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3 Days Thrilling Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, Mto wa Mbu Escarpment, Northern Tanzania, Tanzania

Exciting Tanzania Safari

Embark on this amazing safari adventure into the wild of Tanzania and get up close and personal with East Africa's unique wildlife! During this safari, you will explore the uniqueness of the Ngorongoro Crater and the Lake Manyara National Park through exciting game drives. This safari is a great way to get in touch with nature and also the best chance to spot lions, elephants, rhinos, and buffaloes!

Key information

  • Starting and ending point: Arusha
  • Park fees are included.

Highlights

  • Amazing game drives
  • Spot lions, elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, and more
  • Explore the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara
  • All transfers and transport during game viewing
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • Pick up and drop off from Arusha accommodation

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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
07:30

During this safari, you will stay in a shared room either at a camping site or a lodge. The first night will be spent in Ngorongoro and the second night will be spent in Lake Manyara. Please take note that safari tents do not have mosquito nets. Sleeping bags will be available for rental at 10 USD per day.

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

Standing high on the edge of a towering terracotta escarpment with panoramic views over the glittering alkaline waters of Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of safari opportunities, peace and tranquillity, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness. The unprecedented range of high-adventure sports includes mountain biking, canoeing and forest walks, while cultural choices include tours of the neighboring villages and dance displays by the local Iraqw and Sukuma people.

Grouped around a central "vanishing horizon" pool, this highly unusual lodge features a simple timbered reception area, built in traditional African style, which is accessed via a bridge over a small stream. Beyond reception, lies the central dining room, bar, and veranda, below which lies the pool.

Perched on the very edge of the cliffs, with stunning views of Lake Manyara National Park, is the pool bar and observation point. Dotted around the grounds, all with views over the lake, are a series of circular two-storey "rondavels", which house the rooms.

Designed to reflect the brilliance of Lake Manyara's unique birdlife, the architectural motif melds swooping avian curves with the gentle concentric patterns of traditional Maasai "Bomas", while the vibrantly colored wall frescoes depict the colorful intricacy of bird migratory patterns.

Amongst its facilities, the lodge has a central dining room and bar, an outside dining, a poolside bar, a swimming pool and pool deck, a bush dinner site within the grounds, a tented conference room, a gift shop, a business center, free Wi-Fi, and a television with satellite programming. The lodge also has services such as wedding planning and a honeymoon venue, safari game drives daily, an extensive selection of sports and activities, and cultural dance and music.

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world, this unique lodge in Tanzania clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on Earth. Long and low, the lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 meters below.

Known as "the eighth wonder of the world", the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa's best-known wildlife arenas. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it offers a unique biosphere, which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Deep within the Crater, enclosed by towering walls, some 25,000 large mammals wander the plains, lakes, and forests of the land that time forgot, dominated by enormous bull elephants, rhinos, and lions.

Hugging the contours of the jagged crater rim, this luxury safari lodge takes its inspiration from the so-called "Cradle of Mankind", the prehistoric site of Olduvai Gorge, which lies close by. Linked by arched stone passages and timbered decks, its walls are decorated with stylized prehistoric cave paintings and lit by flaring torches. At the stone heart of the lodge burns a glowing fire, which is kept constantly alight.

Decorated with cave paintings, the rooms are strung around the crater rim. Each has its own rock- enclosed balcony, and all enjoy completely uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheater far below. The location, the service, and the luxury accommodation make of Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge the ultimate destination for a unique safari experience in Tanzania.

Among its facilities, the lodge has a rock built dining room and bar with central fire, extensive viewing terraces, game drives into the crater daily, wedding planning and honeymoon venue, a gift shop, a business center, free Wi-Fi, a tented conference center, an extensive selection of sports and activities, cultural dance and music, and a television with satellite programming.

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Facing the always magnificent sunsets to the west and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro crater’s entire rim, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge stands well over half a kilometer above the crater floor. This lodge offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera.

Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs and decorated with examples of Africa’s rich tapestry of artistic traditions by way of rich woodcarvings and sculptures, the lodge harmonizes perfectly with its dramatic surroundings. But the drama does not just stop with the great outdoors, it also flows through the split level interiors of the main building.

The interiors offer an unsurpassed generosity of space while somehow managing to combine an almost magically welcoming ambiance of both warmth and coziness. Amongst its facilities, the lodge has hairdryers, telephone at reception, a gift shop, a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi in public areas, wheelchair accessible rooms, sundowners, and board games. The lodge offers services such as babysitting, laundry, outdoor dining, turndown service, and weddings.

Program

During this safari, you will begin your trip in Arusha. You will be picked-up from your hotel to go on a beautiful drive through the countryside to the Ngorongoro Crater where you can admire spectacular views from the rim of the crater. You will descend 700 meters into this 20-kilometer wide volcanic caldera for an afternoon game drive to see rare black rhinos, buffaloes, lions, elephants, ostriches, flamingos, and many other wild animals. Then, you will continue your adventure to the forested Lake Manyara National Park, well known as a bird-watchers paradise.

During this trip, you will also go in search of tree-climbing lions in the midst of the Acacia woodlands, monkeys jumping from tree to tree, herds of elephants standing in the shade of Baobab trees, large families of comical baboons crossing the road, and many different bird species on the shores of the lake.

You will spend the night sleeping to the sounds of nature at Lake Manyara. Enjoy breakfast on your last day and make your way back to Arusha where you will be dropped off at your hotel and your trip will come to an end.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arusha - Ngorongoro Crater

You will be picked up from your hotel in Arusha Town in the morning. During the drive to the Ngorongoro Crater, you will marvel at the unique views of the high altitude rainforest that surrounds the crater's rim upon arrival. You will have lunch at your lodge or camp before descending into the crater for game viewing in the afternoon.

This collapsed caldera is 610 meters deep and has a floor 18-kilometer wide. The crater has become a unique conservation area where lions, elephants, rhinos, and buffalos roam in perfect safety. After dinner, you will overnight at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, a similar hotel, or another camp.

Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater - Lake Manyara National Park

During the second day, after breakfast, you will head to the Lake Manyara National Park. You will have lunch and then go on an afternoon game drive in this superb scenic park, famous for the tree climbing lions found there. Lake Manyara is also a bird-watcher's paradise.

In this park, you will marvel at the variety of species including spoonbills, teals, pelicans, kingfishers, hornbills, and cormorants. In the tall trees, forest monkeys will leap from branch to branch. On the slopes of the Great Rift Valley, elephants will stand in the shade of the baobabs. And in the acacia woodlands, lions will lie draped along the branches of the umbrella trees.

You will overnight at the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, the Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge, a similar hotel, or a camp. You will also enjoy dinner during this evening.

Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park - Arusha

After breakfast, you will be driven back to Arusha directly.

Note: Please note that depending on circumstances outside the organizer's control, the order of this itinerary may be subject to change without notice.

Location

This safari will cover the area of the Ngorongoro Crater and the Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania.

Food

During this safari, you will be served a daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners
  • 3 lunches
  • 2 nights accommodation (1Night Ngorongoro, 1Night Lake Manyara)
  • All transfers and transport during game viewing
  • Game viewing activities as stated in the itinerary
  • Park fees
  • Services of a safari driver and guide

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport departure tax
  • Airport transfers
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Masai Village optional activity
  • Mosquito nets in safari tent
  • Sleeping bag (available for rent)
  • Tips and gratitudes

How to get there

We will pick you up from your Arusha accommodation. Please get in touch with us at least a week before your departure date, so we can arrange this.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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Availability

This vacation is available all year round, with tour starting every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

 

Pricing information

Children under 12 years will pay 75% of the adult rate. Children under 3 years of age are accommodated for free.

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