Lake Manyara/Serengeti/Ngorongoro-5Days/4nights

Nearly two million years ago, Ngorongoro Peak towered almost as high as Kilimanjaro. Both these mountains formed the highest peaks in Africa at that time. The Ngorongoro Peak collapsed beneath the volcano to form a caldera, the largest unbroken and unflooded in the world today. Although a geological feature formed by the withdrawal of a molten in this manner is correctly called a caldera, many people traditionally used the term crater, and hence Ngorongoro Caldera is described as a crater in all records available. The animals make the Ngorongoro Crater one of Africa’s major attractions. The crater is also known as “The eighth wonder of the world”. Around 300000 animals live in the bottom of the crater, the number changes with seasons, because some animals migrate towards the Serengeti. The largest group is the wildebeests, but there are plenty of zebras, gazelles and buffaloes. In the forests and the swamped areas one can find hippos, rhinos, elephants, waterbucks, baboons and monkeys. Ngorongoro is one of the few places you are quite sure of spotting a rhino. In the 1960`s the crater had 100 rhinos permanently living there, but because of poaching, the number was decreased to under 20 in a few years. Now the illegal shooting appears to be under control, so the numbers of rhinos are stabile and even rising. The rhinos are protected by a number of rangers, and is ” it is better that 10 rangers die protecting the rhinos, than one rhino being shot.” There are also ideal circumstances for the predators living in the crater. With around 100 lions and 400 hyenas, the crater has the largest number per km^2 in East Africa. Among the male lions one can find a number of black-manned ones. There are also good chances of spotting jackals and serval cats, which hunt in the swamps and close to the waterholes. In Ngorongoro you have the best chance of spotting the “Big Five”, namely lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino.

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$890 - $1650
Includes internal flights:
Length of safari:
5 days
Best months:
All year
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Activity level:
Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
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In the flat, open surroundings the animals are easy to spot, and they are more used to cars than animals in Serengeti

and other national parks. This means that one can come quite close to the animals with the camera. The only thing, which might ruin the experience, is to come inside the crater with far too high expectations. You can’t find rhinos on every road-turn, and the lions are not paid to hunt while the tourists watch and take photos. It takes a Land Rover or another 4-wheel-drive to manage the steep road descending and ascending the crater. It is a good idea to start at sunrise, so one can spend the entire day inside the crater. Most people prefer to have lunch at the picnic-area in the crater, where the vultures dive and sometimes manage to snatch the food out of your hands.

The Ngorongoro Crater is a part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which consists of several volcanic mountains and craters – altogether an area of 8288 square kilometers. Until 1959 this area was a part of Serengeti National Park. Out of consideration to the local Maasai, it changed its status, so that it now both protect the animals and the Maasai’s rights: They are allowed to take their cattle down the crater to get water, but they can not stay inside permanently. The cattle must get out of the crater the same day. From Arusha it is about 180km (4-5 hours depending on the road) to the Ngorongoro crater. Follow the road to Serengeti past Lake Manyara through the trading city Karatu. One can also take a one-hour flight from Arusha to Ngorongoro.

The first view over the crater is at Heroes Point (2286m). Here there is a monument dedicated to the park employees, who have been killed in the battle against poachers. A little further you find a monument over the German professor Bernhard Grzimek and his son Michael, who with their scientific work, movies and books contributed greatly to promoting the nature of Northern Tanzania. Michael was killed in a plane accident in Ngorongoro in 1959.


Day 1: Arusha Town / Lake Manyara National Park Safari

Pick up from Arusha city and depart for Lake Manyara National Park via Mto-wa mbu Village with picnic lunch, Game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara, which packs a lot of diversity into a small area, is the only park in the area that is green all year round. The park also offers a spectacular view of the Great Rift Valley and the fig forest here is a good place to see monkeys and some of the 350 species of birds that have been recorded here. With luck, you may spot the tree-climbing lions for which the park is famous. Dinner and overnight will be at Panorama Campsite.  Meals Plans; Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park/Serengeti National Park
After breakfast depart for Serengeti National Park with picnic lunch. The Serengeti is arguably the most impressive wildlife sanctuary in the world. You will have an afternoon game drive in the endless plains of the Serengeti for a chance to see the great herds of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles or a pride of lions lounging in the shade. Dinner and overnight will be at Seronera Campsite. Meals Plans; Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day3: Game Drive in Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, enjoy full day of game viewing in the vast Serengeti plains where you may encounter the migration consisting of over 2 million animals. They also attract the attention of predators like cheetah and hyena and you may be able to see a band of lion’s gang up for a hunt. Dinner and overnight will be at Seronera Campsite. Meals Plans; Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4: Serengeti National Park/ Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast morning game drive in Serengeti National Park with picnic lunch. Later depart for Ngorongoro Crater Rim via pre historic site at Olduvai George and shifting Sands, the site of Louis and Mary Leakey’s renowned archaeological discoveries. Their findings include some of the man’s earliest known ancestral remains. Dinner and overnight will be at Ngorongoro Simba Campsite. Meals Plans; Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater Tour /Arusha City
After breakfast, descend to the Crater floor for game drive. Ngorongoro Crater is the largest collapsed volcanic crater in the world and fourteen kilometers of isolated natural beauty. You can expect to see lions, elephants, Zebras, Hippos, Flamingos, Jackals, Rhinos Antelopes and many birds. The birds seen here include eagle, vulture, and flamingos in the Crater Lake, stork, bats, giant vulture, sacred ibis, kori bustard, blacksmith plover, long necked heron and the cattle eagle. Lunch will take place at the picnic site at the crater floor. Ascend to the rim and departure to Arusha City for overnight stay at the hotel of your choice. Meals Plans; Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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What included: 
Pick /drop ex hotel before and after the trip, Park entrance fees into the game reserve, The services of our knowledgeable English speaking driver / guide, Meals and game drives as per itinerary, Cook and camping equipments, Crater service fee, Camping fees, Ferry boat to and from Zanzibar, Luxury bus from Arusha to Dar es salaam, Boat & walking safari in Selous Game Reserve, Safari transport by 4 x 4 (6 seat) with a roof hatch that ‘pops up’ to enable easy viewing and photography.  Group size is 5 participants on private.
Not included in the cost:
Drinking water, Sleeping bag, Soft drinks, juices, alcoholic and other beverages taken with lunch and dinner, The optional visit to tribal villages e.g. visit to a Masai village, Optional activities not outlined on the itinerary, Items of a personal nature e.g. laundry, tips

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