Welcome to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Lying within the boundaries of the 8292 sq km Ngorongoro Conservation Area are some of northern Tanzania's greatest sights: Ngorongoro Crater, Oldupai Gorge and much of the Crater Highlands (although not Ol Doinyo Lengai and Lake Natron)

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$1500 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5-Day Safari: Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorrongoro Crater from Arusha

Day 1: Arusha – Lake Manyara National ParkYou will be picked up from your hotel at 8 am. After your breakfast you will be driven to Lake Manyara National Park. This impressive National Park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park) at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s Western escarpment.The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants. Manyara is famous for its tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake. Dinner and overnight at the Alasamo campsite.Day 2: Serengeti National ParkAfter the breakfast, depart from the camp and drive to Serengeti via Ngorongoro Conservation Area and later arrive on the great Serengeti plains for a different but just as spectacular wildlife viewing experience. You will pass one of the world’s greatest prehistoric archaeological sites, called Olduvai Gorge, and then continue your way over the scrub lands. Like no other, this stretch embodies the meaning of the word 'Serengeti', which derives from the Masai 'Siringet' and has been artistically translated as 'the land that flows on forever'.Serengeti National Park covers 6,000 square miles of pristine land and offers not only expansive vistas, but the largest migration of mammals on earth, including 1.5 million wildebeest. Dinner and overnight at the Seronera campsite.Day 3: Full day at Serengeti National ParkAfter the breakfast you will have a full day game viewing at Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti, Tanzania’s largest National Park, covers nearly 6,000 square miles of grassland plains, Savannah, kopjes, hills, woodlands, and river line forests. Beyond the heralded migration of wildebeest and zebra, the Serengeti is best known for its big predators, including cheetah and leopard, as well as large prides of lions and clans of hyenas. Dinner and overnight at the Seronera campsite.Day 4: Serengeti N. Park – NgorongoroYour day starts with a morning game drive central of the Serengeti. For animals, that’s an active time of the day as it is not hot yet so there is a lot of wildlife to see out there until approximately 11:30 am. Then return back to the camp for brunch. On your way back, stop at Olduvai Gorge. It’s a fascinating archaeological site where you will learn about local history and the Masai tribes. Dinner and overnight at Simba campsite.Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha Your last day starts very early in the morning. Equipped with a picnic lunch you descend 2000 ft. down to the crater floor by 4×4 wheel drive vehicle for game viewing. Late afternoon you will be driven back to Arusha and you will be dropped at your hotel.

$3800 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Day Private Tour Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Tarangire, Ngorongoro from Arusha

Day 1: Arusha to Tarangire National ParkAfter breakfast at the lodge, leave early to the Tarangire National Park. This is the third largest park in Tanzania, and it is characterized by the amazingly large herds of elephants that can be encountered in this park. Overnight is at Panorama campsite. Day 2: Tarangire to Serengeti National ParkEnjoy breakfast at 6am. Embark on a drive to the Great Serengeti National Park with your picnic lunch en route via Ngorongoro Crater rim. Dinner and overnight at Seronera Campsite.Day 3: Central Serengeti  After breakfast, continue with both morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park. Remember this is the migration safari, so your game drives will depend on the movement of the migrants. Your guide knows how to locate the herds. The Serengeti National Park is famous for the Great Migration. Dinner and overnight at Seronera Campsite. Day 4: Serengeti to Ngorongoro CraterAfter breakfast, continue with game view in the Serengeti for three hours. Then, proceed with game on route arrive at nabi gate for lunch and after that proceed to Ngorongoro conservation area for dinner. Overnight at Simba Campsite.Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater to Lake ManyaraStart at 7am for the game drive with a picnic lunch inside the Ngorongoro Crater. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 foot-high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds, and other species. Your guide will be in contact with other safari drivers and will amaze you with their skill at locating the hidden animals. After exploration in Ngorongoro Crater, drive to Fanaka Campsite for dinner and overnight.Day 6 Lake Manyara  to ArushaThe journey continues to the village of Mto wa Mbu near Lake Manyara. Over the years the village has attracted people from various ethnic groups, and the wide variety of backgrounds and ethnicities has created a multicultural atmosphere in Mto wa Mbu. After a short briefing your guide will take you on a walk through the village and its surroundings. Dinner and Overnight at Arusha Tourist Inn Hotel.Day 7: Arusha National parkDepart Arusha in the morning with your private guide and travel to Arusha National Park, a short 40-minute drive. The park has an incredible variety of fauna and flora, which cannot fail to impress. Hollywood also chose this region to film the movie Hartari in which Hardy Kruger starred alongside the legendary John Wayne. Proceed back to Arusha in the evening.

$2950 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Safari in Tanzania's Northern Parks

Arriving To Tanzania Upon your arrival meet at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Arusha for bed and breakfast (B/B). Day 01: Arusha National Park In the morning drive to Arusha National Park with your packed lunch for game viewing. Break for a picnic lunch then continue with game viewing at Arusha National Park. Dinner and overnight at Impala Hotel/Karama Lodge. Full board (FB)Day 02: Tarangire National Park After breakfast transfer to Tarangire national park with your packed lunch for game viewing, enjoy a picnic lunch at Tarangire then continue with your game viewing until late evening, dinner and overnight, Tarangire Roika Tented lodge/Similar. FBDay 03 : Lake Manyara National Park After breakfast transfer to Lake Manyara National Park for game viewing, lunch then after lunch drive to the park again for a second half game viewing. Dinner and overnight, Manyara BougainVillea Safari lodge. FBDay 04: Serengeti National Park After breakfast transfer to Serengeti national park via Ngorongoro conservation area, with your lunch box and game en-route. Dinner and overnight, Totorlis Camp/Similar. FBDay 05: Serengeti / Ngorongoro After breakfast with your packed lunch drive and game en route to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Pass by Olduvai Gorge a historical site whereby the early man lived its your option whether you pass by the Maasai boma if you are interested in the real African life tradition and culture for extra costs, After your lunch en route adds to the crater rim for your dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife lodge/Similar. FBDay 06: Ngorongoro Crater After breakfast, with packed lunch descend into the crater for a full day game viewing. Have your picnic lunch in the crater at hippo pool or Lerai forest. Evening drive back to Arusha for dinner and overnight at your Hotel

$4978 Outdoor Activities

10-Day Tanzania Wildlife Safari from Arusha

Day 1: Arusha – Lake Manyara Park (B, L, D) After an 8.30am breakfast, leave Arusha for Lake Manyara Park for morning and afternoon game drives with a picnic lunch in the park. Overnight: Bougainvillea Safari Lodge Day 2: Manyara – Serengeti Plains (B, L, D) Drive from Manyara for a morning game drive en route to the great Serengeti Plains and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Overnight: Serengeti Tented Camp Day 3 & 4: Serengeti Central and Southern Areas (B, L, D) See more wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives across the Serengeti. Overnight: Serengeti Tented Camp Day 5: Serengeti - Ngorongoro – Ndutu (B, L, D) After breakfast, drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area for a morning game drive, and a picnic lunch inside the park. Overnight: Ndutu Safari Lodge/TentedDay 6: Full Day Game Drive in Ndutu (B, L, D) Spend a full day exploring the wildlife of the Ndutu area, taking in a range of different habitats that include swamps, woodland, soda lakes and the Serengeti short grass plains. Finish the day with a drive to the Ngorongoro Crater Rim for dinner and accommodations. Overnight: Sopa Lodge Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater (B, L, D) After breakfast, descend into the crater floor for a full day of game viewing. The Ngorongoro Crater is rich with wildlife, and you’ll have a picnic lunch near the Lerai forest or hippo pool. In the late afternoon, ascend the crater for your dinner and accommodations at Karatu Town. Overnight: Bougainvillea Safari Lodge Day 8: Karatu - Tarangire (B, L, D) After breakfast, leave Karatu Town for a game drive in Tarangire, where you’ll find plentiful elephants and a landscape of iconic baobab trees. Overnight: Tarangire Roika Tented Lodge Day 9: Tarangire National Park (B, L, D) Enjoy free time in the lodge/campsite until 3pm, with breakfast onsite and a hot lunch. Begin an evening game drive at 3pm, exploring the park during some of the most active hours for wildlife. Overnight: Tarangire Roika Tented Lodge Day 10: Tarangire to Arusha (B, L, D) After breakfast, leave Tarangire to Arusha town. If desired, visit Meserani Snake Park for lunch, and take one final afternoon game drive before arriving in Arusha, where this tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.

$1600 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Tanzania Safari including Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater from Arusha

Day 1: Arusha - Lake Manyara National ParkAfter safari briefing leave at 0830 hrs pick up from your hotel in Arusha town and drive on tarmac road 130km to Lake Manyara National Park with packed lunch for game drives. dinner over night Panorama campsite Day 2: Lake Manyara – Serengeti National ParkAfter breakfast we head towards the Serengeti National Park, via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti National Park. Dinner and overnight in the Seronera Camp.Day 3: Serengeti national parkWe do an after breakfast game viewing drive along the Sogore River Circuit, which loops into the plains south of the Seronera River, and which is good for possible Lion, Thomson gazelle, Topi, ostrich and cheetah sightings.In the afternoon we will follow the Kopjes Circuit, which goes anti-clockwise around the Maasai Kopjes, which usually attract a number of Lion and some formidably large Cobras.Dinner and overnight in the Seronera Camp. Day 4: Serengeti Plain – Ngorongoro CraterAfter breakfast at the lodge do we depart to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We will stopover at Olduvai Gorge, boasting with a history dating back to the dawn of time. It was here, that the anthropologists Drs. Lois and Mary Leakey discovered the skulls of 'Nutcracker Man' and 'Handy Man', both very significant links in the chain of human evolution. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and after lunch we will descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife for a half day's safari tour. Dinner and overnight at simba Camp. Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater – Tarangire National ParkAfter breakfast we depart for the Tarangire National Park. The Park runs along the line of the Tarangire River and is mainly made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. Its natural vegetation mainly consists of Acacia woodland and giant African Baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the South. After a picnic lunch we do an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight in the Tarangire Camp. Day 6: Tarangire National Park – ArushaWe enjoy an early morning game drive in the Tarangire National Park, followed by breakfast at the campsite. We will then transfer back to Arusha. End our African safari adventure. Accommodation at Arusha Tourist Inn Hotel

$360 Day Trips & Excursions

Ngorongoro Crater Safari Day Trip from Arusha

Meet at the hotel early in the morning for a hot breakfast. After breakfast and with packed lunches at the ready, you’ll drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area and descend into the crater for game viewing. The main feature of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the Ngorongoro Crater – a large, unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera. The crater, which formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago, is 610m (2,000 ft) deep and its floor covers 260 km² (100 miles²). Estimations of the height of the original volcano range from fifteen to nineteen thousand feet (4500 to 5800 meters). Animal populations in the crater include most of the species found in East Africa such as lion, elephant, zebra, rhino, leopard, buffalo, gazelle, wildebeest, hippo and many different bird species so expect to see wildlife galore. After an exciting day with all that wildlife you’ll be driven to Arusha in the evening.