2-Day Safari (Lake Manyara / Ngorogoro Crater)
2 day tour overview
Our 2-day Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park safari packages were designed to offer visitors, with a time constraint, a short but a 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 Africa safari will 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, located at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment and 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. The size of both the selected Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater national parks, make them a perfect choice for our shorter safaris, or a photographic safari.
This is a suggested or sample Tanzanian safari itinerary – it can be adapted to suite your own personal needs and preferences, to any seasonal changes or to migratory animal movements. As with all our African safaris, we have offered you a wide variety of accommodation options – directly impacting on the total safari costs – in order to offer you the widest possible tour budget options. Please note that there is no accommodation available inside the Ngorongoro Crater National Park.
Please do not hesitate to contact one of our tours consultants directly, should you require any further assistance or more detailed information, regarding any of our safaris, tours, travel and other trekking packages.
|Safari at a glance
2 Days: Ngorongoro Crater / Lake Manyara
|Day 1||Day 2|
|National Park||Ngorongoro Crater||Lake Manyara|
|Game viewing drives||Half day – afternoon||Half day – morning|
|Other activities (additional cost)||–||–|
|Non game-viewing travel time||4 hours||2 & 2 ½ hours|
|Luxury lodges||Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge||–|
|Semi Luxury lodges||Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge||–|
|Tented Camps & Lodges||Ngorongoro Farmhouse (not on crater rim)||–|
|BL = Breakfast & Lunch, BLDB = Breakfast Lunch Dinner & Bed, LDB = Lunch Dinner Bed
Am = Morning game viewing drive / Pm = Afternoon game viewing drive
* optional extras subject to availability at additional cost
Day 1 – Arusha – Ngorongoro crater
Non game-viewing travel time: 4 hours
Distance: 160 km
Meet our professional tours guide/driver in Arusha town, who will deliver a short safari info briefing, after which, we travel to the Ngorongoro Conservation area. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and after lunch we will descend over 600 meters into the Ngorongoro crater to view wildlife for an afternoon game drive.
Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro Crater supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park, is it’s dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot.
We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater.
A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here.
Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Day 2 – Ngorongoro Crater – Lake Manyara National Park – Arusha
Non game-viewing travel time: 2 & 2 ½ hours
Distance: 60km & 130 km
After breakfast and with picnic lunch in hand, we transfer to the Lake Manyara National Park.
We head into the Lake Manyara National Park for a morning game drive. This national park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive, but shallow, soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park), located at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, Lake Manyara’s unique tree-climbing lions (rare), as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake. After the game drive we travel back to Arusha where we will end our African safari adventure. The group should tip the tour guide around $20 a day for all our safaris. You will be taken to your hotel, which ends our safari packages services.
The departure dates for all our African safaris and tours, packages are totally flexible according to your own personal needs. Please contact us for further and more detailed info on safaris, tours and travel packages into Tanzania.
Link: 2 day safari package prices.