Camping Safari Tanzania

by Ralph & Gonnie Bertram
(The Netherlands)

Dwarf mongoose

Dwarf mongoose

We visited Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. Tarangire was a highlight; it really is a beautiful park besides the animals that live there.

Safari Operator Performance

We went with Flash Safaris. We heard about them from friends.

Everything was arranged well.

Our guide was a very good mix in giving you time to see what you want and pushing you to see more. He knew a lot about the parks and the animals and how to find them.


We spent 1 night at the beginning and 2 nights at the end in Il Boru Lodge in Arusha. It is a nice place with a big swimming pool, good food and good service.

We were 2 nights at Manyara campsite near Manyara park. It was a very nice campsite.

We were 2 nights at a campsite in Serengeti park. It was basic, but good enough.

Then we were 2 nights at a campsite in Ngorongoro reserve. Also basic, but good.

Then we had 1 night at a campsite near Lake Eyassi. Nice place with a small river.

There were toilets and showers (not always warm water) at all campsites.


Breakfast consisted of roasted bread and eggs (fried or scrambled) sausages, fruit, tea, choc drink and coffee.


African Elephant
Blue wildebeest
Gazelles; Grant and Thomson
African buffalo
Kirk's dik-dik
Vervet monkeys
Blue monkeys
Mongooses; dwarf, banded and black
Marabou stork
Secretary bird
Crown crane

Our highlight was a lioness feeding her 2 cubs at a distance of 2 meters. She did this after an inspection between the jeeps that were parked at the road.

Typical Day

Breakfast, into the jeep, trying to find any game and take pictures, lunch, looking for more animals, dinner, bedtime.

Other Activities

We also went to Zanzibar for diving.


The only bad thing that happened was that our hotel at Zanzibar burned down during our stay. Happily almost all our things came out and they found us another hotel to stay the rest of the week.

Tips and Advice

Don't take too much with you. Just take a lot of pens with you to give to the children.

And a camera with telephoto lens.

Safari packing list...

Though it's a very expensive holiday, it's worth every penny!!!
Ralph & Gonnie's Safari Details:

Rating: 9/10

Safari company used: Flash Safaris (make an enquiry)

Parks visited: Manyara, Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro in Tanzania

Date of safari: 25 July for 10 days

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    Jan 03, 2011
    by: Thomas

    This combination safari is fun, because it gives you some nights in a lodge and some nights a good camping safari experience.

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