drive, thereafter drive back to Arusha in time for your flight back or for a flight to Zanzibar.

Main Destination:
 Lake Manyara National Park
  • Best Time to Visit June to September (easier to spot animals)
  • High Season July to March (Northern section gets crowded)
  • Best Weather June to October (few showers of rain)
Accommodation:
 No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • All drinks (Except for spirits/liquor)

 

End of tour

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • You’ll be dropped off at the airport.

Important to Know

  • This tour is not available to solo travelers.
  • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.

Rates Per Person

Start dates
Solo

2 people

3 people

4 people

5 people

6 people

7+ people 
Jan 1, 2021 – Dec 31, 2021 n/a* $1,805 $1,613 $1,613 $1,613 $1,613 $1,613
Jan 1, 2022 – Dec 31, 2022 n/a* $1,805 $1,613 $1,613 $1,613 $1,613 $1,613

*n/a = not available. This tour is unavailable for solo travelers.

Included

  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • Camping equipment
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Sleeping bag

Excluded

  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Bath towels
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Please Note That: The tour price can change at any time. This is because of Government charges price changes, Park fee price changes, or Accommodation price changes.

Overview
Itinerary
Inclusions

This 7 day camping safari allows you to experience the highlights of the Northern Safari Circuit. You will experience breathtaking wildlife in the midst of some of the most diverse landscapes; monkeys in the forest, lions in trees, elephants amongst acacias and a huge variety of animals inside a collapsed volcano. You will also visit the world famous Serengeti National Park. The landscapes are breathtaking and the variety and volume of wildlife you will see are unforgettable. Truly epic.


Route overview

Start Arusha (Day 1)
Day 2 Tarangire NP
Day 3-4 Serengeti NP
Day 5-6 Ngorongoro Crater
Day 7 Lake Manyara NP
End Arusha (Day 7)

Tour Features

  • Budget tour

This budget tour includes camping and lodges.

  • Private tour

This tour will be organized exclusively for you and won’t be shared with others.

  • Can start any day

If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.

  • Can be customized

You can request minor changes to the accommodations and destinations of this tour.

  • Not for solo travelers

Solo travelers cannot book this private tour.


 

Activities & Transportation

  • Activities: game drives

  • Game drives: pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle

  • Getting around: pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle

  • A transfer from and back to the airport is included

Arrival

  • You’ll be collected from the airport.
  • Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.

 
Day 1

Arrival

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK) which caters for domestic flights, you will be met by an African Big Cats Safaris representative who will drive you to your accommodation in Arusha. Overnight will be at the Outpost Lodge There is free Wi-Fi in the café, restaurant, and bar, as well as a swimming pool and conference room is situated in a leafy residential area close to the town center – around 20 minutes walk or 5 minutes drive to the clock tower roundabout awaiting the start of your adventure safari the following day.

Main Destination:
 Arusha (City)
Accommodation:
  • Budget lodge located in or near Arusha
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

 
Day 2

Tarangire National Park

Early breakfast will be served at the lodge thereafter, we depart for Tarangire National Park. The Park is named after the Tarangire River which runs through it. This ‘river of warthogs’ is the only source of water for wildlife in the region during the dry season. In places, the vegetation is quite dense, including elephant grass, acacia woodlands. The Park is well known for its elephant families, which can often be seen congregating by the river. You may also see giraffe, bushbuck, and hartebeest. These animals are closely followed by a range of predators, including lions and leopards. There are more breeding species of birds found in Tarangire National Park than anywhere else on the planet. Tarangire is the best place to see these gentle giants in their natural habitat – from the adorable calf’s all the way up to the intimidating bulls. After a packed lunch and an extensive game drive, we head for Lilac campsite for dinner and overnight.

Main Destination:
 Tarangire National Park
  • Best Time to Visit June to October (Animals come to the river)
  • High Season June to October (The park is full of tourists)
  • Best Weather June to October (Little rainfall)
Accommodation:

 Budget camping

  • Outside Tarangire NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • All drinks (Except for spirits/liquor)

 
Day 3

Serengeti National  Park

After an early breakfast, drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and on to Serengeti National Park with game viewing drives en-route. Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and scientific value, it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa. It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is the ancient instinct to move that no drought, gorge, or crocodile-infested river can hold them back. Serengeti is truly home to the legendary Great Wildebeest Migration. The Serengeti National Park is where safari-goers come for a game drive and to truly experience an African safari. Late afternoon drive Seronera campsite for dinner and overnight.

Main Destination:
 Serengeti National Park
  • Best Time to Visit June to February (Areas are best at different times)
  • High Season July to March (The Seronera area is crowded)
  • Best Weather June to October (Little to no rainfall)
Accommodation:

 Budget camping

  • Inside Serengeti NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • All drinks (Except for spirits/liquor)

 
Day 4

Central Serengeti

The entire day is set aside for more game drives in the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti is the habitat for an abundance of wildlife, such as impalas, buffalo, crocodiles, and hippos, but is more well-known for its great migrating herds of zebras and wildebeest. The animals’ trek is determined by the rainfall and varies from year to year. In November and December, the animals move from the northern region, dominated by woodlands and hills, to the grassy plains of the south Serengeti. During the long rainy season from April to June, they return to the north. Apart from the migrating herds, you might have the chance to see predators, such as leopards, cheetahs, and lions, always following close by.
After an unforgettable day, The Serengeti National Park is where safari-goers come to truly experience an African safari. Late afternoon return to Seronera campsite for meals and overnight.

Main Destination:
 Serengeti National Park
Accommodation:

 Budget camping

  • Inside Serengeti NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 
Day 5

Serengeti to Ngorongoro

After an early breakfast, you will head out for another game drive in the Serengeti. You might be able to spot the “Big Five” – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard – before embarking on your journey to the Ngorongoro Crater. The animals roam freely through the unfenced reserves offering you an uninterrupted game viewing experience. Arriving at the edge of the crater you will have your first glimpse of what awaits you the following day – glistening streams, open grassland, and an infinite amount of animals. A packed lunch will be served at a picnic site. You will spend the night at Simba campsite directly on the crater’s edge with the orange glow of sunset surrounding you as you drift off to sleep. Dinner and overnight at your campsite.

Main Destination:
 Ngorongoro Crater
  • Best Time to Visit June to September (General wildlife viewing is best)
  • High Season Most of the year – July to March (Expect crowds)
  • Best Weather June to October (Rainfall is little to none)
Accommodation:

 Budget camping

  • Inside Ngorongoro Crater
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 
Day 6

Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for a game viewing drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s most famous sites and is said to have the highest density of wildlife in Africa. Sometimes described as an ‘eighth wonder of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Crater has achieved world renown, attracting an ever-increasing number of visitors each year. You are unlikely to escape other vehicles here, but you are guaranteed great wildlife viewing in a genuinely mind-blowing environment. There is nowhere else in Africa quite like Ngorongoro! One of the best places in the country to see the endangered black rhinoceros, the park is home is a particularly good place to see lions and cape buffalo, herds of wildebeest and Zebras at a close range year-round. A packed lunch will be served at a picnic site. Late afternoon drive to Lilac campsite for dinner and overnight.

Main Destination:
 Ngorongoro Crater
Accommodation:

 Budget camping

  • Just outside Ngorongoro Crater
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

 
Day 7

Lake Manyara National Park to Arusha

After breakfast, you will drive to your final destination on this epic safari – Lake Manyara National Park. This is a relatively small but diverse park, 120 km west of Arusha. The park’s namesake is a shallow alkaline lake. It covers a large area of the park, flooding and drying with the seasons, and is home to thousands of flamingos and over 500 other bird species. On your exploration of the park, you will see large, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, buffalo, elephants,s and with some luck, lions lounging in the trees. The park is known for its various landscapes, but also a tropical forest and primate-filled woodlands, and baobab dotted cliffs. A packed lunch will be served at a picnic site, After an extended game drive, thereafter drive back to Arusha in time for your flight back or for a flight to Zanzibar.

Main Destination:
 Lake Manyara National Park
  • Best Time to Visit June to September (easier to spot animals)
  • High Season July to March (Northern section gets crowded)
  • Best Weather June to October (few showers of rain)
Accommodation:
 No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • All drinks (Except for spirits/liquor)

 

End of tour

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • You’ll be dropped off at the airport.

Included

  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • Camping equipment
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Sleeping bag

Excluded

  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Bath towels
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Please Note That: The tour price can change at any time. This is because of Government charges price changes, Park fee price changes, or Accommodation price changes.

PRICE


Important to Know

  • This tour is not available to solo travelers.
  • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.

Rates Per Person

  2021 2022
Solo n/a* n/a*
2 people $1,805 $1,805
3 people $1,613 $1,613
4 people $1,613 $1,613
5 people $1,613 $1,613
6 people $1,613 $1,613
7+ people $1,613 $1,613

*n/a = not available. This tour is unavailable for solo travelers.

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