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Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater

Game Drive at Ngorongoro Crater.

The Ngorongoro is the best place in Tanzania to see the big five. It supports a healthy population of black rhino and some of the largest tusked elephants left in Africa today the Crater is also home to strong populations of lions, leopards and cheeky hyenas along with good sized herds of wildebeest, buffalo and zebra Other game in Ngorongoro includes several big cat species like cheetahs and jackals. Also Grant and Thompson’s gazelle are found plus flamingos and bat eared foxes there are approximately 400 species of bird living in and around the crater.

Activities at Ngorongoro Crater

Activities in the Ngorongoro Crater itself are limited to game driving only .but there are also picnic spots in the park. When you include the surrounding Ngorongoro Conservation area you will discover a full range of activities that are on offer including walking, trekking, plus visiting the Maasai and other tribes and also exploring the Olduvai Gorge.

Safari & Itinerary

Cultural Tourism Program

6 Days Cultural Tourism Program

The Tanzanian Cultural Tourism Program is a program where local people organize and run small tourism projects, the income being used for community projects – is well developed in the Kilimanjaro and Arusha Regions. It is well worth visiting one or two alongside your safari, to get a real feel for both the cultural and natural history of this fascinating part of Tanzania.
Day 1Arrival

Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), Tanzania. You will meet us at the airport and pick up with private transfer to Arusha/ Moshi. We will gather in the evening for a safari briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.

Day 2 Longido

Visit to the cultural tourism program in Longido. Return to overnight at Arusha.  (half board).

Day 3 Tarangire National Park

Start of safari – transfer to Tarangire National Park. Half day game drive and overnight at the Kigongoni Campsite (full board)

Day 4 Karatu Marera Campsite

Transfer to Karatu, to visit the Sandemu Iraqw cultural centre. Overnight stay at Marera Campsite (full board)

Day 5 Serengeti National Park

Transfer to the famous Serengeti National Park. Half day game drive and possible sundowner game drive and overnight at Seronera Campsite, in the heart of the Serengeti (full board).
Day 6 Ngorongoro Crater

Morning game drive in Serengeti then transfer to Ngorongoro Crater. Overnight on the rim of the crater at Simba Campsite (full board)

Day 7 Arusha

Early morning descend into the crater for morning game drive. Enjoy lunch in the crater before transfer back to Arusha. Overnight at Arusha. (half board).

Sample Prices

Your Northern Safari can be fully tailor-made, please contact Tanzania Adventure Company for advice…
This sample itinerary is not necessarily the cheapest option, but will give you ideas of options available.

Our Safari itinerary includes:

  • All park entrance, hotels and administrative fees
  • All meals while on Safari
  • Transfer to/from Arusha
  • 4WD transportation while on Safari
  • Staff salaries and fees
  • Campsites where noted
  • Maasai Experience Tour in the Ngorongoro Highland
Price Excludes:
  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • All items of person nature such as telephone call, fax, email etc
  • Trips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, porters, camp staff and driver – guide(s)
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
  • Laundry service
  • Visas and passport fees.
Camping Safari

6 Days Camping Safari

Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater via Olduvai Gorge – Lake Manyara – and Tarangire National Park

DAY 1:
Serengeti National Park
Early in the morning drives straight to the Serengeti arriving in time for an afternoon game drive. Catching the great migration in the Serengeti is a spectacular sight, and if you time your safari right, you might witness over a million wildebeest hustling together as the intensity of the migration grows, dinner and overnight at the Campsite

DAY 2:
Serengeti National Park
Full day on game viewing and you will have both morning and afternoon game drives through the Serengeti exploring the wildlife in the great open plains, dinner and overnight at the Campsite

DAY 3:
Ngorongoro Crater & Olduvai Gorge
After enjoying your breakfast you will drive via Olduvai Gorge to Ngorongoro Crater, with a picnic lunch en route. Discover the archaeological history at Olduvai before driving to your accommodation at Ngorongoro Campsite. Quite possibly the most famous of all Africa’s conservation areas, this is one of the places in Africa where you stand a very good chance of seeing the “Big Five”. Spend two nights at Ngorongoro, where the high altitude of the Crater Rim will ensure you sleep well.

DAY 4:
Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, our essential Northern Circuit safari has allocated a full day for game viewing in the Crater with a picnic lunch. The crater is rich in wildlife and the day will be filled with sights and sounds of the wild echoing within the crater walls,dinner and overnight at the Campsite

DAY 5:
Lake Manyara National Park
This morning you will drive to Lake Manyara. Activities here will include a walk around the rim of the Great Rift Valley, escorted by a Maasai guide. Lunch is followed by a game drive in this park famous for its herds of elephants and huge variety of birds. The Lake Manyara forest is the place to see leopard, while lions hunt on the grassy shores of the lake. You will be staying at Karatu

DAY 6:
Tarangire National Park
After breakfast you leave Lake Manyara and drive to Tarangire. In the afternoon you’ll be taken on a game drive through the park. Many of the animals congregate around the only source of permanent water in the park, the Tarangire River. This is the best place in Tanzania to see really big herds of elephant – up to 300 at a time. After lunch transfer to Arusha or Moshi and overnight, If you are departing this evening, we are happy to arrange a dayroom and airport transfer

Our Safari itinerary includes:

  • All park entrance, hotels and administrative fees
  • All meals while on Safari
  • Transfer to/from Arusha
  • 4WD transportation while on Safari
  • Staff salaries and fees
  • Campsites where noted
  • Maasai Experience Tour in the Ngorongoro Highland
Price Excludes:
  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • All items of person nature such as telephone call, fax, email etc
  • Trips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, porters, camp staff and driver – guide(s)
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
  • Laundry service
  • Visas and passport fees.
Safari across the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire

7 Day Safari across the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire


We offer unique safari itineraries to suit customer requirements. All our safaris use durable, well-maintained Land Cruisers or Land Rovers, with roof hatches for unobstructed and up-close game-viewing. Our safaris include all park fees, an English speaking driver/guide, meals and lodge accommodations. Price per person varies depending on group size.

 Day 1: arrival in Arusha/ moshi
Arrive Kilimanjaro and transfer to Arusha at Ilboru Safari Lodge. The rest of the day is free to relax and recover from your flight, laze by the pool or explore the town.

Day 2: Arusha/ moshi to Tarangire National Park
Today we drive to Tarangire National Park, for excellent game viewing. Tarangire is a small park which offers some excellent sights. Generally in the dry seasons Tarangire comes alive as wildlife and birdlife congregate on the Tarangire River, which is a permanent source of water. We spend the night in our lodge beautifully set inside the park with stunning views and a unique atmosphere. In the late afternoon we travel just outside of Tarangire National Park to Lake Manyara at Nsiya special tented camp

Day 3: Tarangire to Lake Manyara
Today we drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a full day of game drives. This is one of Tanzania’s smaller parks but still offers a rewarding and diverse safari experience. The lakeshore at Manyara teems with birdlife, and while you are looking for the birds, you might spot one of the elusive tree-climbing lions. There are a surprising number of other large mammals and the striking cliffs on the Rift escarpment form a dramatic backdrop. In the late afternoon we make a short journey from the park to our special tented camp.

Day 4: Lake Manyara to Serengeti
We head towards the Serengeti National Park. En route there is an opportunity to visit Olduvai Gorge. It is within this steep sided ravine that Louis and Mary Leakey made some of the world’s most important archaeological discoveries in the 1950s. Here in a small museum we are able to see evidence of our ancestors that have been dated back 2.5 million years. After lunch we drive into the Serengeti itself and the rest of the afternoon is spent game viewing in the vast plains that are broken only by stands of acacia trees and the occasional kopje. In December, January and February we will normally meet the migration with large herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle. There are always plenty of resident animals, such as giraffe, buffalo, and elephant, and many large predators such as lion, cheetah, and leopard. We return to our special tented camp for the night.

Day 5:  Serengeti
We have another full day in this wonderful park, rising early to make the most of our time. Our guides will choose the best spotting locations for the time of year; we can spend time at the Hippo pool watching these majestic animals laze about in the cool water happily living alongside the crocodiles, watch a big pride of lions, be in the middle of the migration, sometimes surrounded by wildebeest, sometimes by zebras, which travel with the wildebeest. We journey from the wide open plains to the kopjes: these volcanic rocky outcrops provide protection and shelter for a wide variety of animals and from the top we can look out across the vast grasslands of the Serengeti. This diverse and interesting landscape will provide us with the ultimate in game viewing, we will hopefully see all of the plain games; elephants, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lions and it you are lucky the elusive leopard and cheetah, as well as huge amounts of interesting bird life, from the elegant secretary birds to the flightless ostrich. We return to our special tented camp for the night.

Day 6: Serengeti toNgorongoro Crater
We start the day with an early morning game drive before heading to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ngorongoro is a special place in that it is a Conservation Area, not a National Park; this means that the whole area is managed for both the animals and the local Masai people who graze their cattle alongside the indigenous wildlife. During the drive in Ngorongoro we have a chance to glimpse something of the Masai way of life. After stopping at the entrance gate, where there is a chance to learn more about this fascinating volcanic landscape, we will drive around the rim of the Crater itself, and from here we can look down and see the herd of wildebeest or buffalos. Finally we descend into the crater. The crater walls provide a natural sanctuary for the animals, which means there is plenty to see: lions, elephants, buffalo, rhino and leopard (if you are lucky). The only animal you won’t see in here is a giraffe, whose long legs are unable to cope with the steeps sides of the crater. In the late afternoon we travel just outside of Ngorongoro Conservation Area to our special tented camp.

Day 7
Free morning to relax after your great northern safari or explore the town, especially maasai market.
We will arrange a private transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) after the safari.

Our Safari itinerary includes:

  • All park entrance, hotels and administrative fees
  • All meals while on Safari
  • Transfer to/from Arusha
  • 4WD transportation while on Safari
  • Staff salaries and fees
  • Campsites where noted
  • Maasai Experience Tour in the Ngorongoro Highland
Price Excludes:
  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • All items of person nature such as telephone call, fax, email etc
  • Trips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, porters, camp staff and driver – guide(s)
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
  • Laundry service
  • Visas and passport fees.
Holiday Wildlife Safari - Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater

3 Days Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater

Day1; arrival at Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to Arusha or Moshi

DAY 2: Lake Manyara National Park
In the morning you drive to Lake Manyara. Activities here include a walk around the rim of the Great Rift Valley. Lunch is followed by a game drive in the park famous for its herds of elephants and huge variety of birds and tree climbing lions. A leopard might also be spotted in Lake Manyara forest. After game drive you head back to your hotel at sunset for dinner and overnight.

DAY 4: Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, our essential Northern Circuit safari has allocated a full day for game viewing in the Crater with a picnic lunch. The crater is rich in wildlife and the day will be filled with sights and sounds of the wild echoing within the crater walls. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 5: Day of Departure
After a relaxing breakfast departs from Ngorongoro crater to Arusha for Lunch. If you are departing this evening, we are happy to arrange a dayroom and airport transfer.

Our Safari itinerary includes:

  • All park entrance, hotels and administrative fees
  • All meals while on Safari
  • Transfer to/from Arusha
  • 4WD transportation while on Safari
  • Staff salaries and fees
  • Campsites where noted
  • Maasai Experience Tour in the Ngorongoro Highland
Price Excludes:
  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • All items of person nature such as telephone call, fax, email etc
  • Trips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, porters, camp staff and driver – guide(s)
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
  • Laundry service
  • Visas and passport fees.

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