Welcome to Ngorongoro Conservation Area


And apart from Ngorongoro Crater, lying within the boundaries of the 8292-sq-km Ngorongoro Conservation Area are some of northern Tanzania's greatest sights, including Oldupai Gorge and much of the Crater Highlands (although not Ol Doinyo Lengai and Lake Natron).


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$1900 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater 4 days safari from Arusha town

Day 1 – Arusha – Lake Manya ra Pick up from Arusha and transfer to Lake Manyara national park. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and after lunch do we head into the Lake Manyara National Park for an afternoon game drive. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, Lake Manyara’s unique tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake. Dinner and overnight at LAKE MANYARA SAFARI LODGE Day 2 – Lake Manyara – Serengeti P lains. After breakfast we head towards the Serengeti National Park, via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, we descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We head to the central park area, known as the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti national park. Dinner and overnight at WILDLIFE LODGE SERONERA Day 3 – Serengeti Plains . This is your full day in the park with packed lunch. The big five are spotted this day and thousands of wildbeasts and zebras. Return for dinner and overnight. Day 4 – Ngorongoro crater to Arusha After breakfast at the lodge do we depart to Ngorongoro Conservation area. You will  proceed to the crater for wildlife view. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park, is it’s dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here. You will later proceed to arusha town arriving late in the afternoon. This marks the end of your trip.

$1199 Outdoor Activities

4 Days Camping Safari

Day 1 - Drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area for game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight. Day 2 - Breakfast, Proceed to Serengeti with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight. Day 3 - Breakfast, game drive in Serengeti with picnic lunch.Day 4 - Breakfast,  game drive in Serengeti with picnic lunch. Return to ArushaINCLUSION • Full board accommodation during Safari. • English Safari guide. • Culture tourism (including museum fees if applicable) fees. • Safari base vehicle 4×4 Vehicle with open roof for game viewing. • Transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to and from Arusha. • All entrance Park fees and Crater fees for visiting Ngorongoro Crater) including 18% VAT. • All meals while on safari. • Government taxes, VAT and service charges relating to accommodation and included meals EXCLUSION • Personal entry Visas. • International flights & corresponding taxes. • Items of personal nature. • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.) • Staff tips. • Optional activities not outlined on the itinerary.

$4318.75 Outdoor Activities

Camp or Lodge Safari 8 Days

Day 1: Moshi – Tarangire National ParkWe will pick up you up from your hotel in Moshi at 8:30am to head to Tarangire National Park. You will be provided with a picnic lunchbox, arriving at the park late morning before enjoying a game drive for the rest of the day. After your fill of wildlife you will head to your campsite.  Day 2: Tarangire National Park – Lake Eyasi:Rise early to enjoy a morning game drive in this beautiful park.  Late morning you will leave the park to drive to Lake Eyasi (approximately 3 hour drive).  This afternoon you can meet the Datoga tribe, famous for being the ‘blacksmiths of Tanzania’. Later afternoon your guide can talk you for a walking safari around the edge of the lake.  You will have dinner prepared by your safari chef and overnight at Lake Eyasi campsite. Day 3: Track the Hadzabe bushmen – Ngorongoro Conservation Areai: Following an early breakfast at the campsite you will take a walk through the scattered bush to the Bushmen’s home. After spending the morning with the Hadzabe you will head back to the campsite for lunch before heading off to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.  Arrive on the edge of the crater rim to set up camp at Simba Campsite.  Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater  - Serengeti NPAnother early start this morning to descend into the Crater floor for a game drive when the wildlife are most active.  Your lunch will be served at the picnic site in the crater. Mid-afternoon you will ascend the crater to drive through to Serengeti National Park, setting up camp in the central Seronera region.Day 5: Central SerengetiThe Serengeti’s name means ‘endless plains’ – there is definitely plenty to explore.  The central region is well known for being a great place to spot big cats as well as plenty of other wildlife.  Enjoy a full day game drive in this region, with a lunchbox provided.  Return to camp for dinner and overnight. Day 6: Serengeti – Lake Natron Today is a long drive but heading through some wonderfully scenic and remote areas.  You will arrive at Lake Natron campsite in the late evening for dinner before heading to bed.Day 7: Lake Natron – Oldoinyo Lengai ClimbHead down to the lake to witness this site famous for flamingo breeding or head off on a hike to the waterfalls or surrounding village areas.  Rest up in the afternoon for your evening trek of the still active volcano Oldoinyo – Lengai Day 8: Lake Natron - MoshiFollowing breakfast at the camp you will commence your drive back to Arusha/Moshi (arrive late evening).

$1769 Outdoor Activities

3 Day Safari: Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater

Day 1:Moshi – Tarangire National ParkPick up from your hotel in Moshi and drive to Tarangire National Park (with a lunchbox on the way). You will arrive there late morning to enjoy a game drive with the opportunity to see large groups of elephants that make this national park famous.  Tarangire is home to many of the iconic Baobab trees as well as Amarula trees (whose fruit is one of the favourite sweet treats for the elephants!). As the sun sets you will head to set up camp within the national park.  You will be welcomed by your safari chef who will have whipped up a delicious dinner in the middle of the bush.  Settle in for a night amongst the wilderness.  There are western style bathroom facilities at all public campsites within the national park. Day 2: Tarangire – Mto Wa Mbu - NgorongoroEarly rise for a full morning game drive in Tarangire National Park.  It’s a great time to be on a game drive as the animals are waking and becoming active.  Following your morning of wildlife watching you will have lunch and then head towards Ngorongoro Conservation area, passing through the lively town of Mto Wa Mbu.  There are several options for this afternoon:Stop at a Maasai Boma on the way. Here you will be taken into a traditional house and have the Maasai way of life explained.  Be welcomed with a traditional song from the women, and join in a ‘jumping’ competition with the moran warriors.   Price: USD$50 for the group.Take a short biking tour from Mto wa Mbu with the cultural tourism program. You can ride down to Lake Manyara (on the side not in the national park) with the opportunity to see giraffe, zebra, flamingos and hippos.  Bike ride is approximately 2 hours.  Price: USD$65 per adult.  Explore Mto wa Mbu with your guide – visit the craft market and find the ‘red bananas’ that make this town famous. Free of charge. Following any of the activities you will continue your drive into Ngorongoro Conservation Area, viewing wildlife along the way before reaching Simba Campsite where you will have a freshly prepared dinner before tucking yourselves in.  Ensure to bring some warm clothes as, at high altitude it can get quite cold here! Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater TourRise early at 6am for breakfast then head to Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.  Descend into this infamous crater to view some of Tanzania’s more rarely seen wildlife including the black rhino.  You will have a full-day game drive on the open grassy plains of the crater, stopping for a picnic lunch at Ngoitoktok hippo pools. After your fill of wildlife watching you will then ascend the crater to head back to Moshi (arrive approx.. 5-6pm).Please note safaris can also start/finish in Arusha. 

$2531 Outdoor Activities

4 Day Camping Safari: Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater

4 Day Great Migration Itinerary (Serengeti and Ngorongoro)Day 1:Moshi – Serengeti NPAn early start from your hotel in Moshi as you drive to the infamous Serengeti National Park.  The Serengeti’s literal translation means ‘endless plains’, and is home to the spectacle of the great migration – thousands of wildebeest and zebra on the move in search of fresh grasses. Today is a long drive, but with plenty to see along the way.  You will pass through Ngorongoro Conservation Area, stopping at a fantastic view point of the caldera.  You will reach the Serengeti in the afternoonfor a game drive before heading to set up camp at a public campsite within the National Park. Day 2:Full Day SerengetiWith a full day in this magnificent National Park you will have a great chance of seeing the migration.  Your driver will communicate with park rangers to pin-point exactly where they are.  In June, it is likely that the wildebeest will be towards the West, heading North therefor you may even get to see a River Crossing.  After your day of wildlife watching, head back to camp for dinner and a night amongst the wilderness.Day 3:Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation AreaRise early before dawn to catch the wildlife whilst they are still active before the day gets too hot and they return to rest.  Explore the hippo pools and find crocodiles basking as the sun comes up.  Return to camp for brunch, pack up and then drive to Ngorongoro whilst viewing more wildlife on the way.  You will set up camp at Simba camp- on the edge of the crater rim.  Be prepared to find zebra and possibly even elephant wandering through camp as your chef cooks up a storm for dinner.  No doubt after a busy day you will turn yourselves in early!Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater Tour – Moshi  Wake up to a delicious breakfast at the campsite and then descend into the infamous Ngorongoro crater to view some of Tanzania’s more rarely seen wildlife including the black rhino.  You will have a morning game drive on the open grassy plains of the crater, stopping for a picnic lunch at Ngoitoktok hippo pools before returning to Arusha/Moshi (arrive 5pm/6pm). 

$3500 Cultural & Theme Tours

7 DAYS TANZANIA LODGE SAFARI

Day 1 Tarangire National Park Distance: 130km Non – game viewing time : 3 – 4 hrsAfter breakfast the tour departs. First stop is Arusha Town for any last minute purchases before we head off on safari. Afterwards we head to Lake Manyara.  Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro farm house.Day 2Lake Manyara National ParkDistance: 50kmNon – game viewing time : 2 – 3 hrsAfter breakfast, depart for Serengeti National Park, via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, we descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see.Dinner and overnight atSerengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp for 2 nights.Day 3 and 4 Serengeti National parkDistance: 145kmNon – game viewing time : 3 – 5 hrsFull day Serengeti National Park game drive including following the wildebeest migration. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp.Day 4Serengeti National ParkDay 5Serengeti National ParkFull day Serengeti National Park game drive including following the wildebeest migration. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp.Day 6Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro CraterDistance: 145km Non – game viewing time : 2 – 4 hrsEarly morning game drive and after 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 Late afternoon transfer to Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge where you will have dinner and overnightDay 7Ngorongoro Crater – Moshi – AirportDistance: 210km Non – game viewing time : 3 – 4 hrsAfter an early breakfast, You will descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro conservation Area supports avast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo and giant African elephants. Late afternoon transfer to Arusha For dinner and Overnight or airport drop off. ( Accommodation can be included upon request at extra cost )

Ngorongoro Conservation Area in detail