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10 Days Self Drive Tanzania Safari Overview

The 10 Days Self-Drive Tanzania Safari is quite a memorable combined safari tour package that takes you to adventure the Southeastern region of Tanzania on a self-drive safari at your own pace to witness the wonder of Tanzania’s National Parks and Game Reserves, beaches, and around Cities. However, it is comprised of 10 days and 9 nights traveling around the unmatched African wilderness as you marvel at several attractions in your freedom and pace along different Tanzania Safari Destinations. Furthermore, this combined Tanzanian self-drive safari takes you to one of the most popular and most visited safari destinations in the entire world.

These 10 days Self Drive Tanzania Safari rewards you with personal self-drive through adventuring variety of wildlife species in game parks, recommended to enjoy it in a reliable 4×4 wheel car –a Toyota land cruiser with a pop rooftop that offers a gainful view, you can use a 4 WD jeep these sounds better for your carefree Tanzania’s adventure. More than that, there is various affordable and comfortable car type on car rental where you can choose to book for your unforgettable self-drive safari in Tanzania.

6-Days Budget camping safari

Generally, the 10 days self drive Tanzania safari will start with a visit to Arusha National Park located in the Arusha region just a few drives from Arusha town, which is known as the main starting and end point for most Tanzania safari trips. Arusha National Park is home to a wide range of wildlife species, covering an area of about 137 square kilometers comprised of a variety of landscapes, ranging from vast savannah and rainforest to acacia woodlands up to alpine vegetation on the higher reaches of Mount Meru. They are home to a diversity of wildlife such as cape buffaloes, elephants, hippo zebra, leopards, occasional lions, and others.   

Lake Manyara National Park is a great sanctuary for unique tree-climbing lions, giraffes, hippos, giraffes, impala and zebra, vervet monkeys, bushbuck, and baboons a magnificent location for birding among others.

Tarangire National Park is home to a high concentration of elephants and other animals include; buffalos, elephants, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, impalas zebras, warthogs, baboons, monkeys, ostriches among many and its landscape is filled with baobab trees which are believed to be over 1000 years old.

Mkomazi National Park is one of the largest game parks covering an area of about 3,234 square kilometers, located on the northeastern border, in the Kilimanjaro and Tanga regions. Mkomazi is a hallmark home for various animal species such as; rhinoceros, lesser kudu, impala, dik-dik, and elephants as well as a variety of birds that can be seen along self-drive safari. The 10 Days  Self Drive  Tanzania safari ends with a visit to Mikumi National Park which sounds like the fourth largest Tanzania national park and is remarked as a great wildlife adventure thus ideal for self–drive safari destinations, especially those on their road trip or safari holiday. This 10 Days Self Drive Safari Tanzania offers a great chance to discover the remarkable sceneries, many animal species, and cultures of Tanzania on your own in its untouched African Jungle.

Trip Highlight of 10 Days Self Drive Tanzania Safari

Day 1: Transfer –Arusha National Park

Day 2: Game drive

Day 3: Transfer to Lake Manyara National Park

Day 4: Self-Drive Game Drive

Day 5: Transfer to Tarangire National Park

Day 6: Self-drive Game Drive
Day 7: Transfer to Mkomazi National Park

Day 8: Self-Drive Game Drive

Day 9: Transfer to Mikumi National Park

Day 10: Morning Self-drive and Depart back to Arusha.

10 Days Self Drive Tanzania Safari Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer –Arusha National Park

Begin your 10 Days Self Drive Tanzania Safari with a transfer to Arusha National Park: Depending on your location, you will have to get in contact with a car rental agency either around the city or at the airport. Then the agent will take you through a short briefing before you inspect the vehicle you hired and then sign the agreement. After he will handle the car key to you and then set off on your trip heading to Arusha National Park. Upon arrival, you will check in, depending on your arrival time enjoy your lunch. After lunch, you will drive to the park’s open savannah grassland self-driving around Meru craters funnels the Jekukumia River where you expect to sight view its beautiful nature, continue to drive in a spectacular landscape that stuns with shallow alkaline Momella Lakes in the northeast part that varies algal color and the area is renowned for their notable wading birds which can be spotted along yourself drive, drive back. Have dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Game drive in Arusha

 On this day of your 10 Days Self Drive Tanzania Safari. encounter the wild on a game Drive. After the morning coffee aroma with delicious snacks at your lodge, depart for the game drive within the park at your own pace and be able to adventure complete wildlife species as you enjoy memorable photography. Expect to adventure animal species such as spotted hyenas, leopards, buffaloes, hippos, and zebras as well as occasional wildebeest. You can attempt to go with packed lunch boxes at the lodge. While on a self-drive game drive you can enjoy lunch right in your car. Then continue with the game viewing personal encounters at your own pace. After adventuring, return to the lodge. Dinner and an Overnight stay.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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Day 3: Transfer to Lake Manyara- Self-Drive Safari

Transfer to Lake Manyara: Wake up have an early morning breakfast at the lodge, check out, and then transfer to Lake Manyara National Park which takes one and half hours to access there. You will reach in time for lunch have it before you go for a game drive in the park where you will be able to explore different wildlife species such as Leopards, elephants, cheetahs, gazelles, blue monkeys, Impala, hippos, Maasai giraffes, Zebra, East African Lions among others. If you still have time, you will drive around the Lake and be able to enjoy beautiful flamingoes during the self-drive tour while your sit seated and the sights are rewarding. After driving back to the lodge. Dinner and Overnight stay.

Meal Plan; Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner 

Day 4: Game drive –Lake Manyara National Park

Game drive; After morning breakfast drive to the park, to spot wildlife species you would have missed seeing in the evening game drive. The self-drive takes you on an unlimited safari adventure in Lake Manyara where you will be amazed by the unique tree-climbing lions while hanging up on tree branches waiting for their prey and other animals to adventure include, including water backs, elephants, buffaloes’ gazelles, and engaging in morning safari adventure is the best time to see these hidden creatures; Spotted hyenas leopards and lions. Drive back to the lodge for lunch.

Later on, you will drive back to the park’s scenery landscape and drive around different remarkable attractions found in the park till evening. Back to the lodge. Dinner and Overnight stay.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 5: Transfer to Tarangire National Park – Afternoon Game drive

On this day of your 10 Days Self Drive Tanzania Safari, transfer to Tarangire National. After breakfast, check out of Lake Manyara National park and transfer to Tarangire National Park in 2 hours and 20 minutes. You will arrive in time for lunch. Go for an afternoon game drive in the park and explore the savannah plains as well as enjoy adventuring various wildlife species like herds of elephants, leopards, lions, zebras, buffaloes, antelopes, Klipspringers many more. After the drive back. Dinner and Overnight stay. This will mark the end of your day on this 10 Days Self Drive Tanzania Safari.

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Day 6: Safari Exploration and Night game drive

Safari exploration: Wake up and have morning breakfast served at the lodge, then drive through the beautiful gigantic Baobab around the park entrance where you expect to watch active unique monkeys darting about in the shade. You will proceed to drive to the park’s savannah plains and be able to view a bucket list such as Elephants, Cheetahs, giraffes, spotted hyenas, zebras, wildebeest, lions many more. Drive back to the lodge for lunch.

Night game drive: Later on, after lunch, you will go for a night game drive but with the hired armed park ranger in case of any danger in the park, on a night game drive expect to sightsee nocturnal species and other wildlife animals like Greater Kudu, Fringe-Eared Oryx, and Ashy Starling among others. Back to the lodge. Dinner and overnight stay.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 7: Transfer to Mkomazi National Park

Transfer to Mkomazi National Park: After morning breakfast, checkout at Tarangire National Park and proceed to drive to Mkomazi National Park. Arrive at the park check in at the lodge and enjoy early lunch.

Afternoon game viewing: After lunch, drive to the park’s savannah grassland which offers undoubtedly species sightings of rare wildlife species during self-drive tours in Tanzania. You will be able to sightsee giraffes, Zebras, Kongoni, buffalo, eland, elephants, Beisa Oryx, wild dogs, and endangered Rhinos among others. Drive back to the lodge. Dinner and overnight stay.

Meal Plans; Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 8: Wildlife Exploration and Evening game drive –Mkomazi National Park

Wildlife Exploration: Wake up early and have a morning breakfast, after driving to the park to enjoy a great wildlife viewing in the savannah areas, if you’re lucky you will be able to watch all of the ‘’African Big fives’’ such as lions, elephants, buffaloes, white rhino, leopards and other species like lesser kudu wild dogs among others. Back to the lodge. Rest and lunch at the lodge.

Evening game drive. Later on, after lunch. You will drive back to the park for game viewing while in your driven car at your own pace. Drive through the park as you get a chance to view a variety of animals such as impala, dik-dik, topi, lesser kudu, elephants, and rhinoceros among others.

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Day 9: Transfer to Mikumi National Park

Transfer to Mikumi: After breakfast, check out at the lodge and drive to Mikumi National Park. Arrive in lunchtime hour. After go an afternoon game drive offering a gainful adventure of the scenic natural landscape that features a wide range of animal species and animals to see along your drive experience include; elephants, eland, zebras, hippos, and giraffes and you will get marveled at the pride of lions make up the hunt to kill. Drive back to the lodge. Have dinner and overnight.

Day 10: Game viewing and Departure

Game viewing; On the last day of 10 days Self Drive Tanzania Safari. You wake up have breakfast and drive back to the park for a short game-viewing experience. Then drive back to the lodge to have early lunch, check out of the lodge and depart back to Arusha or Dar-es-Salaam. This will mark the end of your 10 Days Self Drive Tanzania Safari.

10 Days Self Drive Tanzania Safari Trip includes: 

Full board accommodation

Park entrance –Game drive

Acknowledgeable safari drive –guide

 Bottled mineral water

All activities as per itinerary

4×4 Safari Vehicle and fuel

10 Days Self Drive Tanzania Safari Tour Excludes;

Air flight tickets and Visas

Optional activities not included on the itinerary

Life Insurance


Personal Insurance

Personal expenses like buying souvenirs, crafts, drinks laundry services among many others.

Note: Before you book a car with any car rental company, always consider a car rental fully registered and offers much of your dream car. They should be good at offering cars with unlimited mileage including Brandt Travel Guide, a road map that helps you in locating different routes in the country, comprehensive insurance as well as and an offer of 24/7 roadside assistance to guide you in directions.

If you hire a car, always consider a car with spare tires, a tow rope, a spade, a radio with an attached USB port, a car explanation booklet, and others. Above all, you should also know that Tanzania roads are tough and sometimes tougher during the wet season. For that reason, always hire a car with a strong engine for your perfect specific safari other words you might get disappointed.

Other things to consider when renting a car in Tanzania on your 10 Days Self Drive Tanzania Safari

You need to travel with your documents which are required to present while hiring a car since most of the time self-drive safaris can be done in a hired vehicle-such documents needed include; personal Identification, Visa, Passport, Driver’s license and Credit cards, and Booking. Always ensure that you are at least 21 years of age and have a domestic driver’s license well printed in the Roman Alphabet. More so, while hiring a car you need to be very keen, because there are several car rental options you might make as a choice of your own; Liking a car with a driver that allows you to adventure the country or national park with a professional driver guide who knows most of Tanzania attraction routes and bests area to make yourself drive memorable. Although hiring a car with a driver is perfect for new travelers in the country who know less about the country. Though self-drive cars allow you to create an unforgettable lifetime in the country with great excitement as an individual, family, group, or as couple. 

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