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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$1800 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 Migunga tented camp 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 Robanda tented camp 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 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Serengeti & Ngorongoro Safari

Day 1: Arusha - Serengeti National Park (L/D)Get ready to be picked up from your hotel between 8.30 - 9.00 am as you depart for Serengeti National Park with an en-route game drive. Spot various big game animals such as giraffes, lions, elephants, gazelles, zebras in their natural habitat. In the afternoon, enjoy a picnic lunch and carry on with a short game drive in Serengeti National Park. Budget Package: Overnight in Pimbi Camp or similar Lodge Package: Overnight in Seronera Wildlife Lodge or similarDay 2: Serengeti National Park (B/L/D)Head out into the wilderness after breakfast to begin your full day game drive across Serengeti National Park. Discover large prides of lions lazing in the tall grasses and elephants feeding on acacia barks. Enjoy picnic lunch in the afternoon. Budget Package: Overnight in Pimbi Camp or similar Lodge Package: Overnight in Seronera Wildlife Lodge or similarDay 3: Serengeti - Ngorongoro Crater Rim (B/L/D)Wake up for an early morning Serengeti game drive. Return to your accommodation for brunch and depart for Ngorongoro Crater, one of the natural wonders of the world. Thereafter you arrive in Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world. Drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the afternoon and enjoy game viewing on your way to your accommodation, situated on the rim of the crater. Budget Package: Overnight in Simba Camp or similar Lodge Package: Overnight in Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge or similarDay 4: Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha (B/L)After breakfast we descend into the giant caldera floor for an enthusiastic game drive. Take a break for lunch at the hippo pool picnic site before ascending towards the rim for your departure to Arusha. You will be dropped-off at your hotel in Arusha as this amazing experience comes to an end.

$1800 Cultural & Theme Tours

4-Day Ngorongoro Serengeti Tarangire Safari

Day 1: Arusha to Ngorongoro then Serengeti National Park Pick-up in Arusha by your driver/guide and safari vehicle. The vehicle is equipped with a top-up roof for better game viewing and a fridge to keep the complimentary mineral water cool. Early morning departure with lunchbox in order to arrive in time in the Serengeti for starting the game drives. The road from Arusha leads you over the Great Rift Valley and through the Crater Forest and over the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Short stop at the viewpoint with breathtaking views over the crater, before descending towards the Serengeti. The vast extensions of the Serengeti plains before you will impress you and wanting you to explore this area in deep. The Migration consisting of around 2 million animals is on the move all year round. With fluctuations of annual rainfall the exact location of the animals varies from year to year.Day 2: Travel to Serengeti National Park Full day of exploring the Serengeti, trying to follow the tracks of the migration and be immersed in crowds of thousands and thousands of animals, Game drive to see also nocturnal predators returning from hunting and animals waking up in early morning light followed by full day Serengeti national park tour putting you in a position to see lots of the animals. Serengeti is the Name comes from Maasai Language meaning endless plain. Therefore is home to many animals including Lions, Elephants, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Zebra, Leopard, Cheetah, warthogs, Hyena plus a lots and lots of bird life. In many cases migration is taking place around Serengeti and at that particular time millions of wildebeest and zebra are mingling together followed by predators.Day 3: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Karatu Game driving out of Serengeti you will go again up the slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater. Descent onto the crater floor to emerge into this fishbowl of wildlife. On the grass steppe and in the acacia tree woods, you will find almost all species that are found in the East African savannah; with the exception of topis, Masai giraffes and impalas. Quite often you can observe the "Big Five" within a couple of hours. After an extensive wildlife tour and a picnic for lunch, you’ll proceed towards Karatu the first village after the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.Day 4: Karatu - Tarangire National Park - Arusha Last but not least, a visit to the impressive Tarangire National Park, Tanzania’s third largest national park and sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Animals concentrate along the Tarangire River,There is a great diversity of wildlife including lion, leopard, cheetah and up to six thousand elephant. Full game drive with lunch box, then continuation to Arusha.

$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.

$2780 Cultural & Theme Tours

The Big 5

Day 1 Lake Manyara Enjoy a game drive in the park with a picnic lunch.Lake Manyara is best known for its rich variety of bird life and tree climbing lion. Elephants, monkeys, flamingoes, pelicans, cormorants and storks to mention a few in Lake Manyara. Later you will drive to Flamingo Safari Lodge in Karatu for your dinner and overnight. Day 2 Ngorongoro Conservation Area biking/hikingAfter breakfast with your guide you will learn about medicinal plants, view a number of bird species, watch waterfalls, tumble down a cliff and see the magnificent elephant caves. If you're lucky you might also see other animals in the forest such as buffalo, elephants, baboons and various reptiles. Later go back to Karatu for overnight at Panorama Inn in Karatu. Day 3-5 Serengeti National Park After breakfast you will head off to Serengeti National Park. This is undoubtably Tanzania's most famous park. Great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant's gazelle are resident at any time of the year. Lions and leopards easily seen. You will enjoy a late afternoon game drive in the amazing Serengeti. Later go to your dinner and overnight at Serengeti Wild Camp/Ngorongoro Wild Camp. Day 6 Ngorongoro Crater After breakfast drive to Ngorongoro Crater for a half day game drive inside the crater. This is the best place in Tanzania to see black rhino as well as prides of lion that include the magnificent black-manned males. There are lots of colorful flamingoes and a variety of water birds. Other game that you can see includes leopard, cheetah, hyena, other members of the antelope family, and small mammals. Later drive back to Karatu/Arusha and end your journey with us.

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