BRIEF ITINERARY # 3
1. Ngorongoro Farm House
2. Ngorongoro Farm House
3. Lake Natron Camp
4. Lake Natron Camp
5. Day Hotel and Departure
Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Natron Camp is a great mix of unique landscape, wildlife and serene beauty. The Ngorongoro crater is one of the world’s best game reserves.
Day 1: Lake Manyara National Park / Karatu
Our head guide will be met after breakfast at your hotel, for in depth safari briefing before depart with picnic lunches and your private safari adventure begins. Today you will venture out to Lake Manyara National Park in your private 4WD vehicle. Your safari driver guide, will be your companion and at your service throughout your entire trip and will provide you with all the information and assistance that you need during your stay in this magical part of East Africa.
Lake Manyara National Park is one of the smallest but most ecologically diverse game reserves in Tanzania. Entering the park the tall trees surround the ground forest. In many ways it resembles a tropical rain forest – with its verdant foliage and variety of bird life – the difference being these trees are supported by a water supply from underneath rather than by abundant rainfall.
Before 18:00 you will check out of park gate and drive to NGORONGORO FARM HOUSE for dinner and overnight stay. Website: www.tanganyikawildernesscamps.com
Day 2: Olduvai Gorge & Ngorongoro Crater
Early breakfast then depart with your picnic lunches to visit the site Olduvai where Mary and Louis Leakey first discovered the remains of Zinjanthropus Bosei, a distant ancestor of man believed to be 1.8 million years old, Australopithecus Bosei, the -Nutcracker Man’, a species that became extinct about 1 million years ago and fossilized footprints that date back 3,6 million years. Thereafter drive and descend 2000 feet down into the Ngorongoro Crater which is the home of big five and other wildlife for game viewing
The Ngorongoro Crater is a World Heritage Site and better known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. It is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. The 2000 feet high walls of the approximately 10 mile wide crater create a natural amphitheater for the densest populations of large animals anywhere.The rich soils and abundant, year-round water provide an idea habitat for a variety of approximately 22,000 large animals. Herbivores that you will likely encounter include Elephant, Black Rhino, Hippo, Buffalo, Eland, Zebra, Wildebeest, hartebeest, Water buck, Warthog, Grant’s Gazelle and Thomson’s Gazelle. Giraffe, Impala and Topi are strangely absent from the Crater floor. Primates include Baboons and Vervet Monkeys. Carnivores that you will likely encounter include Lion, Cheetah, Hyena and Jackal. Leopards, Servals, bat eared Foxes and Ratels are also resident within the Crater but much more elusive. All meals and Overnight at NGORONGORO FARM HOUSE
Day 3: Engaruka Village / Lake Natron
After breakfast you will drive to Engaruka village with picnic lunch for visit local irrigation for plantation farms including maize, onions, potatoes, bananas etc. You will also have an opportunity to visit the remnants of the ruined city of Engaruka. The guide will help you to identify old graves, house walls and explain the various theories about the rise and fall of the farming community. En-route you can enjoy the colorful birds and butterflies and visit Maasai slaughterhouse. After these activities then drive to LAKE NATRON CAMP and arrive for your mountain briefing then enjoying your early dinner and get ready for the climb.
Day 4: Oldonyo Lengai /Lake Natron
You will wake at midnight or 1am for Oldonyo Lengai climb which takes 4 to 5 hours climb to the top. While at the top you will enjoy not only sunrise and enter the crater to watch the volcanic activity. The descent takes about 2 Â½ hours and you will arrive at camp for a leisurely breakfast.
After lunch will take you for afternoon activities including visiting water falls, hot spring, footprint and late afternoon walk on the soda flats beside the Lake Natron where you will see flamingos.
Lake Natron is a wild and remote area which lies in the North part of Tanzania between the Ngorongoro Highlands and Serengeti Plains. The area situated at the base of Africa’s active volcano mountain you just climbed. It is also known as Mountain of God. Lake Natron is one of the most alkaline lakes in the world. Home to millions of tiny crustaceans, the lake is a haven for literally thousands of lesser flamingo’s and it is one of the most important breeding grounds on earth. The attraction of the area is the landscape rather than animal viewing because the area around lake Natron is dry and desolate. Dinner and overnight at lake Natron. Website: www.moivaro.com
Day 5: Departure
After breakfast at your camp you will drive back to Arusha with picnic lunch and on this day you will have an opportunity to shopping and visit local markets. Day use will be reserved for you at Lush Garden Hotel to freshen up before transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight back home. We hope your Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Natron Camp trip was enjoyable, relaxing worth the visit.
Costs in US Dollars:
2pax: USD 2,500 per person
3pax: USD 2,400 per person
4pax: USD 2,200 per person
5pax: USD 2,100 per person
6pax: USD 2,000 per person
7pax: USD 1,900 per person
USD 280 single room supplement per person
Best months: Jan, Feb, June, July, August, Sept, Oct, Dec.
A Supplement of $80 per person will apply to all bookings on the 24th, 25th, and 31st December 2017
Safari Package Includes:
– Accommodation and meals as stated above
– Safari vehicle with unlimited game drives
– 2 liters of mineral water per person per day during game drive
– Government levies and taxes
– All park fees & Local entrance fees as per the itinerary
– Olduvai Gorge visit
– Crater tour
– Day hotel use and transfer to Kilimanjaro airport on the last day
– Flying Doctors Membership card for entire safari
– Public Liability Insurance Cover
Safari Package Excludes:
– All flights
– Tanzania Visa which costs US$ 50/100 per person
– Tips to your safari driver guides, lodges staffs and local people
– Laundry and drinks while on safari
– Telephone calls
– All other items of personal natures