Ngorongoro Crater is often called ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ‘8th Natural Wonder of the World,’ a visit to the crater is a main drawcard for tourists coming to Tanzania and a definite world-class attraction. Within the crater rim, large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze nearby while sleeping lions laze in the sun. At dawn, the endangered black rhino returns to the thick cover of the crater forests after grazing on dew-laden grass in the morning mist. Just outside the crater’s ridge, tall Masaai herd their cattle and goats over green pastures through the highland slopes, living alongside the wildlife as they have for centuries.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area includes its eponymous famous crater, Olduvai Gorge, and huge expanses of highland plains, scrub bush, and forests that cover approximately 8300 square kilometres. A protected area, only indigenous tribes such as the Masaai are allowed to live within its borders. Lake Ndutu and Masek, both alkaline soda lakes are home to rich game populations, as well as a series of peaks and volcanoes and make the Conservation Area a unique and beautiful landscape. Of course, the crater itself, actually a type of collapsed volcano called a caldera, is the main attraction. Accommodation is located on its ridges and after a beautiful descent down the crater rim, passing lush rain forest and thick vegetation, the flora opens to grassy plains throughout the crater floor. The game viewing is truly incredible, and the topography and views of the surrounding Crater Highlands out of this world.
4 DAYS TANZANIA SAFARI – NGORONGORO LAKE MANYARA
Day 1 - NGORONGORO SERENA LODGE
Departure from Arusha with drive through some of the beautiful countryside of Tanzania, the coffee estates of the Ngorongoro Highlands and reaching 8,000 feet to the rim of the famous Ngorongoro Crater. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.
Day 2 - NGORONGORO CRATER - NGORONGORO SERENA LODGE
Morning start on a full day on the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater. This 102 square mile paradise is the setting of endless activity. Later in the afternoon, we return to the lodge for dinner and overnight Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.
Day 3 - LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK - LAKE MANYARA SERENA LODGE
After breakfast, we leave Ngorongoro and retrace our path, ending at the Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, perched atop the Great Rift Valley escarpment. We have time for a nature walk before lunch. After lunch, we descend the escarpment to the Lake Manyara National Park below and enjoy the mixture of hippopotamus, birds, monkeys and baboon. We return to the lodge for dinner and overnight Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
Day 4 - RETURN TO ARUSHA
After breakfast, we return to Arusha for the end of our service.
5 DAYS LAKE MANYARA / NGORONGORO CRATER/ TARANGIRE, TANZANIA SAFARI
Day 1. Nairobi-Arusha-Lake Manyara National Park.
Depart Arusha in the morning for Lake Manyara arriving by lunchtime. Afternoon game drive. Look out for tree climbing lions, which Manyara is famous for. Thousands of flamingos can be seen on the lakeshore. Large herds of elephants are also seen. Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Hotel or campsite for dinner and overnight at lodge.
Day 2. Lake Manyara-Ngorongoro Crater
After a short morning game drive in Lake Manyara, proceed to one of the natural wonders of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater. Descend 2000ft (670m) into the crater floor in a four-wheel drive land rover with open hatch roof. Full day Crater tour at Ngoitoktok Springs picnic site. The main crater is 165km and contains constant animal population of varied species including buffaloes, rhinos, lions and elephants. Other grazing animals have made this crater a permanent home . Part for Ngorongoro Crater to arrive for dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Day 3. Tanzania Ngorongoro Crater
After early breakfast a 4wheel drive vehicle will take you 2000ft down the crater, tracking animals. Picnic lunch at the crater before ascending back to the lodge for dinner and overnight Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
Day 4. Ngorongoro Crater-Tarangire National Park
After breakfast drive to Tarangire to arrive for lunch. Afternoon game drive in search of elephants, lions, zebra, giraffes, antelopes, gazelles, warthogs, jackals, leopard and over 250 species of birds. Meals and overnight Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Day 5. Tarangire National Park-Arusha
After breakfast proceed for a morning game viewing drive, return to Arusha.