Camping Safaris

Mobile Camping Safaris offer the greatest flexibility for positioning ourselves close to the seasonal concentrations of wildlife and for getting way off the beaten track for an authentic adventure. Being in an exclusive-use campsite allows you to experience the African bush in a ‘no compromise’ fashion, catered to your specific needs and desires. This exclusivity is the ultimate  way to experience a safari.

Nature Discovery offers two types of camping accommodation to our safari guests:

Classic Camping Safaris

classic tent on safari in TanzaniaOur classic Camp can be set up inside or outside the National Parks. The sites are in the wilderness, have no facilities and we provide the sleeping tents with toilets and showers, a dining tent, and the campfire  of course! Outside the parks  we offer a number of private campsites exclusively for our guests. which dot the map from Longido to Lake Natron, and around the Serengeti.

Although our Classic camp is not a luxury camp per se, the comfort of a solar-lit, walk-in tent with comfortable beds, an en-suite toilet and shower set in such wild environs, offers an exclusive experience that is a luxury.

Our camp crew sets up the camp prior to your arrival and breaks it down again after you depart – leaving no trace you were there. We provide our expert bush chefs to prepare and cook all the meals. We use specially procured eco-friendly  charcoal to bake fresh breads for the camp, and our guests will attest that our cooks can prepare gourmet meals despite the basic amenities of their bush kitchens. We also use eco-friendly water heaters for hot showers using just a few bio-briquettes (an alternative to charcoal made from coconut husk waste), then adding grasses and twigs as kindling. We feel strongly about running our camping safaris with concern for the environment – being part of the solution, instead of part of the problem.

The camping gear, equipment and tents are clean and modern. Low impact pick-up truck supply vehicles carry all the camp supplies, food, drinks and the camp crew.

Amenities include:

  • 4m x 3m insect proof nylon classic style safari tent with fly sheet and 4m x 1.5m verandah
  • en suite portable flush-style toilet and bucket shower that is filled with hot water on request
  • lighting by solar charged L.E.D lights custom designed for our tents. Each tent has an veranda light, inner tent lights, and a light in the en-suite toilet.
  • Comfortable twin size single or full size double flatsafari beds with thick mattresses, comfortable pillows and quality, clean bedding provided
  • veranda with table and two chairs for relaxing and taking in the view
  • bath towels are also provided

Meals are taken in our dining tent;a specially designed structure made of canvas and netting-mesh to let in the air and sights while keeping out any unwanted insects. We provide dining tables and chairs. Lighting is by solar lanterns.

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Dome Tent Camping Safaris

Dome Tents in the SerengetiOur dome tent camp is a simple, no frills way to experience the wilds of Tanzania. It’s a way to get off the beaten track and experience exclusivity – without breaking the bank. The camp is set up just for your group – . It’s also a more mobile option than our Classic Camp, and can be moved quickly and more easily than our larger Classic camp, offering more flexibility for moving the camp each day, or moving further afield in a day.

As with our Classic Camp, we can set up our dome tent camp inside or outside of the Game Parks. We also have a number of exclusive-use campsites dotted throughout northern Tanzania.

We set up the camp and have it ready for your arrival. When you leave, we break it down and leave no trace of our stay. We provide all the meals, purchase all the groceries and supplies and send an expert bush chef along to prepare delicious meals for you.

As with the Classic Camp, we use eco-friendly  camping practices that minimize our impact and allow us to leave no trace.. We’ve designed and fabricated our own special use ‘dome’ camping tents that allow maximum flexibility, including being carried by donkeys on our donkey treks, and being equally suitable in the cold mornings at the high-altitude Empakai Crater rim as they are in the heat of Lake Natron. They are totally waterproof, and designed to keep our insects and other creepy-crawlies, yet let air and breezes in when the temperatures are warm. The camping geareasily fits into a low-impact pick-up truck. Guest participation is not required to set up the camp or perform tasks in camp.Camp Amenities include:

  • 2.5m x 2.5m insect proof dome ripstop tents with fully sealed tub floors, each with verandas
  • Canvas safari frame beds, each with a foam mattress, pillow and sleeping bag and liner bag
  • lighting at night is by solar lantern
  • each tent has its own wash stand
  • a separate toilet tent and shower tent are provided – one of each per 7 campers

Our dining tent is specially designed to function well in any weather conditions – with removable panels to let in air and sights when the weather is pleasant and to shut out the elements if need be. We provide dining tables, comfortable light weight chairs and lighting at night is by  solar lanterns. When possible, meals are taken al fresco.

Breakfast al fresco in Tanzania

Breakfast al fresco

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Why Climb Kilimanjaro with Nature Discovery

We saw 37 species of mammal (including the Big 5), 240+ species of bird and various assorted reptiles and plants. The scenery was epic.

Japhet, our driver/guide, was superb. He knew we wanted to see as many birds as possible and he tried his best to accommodate the ‘Ndege’ spotting as well as finding lots of mammals. Rather than race to the next mammal sighting, taking time for us to see the birds greatly enhanced our enjoyment. Lake Manyara was an awesome experience, thousands of birds, and Tarangire was excellent, especially along the River.

The photo opportunities were amazing – I took over 7500 pictures (I’ve attached a few)!

Nev W Manchester, UK

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