Situated at the foot of the beautiful Mount Meru, Arusha is a bustling Tanzanian city filled with an interesting mix of markets, chaotic traffic, old colonial buildings, and modern conveniences and restaurants. This vibrant part of the country is also known as the safari capital of Tanzania's Northern Safari Circuit, where visitors can experience a true insight into the vast plains of Africa.

Bustling with incredible creatures to witness in person, there's no experience quite like a safari in Tanzania, permitting real-life encounters with amazing animals in their natural habitats that most will only ever see on nature documentaries. While plenty of safari tours are available, is there anything more authentic than enjoying a local expert-led camping trip in one of Tanzania's most famous wildlife-watching spots? This Multi-Day Camping Safari Experience in Arusha answers that question with a very firm 'no.'


The tour in focus is a truly unique experience guided by hospitable, friendly local people who strive to give each safari-goer a vacation and educational journey through Arusha's great plains with flocking wildebeest and African predator action - with bucket list memories to cherish forever. This exceptional Great Wildebeest Calving Migration Safari has been carefully plotted to follow the Great Serengeti Wildebeest migration during the calving season from December to April.

Covering the Lake Ndutu area and the Southern and Central parts of Serengeti National Park, where the majority of the wildebeest are usually seen, this safari trip includes a sizable amount of land, offering varying sights throughout. Guests are in for a supreme treat; Tanzania's southern Serengeti and Ndutu areas are some of the undisputed best locations for observing thousands of wildebeest grazing on the rich short grass plains.

If that wasn't enough, it's also peak season for predators, with a high chance of watching lions, cheetahs, leopards, and hyenas engaging in epic hunts. Furthermore, a visit to the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater forms a piece of this safari, too, as does a biking adventure in Mto Wa Mbu.

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Consisting of seven days of exploring and camping in these mind-blowing plains plush with animal activity, this unique, local-guided camping safari provides an intimate and immersive experience with Tanzania's fascinating and beautiful species in the wild, discovering their habitats, landscapes, and marveling at their behavior. A no-brainer choice for safari enthusiasts and aspiring safari-trippers, perhaps a rundown of each day of the week-long adventure spent in the midst of African wildlife and scenery might tempt them to book that dream safari vacation of a lifetime.

About This Tour In Arusha, Tanzania

  • Name: Multi-Day Camping Safari Experience in Arusha
  • Price: From $3,999.00
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Language: English
  • Cancelation Policy: You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the safari for a full refund.
  • Includes: All Fees and Taxes, Private transportation, three meals a day for seven days

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Day One: Arusha To Tarangire National Park

In the morning, tour guides collect safari participants from Arusha and take them to Tarangire National Park for some sensational first-day sights and wildlife spotting. As one of the largest national parks in Tanzania, the spectacular landscape in the Manyara region is home to huge herds of elephants, prides of tree climbing lions, and the intriguing baobab trees - a species known locally as 'The Tree of Life for its mythical powers that some cultures believe it holds. This national park is also famous for the Tarangire river, which flows year-round and is the only natural water source in the wild within an eight-hour radius.

  • Activity Time: 5 hours
  • Day 1 Accommodation: Camping
  • Day 1 Meals: Lunch, breakfast, and dinner

Day 2: Tarangire To Serengeti (Ndutu Area)

After breakfast, safariing guests are led to Ndutu in the Ngorongoro conservation area, which forms part of the southern Serengeti ecosystem. Lake Ndutu is also found in this rich area, and, similar to most other rift lakes, it's alkaline; however, despite its high pH, the water remains potable and attracts myriads of diverse local wildlife specimens. Come afternoon; guests will enjoy a game drive in the Ndutu area, an excursion through stunning wild areas in search of Africa's legendary and elusive animals. From December to April, there's a high probability of observing the iconic wildebeest migration on the short-grass plains, for which this region is famed. What's more, this area is often populated with elephants, birds, and plenty of resident games to look out for.

  • Activity Time: 5 hours
  • Day 2 Accommodation: Camping
  • Day 2 Meals: Lunch, breakfast, and dinner

Day 3: Game Drive In Serengeti (Ndutu & Seronera Areas)

  • Activity Time: 9 hours
  • Day 3 Accommodation: Camping
  • Day 3 Meals: Lunch, breakfast, and dinner

Upon finishing breakfast, guests get to enjoy a full-day game drive in the Ndutu area, exploring a wide range of different habitats, such as woodland, swamps, soda lakes, and the globally famed Serengeti short grass plains. On the day's journey scoping out incredible animals to observe, participants can witness herds of majestic wildebeest and zebras - particularly during the wildebeest calving season around February time, a phenomenon that lasts approximately three weeks. The vast expanse of grass offers very little cover for the young wildebeest, making them an easy target for prey-hunting predators prowling the plains. Amazingly, wildebeest calves can run mere minutes after they're born, and they're usually strong and fit enough to keep up with the rest of the herd just three days after birth.

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Day 4: Game Drive In Serengeti & Witnessing The Wildebeest Migration

  • Activity Time: 10 hours
  • Day 4 Accommodation: Camping
  • Day 4 Meals: Lunch, breakfast, and dinner

Another fascinating day of game drives takes place after breakfast on the third day of the safari, taking place in the wilderness of the Great Wildebeest Migration trails in Serengeti. The tour's experienced driver and tour guide deliver an interesting commentary throughout the drive as guests track the wildebeest plains, offering facts about this renowned natural event that rendered Tanzania the top safari destination in Africa. Additionally, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Serengeti contains around 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle and 200,000 zebras, who join the wildebeests' trek as they seek out fresh grazing lands. Imagine listening to the exotic sounds of over six million hooves pummeling the wide-open plains of Serengeti; this is African nature at its wildest and most authentic - and safari-goers get to relish it up close and in person on this day of the trip.

Day 5: Serengeti To Ngorongoro Crater (With Possible Game Viewing)

  • Activity Time: 8 hours
  • Day 5 Accommodation: Camping
  • Day 5 Meals: Lunch, breakfast, and dinner

Following breakfast in the morning, a drive to the iconic Ngorongoro conservation area and national park is the first order of the day. In this zone, safari participants will descend 600 meters into a crater to observe a roster of unique wildlife. What makes this species-rich National Park, so special and ideal for a wide array of life is its year-round water supply and flow of fodder, enabling the area to support an intense diversity of animals. Creatures to spot in these parts include wild herds of wildebeest, buffalo, zebra, warthog, hippo, eland, and giant African elephants, among many others. Furthermore, this natural space is especially celebrated for its dense population of predators on the constant lookout for their next meal, including lions, jackals, cheetahs, hyenas, and the highly camouflaged and elusive leopard, which commands a keen, trained eye to find. On the fifth day of the safari, guides also take guests to visit Lake Magadi, a large, shallow, alkaline lake located in the southwest corner of the crater and one of its major features. Plenty of flamingos hippos and numerous other water birds can frequently be seen in this lake.

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Day 6: Lake Manyara National Park

  • Activity Time: 9 hours
  • Day 5 Accommodation: Camping
  • Day 5 Meals: Lunch, breakfast, and dinner

After chowing down on the most important meal of the day, guides drive guests to Lake Manyara National Park, home to a picturesque lake that captivated Ernest Hemingway himself. Describing it as “the loveliest I have seen in Africa," Hemingway seemingly fell in love with the attraction during his month spent on safari with his wife in 1933, later portraying his adventurous safari days in “The Green Hills of Africa" in 1935. Lake Manyara covers two-thirds of the park, boasting the wall of the Great Rift Valley as its dramatic backdrop. This reserve also matches its beauty with wildlife diversity, offering a compact-game viewing circuit in one of the most diverse areas in the country. Plus, more than 400 species of birds inhabit Manyara, including thousands of bright pink-hued flamingos.

Day 7: Culture Tour At Mto Wambu, Mountain Biking, & Return To Arusha

  • Activity Time: 9 hours
  • Day 7 Accommodation: Camping
  • Day 7 Meals: Lunch, breakfast, and dinner

On the final day of the grand tour of Tanzania's mesmeric plains, guests are driven to Mto Wa Mbu after breakfast to enjoy a morning cultural tour and walking safari - this time on foot, not wheels. Afterward, a sumptuous local lunch is served as guests soak up the breathtaking surrounding views, followed by an epic mountain biking adventure exploring the land's trails further. In the afternoon, guests are taken back to the start in Arusha to mark the end of a once-in-a-lifetime experience tracking the great plains of Tanzania. With many memories made to last a lifetime - witnessing The Great Wildebeest Migration firsthand, viewing Africa's action-packed predators on the hunt, and taking in dazzling African scenery - spending the final night in a cozy hotel is the perfect way to recharge after ticking this extraordinary trek off the bucket list.

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Why Book This Tour In Arusha, Tanzania?

An Arusha safari is one of Africa's most exciting experiences that grants travelers the exclusive chance to observe the legendary Great Wildebeest Migration - and all the high-energy ensuing predator action at its tail. Led by experienced, knowledgeable, and hospitable locals whose pride and joy is to make their guests enjoy the trip of a lifetime, the safari is headed by friendly people who truly know their stuff and relish guiding guests through their beloved homelands and national parks. The tour leaders make it their mission to ensure guests see the grandeur of their country's magnificent wild lands and the creatures it holds, all while providing warm hospitality and superior wildlife knowledge to complete the safari experience. As the Tanzanian plains offer some of the best safaris in Africa, what vacation could be more enriching and memorable than spending a week camping with and witnessing the exotic wildlife, otherworldly scenery, and extraordinary phenomena taking place in this biologically and ecologically rich area of the planet?