Ngorongoro Conservation Area: Our most recommended tours and activities

Arusha: Serengeti and Ngorongoro Multi-Day Camping Safari

1. Arusha: Serengeti and Ngorongoro Multi-Day Camping Safari

Day 1: Arusha - Serengeti National Park Start your safari and camping adventure with hotel pickup from Arusha in the morning. Drive to Serengeti National Park with your complimentary packed lunch. Take a game drive en route to the campsite. Discover Serengeti National Park, known for its abundance of animals and the great wildebeest migration. It's a World Heritage Site teeming with wildlife and is home to lions, leopards, elephants, cheetahs, buffalos, zebras, wildebeest, eland, wild dogs, gazelles, crocodiles, and many birds, including Eurasia migrant birds. Have dinner and stay overnight in a tent at the Serengeti Heritage Camp. Day 2: Full Day at Serengeti After breakfast, you will go on wide-ranging morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park. Your guide will locate the flocks of migrant birds and the herds. Spot carnivores like big cats and hyenas. See the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra in action. Learn about the park as you drive and see why the Maasai gave the park the name Serengeti, which means “endless plains”. Break for lunch and dinner at the campsite and spend one more night at Serengeti Heritage Campsite. Day 3: Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater Enjoy breakfast and check out of your accommodations before taking a game drive as you make your way toward the Ngorongoro Crater. During the tour, there will be an optional visit to the Olduvai Gorge at an extra fee for the museum. Have dinner and spend the night at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge “A” Campsite.  Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater Floor – Arusha Have an early breakfast and head to Ngorongoro Crater, where you will descend to the crater floor for game drives. See flamingos on Soda Lake and geese, storks, and vultures in the surrounding area. Then, break for lunch at the scenic Ngoitoktok Springs picnic site. After lunch, enjoy some final game viewing while ascending the crater. Finish your safari adventure with drop-off at your hotel in Arusha.

From Arusha: Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater Camping Safari

2. From Arusha: Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater Camping Safari

Day 1: Arusha to Tarangire Start your day with pickup from your hotel at 7:30 AM. After meeting your guide, chef, and other clients, begin your 2-hour drive to Tarangire National Park, famous for its diverse landscape. The park is particularly known for its abundance of Ancient Baobab trees and for having the largest concentration of elephants in the entire country. Take part in a game drive through the park and try to spot lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, wildebeest, zebras, and others. Later on, go to the Tarangire River picnic site and enjoy the beautiful view of the river and animals. After lunch, proceed with the game drive and exit the park around 4:30 PM, where you will head to your accommodations for dinner and to spend the night. Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater The Ngorongoro Crater is a wildlife park known for its beautiful crater landscape and for being a prime spot to see wildlife. After an early breakfast at 6 AM, head to the Ngorongoro view point and admire the breathtaking view. Then, descend the crater on a journey to find the black rhinos, the hardest animals to spot in the crater. After lunch, take a game drive, ascend the crater, and return to your accommodations in Arusha.

Serengeti: 3 Day Joint Group Safari

3. Serengeti: 3 Day Joint Group Safari

Day 1: Our adventure begins in Arusha, where you'll meet your fellow travelers and experienced safari guides. After a warm welcome and a brief orientation, we'll set off in our comfortable safari vehicles, ready to explore the wonders of Tanzania's wildlife and landscapes. As we head towards the Serengeti, you'll be captivated by the changing scenery, from lush greenery to vast savannahs. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for glimpses of zebras, giraffes, and perhaps even the majestic African elephant. We'll make stops for scenic views and photo opportunities, ensuring you don't miss a moment of the breathtaking African wilderness. Day 2: Awaken to the sounds of the Serengeti as the sun rises over the horizon. Today, we delve deeper into this world-famous national park, renowned for its abundant wildlife. Lions, cheetahs, and the Great Migration herds are among the many species that call this place home. Our knowledgeable guides will share their expertise and lead you on thrilling game drives, tracking the "Big Five" and other remarkable creatures. We'll break for a delicious picnic lunch in the heart of the Serengeti, surrounded by nature's beauty. Day 3: After two unforgettable days in the Serengeti, we'll journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, known as the "Cradle of Mankind." Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, a natural wonder teeming with diverse wildlife. Here, you might encounter rhinos, hippos, and a variety of bird species. As our safari adventure comes to a close, we'll ascend from the crater and start our return journey to Arusha. Along the way, you'll have time to reflect on the incredible experiences and memories you've collected. We'll reach Arusha in the evening, marking the end of this amazing 3-day joint group safari. This safari isn't just about witnessing the remarkable wildlife and landscapes of Tanzania; it's also an opportunity to forge new friendships and share your passion for adventure with fellow travelers. Don't miss out on this extraordinary journey that promises to leave you with lasting memories and a deeper connection to the African wilderness.

Arusha: 4-Day Serengeti and Ngorongoro Camping Safari

4. Arusha: 4-Day Serengeti and Ngorongoro Camping Safari

Day 1:Pick up from the hotel at 8:00 AM and drive Tarangire Np where will begin your game viewing in the park including a picnic lunch. After lunch proceeds with an afternoon game drive to enjoy the landscape, huge herds of Elephant and many species of animals and birds as well. Baobab trees it is so famous one, end of the day transfer for dinner and overnight at Kizumba Campsite Meal Plan: Approx transit time: 1½ hrs Day 2: After a leisurely breakfast drive to Serengeti NP with a picnic lunch en route and option stop at Olduvai Gorge or Masai village Following the late afternoon game viewing, will eat dinner and overnight Seronera Campsite Approx Transit time: 4 hrs Day 3: After breakfast, you have a morning and afternoon game-drive in the park departing Serengeti for Ngorongoro with a picnic lunch en route. You will eat dinner and overnight on the rim of the crater at Simba Campsite Meal Plan Approx Transit time: 3 hrs Day 4: After an early breakfast, descend into the Crater for a crater tour and game viewing with a picnic lunch at hippo pool site to enjoy the game and vegetation in the unbroken caldera home for almost 30,000 animals including the last remaining Black Rhinos. Laite afternoon drive to Arusha for dinner and overnight, or drop off to The airport, arriving about 5pm. Meal Plan: Approx Transit time: 3 hrs End of service

Serengeti and Ngorongoro: 2-Night 3-Day Camping Safari

5. Serengeti and Ngorongoro: 2-Night 3-Day Camping Safari

Embark on a three-day, private or group tour with a maximum of six guests. Ride in a custom safari jeep with pop-up roof accompanied by a driver-guide and a chef. Discover the most popular wildlife destinations in the world in a short timeframe. These destinations are home to a wide variety of animals including wild cats; it’s no wonder the famous “Lion King” was based on Serengeti National Park. Take the chance to see thousands of wildebeest during their migration time and discover the beauty of Ngorongoro Crater. • Day one: Arusha - Serengeti  After breakfast, drive eight hours from Arusha to Serengeti through the Ngorongoro Conservation. Enjoy a 20-minute stop at Ngorongoro Crater for a breathtaking view. Then, choose to make another 20 to 45-minute stop at Maasai Village and discover the culture of the Maasai tribe, known for chasing and hunting lions to gain status as a warrior, and then drinking the animal blood.  Arrive to Serengeti National Park in the late afternoon and set off on a game drive in Seronera (the center of the park) until the late evening. Experience the sunset over Serengeti while getting a close-up view of the wild animals. If you’re lucky, you may witness a predator hunting or on a kill. Later, head to Seronera campsite for an overnight. Note that in the campsite you’ll still be able to see animals, mostly hyenas, but that the site is actively protected by rangers throughout the night. Meals included: lunch, dinner • Day two: Serengeti  After an early breakfast, set off on a sunrise game drive through the park. In the afternoon, head back to the campsite for lunch and to pack up. Enjoy another game drive as you exit Serengeti for a two-hour drive to Simba campsite, near the rim of Ngorongoro Crater. Note that animals may be spotted on the campsites here as well. Overnight at Simba campsite.  Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner  • Day three: Ngorongoro Crater Wake early for breakfast and descend the crater on a journey to find the black rhino, the most difficult to spot in the beautiful crater. Spend a maximum of six hours in the crater. After lunch, enjoy another game drive as you ascend the crater back to camp. Pack up your things and head back to Arusha for hotel drop-off. Meals included: breakfast, lunch

From Zanzibar: 3-Day Northern Circuit Safari with Flights

6. From Zanzibar: 3-Day Northern Circuit Safari with Flights

Explore the Northern Circuit of Tanzania during your holiday in Zanzibar! Visit Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater! Stay overnight in a unique accommodation. Wake up early in the morning for your transfer to the airport of Zanzibar. From here you will fly to Arusha, once you have arrived our driver guide will be awaiting you to take you to Tarangire National Park, famous for its scenic baobab trees and having the largest population of elephants in northern Tanzania. Enjoy a full day game drive. Stay overnight in Africa Safari Lake Manyara, an accommodation located right next to Lake Manyara. Be amazed by its beautiful environment and the wildlife who are often seen grazing the grass on the campsite! The following day, after enjoying your breakfast, you will enjoy a full day game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater where you will get the chance to see the Big 5. The Ngorongoro Crater is also referred to as the 8th World Wonder, which you will experience for yourself! Stay one more night in our Africa Safari Lake Manyara accommodation. On the last day, after breakfast, you will experience a morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. This park is famous for its tree climbing lions! After the morning game drive our drive guide will bring you back to Arusha, from where you will catch your flight back to Zanzibar. Once you arrive our driver will be awaiting you to bring you back to your hotel.

2 Days 1 Night Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater

7. 2 Days 1 Night Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, your driver-guide will collect you and your safari will commence. You will drive from Moshi to Tarangire National Park. This takes approximately 3 hours. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. The park is famous for its huge number of elephants, baobab trees, and tree climbing African pythons. The park covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers. You will enjoy a day of game viewing, with a picnic lunch looking out over the river to break up the time in the car. After a nice game drive, before it gets dark, you will drive to the lodge or campsite for dinner and an overnight stay. After breakfast the next day, you will drive to the Ngorongoro conservation area (NCA) - a UNESCO world heritage site. Once in the NCA you will see the Rift Valley and animals like elephant, buffalos, zebra, monkeys, and birds. The main feature of the NCA is the Ngorongoro Crater, a large, unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera. You will then enter the crater and witness a large concentration of wild animals. This is undoubtedly the best place to see black rhino in Tanzania as well as prides of lions. There are lots of colorful flamingoes and a wide variety of water birds. Other game commonly sighted included cheetahs, hyenas, and lots of other members of the antelope family. After completing your drive, you will return back to Moshi or Arusha.

From Arusha: 2-Day Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater Safari

8. From Arusha: 2-Day Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater Safari

Our driver guide will be ready to pick you up from your place of stay or the airport in and around Arusha. From this moment your safari adventure will start! You will drive to Tarangire National Park, famous for its scenic baobab trees and high-density population of elephants. Here you will enjoy a full-day game drive. Stay overnight in our unique Africa Safari Lake Manyara accommodation, located right next to the lake. Be amazed by its beautiful environment and enjoy seeing wildlife such as zebras and wildebeest walking around the campsite. The following morning, after you have enjoyed your breakfast, you will enjoy a full-day game drive in the world-famous Ngorongoro crater, the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world, often referred to as the 8th world wonder. Get the chance to spot the Big 5 during your game drive! Afterwards, your driver guide will bring you back to Arusha.

From Zanzibar: Private 4-Day Serengeti & Ngorongoro Safari

9. From Zanzibar: Private 4-Day Serengeti & Ngorongoro Safari

Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for superb game viewing, witnessing black rhinos, lions, tuskers, and more. Visit a Maasai village to learn about their culture before heading to central Serengeti for an overnight stay at Safari View Luxury Camp, Singing Grass, or similar. Opt for an early morning Balloon safari to explore Serengeti from the sky, followed by a full day of exhilarating game drives in the heart of Serengeti. Enjoy the beauty of the iconic Serengeti National Park. After an early breakfast and morning game drive, reach Seronera airstrip in the afternoon to catch a flight back to Zanzibar. Upon arrival, be picked up by Africa Pathways driver and return to your hotel, concluding your extraordinary 4-day safari adventure. Accommodation day 1: Lions Paw Ngorongoro, Rhino Lodge or similar Accommodation day 2: Safari view luxury camp, Singing Grass or similar – full board Accommodation day 3: Safari view luxury camp, Singing Grass or similar – full board Accommodation day 4: Not included

4 Days Serengeti, Ngorongoro & Lake Manyara Exploration

10. 4 Days Serengeti, Ngorongoro & Lake Manyara Exploration

Friendly Africa Adventures’ 4 Days Serengeti, Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro safari which specifically includes the Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire National Park, has been designed to offer you a short but intense Tanzanian Northern Circuit safari experience for a shorter and time-constrained period. You will experience the excitement of game viewing in three of the most spectacular national game parks in Tanzania. It's definitely not a trip you want to miss! Day 1: Arusha (pre-safari) Pickup from the airport (can be from Kilimanjaro airport or Arusha airport) You will be accommodated at Venice Hotel Will have a city tour with the guide and will show the Arusha city plus the Masai market, Hot spring at Kikuletwa hot springs and an optional Tanzanite experience tour as you explore the beauty of Tanzania’s Arusha. Day 2: Arusha - Lake Manyara Meet our professional tour guide/driver in Arusha town who will deliver a short safari info briefing, after which you travel to the Lake Manyara National Park. You arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. After lunch, you head to the Lake Manyara National Park. This impressive park is one of Tanzania's most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park) at the foot of the Great Rift Valley's western escarpment. The park's varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa's largest concentrations of elephants, Manyara's famous tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake. Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested. Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park - Ngorongoro Crater After breakfast, you descend 600 meters into this magnificent crater for a morning half-day game drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most densely crowded African wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals including some of Tanzania's last remaining black rhino. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is its dense population of predators which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs, and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. You will enjoy a picnic lunch in the crater, after which you travel to the Tarangire National Park. Day 4: Tarangire National Park - Arusha After breakfast you head into the Tarangire National Park for a morning game drive. The park runs along the line of the Tarangire River and is mainly made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. Its natural vegetation mainly consists of acacia woodland and giant African baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the south. Both the river and the swamps act like a magnet for wild animals during Tanzania's dry season.

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I don `t know where to start. It was the best we have ever experienced. Our guide was able to see the animals from such a distance, it was really incredible. We were really lucky and were able to see the big five + babies. The best was even a baby rhino. The food was delicious and we were really spoiled. I recommend everyone to book this tour because who can say that you stayed in the middle of the Serengeti National Park. We have seen over 20 countries and this was the best vacation ever.

We had very nice days on safari. We were able to see all the animals up close, Hammer. Our guide was very experienced with the wild animals and also with driving the jeep. We felt very comfortable at all times. Our chef has taken care of us very, very well over the time, nothing was missing. We would do it again anytime.

Ismail and julian the best ever Julian our guide always knew where to see which animals. Are also some of the few who have seen the big 5. Ismails eat better than any restaurant tent clean sleeping bags clean. It was a really great experience and I would recommend it to anyone

Had an excellent experience!! The driver was an excellent guide, very authentic and knowledgeable. A clear recommendation to use GetYourGuide to arrange safari trips and trips to explore the Maasai culture!

It was one of the best experiences of my life. Everything was perfectly organized, our guide was very experienced and the chef cooked delicious food for us every day. I highly recommend this activity!