2 Days 1 Night Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania Safari

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Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania

Starting and ending in Arusha or Moshi, Tanzania, this affordable 2 Days 1 Night Ngorongoro Crater Road Safari is ideal for travelers with a limited time and budget in East Africa!

The Ngorongoro Crater is an extinct volcanic caldera in the Eastern Great Rift Valley, northern Tanzania, and lies 75 miles (120 km) west of the town of Arusha and the drive takes around 4 hours to the Crater.

This short overnight wildlife holiday begins with a drive to the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater, hosting Africa’s Big Five and an abundance of other wildlife. Ngorongoro, part of the Serengeti ecosystem, is a massive caldera spanning an impressive 18 km in diameter with walls as high as 600m.

You travel in a custom-designed 4×4 safari vehicle with an open roof for game viewing and a maximum of 6 travelers, all with window seats.

Once on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, we stop to enjoy the crater views and then continue on our way to your lodge/ camp to arrive in time for lunch. After lunch, the afternoon is at leisure. You can choose to enjoy one of the many activities available. Karatu Town tour – this tour will include a visit to the local market and a nearby school.

Cultural experiences – this will give an opportunity to understand the way of life as experienced by the local tribes for example the Iraqw as well as the neighboring tribes like the Maasai and the Bushmen.

Nature walks hiking and jogging – this activity could be done in the surrounding forest area as well as in the nearby villages and into the town of Karatu.

The following day after breakfast we descend the steep crater walls to explore this wilderness teeming with wildlife. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the densest mammalian population in Africa, with around 25,000 large animals.

The diverse habitats found on the fertile crater floor support a variety of wildlife, including Lion, Leopard, Elephants, Monkeys, Hyena, Jackal and herds of Zebra, Wildebeest, Buffalo, and other Antelope species.

Other wildlife in the Ngorongoro include Serval Cat, Cheetah, Jackal, Grant’s, and Thompson’s Gazelles along with approximately 400 species of bird. Animals are free to leave or enter the crater but most of them stay because of the plentiful water and food available on the crater floor throughout the year.

We stop for lunch at a picnic site on the floor of the crater and later continue with a game drive.  After our thorough exploration of Ngorongoro, we ascend the crater walls and make our way back to Arusha or Moshi, where our memorable wildlife safari ends.

Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania Highlights | What to Do and See

Walking Safaris: Walking in and around the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is encouraged but should be done with guides

People and Culture (Maasai): Visitors are welcomed at two designated Maasai cultural bomas one on the road to Serengeti and another close to Sopa Lodge at Irkeepusi village. Visit the Maasai Cultural bomas to learn more about their unique culture, to take photographs, and to buy mementos.

Bird Watching: The mixture of forest, canyons, grassland plains, Lakes, and marshes provides habitats for a wide range of birdlife. White storks, yellow wagtails, and swallows mingle with the local inhabitants: stilts, saddle-bill storks, ibis, ruff, and various species of duck.

Oldupai Gorge (originally misnamed Olduvai) is the most famous archaeological location in East Africa and has become an essential visit for travelers to Ngorongoro or Serengeti.

Ngorongoro Crater Game Drive: The area contains over 25,000 large animals including 26 black rhinoceros. There are 7,000 wildebeests, 4,000 zebras, 3,000 eland, and 3,000 Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles. The crater also has the densest known population of lions, numbering 62.

Higher up, in the rain-forests of the crater rim, are leopards, about 30 large elephants, mountain reedbuck, and more than 4,000 buffalos, spotted hyenas, jackals, rare wild dogs, cheetahs, and other felines

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Arusha/ Moshi – Drive to The Ngorongoro Crater
Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater Full Day Game Drive – Drive to Arusha/ Moshi

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Arusha/ Moshi – Drive to Ngorongoro Crater

0800 Hours: After breakfast depart in your 4×4 safari vehicle towards the awe-inspiring Ngorongoro Crater.

You’ll pass through maize, coffee, and banana plantations and a scenic escarpment on the edge of the Rift Valley with stunning views over the distant Lake Manyara.

After a shortstop, you’ll continue on your way to Ngorongoro to arrive in time for lunch at your lodge/camp.

1200 Hours: Check-in and lunch follow.

1400 Hours: After lunch, the afternoon is at leisure. You can choose to enjoy one of the many activities available. Karatu Town tour – this tour will include a visit to the local market and a nearby school.

Cultural experiences – this will give an opportunity to understand the way of life as experienced by the local tribes for example the Iraqw as well as the neighboring tribes like the Maasai and the Bushmen.

Nature walks hiking and jogging – this activity could be done in the surrounding forest area as well as in the nearby villages and into the town of Karatu.

Accommodation Options
Luxury Accommodation:
 andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, The Manor at Ngorongoro

Mid-Range Accommodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Budget Accommodation: Flamingo Safari Lodge, Highview Hotel

Meal Plan: {Lunch & Dinner}


Day 2: Full Day in The Ngorongoro Crater

0600 Hours: Today you will head out into the early morning mist and make the 2000-foot descent into the crater. Explore the distinct areas of forest, lakes, and open grassland on a half-day game drive during which you can hope to spot wildlife including the Big Five, Cheetah, and Hyenas.

Ngorongoro Crater is inhabited by about 30,000 animals, of which half are Zebra and Wildebeest. The crater also has Hyenas, Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Jackals, Hippo, Bull Elephants, Buffalo, Grant’s, and Thompson’s Gazelles.

The salt-whitened shores of Lake Magadi are turned a pastel pink from thousands of flamingo’s sifting algae and shrimps from this soda lake. The lake also attracts myriad other water birds including Avocets, Plovers, and black-winged stilts, etc.

1300 Hours: We enjoy our packed lunch on the floor of the crater and continue with our game drive.

1500 Hours: We drive back to Arusha.

Meal Plan: {Breakfast & Lunch}

2 Days 1 Night Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania Safari Prices

2 Days 1 Night Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania Safari Rates Includes:

Extensive Game drive + Mineral water during tour + All meals included while on safari + Professional experienced driver-guide + All applicable Game Park entrance fees + Guaranteed window seating with an open-top + Safari vehicles carry cold drinks and mineral water & Accommodations of your choice in Ngorongoro Crater or nearby Karatu Town

Dates From Dates To Price Per Person Child Aged 2 to 11 Years 
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Notes

* This tour departs daily and also private departures are available


2 Days 1 Night Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania Safari Does Not Include:

* International Airfare
* Accommodations in Arusha or Moshi
* Cost of obtaining passport and visas
* Gratuity for your professional driver-guide
* Gratuity for Porterage/ waiters at hotels, camps, and airports
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)
* Personal expenses such traveling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes, and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, wines during meals or meals not indicated in the itinerary

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