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4 Days Wildebeest Migration-Ngorongoro-Lake Manyara Safari Tour

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4 Days 3 Nights
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Ngorongoro National Park
Min Age : 14+
Max People : 200

The breeding and calving season in Ndutu sees literally tens of thousands of young wildebeests foals born between December to March season with hundreds if not thousands born daily.

Tour Details 4 Days Wildebeest Migration-Ngorongoro-Lake Manyara safari tour

You will experience Wildebeest Migration at Ndutu, also go into Ngorongoro Crater floor where an abundance of wild animals including Zebras, Elephants, giraffes, cheetah, hippos and tree climbing lions and view other wild animals and birds at Lake Manyara National Park.

Departure & Return Location

Kilimanjaro International Airport
 

Price Includes

  • Park Fees
  • All Accommodation
  • A professional driver/guide
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • All transportation and Fuel
  • All Activities, Camping, Sleeping Bag
  • All Meals, Drinking Water, and Fruits

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Personal items
Things to see in Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara
/Wildebeest Migration-Ngorongoro-Lake Manyara

EXPERIENCE SURROUNDING ATTRACTIONS IN NGORONGORO

  1. Lake Magadi

There are so many memorable places to visit on nature vacation in Tanzania. Within the Ngorongoro Crater itself, Lake Magadi, shallow, azure blue, fiercely alkaline from sodium carbonate, is fringed by hundreds of long-legged pink flamingos. Most are lesser flamingos, distinguished by their dark red bills, which eat blue-green spirulina algae. But there are also many greater flamingos with black-tipped pink bills, slightly bent to facilitate sifting shellfish from the rich bottom mud. The lake shrinks noticeably in the dry season, leaving thick, crystalline salt pans used as licks by jackals, hyena and other animals to supplement their diet. Outside the Ngorongoro Crater (view map), but still within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, are many other regions well worth visiting on your African Mecca expedition tour of Tanzania.

  1. Lerai Fever Tree Forest

The Lerai Fever Tree Forest, which consists of tall, slim yellow barked acacias forming an airy, lace-canopied wonderland of glades, is much frequented by elephant, rhino, eland, bushbuck, hyrax, and hundreds of birds. This foliage is the preferred food of the rare, black rhinoceros, but the old forest is regenerating slowly, because of damage by elephants, which tear off whole branches rather than merely grazing. However, seedlings are spreading through the Gorigor Swamps, home to hippopotamus and wading birds, and favored drinking place of thousands of ungulates during the dry season. A younger Fever Tree forest is now forming new groves at the base of the Ngoitokitok Springs, home ground of the famous Tokitok pride of lions, film and television personalities in their own right.

  1. Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli

Lake Ndutu and Lake Maseko are also on the migratory route in the Rift Valley, not far from Olduvai Gorge, where the ancestors of mankind began the journey towards civilization, with the fabrication of the earliest tools and the building of the first human settlements. At Laetoli, hominid footprints of our genetic ancestors and their relatives, have been found in sedimentary rock of 3.7 million years old. No Tanzanian safari would be complete without a guided tour of the excavations and modest paleoanthropological museum at Olduvai where you can also see evolutionary fossils. But we are their descendants, and in making our mother tour of Africa, we are returning to our ancestral home.

  1. Shifting Sands

Ash from Ol Dionyo has formed Shifting Sands – a black dune of moving sand hundred meters in length, and nine meters high, which ingeniously moves slowly across the plains at a rate of 15 meters every year.

  1. Olmoti Crater and Empakaai Crater

Your Ngorongoro safari with African Mecca holds endless riveting possibilities. You can take gentle, guided walks to two other nearby craters. Olmoti Crater is a shallow, grassy hollow, very quiet and lovely, where Maasai pasture their cattle alongside eland, bushbuck, reedbuck and an occasional buffalo. From the south wall of the caldera, the Munge stream forms a delightful waterfall, plunging several hundred meters into the Ngorongoro crater to feed Lake Magadi. Empakaai Crater is half-filled by an unusually deep soda lake. From the rim, you can look across an exhilarating panorama of volcanic craters and depressions towards Ol Doinyo Legai, the Great African Rift Valley, and even, in super clear weather, snows on the distant Uhuru peak of Kilimanjaro. You can walk for many kilometers around the lushly forested green bowl, frequented by blue monkeys, brilliantly colored sunbirds and red-crested turaco.

  1. Gol Mountains

To the northeastern zone, the primeval Gol Mountains provide a surreal wilderness environment of stark, pink cliffs, enclosing the Angata Kiti pass, a bottleneck for the annual Great Migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra, searching for mineral rich grasses as they return to their ancestral breeding grounds in southern Serengeti and the Ndutu wilderness.

  1. Nasera Rock

Rising 80 meters from the foot of the Gol Mountains, monolithic Nasera Rock is home to mountaineering klipspringers, baboons and varied birds. It is also the location of a Stone Age human shelter, excavated by the Leakeys.

  1. Salei Plains and Ol Karien Gorge

Ol Karien Gorge is a sheer rock-sided ravine at the end of the vast, bare Salei Plains. It is a Mecca for twitchers, because ruppel’s griffon vulture breeds there in March and April, coinciding with the passage of the Great Migration to provide plentiful food.

  1. Oldeani Mountain

To the southwest of Ngorongoro crater, bamboo-clad Oldeani Mountain feeds the stream that supports the Lerai Forest, whilst seasonal Lake Eyasi is a lodestone for archaeological and cultural safaris in East Africa. Paleolithic sites include Mumba cave and nearby Nasera Rock.

  1. Hadzabe Tribe

Lake Eyasi, close to Ngorongoro is still home to the Hadzabe Bushmen of East Africa who subsist entirely from the wild, communicating by clicks and whistles. Mbulu and Datoga pastoral and farming tribes, who were ousted centuries ago from lands now occupied by the Maasai, have now settled there.

  1. Ol Doinyo Lengai & Lake Natron

Further north-east near the border of Kenya, Ol Doinyo Lengai casts its conical shadow across the plains from the edge of the Great African Rift Valley escarpment. Known to Maasai as “The Mountain of God”, it is still active, last erupting in 2007. Intrepid adventurers may climb its lava-encrusted slopes to stare down into its main crater and be perilously rewarded with sulfur fumes and occasional spurts of lava from smaller surrounding cones. It was featured in the Lara Croft film, “Tomb Raiders II”, but has been more seriously researched and popularized by Chris Hug-Fleck and Evelyne Pradel. Lake Natron, far below, is fed by hot, mineral springs so heavily saturated with volcanic ash from Ol Doinyo Lengai that it provides a toxic, protective moat for Africa’s largest concentration of breeding lesser and greater flamingos. The lake itself shines like a jewel, sometimes green and blue with, sometimes blooming red with cyanobacteria and algae which provide their food.

Day 1 Arusha – Ngorongoro Crater

First day of your Ngorongoro Safari tour you leave Arusha town as early as 07.00 – 08.00 AM and drive through the Masai Steppe and pass Lake Manyara area in the Rift valley; drive up the escapement and across Karatu area to the Loduare Gate of Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After a short stop at the gate for registration we drive up to the View point where we make a brief stop to get some of the most breathtaking views over the Crater floor and take some photos. We then descend into the Ngorongoro Crater floor for game drives for the rest of the day. Picnic lunch will be served at the picnic site by the hippo poolside then continue with game drives later in the afternoon we drive up the Crater rim and out to Karatu for overnight at a lodge. Overnight at Marera Valley Lodge or Country Lodge or similar at Karatu. Lunch and dinner included.

Day 2Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast you will descend into the Ngorongoro Crater also often referred to as the “Eden of Africa”. The largest unbroken caldera in the world; the Ngorongoro Crater is unparalleled in terms of wildlife concentration. Your drive will be in constant contact with other drivers to locate the best sightings of animals and with a little luck you will be able to spot the big 5 inside the Crater. Lunch will be served at the picnic site and late in the afternoon we will drive back to the Crater rim and drive to your lodge at Karatu; a lodge like Marera Valley Lodge or Country Lodge.

Day 3 Ngorongoro – Arusha

On this day after a leisurely breakfast at the lodge you will choose between visiting a Masai Village and going for a nature walk in the forests of Ngorongoro (at a small extra fee). Guided by an armed ranger you will walk in the forest trails and if lucky you might bump into herds of buffaloes, elephants as well as other forest species like the duikers, also lions leopards etc.
After the activities you will drive back to Arusha town with a brief stop at Karatu and Mto wa Mbu market towns where you may mingle with the locals and do some shopping if you so wish.
End of the 03 days Safari in Ngorongoro Crater.

Itinerary

Day 1Pick up Kilimanjaro Airport and drive to Arusha Center Tourist

Pick up from Kilimanjaro Airport drive to Arusha Tourist Inn Hotel in Arusha town, only one hour driving. On the way to Arusha Tourist Inn Hotel, driver will show you Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru, coffee and banana farms, then pass to the Bureau de change to change the money. Then drop you at Arusha Center Tourist Inn Hotel for overnight, bed and breakfast.

Main Destination: Arusha
Accommodation: Arusha Tourist Inn Hotel
Budget hotel located in or near Arusha
Meals & Drinks:

Day 2Ndutu Ngorongoro Wildebeest Migration game drive

Pick up from Arusha Center Tourist Inn Hotel at 09.00am, drive with picnic lunch to the Lake Ndutu area, situated in the Ngorongoro conservation area, part of the southern Serengeti ecosystem. Lake Ndutu is alkaline, like most of the other Rift lakes, however the water is still drinkable and used by a wide array of local wildlife. Have a afternoon game drive, majority of the wildebeest migration can normally be found on the short-grass plains from December to the end of march in this area. The area is usually heavily populated with elephant, birds and resident game. After Sunset drive to Simba campsite for dinner and overnight.

Main Destination: Ngorongoro Highlands
Accommodation: Budget camping, Inside Ngorongoro Highlands
Meals & Drinks: All meals included

Day 3Ngorongoro Crater-Game drive into the crater floor

Early after breakfast you will descend into the floor of Ngorongoro Crater for an amazing once in a lifetime a 6 hours game drive and enjoy a picnic lunch. In the crater you will spot the endangered black rhino, lion, elephant, zebra, buffalo, wildebeest and other wild animals. Also in Ngorongoro Crater, you will experience the Soda Lake where you will see many species of birds including the spectacular flamingos. Late evening you will ascend the crater and drive back to Jambo campsite for dinner and overnight.
Main Destination: Ngorongoro Crater
Accommodation: Budget camping, Outside Ngorongoro Crater
Meals & Drinks: All meals included

Day 4Lake Manyara National Park-game viewing

After breakfast, have a full day game drive with picnic lunch at Lake Manyara National Park, home to giant fig trees, acacia woodlands, mahogany trees and grassy flood plains. The contrasts of this area are simply breathtaking, with the open plains, huge escarpment, Soda Lake, dense woodlands, and distance volcanic peaks. Animals such as Elephants, Hippos, Impalas, Giraffe, Warthog, Wildebeest, Blue monkeys and Buffaloes can be seen. This Park is also home to the famous tree climbing lions and Leopards. Lake Manyara National Park provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania birds life with over 400 species having been recorded within the parks boundaries. Highlights include pink hued Flamingoes, herons, storks and pelicans. Late evening drive back to Arusha.

Main Destination: Lake Manyara National Park

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