Overview of 2-days Manyara – Ngorongoro Crater
The 2-days Manyara – Ngorongoro Crater safari itinerary was designed to offer visitors, with a time constraint, a short but very intense Tanzanian Northern Circuit wildlife safari experience. You will experience the excitement of an African wildlife safari or even a photographic safari in two of the most spectacular national game parks in Tanzania.
This unforgettable African safari tour will take you to the Ngorongoro Crater, featuring one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa. Here you will witness an amazing spectacle of African wildlife – inside a self-contained world, teeming with animals. Your tour will also take you to the Lake Manyara National Park, one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a shallow but huge soda lake, at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The size of both the selected Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater national parks makes them a perfect choice for our shorter safaris, or a photographic safari.
The Itinerary for 2-days Manyara – Ngorongoro Crater
Day 1: Arusha – 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 coloured lilac breasted roller.
You’ll then retire to your chosen accommodation for dinner and a good night’s rest.
Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha
After breakfast, you’ll depart for Ngorongoro Crater; sometimes considered as the 8th Wonder of the World.
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 recognisable 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. Thereafter, you will drive back to Arusha.
The 2-days Manyara – Ngorongoro Crater Inclusions and Exclusions
Services Included in
- Pick up and drop off in Arusha
- Park entrance fee at Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro
- Full board accommodation while on a trip (picnic lunch, dinner, b/fast, hot lunch)
- Service of an English speaking driver-guide
- Transport is a 4 x 4 Vehicle with a pop-up roof for comfortable game viewing
- Drivers Salary and allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
- Game drives as per the Itinerary
- Mileage is built in the price
- Complimentary bottle of water daily
- Government taxes
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Visa fee
- Tips to the driver-guide and (cook on a camping trip)
- Laundry Services
- All items of a personal nature