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3 Days Safari in Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Ilboru Safari Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania

Taste of Tanzania Safari

This safari is designed to offer our clients an intense taster of what Tanzania has to offer. Experience all the excitement of an African safari in the most spectacular of landscapes. On this safari, you will take in Tarangire National Park, renowned for its elephant families and iconic baobab trees. Roaming onwards, you'll experience the jewel that is Ngorongoro Crater, breathtakingly beautiful, and the best place in Tanzania to see the Big Five.

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Starting point and ending point: Arusha
  • Children from the age of 2 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Park fees are included


  • 2 private game drives
  • See the famous Big Five and other wildlife
  • Visit Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Transport in a safari jeep with pop-up roof
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meals


2 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Italian, Spanish
Airport transfer included: Arusha Airport
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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On the first night of this safari, you will stay in Ilboru Safari Lodge while your second night will be at a lodge in Karatu.


Day 1: Arrival at Arusha

Arrive in Tanzania and check-in at Ilboru Safari Lodge in Arusha. There, you will enjoy the day in a bed and breakfast accommodation and prepare for your adventure the next day.

Day 2: Arusha to Tarangire National Park

Lion King Adventures' safari guide will collect you from the lodge in Arusha for the drive to Tarangire National Park (approximately two hours). Tarangire, best known for its elephant families, savannah, iconic baobab trees, and seasonal swamps, is home to the life-giving Tarangire River. Animals gather at the river and giraffe, bushbuck, and hartebeest are often seen.

The park is also home to buffalo, zebra and wildebeest. These animals are closely attended by a range of predators, such as pantheras, lion and leopard. From the open roof of the truck, you will have the opportunity to absorb the landscapes and view the wildlife.

After a full day in the park, you will drive to the excellently appointed lodge in Karatu where you'll enjoy dinner in the aesthetically delightful restaurant, relax, and spend the night in the capacious rooms.

Day 3: Tarangire National Park to Ngorongoro Crater and Arusha

Rise and shine! It’s an early departure today to the lush highlands of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the seven wonders of Africa. Once you have reached the crater rim, you will rumble down a steep track into the 600 meter deep caldera, noting the passage through several climactic zones, to see a range of animals and birds.

The caldera (collapsed volcano) is home to over 25,000 mammals ranging from the Big Five - lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard, to hippo, wildebeest, buffalo, zebra, elephant, hyena, and more than 500 species of birds.

After an extensive game drive and a picnic lunch in the crater. you will return to Arusha arriving in the early evening.


This safari will take you from Arusha to Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is known for having the largest elephant population in northern Tanzania. Currently, Tarangire has three major elephant populations with each population having around 1,000 elephants.

The national park also has zebras, giraffes, wild dogs, hyenas, hippos, wildebeest, impalas, jackals, waterbucks, cheetahs, kudus, Grant gazelles, dikdiks, lions, leopards, fringe eared oryx, and eland.

View the Tarangire River, which attracts animal life and has many Baobab trees. During the short rainy season (November to December), it is commonplace to see tree-climbing lions.

Tarangire National Park is interesting in dry season from late June to October. During this time of the year, huge numbers of thirsty animals are attracted to and congregate around the banks of the Tarangire River. Its southern part, Silale swamp attracts animals that feed and drink during the dry season.

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro derives its name from the Maasai tribe who are the native peoples of the area. Referred to as the “crown jewel” of the Serengeti, Ngorongoro’s breathtaking views overlook a 2,000-foot drop to its volcanic caldera crater floor formed over three million years ago.

A caldera forms when the land collapse following a volcanic eruption. Ngorongoro Crater’s caldera is unique. It is the world’s largest caldera with its high elevation at its rim of 10,000 feet elevation and its floor at 5,400 feet elevation. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

The eruption of the crater deposited volcanic ash throughout the Serengeti which, created mineral rich fertile soil with high concentrations of phosphorous that grows short grasses the wildebeest thrive on, as every cell of their body contains phosphorous.

The short grasses that grow on the southern Serengeti Plain during the rainy calving season help the young wildebeest grow strong grazing on them, which prepares them for the migration season ahead.

Ngorongoro’s unique ecosystem is defined by the rim of the Great Rift Valley wall escarpment that makes it difficult for animals to migrate easily from the crater’s natural enclosure. Its unique 100 square mile caldera floor’s eco-culture is home to most of the animal species found in East Africa.

The cool breezes at its rim create ideal conditions within the crater to keep it cool during hot days, which encourages animals to enter it. It is inhabited by 25,000 animals. Its diverse species of wildlife drink from Lake Magadi that is on the floor of the crater formed by other water sources in the crater that flow into it.

There is a high probability of seeing the endangered black rhinos drinking from its waters. Ngorongoro has five different prides of lion in the crater and three prides along its rim. There are seven clans of hyena in the crater of which three hunt mainly at night. The hyenas provide 80% of the lions’ food.

The Ngorongoro Crater is an especially good place for photographic safari expeditions, as the animals get close enough to the jeeps for the photographer to click excellent close-ups of the wildlife


During this safari, your daily meals will be provided for you, except on day one in which only breakfast is included. You will also be provided with water and soft drinks during the safari. Most dietary requirements can be catered for. Please inform Lion King Adventures of any specific dietary requirements and those will be communicated to all properties.

Should you require kosher meals, there might incur substantial additional costs as those meals are specially flown in. Two weeks prior notice is required for all dietary requirements.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Soda

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 private game drives
  • Transportation in a jeep
  • Services of a private safari guide
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • All water and soft drinks whilst on game drives
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • Park fees

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks at the lodges
  • Gratuities

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Lion King Adventures will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Arusha Airport Airport transfer included: Arusha Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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