East Africa Backpacking Safari

Backpacking Safaris In East Africa

Traveling the world on a budget?

East Africa is one of the Safaris best places in the world to see and experience nature at its best rewards. Being out in the wild African savannah and forest, observing and listening to the animals, is an experience that you will never forget.

Don't worry of costs and expenses which may arise due to comforts of some other levels while experiencing nature's best offer, stick to your budget, make it cheap but fantastic with Backpacking packages from our below itineraries.

Backpacking Safari is the ideal way for those who like to simplify it, you will either sleep in tents/hostels or towns best cheap guest houses, when at campsite we provide a two-man tent for accommodation whereby mattresses are laid on the sewn-in ground sheet. Blankets, bed sheets and pillows are provided, while sleeping bags are available for hire, although most guests prefer bringing their own.

The tents are spacious enough for two people and have a mesh on each tent inlook
window to keep off insects.

We may not use our guests’ safari 4-wheel drive (4×4) vehicles when it comes to transfers in towns, for we to give you a  chance to lower expense whenever possible all is to let you engage to public and local transports for total experiencing of natives customs with them, though you will be often manned by a driver-guide experienced in
camping and it's total skills whenever necessary, Remember that as you will be missing cooks and porters, a guide is always standby to assist in cooking to team up the adventure for we train them to serve with multiple skills and experience. 

Campsite dinner.

All preparations for setting up the camp are made on arrival at the campsite.
Guests will pitch the portable tents as part of the adventure experience with guides assistance , cooking and cleaning is also left to the guests with the help of the guides to bring up tasty and a taste of some of our African meals, though cooks are always available upon request if you want to  have some leisure time with you on go but with some slight expense.

All of your lunches will be in lunch boxes prepared early in the morning before leaving your camps.

Three meals a day – breakfast,
lunch and dinner served on a foldable dining table with chairs.

Campsite.

When at public campsites, they provide basic washroom facilities including a shower of
reasonable hygienic standard for the guests.

On arrival

We encourage clients to arrive 1-2 days earlier before their safari plans, this due to, it sometimes happens that luggages get delays on arrival from plane transfers done, while some of your most safari stuff hold in them.

Clients are normally picked direct from their arrivals points by our drivers with an introduction of the town/city while driving to their Guest/Hostels/Campsites but with backpacking packages this is excluded unless it's requested though it slightly cost and additional expense.

On this extra day/days we shall send you a guide who will be with you on Safari, with a short talk, you will discuss and assist you to prepare for the coming adventure.

Talk of your interests wish on Safari with your guide(with this you shall help us to conduct super archived experience safari for you for example; some people comes for big five, with them caring normal size binoculars for safaris, this will be ok with them, but some are interested in birds and insects where big binoculars and cameras shall be needed.)We shall assist you to find a help though might cost a hire.

Town walks can be organized to spend these extra days ,a visit to local markets , musium ,orphanage and leisure points with an experienced guide to ensure your security while exploring the norm cultures of Tanzanians.

TANZANIA BACKPACKERS SPECIAL!

Want to experience the best of Tanzania but not spend a fortune?

We have you covered here at EASE, our passionate staff fit into this category.
We are backpackers best in making it happen with low cost, we cut off the fluff and leave in the basics.
You will be able to enjoy Tanzania nature best waiting to be offered to you, enjoy our unbeatable service and experienced guides, and have delicious hot meals with clean and comfortable bed every night.

Our backpacker prices for safaris are financial friendly and service are heart touching .
We never compromise on quality and safety, but we know how to do backpacking right.

Ngorongoro crater 3 days Northern circuit backpacking safari

COVERAGEtarangirengorongoro crater and lake manyara.

Safari code = 3D/NCS/BP

Day 1 arusha to tarangire. Game drive. Afternoon transfer to either karatu highlands or ngorongoro crater rim for overnight (dependent on seasonal crowding and at guide’s discretion).

Day 2 descend into ngorongoro crater for game drive. Afternoon transfer to karatu or mto wa mbu (at guide’s discretion) for overnight.

Day 3 lake manyara game drive. Afternoon return to arusha.

-Tents are twin share when you travel in even numbers,plus one single when in odd numbers.

-Negotiable  Price 

 

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Serengeti 4 days Northern circuit backpacking safari

 
 
COVERAGEtarangire or lake manyaraserengeti & ngorongoro crater.
 
Safari code = 4D/NCS/BP

Day 1 Arusha to Lake Manyara. Game drive. Afternoon transfer to Karatu for overnight.

Day 2 Via Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Serengeti, with game drives en route.

Day 3 Morning game drive in Serengeti. Afternoon transfer to Ngorongoro Crater rim.

Day 4 Descend into Ngorongoro Crater for game drive. Afternoon return to Arusha.

-Tents are twin share when you travel in even numbers,plus one single when in odd numbers.

-Negotiable  Price 

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Serengeti 5 days Northern circuit backpacking safari

 
Coverage;to Lake Manyara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater.
 
Safari code = 5D/NCS/BP

Day 1 Arusha to Lake Manyara. Game drive. Afternoon transfer to Karatu for overnight.

Day 2 Via Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Serengeti, with game drives en route.

Day 3 Game drives in Serengeti.

Day 4 Morning game drive in Serengeti. Afternoon transfer to Ngorongoro Crater rim.

Day 5 Descend into Ngorongoro Crater for game drive. Afternoon return to Arusha.

 -Tents are twin share when you travel in even numbers,plus one single when in odd numbers.

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Serengeti 6 days Northern circuit backpacking safari

 
Coverage; to Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara.
 
Safari code = 6D/NCS/BP

Day 1 Arusha to Tarangire Game drive. Afternoon transfer to Karatu for overnight.

Day 2 Via Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Serengeti, with game drives en route.

Day 3 Game drives in Serengeti.

Day 4 Morning game drive in Serengeti. Afternoon transfer to Ngorongoro Crater rim.

Day 5 Descend into Ngorongoro Crater for game drive. Afternoon transfer to Karatu for overnight.

Day 6 Lake Manyara game drive. Afternoon return to Arusha.

-Tents are twin share when you travel in even numbers,plus one single when in odd numbers.

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Serengeti 7 days Northern circuit backpacking safari

coverage; to Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater & Tarangire.

Safari code = 7D/NCS/BP

Day 1 Arusha to Lake Manyara. Game drive. Afternoon transfer to Karatu for overnight.

Day 2 Via Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Serengeti, with game drives en route.

Day 3 Game drives in Serengeti.

Day 4 Game drives in Serengeti.

Day 5 Morning game drive in Serengeti. Afternoon transfer to Ngorongoro Crater rim.

Day 6 Descend into Ngorongoro Crater for game drive. Afternoon transfer to Tarangire for overnight.

Day 7 Morning game drive in Tarangire. Afternoon return to Arusha.

-Tents are twin share when you travel in even numbers,plus one single when in odd numbers.

-Negotiable  Price 

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Mto wa Mbu

Safari code = M. Mbu/NCS/CT
 
Mto wa Mbu is situated on the way from Arusha to the national parks in northern Tanzania, just at the foot of the Rift Valley. Located on the way to Ngorongoro and Serengeti, it is an ideal resting place for most safari travellers.
 

A visit to Mto Wa Mbu includes:

- A walk through the farms in the green oasis at the foot of the Rift Valley
- A climb to Balaa Hill from where you can see the whole town
- A view into the culture of the many different tribes living in the area
- A trip to the Miwaleni Lake and waterfall
- Visit to development projects that aim at improving agriculture and start income generating activities for the farmers
- Explanation about the irrigation system.

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Pare Mountains

Safari code = PM/NCS/CT

The Pare Mountains are part of the Eastern Arc Mountains,southeast of Kilimanjaro’s rise with green and fertile lands. The Pare are the most traditional tribe of northeastern Tanzania. The isolation of the Pare from other tribes has resulted in their strong and distinctive culture and sense of identity. Whereas traditional knowledge of plants and their uses is fast disappearing elsewhere, the Pare have kept much of their knowledge intact, and are famede throughout northern Tanzania for the power of their healers, and sometimes also feared for witchcraft/witches called “ndewa” in Kipare,are invariably associated with botanical knowledge garnered over many centuries.

There are three cultural tourism programmes that make it easy to visit these beautiful mountains. Two in the north at Usangi and Kisangara, and another at Mbega in the south. They all offer a range of affordable activities based around guided walks in the mountains and their forests, and encounters with the rural culture of the Pare tribe, who have been living in these Eastern Arc Mountains for the last six hundred years.

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Mount Hanang/Lake Eyasi (Hadzabe)

Safari code = M.H-L.E/NCS/CT

Mount Hanang makes the fourth highest mountain in Tanzania standing at 3148 meters above sea level can be climbed for a day with an assistance of porters and guides,the mountain lies South of Lake Manyara National Park .Babati district,a famous for its fertile land and many food crops grown to the region is on the way to hanang.

Hanang-Babati has numerous sites to visit. They include the Mbuyu wa Mjerumani (The Germans Baobab Tree) where the local people and Germans fought during the colonial era. The district is within the African Rift Valley escarpment.

The Magara waterfalls are fascinating falls in Babati with huge rocks and sand around. Plans are undertaken to introduce a parachute from the hill down the falls.

Around mount Hanang are the Barbaig people whose traditional culture is still unchanged and unspoiled. They have chosen to continue with primitive mode of production. Barbaig are social and one can interact with them. Also a climb to Bambaay hill will give you a room to view clearly the beautiful Rift Valley landscape with Lake Manyara and Lake Babati.

When around Lake Eyasi you will have an opportunity to visit and learn of Hadzabe (Hadza) a tribe truly enjoy and cherish the personal freedom afforded by living in small, mobile, and intimate camps with typical hunt and bring home honey to feed their families, while women and children gather fruits, berries, and roots with which to supplement their diet.

The men are particularly adept hunters, and their daring and inventive hunting style is a sight to behold. Using parts harvested from other animals, they cunningly lure and put down game. As this is their only source of food, they are the only tribe permitted to hunt in the Serengeti.

The Hadzabe people live in caves near Lake Eyasi, and their isolation and shrinking numbers have allowed them to avoid the HIV epidemic  and other diseases that have spread due to intertribal marriages.

An interesting facet of Hadzabe culture is their language. Believed to have some kind of relation to the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert, the Hadzabe language is a distinctive tongue of clicks that is similar to that of the famous Bushmen. Despite this and their similar physical appearances, DNA testing has shown no relation between the two groups.

Hunting with the Hadzabe

Visitors to Tanzania have the opportunity to witness a hunting demonstration by these proud people, with early morning hunting excursions a fantastic opportunity to see just how these people have survived in the wilderness while other tribes have given in to pressure from the modernising world.

While many visitors to Africa are familiar with the Masai people, the Hadzabe of Tanzania's Lake Eyasi region are no less fascinating or representative of African culture.

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Monduli - Juu

Safari code = M.J/NCS/CT

Monduli Juu one of maasai’s  home in Tanzania, is situated 50 kms northwest of Arusha, is a cluster of four small villages – Emairete, Enguiki, Eluwai and Mfereji.

The following is on offer to visitors:

- A picturesque journey through the evergreen rain forest

- A medicinal tour of plants and herbs, which includes a visit to a traditional Maasai herbs doctor

- A visit to Naramatu

- a small factory where Maasai women make ethnic jewellery

- A chance to have a ‘nyama choma’ or roast meat meal with the Maasai.

- Panoramic view of the Rift Valley, Oldonyo Lengai and Lake Natron

- An insight into the culture of the Maasai and Waarusha There are tours available for half day, full day, and two/three/four days.

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Mererani Mines cultural tourism

Safari code = M.M/NCS/CT

Mirerani mines falls under Mirerani township Authority, an Authority which was established through an Act of Parliament.

The town is famous for the famous gemstone Tanzanite, which is only found in Tanzania. Most of the people engage themselves in mining rather than buying and selling of Tanzanite. Few people engage themselves in agriculture. Cultivated crops in the area include maize, sunflower, beans and cassava.

Livestock is maintained by Pastoral Maasai. Stall feeding is practiced by other ethnic groups within the town.

Tanzanite is the blue/purple variety of the mineral zoisite (a calcium aluminium hydroxy silicate) discovered in the Mererani Hills of Manyara Region in Northern Tanzania in 1967, near the city of Arusha and Mount Kilimanjaro. Tanzanite is used as a gemstone, and naturally-formed tanzanite is extremely rare, still found only in the Mererani Hills.

Rarer than diamonds, but almost as famous, Tanzanite soared to the peak of popularity in the short 50 years since its discovery, like a Hollywood star. Tanzanite was also widely known for his film "Titanic", where he starred in the role of a blue diamond "Heart of the Ocean". When director James Cameron was looking for a suitable stone for the role, he rejected the real blue diamonds as too dark, and the blue sapphires - as too dim. It turned out that tanzanite has a magical blue color. Thus, tanzanite was the most photogenic stone, which made him the main character.

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6 Days Umbwe route backpacking special

The Umbwe route,the shortest routes though steepest of all routes to the Southern Glaciers and the Western Breach. It is probably the most scenic, non-technical route on Kilimanjaro. It is quite taxing, primarily due to the relatively fast ascent to higher altitude, but the rewards are plentiful. Fewer people, pristine forest and shorter walking distances make it a great option for fit hikers.

DAY 1: Umbwe Gate (1800m) –  first camp (2940m)

Hiking time: 5 hours
Habitat: Montane forest
when done with the breakfast,you will be driven to the Umbwe Gate at 1800m, passing through villages with coffee and banana plantations. On arrival at the Parks Gate your guide and porters will meet you. Sign the register before you entre the park for your first step to archive  life-long dream. with a thick  moistured air,you will walk the  muddy ascending path way,the route initially follows a forestry track winding up through the natural rain forest. It narrows and steepens to climb the ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers with huge trees surrounding you with spectacular views of deep gorges and if you are lucky, glimpses of Kilimanjaro towering above you in the distance. The camp is perched between huge trees and thick undergrowth.

DAY 2: first camp (2940m) – Barranco camp (3950m)

Hiking time: 6 hours
Habitat: Montane forest / Moorland

Shortly after leaving the camp the forest starts thinning and is replaced by rockier terrain, sparser undergrowth and straggly, moss-covered trees. The path continues along a narrow, but spectacular ridge. As you gain higher altitude, catch glimpses of Kilimanjaro rising majestically ahead of you – etched against the blue sky. The path flattens as you approach Barranco Valley. From the Umbwe ridge the route descends slightly to the Barranco camp. The camp is situated in the valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while your dinner is being prepared.

DAY 3: Barranco Camp(3950)-Karanga Camp.(4,000 m)

Habitat: moorland/Alpine deasert

Hiking time: 4-5 hours walking.

A steep climb up the eastern wall leads us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. We then take a steep exit up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo, the trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, finally we have a steep climb up to Karanga Camp

Day 4: Karanga Camp(4000)-Barafu Camp(4,600 m.)

walking time: 3-4 hours

Habitat:Alpine desert

A steep climb out of Karanga, and an easy path on compacted scree with wide views through this empty and dry landscape up to Barafu Camp. The two peaks Kibo and Mawenzi can been seen from Barafu Camp. After a hot lunch at the Camp, The remainder of the day is spent resting as we prepare for the final ascent before an early night summit walk.

Day 5: Barafu Camp(4600m.)-Summit(5895)-Mweka Camp.

Habitat:Alpine desert/ Stone scree and ice-capped summit/moreland/montane forest.

Hiking time:13-15 hours walking.

Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735m. We will rest there for few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to main peak (5,895 m), which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment we descend to Barafu is amazingly fast, and we stop at Barafu Camp for some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach Mweka Camp.

Day 6: Mweka Camp-Mweka Gate to Arusha.

 Habitat:montane forest.

Walking time:3-5 hours

A gentle walk takes you down through the rainforest to Mweka gate successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. After lunch we drive back to Arusha for hotel and lodging.

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NB. Supplements applicable when electing to spend the post-summit night in the crater and complete an optional crater excursion the following morning

-Discounts applicable for climbers not requiring our airport transfers and also not requiring Arusha accommodation before and after the climb
-Number of people on your climb booking, and price per person in US Dollars.

Trek price includes:

-Transfer to and from the base of the mountain

-Full board accommodation in tents whilst on the trek.

-1 nights hotel accommodations in Arusha before and after the trek.

-All park entrance fees to include government taxes

-Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook/s

-Pick and return airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Airport or Nairobi Return Shutle transfers

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