3-Day Safari: Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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Located a mere 110 km from Arusha, the expansive Tarangire National Park covers an impressive 2,600 km². Central to its allure is the Tarangire River, a picturesque water source that sustains thousands of wildlife during the dry season.

Tarangire is renowned for its colossal elephant herds which can be seen in the hundreds during the dry season. During the dry season vast herds of animals such as wildebeests, zebras, and lions migrate into the park in search of water forming a smaller-scale but captivating wildlife migration reminiscent of the Serengeti migration.

Beyond its wildlife sanctuary, Tarangire boasts ancient baobab trees, delights bird enthusiasts, and introduces visitors to unique creatures like dwarf mongooses. Whether in a day or night game drive or a walking tour, Tarangire promises a symphony of nature’s wonders and unforgettable encounters.

Lake Manyara National Park is situated in the northern region of Tanzania, just 126 kilometres west of Arusha. Spanning 330 km², it features a stunning alkaline lake at its core that serves as a refuge for numerous bird species. During the period from November to April, the lake’s shores become a magnet for thousands of greater and lesser pink flamingos, as well as yellow-billed storks, pink-backed pelicans, and groups of hippos!

The park boasts diverse landscapes, including marshlands, grassy plains, and acacia woodlands, creating a habitat for tree-climbing lions and elephants with impressive tusks. Visitors can explore the Maji Moto hot springs and immerse themselves in warm, crystal-clear waters surrounded by lush trees.

The park also offers a unique point to witness the Rift Valley Escarpment, a remarkable geological formation that reaches a staggering 400 metres in height. Formed approximately 20 to 25 million years ago, this rift runs along the eastern side of Africa, adding to the park’s allure and providing an unforgettable experience for nature enthusiasts.

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.


Day 1Tarangire National Park

7:00 AM: Depart from your accommodation in Arusha.

9:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Begin your safari adventure in Tarangire National Park with a morning game drive. Explore the park’s diverse landscapes, including grassy savannas, baobab-studded plains, and seasonal swamps. Keep your eyes peeled for elephants, giraffes, lions, and other wildlife species.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Enjoy a picnic lunch at a designated site within the park or a hot lunch with a cooling swim and stunning views – whatever your heart desires. 

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Continue your game drive in Tarangire National Park, focusing on areas known for high wildlife concentrations such as the Silale Swamp or the Tarangire River. Keep your camera ready for memorable wildlife sightings and stunning landscapes.

5:00 PM: Head to your accommodation inside Tarangire National Park or outside, near Lake Manyara National Park for a night of relaxation.

Day 2Lake Manyara National Park

6:30 AM – 7.30 AM: Have breakfast at your accommodation. And depart for Lake Manyara National Park.

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Embark on a morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Explore the park’s diverse habitats, including the alkaline lake, dense forests, and open grassy plains. Keep your eyes peeled for tree-climbing lions, elephants, hippos, and an abundance of birdlife.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Enjoy lunch at a picnic site within Lake Manyara National Park, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the African wilderness.

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Continue your game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, focusing on areas where you haven’t explored yet. Visit the hot springs, watch for baboons near the forested areas, and enjoy panoramic views from the park’s viewpoints.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Depart from Lake Manyara National Park and head to your accommodation inside or near the Ngorongoro Conservation Area for a relaxing evening.

Day 3Ngorongoro Conservation Area


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

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 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.

8:00 PM: Arrive back at your accommodation in Arusha, end of tour.

Note: This itinerary is customizable based on your preferences and interests. Additional activities such as guided walks or cultural visits can be arranged upon request.