This two day tour to the Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania offers a multitude of memorable experiences in a short amount of time. The Safari flying visit allows you to explore one of Africa’s seven natural wonders – the Ngorongoro Crater and the Tarangire National Park which boasts many species of vegetation and animals. Tarangire is known for their endless plains of savannah and their immense elephant herds. You will be introduced to the infamous big five and marvel at the colossal landscape of the crater in Ngorongoro.
The Highlights of Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara:
- #1. The two days safari can start and end in Arusha / Moshi or Karatu.
- #2. Can be customized and Combine Lake Manyara, or Tarangire.
- #3. Can be added to Include Serengeti National Park.
- #4. There is an option to add Cultural tours, Biking or Canoing in Lake Manyara
Day to day Activities
Day One: Moshi/Arusha/airport to Tarangire / Lake Manyara/ Arusha Na. Park
We will depart for Tarangire National Park early in the morning. Once we arrive in Tarangire we will begin exploring the enormous termite mounds and the ancient baobab trees. This park is renowned for its diverse bird species and extensive population of elephants.
There are regular sightings of ferocious lions, giraffe, warthogs, ostriches, impalas, cheetah, mongoose, buffaloes, and mischievous baboons. After viewing the wildlife in Tarangire we will continue our journey to our next highlight the Ngorongoro Crater. Close to Lake Manyara we put up our tents for the night. Fanaka Camp will provide comprehensive camping facilities. Dinner will be served at the campsite.
Day Two: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha / Moshi
We will have an early start to the day to ensure that we complete the itinerary for the day which includes a magnificent game drive with a picnic lunch in the crater. Animals infrequently migrate in and out of the crater due to its elevated walls. This means you are capable of spotting every member of the big five in one day. The big five comprises of buffalo, elephants, rhinos, lions and leopards.
Some of the other wildlife that you can expect to see includes zebras, hippo, wildebeest and hyenas. The craters also feature an extensive bird population including geese, storks and vultures. You will be graced by the lovely flamingos on the Soda Lake. Our guides are highly skilled and will impress you with their ability to track down animals.
This is a skill that a book cannot teach you and that a selected few can perform. Your trip will come to an end in the late afternoon and we will proceed to Moshi. Arrangements for transportation to the airport or Arusha can be made on request. We have ensured that you will be able to experience many aspects of the Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater in a short amount of time.
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Ngorongoro Crater can be explored in one full day.
Depending of the time of year, you’re likely to either look down from the crater rim on a green, flourishing basin, or a dry, scorched one.
The seasons are (roughly speaking):
- Short dry season: January to mid March
- Long wet season: mid March to May
- Long dry season: June to October (most popular season)
- Short wet season: November and December
One of the perks of visiting in one of the dry seasons is that animals are easier to spot at such times, as there’s less vegetation to hide them. They’re also forced to congregate around diminishing water supplies, so you know exactly where to find them. The long dry season is also favourable for being a bit cooler during the day. Conditions can get pretty hot and sticky at the beginning of the year.
The perks of visiting in one of the wet seasons is the beautiful, softening effects of the long grass, green foliage and veld flowers. Tourist numbers are also much lower.
Yes, you can do a self-drive safari in the Ngorongoro Crater. The park wardens at the NCA entrance gate will advise you to take a ranger-guide, but this is not compulsory, and not needed in our opinion either.
YES! There are fewer than a hundred lions living in the crater, and given the relatively small domain of the Ngorongoro Crater lions, scientists have been able to track and monitor these lions extensively. So much so, that the crater’s lions are the most studied lion population in the world!
The most popular game
Some of the other animals to look for while on an Ngorongoro Crater safari are:
- Bush elephants
- Spotted hyenas
- Serval and caracal cats
- African civets
- Black-headed and golden jackals
- Bat-eared foxes
- African buffaloes
- Blue wildebeests
- Burchell’s zebras
- Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles
- Coke’s hartebeests
- Defasse waterbucks
- Vervet monkeys
- Olive baboons
Certain of the animals live year round in the crater, while other species migrate in and out of the crater with the seasons. For instance, about half of the crater’s zebras and a small portion of the wildebeest population leave the crater during the rainy season. And it’s during this time that the crater’s eland and buffalo numbers increase.
Once upon a time Ngorongoro was a volcano. Then it collapsed, creating a bowl-like depression known as a caldera. The word caldera comes from the Spanish word for ‘cooking pot’. Because yes, a caldera is a pot-like depression.
A caldera is a specific kind of crater – one caused when a volcano mouth collapses in on itself.
Of the hundreds of calderas around the world, Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken one. What we mean when we say ‘unbroken’ is that no part of the crater wall has been breached. So Ngorongoro Crater consists of a beautifully in-tact wall. Ngorongoro Crater is almost 20 km wide and covers 264 km².
Arusha National Park has great wildlife densities, and it is home to the world’s largest population of giraffe. Cape buffalo, elephants, hippos, zebra are found here in abundance, and the occasional lion and leopard can also be sighted on a game drive.
The main attractions of this park are the ancient fig trees, crystal clear water in flowing mountain streams and a chance to spot colobus monkeys. Some of the numerous sights are: the Ngurdoto crater, rain forests, acacia forests, crater lakes and of course Mount Meru.
Arusha National Park can be fully explored within a day. You can go for a game drive, explore the region around the base of the mountain, and visit the crater rim as well. If you wish to climb the mountain however, you will be inside the park for at least 3 to 4 days.
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