This is the best safari to Tarangire and Ngorongoro crater that enable you to see lions and other big cats like leopard and cheetah. Our safari itineraries include all park fees, an English speaking driver/guide, meals and lodge accommodations. Price per person varies depending on group size.
Safari Program Details by Day
Day 1: Arusha to Tarangire National Park Game drive
An early pick from your hotel at 06.00am, our two-hour drive will take us to Tarangire National Park, one of Tanzania’s real treasures the scenery is classic Africa, and you’ll feel as if you’re on a movie set surrounded by giant baobab trees and many different varieties of acacia or thorn tree.
Tarangire National Park has the highest density of elephants in North Tanzania and you can view these animals all year round in which the herds often can reach an impressive number of 300 animals. The Tarangire River has water all year round and during the dry season, between July and October, many animals from the surrounding areas come to the river for drinking.
If you visit the park during dry season, you will witness an unforgettable natural wonder as you can observe wonderful creatures such as lions, giraffes, buffaloes, wildebeests and zebras as well as various types of antelopes and gazelles and with a little luck, you can also spot a python!
This area during the dry season is a haven for bird watchers with over 550 different species including the Masai Ostrich -the world largest bird kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird in the world. Around lunchtime, you will stop at a suitable picnic place before the afternoon is dedicated to more wildlife watching. Before sunset, you will be taken to your hotel in Marera Valley Lodge Karatu for Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater Adventures and Drive Back to Arusha
We visit the largest intact volcanic crater in the world, the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. After an early breakfast depart for the Ngorongoro Crater, with your packed lunch, drive to Ngorongoro Conservation entry gate. Drive on and descend 2000 feet (over 600 meters) into the crater floor for a day game drive, Explore the forest areas that are inhabited by monkeys and elephant, the lake area, where you may see the flamingos and the open Savannah where the lions hunt for food.
Ngorongoro is a special place in that it is a Conservation Area, not a National Park; this means that the whole area is managed for both the animals and the local Masai people who graze their cattle alongside the indigenous wildlife. After stopping at the entrance gate, where there is a chance to learn more about this fascinating volcanic landscape, we will drive around the rim of the Crater itself, and from here we can look down and see the herd of wildebeest or buffalos.
This truly world-class attraction is also known as the ’8th Wonder of the World’… finally we descend into the crater. The crater walls provide a natural sanctuary for the animals, which means there is plenty to see: lions, elephants, buffalo, rhino and leopard (if you are lucky). The only animal you won’t see in here is a giraffe, whose long legs are unable to cope with the steeps sides of the crater. In the late afternoon after a picnic lunch, we start going out of the crater with game drive towards Arusha.
Safari Price Include
- Full board accommodation whilst on safari in the above mentioned lodges
- Private safari guide
- Private 4 x 4 safari jeep with pop up roof for game viewing
- Transfers in both directions between the Arusha Airport
- Ngorongoro Crater fees
- Game drives
- Drinking water
- All government taxes Â including VAT
- All entries fees as listed in the itinerary
- International airfares and departure taxes
- Walking Tour in the Ngorongoro Highland $20
- All items of person nature such as telephone call, fax, email etc
- Tips for your service providers and gratuities to hotel, lodges, porters, camp staff and driver – guide (recommended)
- Laundry services