Ngorongoro Crater Safari is a short African wildlife safari combine which takes you to northern Tanzania game reserves the Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater. Tarangire National Park is located about 2 hour drive from Arusha town which is the main Tanzania tourist hub. This park is famously known for boasting the largest population of elephants than any park in northern Tanzania. The landscape of the park is characterized of the seasonal swamplands and unending savannah decorated with dotted giant baobab trees. During the dry season the swamps shrink and the streams dry so herds of animals congregated near the shrinking swamps and animal such as elephants and buffaloes may observed scratching the floor of the dry streams searching for water. Moreover the Tarangire River is remaining the only source of water and large herds of animals can be easily seen coming to drink.
After a full day game drive in Tarangire you will then drive to Mto wa Mbu or Karatu area for your overnight stay
The Ngorongoro Highlands and Crater
The following day after breakfast you will drive towards through the Ngorongoro highlands to the Ngorongoro Crater. This unbroken caldera is among the natural wonders of the world situated in east Africa region. The size of this intact crater is so spectacular and it host the world largest density of mammals per unit area. Due to this fact the Ngorongoro crater is often called the eighth wonder of the world.
The fertile soil and presence of permanent source of water in the Ngorongoro crater attract several animal species such as elephants, zebras, wildebeest, buffalo, various antelopes and gazelles, hippopotami and hyena to inhibit the area. The crater is also the best spot to spot the rare black rhinoceros in Tanzania.
After the picnic lunch in the Ngorongoro Crater and further wildlife watching you will then depart for the journey back to Arusha.
Ngorongoro Crater Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Arusha – Tarangire National Park
Start your Ngorongoro crater safari today by departing Arusha at 08:00 am after breakfast and drive for about 2 hours to Tarangire National Park. Along the way you pass through the beautiful landscapes of the Monduli and the Maasai steppes dotted by the acacia trees. The bustling maasai villages are also situated in the area where the warriors will observed grazing large herds of livestock and the maasi women fetching water with donkeys.
As you arrived in Tarangire national park you will conduct the game drive along the Tarangire River which cross cut the park and it is also the permanent source of water. This river is lined up with huge acacia trees and giants baobab trees which makes it become one of the attractive feature of the park. During the dry season large herds of mammals such elephants, buffaloes, zebras and other herbivores are regularly migrate along the banks of the river grazing and drinking. Predators such as lions and hyenas will also can observed following the herds of the herbivores.
Enjoy picnic lunch at the site with nice view overlooking the Tarangire River with the monkeys moves around waiting if there will be some drop off.
As you proceed with the game drive you may also be able to see some endangered animal species such as the gerenuk, Greater Kudu or the Fringe-Eared Oryx.
After an extreme game drive in the day you will then depart Tarangire to Lake Manyara area for Dinner and Overnight. Overnight at Twiga Lodge.
Day 2: Tarangire – Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha
Today your 2 days /1 nights Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater Safari takes you to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which is the world heritage site and the home to the ngorongoro crater. The ngorongoro conservation is famously known for its multi lands use policy between people and the wildlife. The Ngorongoro crater on the other hands is considered as the 8th Wonder of the World host over 120 species of mammals including the BIG FIVE. From the open safari vehicle you will enjoy a panoramic view of this beautiful park and spot the endangered black rhinoceros.
The crater is host large number of predators including lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, and hyenas, as well as a large population of wildebeest, zebras, antelope, buffalo, and more. It is truly one of Africa’s premier safari destinations.
After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will enjoy picnic lunch on the crater floor to site located near the hippo pool and after you will start the journey back to Arusha.
2 Days / 1 Night Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater Safari Rates
2 people @ US $ 650
3 people @ US $ 510
Solo travelers US $ 1080
2 Days / 1 Night Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater Safari Included Features
- All Park entrance fees
- Meals as indicated on the itinerary
- Transportation in a 4WD Safari Land Cruizer or Land Rover
- Accommodation at Twiga Lodge
2 Days / 1 Night Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater Safari Excluded Features
- Airport transfers
- International Flights
- Excursions not mentioned on the Itinerary
- Gratuity for your professional Safari Guide
- Beer, Wine, Spirits, Soft drinks and Water during meals
- Accommodation on the first night on your arrival in Arusha and day after safari