One Day Safari to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

One Day Safari to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Short Overview

The trip from Arusha to Ngorongoro is a long one, but you'll be grateful for the early start and late finish as you're taking in the conservation area's stunning views and diverse wildlife.

You'll enjoy a half day game drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area: the best place in the northern circuit to see the enigmatic black rhinoceros. Within the park you'll also spot roaming prides of lions, large packs of hyenas, wallowing hippopotamus, great herds of wildebeest, stoic cape buffalo, brightly coloured flamingoes, and more. Ngorongoro truly is one of the most spectacular safari experiences out there!

All year round

Jan - March & June - December

Details

Details of One Day Safari to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

DAY 1: ARUSHA - NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

You'll depart from Arusha at the crack of dawn for the long but scenic drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Along the way, you'll pass bustling Maasai villages and sweeping plains dotted with acacia and the occasional giraffe or wildebeest.

Upon arrival at the park, you'll sign in and then begin the winding descent into the caldera. The mist shrouded rainforests of the mountain are home to cape buffalo and baboon troupes, and the particularly lucky might even spot a grazing elephant or a shy leopard moving through the dense green undergrowth.

You'll stop at the Ngorongoro viewing area for a stunning view of the caldera's sheer scale. The shadows of clouds dapple the caldera floor, and the keen-eyed might spot the great herds of wildebeest and zebra moving about below. The sun glitters off the soda lakes and it all combines to make for a truly beautiful landscape.

From here you'll continue our descent into the caldera, where over 120 species of mammals go about their lives. The park is the best place in the northern circuit to see the black rhinoceros and the cape buffalo, but is home to the entirety of the Big Five. We'll also see large packs of hyenas as well as lesser known predators such as jackals and serval cats.

You'll pay a visit to Lake Magadi, a vast salt lake which is a magnet for flamingoes and a number of other water birds such as pelicans and storks. A picnic lunch by the famous hippo pool is also a surreal experience, as you'll take your lunch a few feet from where great hippopotamus wallow lazily in the cool water,

Across five hours, you'll see the very best that Africa has to offer. In the late afternoon, with heads full of amazing memories, you'll return to Arusha.

Included

  • All meals on the safari. When staying at lodges it will be on full board basis and when budget camping then our accompanying chef will prepare delicious warm meals.
  • All Park entrance fees & taxes.
  • All prices are quoted in US Dollars.
  • Flying Doctors rescue insurance for the time of the tour with Shadows of Africa.
  • Game safari to national parks as specified
  • Private 4x4 wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch and sliding windows for 360 degree view of the wildlife surrounding you
  • First aid kit - Every safari vehicle comes standard with a fully stocked first aid kit. Our guides are all trained in providing basic first aid.
  • Spare tires - for any unforeseen issues that may arise on bumpy African outback
  • Charging station - Each car includes a charging station so you can charge your phone, camera battery, or laptop while on the road.
  • WIFI - Our Tanzanian vehicles come standard with WiFi so that you can stay connected while on the road.
  • Tea & Coffee - Every safari departs with a box including coffee and tea that can be enjoyed at any point during your safari.
  • Binoculars - 1 pair per car
  • Professional English speaking safari and tour guide / driver
  • Water and hot drink (coffee and tea) during safari.
  • Wildlife tours according to your itinerary preferences.
  • All game viewing activities specified Safari
  • Excluded

  • Any sightseeing excursions and optional activities other than those specified
  • Entry visas
  • International flights
  • Laundry
  • Please read our Terms and Conditions
  • Tips and gratuities to safari crew - recommended: 15-20 USD per day to safari driver
  • 10 – 15 USD per day to safari cook
  • Travel insurance
  • Addons

    Extensions

    Itinerary in Brief


    • DAY 1 - ARUSHA - NGORONGORO Game drive. (L)

    B - Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner

    Attractions


    • Half day game drive in the world-renowned Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

    • The best place in Tanzania to see the endangered black rhinoceros.

    • Home to the entire Big Five.

    • More than 120 species of mammals.

    • Lake Magadi, which is a magnet for flamingos and other water birds.

    • Predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which can require the trained eye of your guide to spot.

    • Picnic lunch by an active hippo pool.

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