Note: Departures on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Daily departures with a group of 2 or more.
Embark on a 3-day adventure into the wild and get up close and personal with East Africa’s amazing wildlife. Begin your trip from Arusha with a hotel pick-up and off you go on a beautiful drive through the countryside to Ngorongoro Crater where you can admire spectacular views from the rim of the crater. Descend 700m into this 20-kilometer wide volcanic caldera for an afternoon game drive to see rare black rhinos, buffaloes, lions, elephants, ostriches, flamingos and many more species of wild animals. Continue your adventure to the forested Lake Manyara National Park, well known as a bird watchers paradise.
Go in search of tree-climbing lions in the midst of the Acacia woodlands, monkeys jumping from tree to tree, herds of elephants standing in the shade of Baobab trees, large families of comical baboons crossing the road, and many different bird species on the shores of the lake. Spend the night sleeping to the sounds of nature at Lake Manyara. Enjoy breakfast on your last day and make your way back to Arusha where you will be dropped off at your hotel and your trip will come to an end.
Day by Day Itinerary:
*Please note that depending on circumstances outside our control, the order of this itinerary may be subject to change without notice.
Day 1 - Arusha – Ngorongoro Crater (approx. 4 hrs by road) (L/D)
You will get picked up from your hotel in Arusha Town in the morning. Drive to Ngorongoro Crater and marvel at the unique views of the high altitude rainforest that surrounds the crater's rim upon arrival. Views from the rim of the crater are spectacular! Have lunch at your lodge/camp before descending into the crater for game viewing in the afternoon. This collapsed caldera is 610 meters deep and has a floor 18 km wide. The crater has become a unique conservation area where Lion, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo roam in perfect safety.
Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge or Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge or Similar hotel or Camp
Day 2 - Ngorongoro Crater – Lake Manyara (approx. 1.5 hrs by road) (B/L/D)
After breakfast, head to Lake Manyara National Park. Have lunch and then go on an afternoon game drive in this superb scenic Park, famous for the tree climbing lions found there. Lake Manyara is also a bird watcher's paradise. Marvel at the variety of species including, spoonbill, teal, pelican, kingfisher, hornbill and cormorant. In the tall trees, forest monkeys leap from branch to branch; on the slopes of the Great Rift Valley, elephants stand in the shade of the baobabs; and in the acacia woodlands, lions lie draped along the branches of the umbrella trees.
Overnight at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge or Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge or Similar hotel or Camp
Day 3 - Lake Manyara National Park – Arusha (approx. 2.5 hrs by road) (B)
After breakfast, drive back to Arusha directly or combine this trip with our Zanzibar Beach Holiday.
Camping Option: If you book the camping option, the accommodation is on public, government-owned campgrounds. Please note, when camping you may be required to assemble your own tent. Camping tents do not have additional inside mosquito nets, however, the door and windows have mosquito proofing.
Sleeping Bag Hire: Sleeping bags can be hired for $10USD per day.
Single-use Plastic Bags Ban
Please note that effective 1st June, 2019 Tanzania will enforce a total ban on single-use plastic bags. The manufacture, use or importation of plastic bags, including garbage bags, carrier bags and shopping bags, will become illegal and offenders may face heavy fines. Passengers and visitors intending to arrive at any Tanzanian airport and border point, including Zanzibar, are advised to avoid packing any plastic bags in their hand luggage or checked baggage as they could face penalties on arrival. Items purchased at an airport before boarding the aircraft should also be removed from plastic bags. Similarly, transparent "zip-lock" plastic bags that some airlines require passengers to use for keeping liquids, cosmetics, toiletries etc. are also not permitted and should be removed before disembarking.