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4 Days Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and Ngorongoro Crater Wilderness Mid-Range Safari in Tanzania

Ilboru Safari Lodge, 10124, Arusha, Tanzania

Wilderness Safari in Tanzania

On this four-day lodge safari you will be well looked after and witness the best of what Tanzania has to offer. You will experience breathtaking wildlife in the midst of some of the most diverse landscapes: monkeys in the forest, lions on trees, elephants among acacias, and a huge variety of animals inside a collapsed volcano. Not only will you visit Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks, but also drive into the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater.

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Maximum group size: Maximum 7 persons per pop-up roof 4x4 vehicle
  • Children policy: Children are allowed as participants starting from the age of 2 years old
  • Starting point and ending point: Arusha
  • English, French, German, Italian, Spanish speaking guide
  • All park fees are included (for non-residents)


  • 3 game viewing drives
  • Professional driver-guide
  • All park fees included for non-residents
  • See lions, zebras, buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, and more
  • Explore Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks, and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Airport transfers and transportation in a pop-up roof 4x4 vehicle during game drives
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals


3 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Italian, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 7 participants
Airport transfer included: Arusha Airport
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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  • Shopping
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Volleyball court
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

Night 1: Ilboru Safari Lodge

On the first night of your safari, you will be staying at Ilboru Safari Lodge, in Arusha, on bed and breakfast basis. Nestled on the lower slopes of the majestic Mount Meru, the legendary Ilboru Safari Lodge has been welcoming mountain climbers and safari travelers to Northern Tanzania for decades.

Ideally located between the northern safari circuit and Mount Kilimanjaro, the beautiful Swahili sanctuary is set on a five-acre plot, tucked away beneath ancient trees, on the outskirts of Arusha town. Their team is focused on providing simple comforts and fine hospitality. With crisp white linen, extra pillows, fluffy towels, and a desk to write in your journal, you have everything you need to make the sanctuary your home.

The lodge has 38 rooms accommodating guests in single, double, twin, triple, and family rooms. Four rooms are in the main building, close to the pool and other facilities, each with a balcony overlooking the garden. The rest of the rooms are in double cottages situated throughout the lushly landscaped grounds.

The lodge has a conference center, reception, gift shop, swimming pool, botanical gardens, dining and massage services, as well as Wi-Fi.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Nights 2-3: Eileen’s Trees Inn

On the second and third nights, you will be staying at Eileen’s Trees Inn in Karatu. The inn has 20 rooms. En-suite single, double, triple, and family rooms are available on request. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, privately situated throughout lush gardens. Each room has twin beds or a large queen size bed with mosquito nets. Triples are possible on request. All rooms have a writing desk and seating area on the veranda.

The bathrooms have a large shower with hot water on request. Bottled drinking water is provided in every room. The guest rooms are set in beautiful tropical gardens, and you will find a bar, small lounge area, and dining room set in a rustic wooden building reminiscent of a tree house. Their own dedicated water source is a deep pure well to ensure your healthy stay. They also provide bottled water in the rooms.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range


Day 1: Arrival in 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: Tarangire National Park

In the morning, you will be collected from your accommodation in Arusha by your personal safari guide. The drive to Tarangire is on a good tarmac road, across the gently rolling Maasai plains with scattered acacia trees. En-route, you will pass many Maasai in their colorful dress walking on the roadside, riding bicycles, herding their cattle, and driving donkeys carts.

Tarangire National Park is well known for its large elephant herds. From the open roof of the vehicle, you will experience the seasonal swamps, savanna, and Tarangire River, in search of many animals including zebras, wildebeest, buffaloes, elephants, and giraffes.

It is possible that you will catch a glimpse of a lion stalking its prey or leopards watching and relaxing in the trees above. After an extensive game drive, having experienced the various sights and sounds of the wilderness, you will leave the park and head to your nearby lodge where you will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast, you will drive to Lake Manyara National Park, a small but diverse park 120 kilometers west of Arusha. The park’s namesake is a shallow, salt lake. It covers a large area of the park, flooding and drying with the seasons, and is home to thousands of flamingos and over 500 other bird species.

On your exploration of the park, you will see monkeys, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, buffaloes, elephants, and, with some luck, lions lounging in the trees. In the afternoon, you will return to your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater

After an early breakfast, you will leave the lodge and drive through the Rift Valley to the cooler regions of the Ngorongoro highlands.

Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest volcanic caldera, is almost 20 kilometers wide, approximately 600 meters deep, and is known for its large variety of wildlife, including the big five - lions, elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, and leopards. It should be recognized as one of the world’s wonders. It is truly magnificent.

In addition to the big five, the various springs attract animals such as wildebeest, gazelles, reedbucks, and more than 500 bird species. You will have lunch at a picnic site before enjoying some more game viewing in the crater. You will leave the crater in the afternoon, driving up the steep road out of the crater, and return to Arusha.


This safari will take place in Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.

Lake Manyara National Park

Manyara is 250 square miles long, of which one-third is land, the remainder being part of Lake Manyara. It is Tanzania’s third smallest national park. The park is known for its resident forest that is fed by an underground water forest, keeping the park green throughout the year. That attracts both migratory and wetland birds. Two-thirds of the lake are dominated by shallow alkaline-saline soda waters.

The unique waters are formed by Rift Valley heat, causing rapid evaporation of Manyara’s waters, leaving high concentrations of saline and sodium carbonate. It creates an ideal environment for microorganisms, cyan bacteria, to thrive, which produces blue-green benthic algae. That attracts flamingos that feed on it.

Whereas the caustic waters that can reach PH levels of nine are too toxic for most of the other creatures, the flamingos have adapted to it and the benthic algae provide a year-round food source for them.

Lake Manyara National Park’s most common species, in addition to flamingos, are large troops of baboons, blue or syke monkeys, vervet monkeys, tree climbing lions, kudus, buffaloes, giraffes, hippos, wildebeest, zebras, elephants, impalas, Grant and Thomson gazelles, lions, cheetahs, warthogs, leopards, hyrax, elands, bush backs, waterbucks, and dik-diks.

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 land collapses, following a volcanic eruption.

Ngorongoro Crater’s caldera is unique. It is the world’s largest caldera with a high elevation at its rim of 10,000 feet and its floor at 5,400 feet. 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 a mineral-rich fertile soil with high concentrations of phosphorous that grow short grasses the wildebeest thrive on, as every cell of their body contains phosphorous.

The short grasses that grow on the Southern Serengeti Plains 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 breeze at its rim creates 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 lions in the crater and three prides along its rim. There are seven clans of hyenas, of which three hunt mainly at night. The hyenas provide 80 percent of the lions’ food.

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

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, dik-diks, lions, leopards, fringe eared oryx, and elands.

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


During this safari, your daily meals will be provided for you, except on day one when 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, substantial additional costs might incur 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
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

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

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

Things to do (optional)

  • Maasai village visit
  • Night game drive in Lake Manyara National Park
  • Walking tour

What's included

  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • A professional driver / guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All taxes / V.A.T.
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • Meals (as specified in the itinerary)
  • Drinks (as specified in the itinerary)
  • 3 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Airfare
  • Government-imposed increase of taxes and / or park fees
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Tips (10 USD per person per day recommended)

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). Transfers from and to these airports are 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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Since all of Lion King Adventures’ tours are private, there is no limit on the number of travelers. All safari vehicles used are Toyota Land Cruisers 4x4 with pop-up roofs on which the capacity is 7 passengers.

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