3-Day Safari: Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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The Serengeti National Park is a captivating natural wonder that unfolds over 14,000 km² of pristine African wilderness. Renowned for hosting the Great Migration, an annual spectacle where millions of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles traverse the plains in search of greener pastures, the Serengeti is a living testament to the untamed beauty of the African continent.

The landscape is a mesmerising tapestry of vast savannahs, dotted with acacia trees, providing the perfect backdrop for an array of wildlife, including the majestic Big Five – lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards, and rhinoceros. The park’s diverse ecosystems, from lush riverbanks to sweeping plains, create a haven for an abundance of species.

With a mild climate throughout the year, Serengeti offers an ideal safari experience, each season presenting a unique facet of its diverse ecosystem. Whether on a game drive, a hot air balloon ride, or a camping adventure from budget to luxury, visitors can immerse themselves in the timeless tales of the wild.

Step into the breathtaking Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where nature unfolds its most magnificent wonders! Ngorongoro was once part of the Serengeti National Park, but in 1959, the two National Parks were split into two designated Protected Areas. Ngorongoro is believed to be an onomatopoeic word termed by the Maasai people of the region to describe the “ngor ngor” sound of the bell that hangs around the neck of the lead cow in a herd, making the local pastoralists name the area Ngorongoro.

Picture yourself standing on the rim of the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera, a natural amphitheatre spanning 20 kilometres in diameter. As you gaze into the Ngorongoro Crater, a unique and thriving ecosystem reveals itself: the coexistence of diverse wildlife, including the iconic Big Five – lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, and rhinoceros. The crater’s lush landscapes are also home to wildebeests, zebras, hippos, and an array of vibrant bird species.

Beyond the crater’s edge, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area boasts diverse habitats, from the acacia-studded plains to dense montane forests. Embark on a journey through Maasai villages, where ancient traditions and warm hospitality welcome you. Our curated experiences ensure that you not only witness the raw beauty of Ngorongoro but also contribute to its conservation.

Itinerary

Day 1Arusha to Serengeti National Park

7:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Drive from your accommodation in Arusha to Serengeti National Park.

1:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Begin your safari adventure in Serengeti National Park with an afternoon game drive. Explore the vast plains and acacia woodlands of this iconic park. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, lions, and cheetahs.

6:00 PM: Check in at your lodge or camp inside Serengeti National Park.

7:00 PM: Enjoy dinner at the lodge/camp and relax under the starlit sky.

Day 2Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

6:00 AM: Have an early breakfast at your accommodation.

6:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Start your morning game drive in Serengeti National Park, maximizing your chances of spotting wildlife during the cooler hours of the day. Visit different areas of the park, such as the Seronera Valley or the Moru Kopjes, known for their abundant wildlife populations.

12:00 PM: Enjoy a packed lunch provided by your lodge/camp, served at a scenic spot within Serengeti National Park.

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Depart Serengeti National Park and begin your journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Enjoy a scenic drive through the Tanzanian countryside, passing by rural villages and picturesque landscapes along the way.

4:00 PM: Arrive at your accommodation near or inside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

6:00 PM: Check in at your lodge or camp and unwind after a day of safari adventures.

Day 3Ngorongoro Conservation Area

6:00 AM: Have breakfast at your lodge/camp.

7:00 AM: Depart for the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its rich wildlife and stunning scenery.

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for a full-day game drive. Explore the diverse habitats of the crater floor and search for the “Big Five” and other wildlife species. Marvel at the breathtaking views and abundant wildlife that call the crater home.

1:00 PM: Enjoy a picnic lunch at a scenic spot within the crater, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the African wilderness.

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Continue your game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater, focusing on areas where you haven’t explored yet. Visit the Lerai Forest to search for leopards and explore the shores of Lake Magadi, where you might spot flamingos and other water birds.

5:00 PM: Ascend out of the crater and begin your journey back to Arusha.

9:00 PM: Arrive back at your accommodation in Arusha, end of tour.