Tarangire Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro crater

Tarangire, Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro crater our our favorite safari destinations in Tanzania. The Ngorongoro crater is a must for any safari trip while you are in Tanzania.

Brief Itinerary:

1. Tarangire National park and Game viewing
2. Full Day Ngorongoro Crater Game viewing

3. Visit Lake Manyara & transfer to the airport

Detailed Description:

Day 1: Tarangire National Park / Ngorongoro Farm House

You will be met by Kidana, who heads up our office in Tanzania. Kidana will meet you after breakfast at your hotel,  for in depth safari briefing before you depart with picnic lunches and your private safari adventure begins, today you will venture out to Tarangire 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.Tarangire National Park is the classic Africa of lore with shimmering acacia stands, old Baobab trees, Masai People and herds of elephants. In the dry-season from July to October, Tarangire National Park surpasses the Serengeti in terms of animal concentration as big herds begin to congregate around the permanent water of Tarangire River. It is not uncommon to see herds of 50+ elephant as well as every other mammal species including the rare Kudu and Oryx. The park is also noted for its prolific bird life and the occasional sighting of cheetah and the rare African Hunting Dog. You will depart the park around 17:00 and drive to Ngorongoro Farm House for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2:  Ngorongoro Crater

My favorite destination for Safari! Depart very early in the morning (park gates open at 06.00am) and descend the steep walls of the crater for day crater tour.  We will try to be the first vehicle in the crater this morning!  Your driver guide will pack picnic to be enjoyed in the crater when you build up an appetite.  This is the best time to spot black Rhinos as they can usually be seen in the early morning departing Lerai Forest for grazing.  Lerai is a Maasai word referring to the tall yellow barked acacias that dominate the forest.  Keep a look out for black Rhinos and also the massive bull elephants. We will then take a break at Ngoitokitok springs where you can stretch your safari legs and listen to the grunt of the local Hippos and admire the profusion of bird life.

The Ngorongoro crater is a World Heritage Site and better know and the ‘Eight 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 a natural amphitheater for the densest population of large animals anywhere on the planet. The rich soils and abundant, year round water provide an ideal 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, Waterbuck, 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.

The Ngorongoro Crater is the only spot in Africa where one can see all three species of Jackals including the black-backed Jackal, Golden Jackal and side stripped Jackal.  Jackal pairs mate for life and are capable hunters taking a variety of prey items including insects, birds, rodents and gazelle fawns though they are also opportunistic scavengers. Before dusk you will drive back to your lodge. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House.

Day 3: Departure

After breakfast at your lodge, you will drive to Lake Manyara National Park with picnic lunch for final day game viewing. Lake Manyara National Park perched atop the Rift Valley Escarpment. The park was immortalized in Hemingway’s “Green Hills Of Africa” and represents a habitat distinct from elsewhere in our safari. Your game drive allows us to explore the ground-water forest, rich in birds and monkeys, and the acacia woodlands that border the soda lake. We will also visit the hippo pool from where the breathtaking sunset across the Rift Valley and the pink mantle of flamingos that swathe Lake Manyara is the perfect finale to our safari experience. Late afternoon you will start driving to Kilimanjaro airport and arrive in right time for check in for your international departure flight. End of safari services:

Costs in US Dollars:

2pax: USD 1,500 per person

3pax: USD 1,400 per person

4pax: USD 1,250 per person

5pax: USD 1,200 per person

6pax: USD 1,100 per person

7pax: USD 1,050 per person

USD $160 single room supplement per person


Best Months:

Jan, Feb, June, July, August, September, October, part of December.

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
–  Local entrance fees as per the itinerary
–  Day use and transfer to Kilimanjaro airport on the last day
–  Flying Doctors Membership card for entire safari
–  Public Liability Insurance Cover Note
Safari Package Excludes: 
–  All flights
–  Tanzania Visa which costs US$ 100 per person for American citizens
–  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
Tarangire, Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro crater encompasses all that we think is great about going on safari in Tanzania. A great relaxing and amazing adventure you will never forget. Tarangire, Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro crater awaits you.