For anyone travelling to Tanzania with little time but the desire to see the most he/she can see in the shortest time possible then a one day safari in Ngorongoro will be the most rewarding of any African safari. This is due to one obvious reason; that Ngorongoro Crater has the highest concentration of wild animals in a natural habitat. Nowhere else in Africa would you see wildlife in such a close range and that has awarded the Ngorongoro Crater the name’8th Wonder of the world ’or the ‘Eden of Africa’. The Ngorongoro Crater is so called Crater but is actually the largest unbroken Caldera in the world. The Crater is approximately 265 Km square with only 19 Kilometers in the diameter. Some document it as being 21 Kilometers in Diameter. The Crater harbors an estimated 30,000 animals, a whooping number of animals in such a small area.
The proximity of Ngorongoro Crater from Arusha in particular makes it possible to go for a day trip at Ngorongoro, but it is important to note that leaving Arusha early enough in the morning is a good idea. If you want to make the most of your time in Ngorongoro, then it is good to leave Arusha as early as 6.00 Am and arrive by 09.30 – 10.00 in the morning. That way one can do game drives up to even 3.00 Pm – 4.00 Pm and drive back to Arusha arriving by 6.30 – 07.30 in the evening. The golden rule here being the earlier you leave Arusha in the morning the better.
Ngorongoro Crater is home to many animal species that can be easily spotted including elephants that roam the Elerai forests, cheetahs, lions, leopards, hartebeest, resident wildebeests, warthogs, jackals, zebras, hyenas, elands, grants and Thompsons gazelles, mountain reedbucks, buffaloes and many more; but more amazingly the Big five that can be spotted in one day with a little luck. Ngorongoro is also a birders haven so a trip to Ngorongoro is also very interesting to both the animal lovers and bird watchers alike.
Tour Code: TST 001 NGR
Arusha – Ngorongoro Crater
Pickup from your hotel at Arusha or Moshi, or anywhere else you may request to be picked up from (around northern Tanzania), as early as 5.30 Am or 06.00 Am and drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We will cross the Great Rift Valley on our way and ascend the stunning escarpments of the rift valley with a brief stop at the view point if you wish. On arrival at the Loduare Main Gate we will undergo the registration process briefly for some 5 to10 minutes then proceed to the Crater Rim where we will make a brief stop for some stunning views over the Crater floor some 610 meters below. After taking some photos we descend to the Crater floor and spend the whole day doing game drives. Picnic lunch will be served at one of the sites in the Crater floor then continue with game drives until 03.30 or 4.00 Pm when we drive out and proceed back to Arusha arriving early in the evening with lots of memories and photos to share!
Endof the Day Trip Safari to Ngorngoro Crater
This is a private tour only and not a group departure that you can join. Price is on Request and depends on the number of persons coming with you.
Price will include:
· Transport from Arusha to Ngorongoro
· Entrance fees for the Conservation Area
· Ngorongoro Crater fees for the vehicle
· Packed lunch to be served at a picnic site
· Bottled water while on game drives
· Game drives in a 4×4 Safari Land cruiser with photographic roof hatch and a window seat guaranteed to all the participants.