Tanzania Self Drive Tours

Tanzania Self drive tours (Self drive safaris) are the best ways to explore the beauty of African wilderness, landscapes and the people on your own. Drive through various parks in northern Tanzania from the tiny Arusha National Park to the vast Serengeti plains is a typical adventure. Our team of Safari experts will help you build up your driving route depends on what you desire to see. Let us help you to enjoy your privacy while at the same time exploring the safari.

If it is your first time to go for self drive tour (self drive safari) in Africa, Tanzania is the perfect place to start with since it has all the features that make up a truly great and the best safari destination in the continent. Stunning landscapes, extraordinary wildlife and fantastic accommodation will add values to your self drive safari trip. Tanzania game reserves with no doubt are the leading in the continent and suitable for self drive tours. Drive through the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park will leave you with an unforgettable life time memory. Be the first one to spot the wildebeest Migration and the big five without a driver guide.

All the Tanzania self drive tours (Tanzania self drive safaris) through northern Tanzania start up and end up in Arusha. This can be the perfect place to relax and organize your equipment either at the beginning or end of your journey. 

 Tanzania Self Drive Tour Destinations

All our Tanzania Self Drive Tours (Tanzania self drive Safaris) are for  northern circuit which includes Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire, Arusha and Lake Manyara National Parks. However there are other places in northern Tanzania safari circuit which can be visited during the self drive tours (self drive safaris) such Lake Eyasi, Natron and Oldoinyo Lengai.

During the trip you are required to carry the maps of all destinations you are visiting. The maps will help you to explore easily the areas. For Serengeti national park which is vast and probably the most renowned park in the world you may require a guide at the park headquarters to assist you whenever you feel like to do so.

Best Time For Self Drive Tours /Safaris in Tanzania

Visitors may go for self drive tours (self drive safaris) in Tanzania all the year round. However the best time is during dry season which is from June throughout October. In these months the road conditions are much better and the animal sightseeing is better due to short grass and un-thick shrubs.

Things to Consider While on Self Drive Tour / Safaris

Although Tanzania Self drive tours (Tanzania self drive safaris) are perfectly safe in Tanzania, but there some basic rules which you have to follows especially when in the wildlife reserves.

  • Never drive closer than 20 meters (that’s 65 feet) to larger mammals such as elephants and buffalo.
  • Never make noises or sound the horn at animals to get them to puncture their heads up for a better photo.
  • Be careful when approaching animals with young or solitary male elephants or buffaloes.
  • Drive far from a stressed or injured animal.
  • Do not carry banana or citrus fruits in your vehicle in wildlife area since elephants have a very keen sense of smell.

What Are The Requirements for Self Driving in Tanzania?

In order for foreigners to participate in Tanzania self drive tours (Tanzania self drive safaris) they  require to posses valid international driving licenses and also to follow the driving rules and regulation of  the country while driving.

For visitors to the parks will have to pay the permits at the park entrance gate by credit card (Visa or Master card). However if you prefer Wilds of Africa to do it for you we can help. We will go through your self drive tour (self drive safari) itinerary and calculate the amount required for the park fees and inform you so that you transfer the money to us so that we make the payments on your behalf. During the trip we will provide you with the reservation number for each specific park you are visiting so that you may use at the entrance gate.

The payment for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a bit different from other parks which are under the Tanzania national park authority (TANAPA). You are supposed to obtain an entrance quote to be able to pay by your credit card at the gate. Wilds of Africa can also arrange this on your behalf as well and handle you quote upon the arrival. If you prefer doing everything on your own the NCA office is based in Arusha and Karatu and open from Monday – Friday. You have to go there in person, it’s not possible to obtain online.

Cost For Tanzania Self Drive Tours

The cost for Tanzania self drive tours (Tanzania self drive safaris) range from US $ 180 per vehicle per day. However the cost increases if camping gears such as tents, matress, chairs and table is offered. For a vehicles with roof tents the price is US $ 220 per vehicle per day. Please let us know the requirements for your Tanzania self drive tours (Tanzania self drive safaris) and we will quote it accordingly.

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Why Book a Self Drive Tour With Us?

Self Drive Safaris Vehicle
  • Our Vehicle are always serviced before the departures
  • All the vehicles are covered with Comprehensive insurance
  • Rescue is available in case of brake down
  • Vehicle can be delivered anywhere within northern Safari Circuit Tanzania
  • A long time experience in Self drive tour Rental in Tanzania
  • Our team has sufficient knowledge and experience about all the safari destinations attractions of the country
  • We offer the best and highest quality self drive safari tour services in the region.

Self Drive Tour / Safari Packages

10 days Self Drive Holiday in Tanzania

Self drive holiday in Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater and Tarangire national parks the Tanzania most renown game reserves is awesome. Above all you will drive through the rough African terrain in the middle of the no where, surrounded by herds of animals. Simply this is what it mean by self drive tour experience in Africa.

Start your Self Drive holiday by driving towards Ngorongoro crater the largest and intact caldera which host about 30,000 different species of animals. Some commonly seen animals in the crater include lions, buffaloes, wildebeest, zebras, hyenas and many others. These animal were migrated into the crater to the sufficient availability of water and green pastures. The crater is also the home to various birds species include the flamingos.

After enjoying a brilliant game viewing in the crater the Self Drive holiday Tour takes you to Serengeti national park which is the world most famous park with the largest population of wildlife in the world. The common animals of serengeti include lions, elephants, zebras, and wildebeest among others. In addition to that this park host the migratory wildebeest and Zebra which move in different parts of the park as from December to August of each year.

The last portion of your Self drive Tour will be spent in Lake Manyara and the Tarangire National Park. These parks have remarkable number of wildlife and diverse landscapes. Doing self drive in these parks is also a phenomenon and will add value to your African Safari experience.

Self Drive Holiday Program

Day 1: Start the self drive holiday

Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport, met and greet by our representative who will show you the vehicle and handle it to you.

After taking the vehicle start your Self drive holiday in Tanzania by driving to Ngorongoro highlands via Arusha town for lunch. Arrive Ngorongoro in the late afternoon for leisure stay which followed by dinner and overnight at Kitela Lodge.

Perched up on the hillside of a valley with beautiful views of a coffee plantation and a waterfall at Ngorongoro highlands, Kitela Lodge offers perfect accommodation for Self drive safari in Ngorongoro crater and Serengeti national park. This lodge consists of 20 cottages surrounded by beautiful gardens, a coffee plantation and a working farm.

Day 2: Self Drive holiday in Ngorongoro Crater.

Today you shall continue with the self drive tour to the Ngorongoro Conservation area for a full day ngorongoro crater tour. The crater boast the Early morning breakfast, leave the lodge for a self drive into the Ngorongoro crater. The  where you will spend a full day conducting

The Ngorongoro Crater is the best place for self drive holiday in Tanzania to see ‘The Big Five’.  The crater is also the home to the rare black rhino, good populations of lion, leopard, hyena, wildebeest, buffalo and zebra.  Other wildlife which can also found in the crater includes serval cat, cheetah, jackal, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle. Over 400 species of birds are also found in Ngorongoro Crater.


 Day 3 – 6: Self drive holiday in Serengeti

Early breakfast, then depart for a self drive holiday in Serengeti National Park. Enjoy the game drive in the Serengeti plains searching for the Migration herds. The Serengeti national parks is the leading safari destination as well as self drive safari in Africa due its abundant wildlife and nature. During the migration you can easily spot predators such as lions, hyenas, cheetahs chasing and killing their prey. You will be spending the nights at Kubu kubu Tented Camp on full board.

Kubu kubu tented camp has designed with a modern African decorative style that creates a fresh and bright atmosphere, but very cozy and with the right amount of luxury. Guests can attend to the show of the Great Migration from the comfort of their tents.


Day 7: Serengeti – Maramboi

Today you shall continue with your self drive tour by departing Serengeti National park to Maramboi area which is located within the Lake Manyara ecosystem southern of Lake Manyara National Park. After the arrival spend the afternoon at leisure in the lodge, dinner and overnight at Maramboi Tented Lodge

The Maramboi tented lodge is situated at a prime location in the fields of golden vegetation within the ecosystem of Lake Manyara. Right from the lodge you can see a variety of animals such as zebras, giraffes, warthogs, gazelles among others. A walking safari can also organize from the lodge which is guided by a Maasai guide into the nearby areas which surround the lodge.


Day 8: Self drive holiday in Manyara

Breakfast at the lodge, depart for a self drive into Lake Manyara National Park. This park has the size of 330 square kilometers of which 220 sq kilometers is the Lake Manyara which the park derived its name from. The Lake Manyara national park boast a good population of elephants, wildebeest, hippos along with so many giraffes, and buffalo. Other animals of Lake Manyara include warthog, waterbuck, zebras, impala, and waterbuck.


 Day 9: Self drive holiday in Tarangire

Breakfast, continue with the self drive holiday in Tarangire national park which is located to the south east of the Great Rift Valley. This park has the area of about 2,600 square kilometers which cross cut by the Tarangire River which stands as main source of the water for animals during the dry season. The park has also several wide swamps which dry into green plains during the dry season in the south. Late Afternoon drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.


 Day 10: Maramboi – Arusha- Kilimanjaro Airport

Breakfast at the lodge, depart the lodge Kilimanjaro International Airport via the Arusha town. Our representative will meet you at the airport for the handing back the vehicle.

Self Drive Holiday Price

2 people @ US $ 2557

3 people@ US $ 2110

Self Drive Holiday Cost Includes

All park fees and  concession fees
Vehicle Rental Fees

Self Drive Holiday Excludes

Accommodation at the parks
Driver salary

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