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NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA VACATIONS AND TOURS

Tanzania

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a large park in northern Tanzania. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the main destinations on many safaris in the area. The Ngorongoro Crater has stricter rules than the rest of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, only allowing tourists to visit in vehicles.

Visiting the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the highlights to many safari-goers. The crater is roughly 20 km/12 mi wide and 600 m/2,000 ft deep, and its floor is home to a rich and highly concentrated wildlife. Some 20,000 mammals of different sizes live there, including about 20 black rhinoceros, making the crater the best place in Tanzania to see the rhino. The crater floor also has one of the highest carnivore densities in the world. Lions, cheetahs, hyenas and jackals are commonly seen, while leopards and bat-eared foxes may be seen with some good luck.

Apart from the rhinoceros, the herbivores are represented by species such as wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, elephant (normally bulls only), hippopotamus, gazelles, antelopes and warthog. Birding can be rewarding, too, especially during the northern hemisphere winter, when migrant birds, for example abdim storks, come to stay in the area. During this time, the population of wildebeest and zebras also increases, as herds out of the migration are added to the resident herds.

Traveling from the Ngorongoro crater towards Serengeti, you pass will Olduvai Gorge, where paleo-archeologists have unearthed fossils from some of our pre-human ancestors, as old as 2 million years, buried in layers of volcanic ash and sediments. You will visit the Olduvai museum and one of the Maasai villages along the route.

BIRDING IN NGORONGORO

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area offers a variety of habitats, not only for mammals, but also for birds. Some species that you may spot during normal game driving in the crater are crowned lapwing, abdim stork, white stork, marabou stork, yellow-billed stork, sacred ibis, hammerkop, flamingo, ostrich, red-billed duck, African black crake, Kittlitz's plover, black-winged stilt, northern anteater chat, Cape rook and black kite. In the montane forests, you may see turacos, red-winged starling, grey-headed negrofinch and golden-winged sunbird.

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Our expert guides passionately impart an incomparable wealth of knowledge, personally researched and experienced, about Gorillas, habitats, ecology, birds, trees, plants, animals and insects, providing our guests with enough memorable experiences to last a lifetime. Contact our Customer Service Team for a customized Itinerary. Do you want to to go to Maasai Mara? See Wildlife Adventure Itinerary below

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REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD GO TO TANZANIA FOR A SAFARI OR CULTURAL TOURS

Thousands of tourists visit Tanzania every year. Thousands more planning their safari to Africa are wondering whether to choose a Tanzania Safari. It’s hard to totally narrow down why every traveler should visit Tanzania when there is so much to see. You probably need an entire year to explore Tanzania, a country with unbeatable natural resources, stunning landscapes, spectacular wildlife, historical and cultural riches, watersports, highest mountain in Africa and the deepest lake in Africa. Here are top 8 reasons we feel you should visit Tanzania.

1. TOP ECOTOURISM SAFARIS & CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

Ecotourism changes the way we interact with wildlife and local communities that help preserve the wonderful creatures. Our Ecotourism and Fair trade Safaris help conserve wildlife and the environment for generations. We encourage our guests to go for Tanzania cultural tours and get fully immersed in the Tanzania culture. Tourists can choose to visit a local community project, spend a day working with kids at a local school, or join a Maasai marriage rituals and celebrations. Guests can also choose to have a full day and full night culture tour which comes with accommodation hosted by the friendly Maasai tribe. Ecotourism guests have access to fresh and organically grown food, cooked and served the African-way.

2. EXPLORE TANZANIA NATIONAL PARKS

Tanzania has the largest concentration of wild animals in Africa. Visit the Ngorongoro Crater during your Tanzania Safari. This 2000 feet high rim of Ngorongoro Crater has the largest concentration of fauna on the African continent. There are over 30,000 mammals: buffalos, lions, leopards, pods of hippopotamus, varied ungulates, elephants, giraffes, black rhinos. Serengeti and Tarangire are must-visit parks in Tanzania. Guests can also go to Selous, the largest reserve in Africa, with over 3000 lions, over 120,000 elephants, close to 2,000 rhinos and herds of buffalos roaming its wilderness.

3. THE ANNUAL WILDEBEEST MIGRATION IN SERENGETI

The Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular park, and the Serengeti migration has also recently been proclaimed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. This annual event is when visitors can bear witness to over six million hooves pounding across the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeests’ trek for fresh grazing. Wouldn’t you want to visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Our expert guides will guide you to one of the world’s most celebrated wilderness areas and an ongoing source of inspiration to writers, filmmakers and photographers.

4. THE MAASAI CULTURE TOURS

The Maasai are most famous of Africa’s people, these fierce warriors are still practicing their ancestral way of life and are known for their pastoral traditions, living off their herds of cattle, sheep, goats, and donkeys. Traditional Maasai life centers around their cattle, which is their primary source of food. An adventure to the Serengeti National Park wouldn’t be complete without meeting the enchanting Maasai. This wonderful cultural excursion will immerse you in the fascinating ancestry of the Maasai. At the Maasai village playing host to your tour, you will have the opportunity to meet with a Maasai family, visit a traditional boma, the village huts made of cow dung and clay plastered over stick frames

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5. CLIMB TO THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT KILIMANJARO

Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa with three volcanic cones – Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. The mountain is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park and is a major climbing destination. Climbing Kilimanjaro does not require any technical skills or special equipment. However, the challenge is not to be taken lightly. Thousands of people have stood on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Contact us to start planning your safari to the highest mountain on Africa.

6. BE INSPIRED BY THE MAGIC AND BEAUTY OF TANZANIA

Tanzania has seven official World Heritage Sites. Teeming with diverse wildlife and a spectacular sight, Ngorongoro is the largest unbroken and unflooded volcanic caldera in the world. Serengeti is the breathtaking outback venue of the annual migration of millions of wildebeest combined with an evolutionary trip to Olduvai Gorge, Laetoli and the Kondoa Rock Art Cave Sites takes you back to your human origins. Selous, Ruaha and Katavi are unspoiled remote wildernesses, home to thousands of elephants and bovines, and packs of rare African wild dogs and other diverse predators. Lake Tanganyika is among the most beautiful lakes in the world. Silver beaches and limpid seas set off the wonderful Swahili architecture of Stone Town in Zanzibar, important as a significant trading port, a heady blend of cultures and focus of the abolition of slavery.

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7. INDIAN OCEAN BEACH VACATION IN ZANZIBAR ISLAND

Zanzibar is famous for its glorious white sand beaches and remarkable coral reefs. The island is a beach and sun lover’s paradise. Endless miles of unspoiled white, sandy beaches backed by lush tropical forests are lapped by the limpid azure waters of the tepid Indian Ocean. Zanzibar has a wide range of accommodation choices and plenty to see, do and discover. It is the perfect place to relax after an exhilarating safari.

A Safari to Ngorongoro Conservation Area can be combined with a Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda. See Detailed Itinerary below or Get a Quote that combines Ngorongoro and Rwanda Gorillas.

01Day One:Kigali to Volcanoes National Park

Our staff will pick you up from your hotel or the airport and begin the journey to Musanze, Rwanda's second largest city. Set against the backdrop of the five Virunga volcanoes, Musanze will be your base from which to explore Volcanoes National Park. (Inc: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )

02Day Two:Gorilla Trekking

After an early breakfast at your hotel, we will proceed directly to the Volcanoes National Park's headquarters to meet your guides. After completing the briefing, you'll embark on the once in a lifetime experience of tracking the enigmatic mountain gorillas.

You'll trek through sun-dappled glades and dense stands of bamboo in search of these playful monkeys, who are well accustomed to visitors. It can take anywhere from two up to six hours of trekking through the mountain forest at relatively high altitudes. Fitness is definitely recommended for those wishing to undertake the excursion.

One of the most memorable experiences you're likely to ever have, you'll be allowed an hour of close contact with the gorillas once you've found them. You'll be privileged enough to come within few meters of a family of these rare and beautiful animals, observing their family dynamics and getting to learn a bit about each gorilla's distinct personality in serene silence. (Inc: Gorilla Trekking Permit, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hotel)

03Day Three: Kigali to Arusha

You'll return to Kigali in time for lunch in the Rwandan capital before participating in a complimentary city tour including the Genocide Memorial, the Presidential Palace Museum, and the local craft markets. You'll fly to Tanzania's Kilimanjaro Airport in the afternoon/early evening and overnight in Arusha. (Flight, Lunch, Dinner, Hotel )

04Day Four: Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park

You'll depart from Arusha after breakfast for the drive to Lake Manyara National Park. The journey takes approximately two hours, but we'll pass through the market town of Mto Wa Mbu along the way. This agricultural and fresh produce market is a melting pot of local cultures and a souvenir hunter's paradise.

After a brief stop at the village market, you'll enter Lake Manyara National Park. The park is truly a photographer's playground and offers some of the best game viewing in the world. You can expect to see many of Africa's most well-known animals, with the tree-climbing lions a particular treat. These proud predators lounge in acacia trees practically begging to be photographed. Bird-watchers will find Lake Manyara is an absolute delight, with a huge variety of birds on display in the park. Even the novice can expect to be amazed by large flamingo flocks, circling birds of prey, and the brightly colored lilac breasted roller. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hotel )

05Day Five: Lake Manyara National Park to Ngorongoro

After breakfast, you'll depart for Ngorongoro Crater; considered by some to be the Eighth Wonder of the World. When you get your first glimpse of this vast, verdant caldera from the panoramic viewpoint, you'll soon understand why it has earned such a lofty reputation. Home to over 120 species of mammal including the fabled Big Five, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the most sought after safari destinations in the world. It's a particularly good place to see the endangered black rhinoceros enjoying a lonely meal out on the grass plains, as well as a place to see large numbers of hippopotamus enjoying the cool water. From the comfort of your open-top vehicle, you'll be able to observe and photograph some of Africa's most recognizable faces. The crater is home to a large number of predators including lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, and hyenas, as well as a large population of wildebeest, zebras, antelope, cape buffalo, and more. It is truly one of Africa's premier safari destinations. After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will have a picnic lunch by the park's famous hippo pool.

06Day Six: Ngorongoro to Tarangire National Park

You'll depart your accommodations early for the drive south to Tarangire, where you'll spend your day driving through Tanzania's most underrated national park.

Once inside the park, you'll see the eponymous Tarangire river lined with acacia and Baobab where game amble to and fro throughout the day. During the dry season, thousands of animals from the Masai steppe migrate to the Tarangire region looking for water so you can see dozens of different species in a small amount of time. Exclusive to the park are endangered animals such as the Greater Kudu, Fringe-Eared Oryx, and the Ashy Starling.

You will have a picnic lunch at one of the park's picnic areas and take in an unparalleled view of the Tarangire River. You'll return to Arusha late in the afternoon. Your flight departs the next day.

Departure Date Group Luxury (Double Share) Budget (Double Share)
  • May 2017 - Dec 31 2018 1 Person $9780 Per Person $7280 Per Person Get a Quote
  • May 2017 - Dec 31 2018 2 Persons $7280 Per Person $5550 Per Person Get a Quote
  • May 2017 - Dec 31 2018 3 Persons $5550 Per Person $5450 Per Person Get a Quote
  • May 2017 - Dec 31 2018 4 Persons $5450 Per Person $5350 Per Person Get a Quote
  • May 2017 - Dec 31 2018 5 Persons $5450 Per Person $5250 Per Person Get a Quote
  • May 2017 - Dec 31 2018 6 Persons $5450 Per Person $5150 Per Person Get a Quote
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