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Ngorongoro crater safari

A classic and affordable overland safari, to the Ngorongoro Safari visits the key natural wonders of Tanzania’s northern circuit – the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti and Tarangire – and stays at good quality lodges/camps in prime locations. Wake early as the sun rises to make the most of each enchanting day on this safari.

Ngorongoro Crater was created when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 and is the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world.

It measures about 16-19km in diameter, with walls of 400-610m in height. It is renowned both for its geological splendour, and for being a natural reserve which is home to some of the densest large mammal populations found anywhere in Africa.

Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) – Arusha

Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Arusha by our professional driver and safari guide, we will meet at your hotel for briefing about your safari after you check in, Dinner and overnight at your hotel of choice.

Day 2: Arusha to Ngorongoro

After breakfast depart in your 4x4 safari vehicle towards the awe-inspiring Ngorongoro Crater. You’ll pass through maize, coffee and banana plantations and a scenic escarpment on the edge of the Rift Valley with stunning views over the distant Lake Manyara. After a short stop, you’ll continue on your way to Ngorongoro and the Ngorongoro Lodge/camp in time for lunch. After lunch, you can enjoy the afternoon at leisure or embark on a guided walk along the crater rim with a driver/guide. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge/camp.

Day 3: Ngorongoro full day

Head out into the early morning mist and make the 600-metre descent into the crater on a morning game drive. Explore the distinct areas of forest, lakes and open grassland, hopefully spotting wildlife including the Big Five, cheetah and hyena. You’ll have to wait another day to see giraffe, topi or impala, which are interestingly absent due to the steep crater walls and lack of acacia trees. Return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, visit a local Maasai village. This two-hour cultural experience will introduce you to a local manyatta where generations of Maasai live along with their cattle and other livestock. You’ll meet with the village elder or guide and gain an insight into local life, speaking to the Maasai and watching a traditional song and dance performance. Afterwards, there’s the option to buy local curios. Stay: lodge/camp.

Day 4: Ngorongoro to Serengeti

Drive to Olduvai Gorge, the ‘cradle of mankind’ where some of the earliest hominid remains were found, before continuing to the Serengeti plains for lunch at the Lodge/camp. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti National Park – Tanzania’s most iconic national park that is rich in both views and wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for big cats lounging in the shade, herds of elephant, buffalo, eland, hyena, impala – and much more. You’ll then return to the Lodge/camp for the night.

Day 5: Serengeti full day

A full day in the world-famous Serengeti awaits today with morning and afternoon game drives in search of the resident big game. There’s also the option to take an early morning hot-air balloon ride over the Serengeti plains. Sunrise in the Serengeti is a magical time of day and this is one of our most highly recommended safari experiences, perfectly finished off with a Champagne breakfast. Stay: lodge/camp.

Day 6: Serengeti to Tarangire

Depart for the Rift Valley this morning with a beautiful lunch en route. After lunch, continue on to Tarangire National Park. Dominated by baobab trees and huge elephant herds, this beautiful park is a haven for wildlife. It experiences distinct seasons, with the dry season (July to November) witnessing a large number of animals attracted to the reducing river – the area’s only permanent source of water. Tarangire’s lions and leopards can be spotted lounging in the branches of sausage trees and diverse birdlife here includes the ashy starling and yellow-collared lovebird. You’ll stay at the lodge/camp.

Day 7: Tarangire

Embark on morning and afternoon game drives exploring the stunning riverine ecosystems of Tarangire. Stay: lodge/camp.

Day 8: Tarangire to Arusha

After breakfast, pass through the Maasai Steppe on your way back to Arusha for lunch. Afterwards Transfer to the hotel or airport for your return flight.

Price Includes;

  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • A professional driver / guide services
  • All transportation (4x4 vehicle with pop-up roof)
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner whilst on safari
  • 1 litre bottled water per day whilst on safari
  • All Game drives as per itinerary
  • Park fees
  • Round trip airport transfers

Prices Excludes;

  • International flights
  • Personal items (souvenirs, visa fees, etc)
  • Tips (optional)
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