Stirring thoughts of a wild and unspoiled land full of wildlife and wide-open vistas, a camping safari in Africa is one of the most fantasized trips for nature lovers. Many areas can be explored, returning to the luxury accommodations of a hotel room every night. However, camping out offers so many more of the experiences that are the true purpose of going on an African safari in the first place.
When considering camping out in Africa, camping in a tent does not have to mean roughing it. Fully catered safaris are available offering lavish accommodations with roomy tents completely equipped with comfortable beds, dining facilities and professional chefs.
In Tanzania, one of the most popular safari destinations in Africa, camping out allows you to spend more of the trip out on the wild, observing the natural world at the time of day when the wildlife tends to be the most active, at dawn and dusk.
Regarded as perhaps the best wildlife preserve in Africa, because of its density of predators to prey, Serengeti National Park is 5,700 square miles of grasslands, woodlands and riverine forest. Legendary for its mass migrations, witnessing over a million wildebeest and thousands of zebras trek across the Serengeti is a sight to behold. Beside zebra and wildebeest, the Serengeti is famous for the “big five” of lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and cape buffalo plus several species of antelope, including gazelles and impalas.
Camping out allows you to be out early and late, enjoying the cool of the mornings and evenings with the animals, and avoid the midday crowds of tourists -- without worrying about having to rush back to a hotel, dozens or hundreds of miles away.
Camping on the Tanzanian plains offers the opportunity to experience nature is all of its breathing sunrises and awe-inspiring sunsets in the shadow of Africa’s tallest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. Looming over the plains at an elevation of 19,340 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro offers campers an early start at climbing a mountain that requires no specialized equipment.
Sleeping out in the wild permits a familiarity with nature hotel guests will never experience, being put to bed by the sounds of the savannah surrounding the Ngorongoro Conservation area. Offering viewing of one of the rarest species on earth, the black rhino, the Ngorongoro sits at the edge of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania. Housing the largest crater in the world, it is a natural refuge for virtually every species of wildlife found in East Africa and the one can’t-miss destination on any African safari.
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