Treat your eyes to a memorable Big 5 experience with a 3 day Ngorongoro Crater safari.

This volcanic caldera provides a home to legions of big game and delivers breathtaking vistas.

Expect to see black rhinos, elephants, lions, leopards, hyenas, buffaloes, zebras, wildebeests, serval cats, gazelles, bat-eared foxes, flamingos and over 400 bird species all year round.

A Ngorongoro Crater safari usually forms a part of the Tanzania northern circuit safari but it may as well be taken on its own.

Ngorongoro is usually busy, so you will have a chance to meet other safari enthusiasts and swap stories of your time in the great outdoors.

You will also get an opportunity to meet the Maasai and Hadazbe people.

Maximise your Tanzania experience by having a picnic on the caldera, going for an excursion to Olduvai Gorge or visiting local villages.


Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Perched on the rim of the caldera, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge makes sure that you’re the first to drive down for spectacular game viewing in the morning.

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge stands over 500m above the crater floor and offers stunning views of the caldera.

Game drives kick off with wake up calls and complimentary coffee and tea and end in sundowners, traditional dances, outdoor dining, dives in the swimming pool and bird watching.

Rooms are luxuriously appointed featuring ensuite bathrooms with hairdryers, free Wi-Fi, central heating and glass fronted verandas.


Rates from USD 950 per person sharing

Rates include:

  • 4×4 safari vehicle.
  • Game drive/Game Viewing/Crater Tour as indicated above.
  • Experienced, English speaking driver guide.
  • Fuel.
  • Park entrance fees for the vehicle, driver and yourselves.
  • Accommodation with en-suite shower/toilet.
  • Meals as indicated above.
  • Bottled water in the vehicle while on safari
  • Safari starts from Arusha and ends in Arusha.


Rates exclude:

  • Beverages
  • Tips / gratuities for driver / hotel staff
  • Any extras that are not mentioned above.
  • Airport Departure Tax for International Flights
  • Items of personal nature i.e. laundry, souvenirs etc
  • Travel insurance including damage or loss of luggage and/or personal injury


Ngorongoro Crater safari itinerary


  • A transfer from the airport (or hotel) can be arranged at an extra cost.
  • Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged at an extra cost


Day 1: Ngorongoro – Arusha

Your transfer will take you from the Arusha city centre to Ngorongoro, via the Masai Steppe.

The Maasai Steppe hosts Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park, villages and local farms.

Set on a hilly countryside, this steppe acts as the corridor that elephants, wildebeests, zebras, gazelles and other grazers use to find food and water between and Lake Manyara.

Your short drive to Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge will act as a mini game drive as you are assured of spotting different wild animals along the way.

Dinner and your overnight stay will be at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Meals: All meals included. Drinks not included


Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater

After a delicious breakfast, you will head over to Ngorongoro Crater.

The floor consists of forest, swamps, lake, grassland, sandy dune and spring which forms perfect habitat for a diverse range of animals.

About 30,000 animals and over 400 bird species are believed to be in the Ngorongoro Crater.

Bull elephants, lions, rhinos, scavengers and grazers make for an unforgettable game viewing experience.

Your picnic lunch will be served overlooking a small lake populated with hippo pods.

Dinner and your overnight stay will be at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Meals: All meals included. Drinks not included


Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha

Wake up to a delicious breakfast at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.

Check out shortly after and head to Arusha via the breathtaking Maasai Steppe. This will conclude your Ngorongoro Crater safari.

Meals: Breakfast only. Drinks not included.


End of tour

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged at an extra cost.
  • A transfer back to the airport (or hotel) can be arranged at an extra cost.


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