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.
3. Visit Lake Manyara & transfer to the airport
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
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
Jan, Feb, June, July, August, September, October, part of December.