Crater Wonder Safari
4 days/3 nights
Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha
Lake Manyara, the Great Rift Valley escarpment, tree climbing lions, Olduvai gorge ‘cradle of mankind’, last remains of early man, Ngorongoro crater the Eighth wonder of the world, two biospheres and two world heritage sites.
From $ 1,650.00 per person
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights Days
Arusha to Lake Manyara
Depart from the northern town of Arusha (adjacent to Kilimanjaro International Airport) and drive to the Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, which stands on a cliff high above the lake and national park. After lunch, take a game drive in the National Park which lies at the base of the western wall of the eastern arm of the Rift Valley. Typically shimmering in a golden heat haze, the lake is often frosted with thousands of flamingos, while the trees that surround the lake are famous for their tree-climbing lions. The park also offers abundant sightings of; monkey, jackal, mongoose, hyena, hyrax, zebra, hippo, warthog, buffalo, Masai giraffe, duiker, waterbuck and impala. Significant numbers of elephant are also resident in the Park whilst sightings of black rhino and leopard are not uncommon. Dinner at the lodge.
Lake Manyara to the Ngorongoro Crater
Leaving the lodge after breakfast, drive to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area via Olduvai Gorge the ‘cradle of mankind’, and site of one of the most important and controversial Palaeolithic finds in recent history. Ascend the steep walls of the crater and drive around the rim, upon which is located the magnificent Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge. After lunch at the lodge, visit a traditional Maasai village or ‘boma’. In the evening, watch the sunset over the crater from your private verandah, perhaps take a short stroll around the grounds, then enjoy cocktails on the panoramic crater view terrace before sitting down to dinner in the stone built dining room, which centres on a blazing log fire.
After an early breakfast, drive the short distance to the crater and descend to its floor for a half-day tour inclusive of a picnic lunch by the hippo pools. Often referred to as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife arenas. A World Heritage Site, it is also one of the largest volcanic craters in the world (almost 20 kilometres wide, 610-760 metres deep and covering a total area of 264 square kilometres). An utterly unique biosphere, the Crater harbours grasslands, swamps, forests, saltpans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of birdlife, all enclosed within its towering walls. Due to its high concentration of wildlife, close-range viewing opportunities and striking scenery it is also Tanzania’s most visited destination. In the afternoon, ascend once more to the rim of the crater and the lodge, where you may like to take a massage or a guided walk before dinner.
Ngorongoro to the Arusha
After breakfast drive back to Arusha to connect with your onward travel plans. Alternatively connect with a flight to the magical island of Zanzibar, which lies just off the coast of Tanzania. Here, you can check into the sumptuous Serena Zanzibar Inn, which stands in the very centre of historic stone town, within easy reach of the winding lanes, bazaars, sultan’s palaces, spice tours and dhow harbour. The Inn also has its own private beach resort for ultimate Indian Ocean relaxation.
Included in the cost
All road transport (4WD vehicle with English-speaking driver guide).
Full board accommodation at the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge and Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge.
Entry to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area; a visit to a Maasai village.
Not included in the cost
All items of personal use i.e. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, gratuities, personal travel insurances, etc.
1st Jan - 28th Feb, 1st June - 31st Oct, 22nd Dec - 31st Dec 2013
US $ 2,210.00* per person sharing
US $ 2,406.00* per person in single room
1st March - 31st March, 1st Nov - 21st Dec 2013
US $ 1,833.00* per person sharing
US $ 2,038.00* per person in single room
1st April - 31st May 2013
US $ 1,624.00* per person sharing
US $ 1,654.00* per person in single room
US $ 40.00 per person per day applicable on 24th , 25th , 26th & 31st Dec 2012 – 1st Jan 2013
US $ 35.00 per person per day
* Minimum 2 pax.
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+254 20 2842000
+254 727 284200
Terms & conditions
All rates quoted are on a per person basis unless otherwise stated, and are inclusive of the relevant taxes, levies and service charge. These rates are subject to change without prior notice though rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honored. During high season period a non refundable deposit equivalent to the cost of the first night's accommodation will be required to secure your booking.
Where rates are affected by changes in Government taxes, we reserve the right to pass on such increases. No credit can be given for meals not taken for pre-booked accommodation plans which include meals.
We regret that we cannot accept either personal cheques unless cleared in advance of arrival. We are pleased to accept to accept the following cards: Visa, Access/Master Card, American Express, JCB, Senator, Diners International as well as well as proprietary travelers cheques.
Child under 2 years sharing a room with 1-2 adults is accommodated on a complimentary basis, Child 2 to 12 years of age sharing a room with 2 adults is charged 50% of the per person adult rate. If own room is required 75% of the adult rate is charged., Young adult 13 to 17 years of age is charged 75% of the per person adult rate whether sharing or on their own. Please note these rates are not applicable to air flights and park entrance fees.