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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 1Ngorongoro Crater

6:00 AM: Depart from your accommodation in Arusha.

8:00 AM: Arrive at the entrance gate of Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

8:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning game drive. Explore the diverse habitats of the crater floor, including grasslands, forests, and soda lakes. Keep your eyes peeled for the “Big Five” and other wildlife such as zebras, wildebeests, and hyenas.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Enjoy a picnic lunch at a scenic spot within the crater. Take in the breathtaking views and listen to the sounds of nature surrounding you.

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Continue your game drive in 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 head to your accommodation, where you can relax and unwind.

Day 2Ngorongoro Highlands

7:00 AM: Have breakfast at your accommodation.

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Visit a Maasai village or cultural centre in the Ngorongoro Highlands. Engage with the local community, learn about their traditional way of life, and participate in cultural activities such as beadwork, traditional dances, or spear throwing.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant or guesthouse in the Ngorongoro Highlands. Sample traditional Tanzanian cuisine made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Explore the Empakaai Crater, a lesser-known gem within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Take a guided hike down into the crater to discover its lush forests, scenic viewpoints, and beautiful Soda Lake. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as buffalo, bushbucks, and blue monkeys.

3:00 PM: Depart from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and begin your journey back to Arusha (or Moshi).

5:00 PM: Arrive back at your accommodation, end of tour.