Ngorongoro Conservation Area is in northern Tanzania. Its home to the vast, volcanic Ngorongoro Crater and “big 5” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino). Huge herds of wildebeests and zebras traverse its plains during their annual migration. Livestock belonging to the semi-nomadic Maasai tribe graze alongside wild animals. Hominin fossils found in the Olduvai Gorge date back millions of years

The Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s most famous sites and is said to have the highest density of wildlife in Africa. Sometimes described as an ‘eighth wonder of the world’, the Crater has achieved world renown, attracting an ever-increasing number of visitors each year. You are unlikely to escape other vehicles here, but you are guaranteed great wildlife viewing in a genuinely mind-blowing environment. There is nowhere else in Africa quite like Ngorongoro!

The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Forming a spectacular bowl of about 265 square kilometers, with sides up to 600 meters deep; it is home to approximately 30,000 animals at any one time. The Crater rim is over 2,200 meters high and experiences its own climate. From this high vantage point it is possible to make out the tiny shapes of animals making their way around the crater floor far below. Swathes of cloud hang around the rocky rim most days of the year and it’s one of the few places in Tanzania where it can get chilly at night.

The crater floor consists of a number of different habitats that include grassland, swamps, forests and Lake Makat (Maasai for ‘salt’) - a central soda lake filled by the Munge River. All these various environments attract wildlife to drink, wallow, graze, hide or climb. Although animals are free to move in and out of this contained environment, the rich volcanic soil, lush forests and spring source lakes on the crater floor (combined with fairly steep crater sides) tend to incline both grazers and predators to remain throughout the year.

Ngorongoro Crater: Wildlife Highlights

Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most likely areas in Tanzania to see the endangered Black Rhino, as a small population is thriving in this idyllic and protected environment. It is currently one of the few areas where they continue to breed in the wild. Your chances of encountering leopard here are also good and fabulous black-manned lions. Many flamingos are also attracted to the soda waters of Lake Magadi.

Ngorongoro Crater: Maasai village trips

Part of the reason behind the Ngorongoro Conservation Area has been to preserve the environment for the Maasai people who were diverted from the Serengeti Plains. Essentially nomadic people, they build temporary villages in circular homesteads called bomas. There are possibilities to visit couples of these now, which have been opened up for tourists to explore. Here you can see how the huts are built in a strict pattern of order according to the chronological order of the wives, and experience what it must be like to rely on warmth and energy from a fire burning at the heart of a cattle dung dwelling with no chimney. These proud cattle herding people have a great history as warriors, and even though they are no longer allowed to build villages inside, they continue to herd their cattle into the crater to graze and drink, regardless of the predators nearby. Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority

7 DAYS TANZANIA LUXURY SAFARI TO LAKE MANYARA, SERENGETI, NGORONGORO CRATER AND TARANGIRE

You will experience interactions with the Maasai people, view big cats, endless plains of Serengeti wildebeest migration and various animal species. On arrival at the Airport, head to Lake Duluti Lodge with a guide from accessbudgetsafaris.com for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 1: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

Following your early morning breakfast, head to Tarangire National Park where you will have a stopover at ARUSHA TOWN for any last minutes purchases than to TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK for Game Drive with picnic lunch at the park. There you will explore huge elephant population, wildebeests, Zebras and not forgetting baobab trees. You will have your lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at Maramboi Tented Camp

DAY 2: LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

Following your early morning breakfast, head to LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK for a GAME DRIVE. Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas with a wide range of animals like elephants, tree climbing Lions and water birds like Flamingos. Lake Manyara covers the largest part of the Park. You will have your dinner and overnight stay at Ngorongoro Gibb’s Farm

DAY 3: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

After the early morning breakfast, drive for Serengeti National Park through the magnificent high lying farmland of KARATU and the NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA, from where we shall slope down into the HEART of Wild-Africa; the SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK with its endless plains, then to seronera area one of the richest habitats for wildlife in the Park with the River which provides water that attracts a variety of different wildlife species. You will dinner and overnight stay at SERENGETI NASIKIA TENTED CAMP.

DAY 4: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Following your early morning breakfast, you will have a full day GAME DRIVE in SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK involving following the Wildebeest migration. You will have dinner and overnight stay at SERENGETI KATI KATI TENTED CAMP.

DAY 5: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Following your early morning breakfast, you will have a full day GAME DRIVE in SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK involving following the Wildebeest migration. You will have dinner and overnight stay at SERENGETI KATI KATI TENTED CAMP.

DAY 6: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK TO NGORONGORO CRATER

After early morning breakfast, head to Serengeti National Park with a stopover at Olduvai Gorge from where the anthropologists Dr. Lois and Leakey discovered the skulls of Nutcracker Man and Handy Man both important links in the way of human evolution. You will have a Game Drive in the SERENGETI and then dinner and overnight stay at NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE.

DAY 7: NGORONGORO CRATER TO ARUSHA TO AIRPORT

Following early morning breakfast, slope into the crater for a wildlife view, the Ngorongoro conservation area is characterized of various animal species like Eland, Zebras, Buffalos, Warthogs, Wildebeests, Hippos and Elephants and not forgetting predators like Leopards, Hyenas, Cheetahs, Lions and others which are so attractive then we head to Lake Magadi, an alkaline lake which is found in the southern corner with various water birds like Flamingos and also animals like Hippos. Afterward, you will head to ARUSHA TOWN for Airport drop off. Or overnight stay and dinner at an extra cost.

 RATES INCLUDING VAT

$4,732 per person when 1 person travels alone

$3,571 per person when 2 persons travel together

$3,486 per person when 3 persons travel together

$3,100 per person when 4 persons travel together

$3,190 per person when 5 persons travel together

$3,030 per person when 6 persons travel together

$3,080 per person when 7 persons travel together

ITEMS INCLUDED:

  • All National Park fees
  • Overnight stays in Safari Lodges/ Comfortable Tented Camps
  • Transportation in a 4x4 Safari vehicle
  • Mineral water
  • Professional ENGLISH speaking Guide
  • Breakfast, lunch and supper

ITEMS NOT INCLUDED:

v  VISA

v  Alcoholic and soft drinks

v  Personal expenses

v  Travel insurances

v  Extra safaris

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Rubondo Island National Park

Rubondo Island, in the southwest of Lake Victoria,is Tanzania’s tenth National Park and the only one in Lake Victoria. The 240 square km island provides a unforgettable experience for visitors, including the main island and 11 smaller islets, combining the breathtaking natural beauty of a forest refuge with the relaxing tranquility of sandylake-shore beaches.

The Island is some 28 km in length along the north-south axis and between 3 and 10 km wide. Lake Victoria covers 68,000 square kilometres and is the largest lake in Africa and the second largest in the world – comparatively it is twice the size of The Netherlands.

Rubondo Island boasts a unique diversity of flora and fauna. Only here can the visitor be sure of seeing Sitatunga and have the chance of observing small gangs of chimpanzees. Other mammals frequently seen include hippos, otters, bushbucks and vervet monkeys. Rarer sightings are genet, colobus, marsh mongoose and suni antelope (dikdik).

The Jewel of Lake Victoria

Rubondo is a paradise for bird-lovers, with nearly 430 species documented on the island. The diversity of habitats, from open woodland to papyrus swamps and evergreen forest, together with its geographical location in the heart of Africa, attracts numerous resident and migrant species. The islan dhas an abundance of herons, storks,egrets, ibises, cormorants, kingfishers, flycatchers,

Selous Game Reserve

is at 54.600 Km² the largest game reserve in Africa. To put it in perspective, the Selous Game Reserve is larger than Switzerland and half the size of the U.S. state of Ohio.

Until recently, the reserve was only accessible by plane or by train. However, with an improvement to the road network, the area is now accessible to everyone. The concentrations of wildlife in the Selous are understandably huge. The Selous, named after the Enlish big game hunter and author Frederick Courtney Selous (1851 – 1917 , boasts Tanzania’s largest population of elephant – currently about 10,000 animals – as well as some of Africa’s largest numbers of buffalo, hippos, Nile crocodile and wild dogs.

Other species commonly seen are lion, bushbuck, impala, giraffe, eland, baboon, zebra and greater kudu. The Selous also contains one of the few viable populations of black rhinos in the world, with between 150 and 200 individual animals. The reserve also contains more than 350 different bird species and 2,000 different species of plants. The Selous was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983 due to its unique ecological importance.

The landscape is shaped by the Rufiji River and its tributaries, lined by Barrassus Palms, and it is the heart of the park. The Rufiji swells through the park down to the Indian Ocean forming a series of small lakes that serve as an important source of water for the multitude of the plains game. It is only in the Selous Game Reserve that one can combine game drives, boat tours and walking safaris. The hinterland around Lake Tagalala and Beho Beho is some of the most picturesque in area.

When To Go

The most pleasant time to visit the Selous is during the cool seson from the end of June until October. The rainy season is from November to May. There is a dryer spell in January and February, and this is also a beautiful time to visit as the trees and flowers are blossoming and everywhere the vegetation is green. During the heavy rains, normally from the end of March to May, the Reserve is inaccessible and the tourist camps are closed

Ruaha National Park

has recently been combined with the Usanga Game Reserve making the largest National Park in Africa covering over 15,000 sq km. This new park itself is at the heart of a much larger ecosystem covering over 40,000 sq km. The highlights of a trip to Ruaha is watching the huge elephant herds (the greatest concentration in Africa) gathered around the mighty Ruaha River; the lifeblood of the park.

Ruaha National Park is a visually stunning park with an undulating plateau about 900 m with occasional rocky outcrops and mountains reaching heights of 1900 m. Running though the park are “sand rivers” which dry up completely in the dry season and act as roads for the game to move from waterhole to waterhole.

Although the eastern camps get full during the high season, Ruaha does not experience visitor numbers like its more illustrious neighbors in the north of the country. Large sections of the park are unexplored and during much of the year you will have the place to yourself.

We recommend spending a minimum of three days at Ruaha. Ruaha National Park is a good place for seeing lion, buffalo, elephant and with a bit of luck the rare African wild dog. Grant’s gazelles, ostrich and cheetah may be seen on the plains.Lots of crocodiles and also hippos can be watched at the river banks.

For bird enthusiasts, the park offers over 465 species. The rainy season from January to June is particularly spectacular as the normal abundant bird-life is enhanced by numerous migrant species.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit is between July and November when the animals congregate around the water holes, but the park is stunning all year round. Their cover is blown during the dry season (May to December), when the foliage dies down and animals become easier to see. Twice a year in March/April and October/November, Eurasian migrating birds arrive to boost the already high numbers of exotic and colorful species in this park