The Ngorongoro Crater, at 2,286 m. above sea level, is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. Surrounded by very steep walls rising 610 metres from the crater floor, this natural amphitheatre measures 19.2 km in diameter and 304 sq km in area. It is home to up to 30,000 animals, almost half being wildebeest and zebra. Buffalo, elephant, hippo, hyena, jackal, lion, ostrich, serval, warthog, bushbuck, eland, hartebeest, reedbuck, waterbuck and huge herds of both Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle are easily seen on the crater floor. Thanks to anti-poaching patrols, the crater is now one of the few places in East Africa where visitors can be certain of seeing black rhino, with the number now approaching 25. Leopard may occasionally be seen in the trees of the forest surrounding the crater while cheetah are also present but rarely seen. Large herds of giraffe live on the rim of the crater and will be seen on the drive to Olduvai Gorge and the Serengeti.
Countless flamingo form a pink blanket over the soda lakes while more than 100 species of birds not found in the Serengeti have been spotted.
The crater, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, lies within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which covers more than 8,300 sq km. It is bounded by Lake Eyasi in the southwest and the Gol Mountains in the north. Roughly in the centre are the Olbalal Swamp and the arid Olduvai Gorge.
NGORONGORO – 3DAYS
Day 1 – Flying to Arusha Airport from Dar es salaam
Take a flight from Dar es salaam to the safari capital of Tanzania or Geneva of Africa Arusha Town. Flight will depart from Dar es Salaam at 0700 am and arrive at Arusha airport at 0900am morning. Outside arrivals exit you will meet our representative for 10 minutes Safari briefing. thereafter you will drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area main entry gates for full day game drive.Later you will go check in to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2- Sunrise game and full day Safari
After breakfast, we drive to our descent into the Ngorongoro Crater for a half day game viewing. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the greatest natural spectacles on earth. Its magical setting and abundant wildlife never fail to enthrall visitors. The crater is just a small part of the Ngorongoro Conservation area which offers a whole range of attractions for adventurous travelers. Over 20,000 big animals are found inside the crater! In late afternoon drive Back for dinner and Overnight
Day 3 Cultural Tour to the Maasai Village
Right after breakfast today we shall go visit the Maasai Village which is next to the National park area and learn their traditions and culture, as we watch the Maasai dance and celebration. The Maasai can arrange a fresh barbeque, do face blood paints and show you many wild experience
Later will drive back to Arusha airport ready to take a flight back to Dar es salaam or the driver guide can drop you at any point of your choice
Tanzania’s climate is tropical, the temperature ranging between 22 and 30 degrees centigrade. December to March are the hottest months, while June to august is the coolest. Coastal areas are usually hot and humid. There are two rainy seasons: long rains from mid march to June and short rains form November to January.