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3 Days Lake Manyara / Ngorongoro / Tarangire

3 Days Lake Manyara National Park / Ngorongoro Crater / Tarangire National Park

Our 3-day African safari, which specifically include the Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater & Tarangire National Park has been designed to offer you a short but intense Tanzanian Northern Circuit safari experience, for a shorter and time constrained period of 3 days / 2 nights. You will experience the excitement of game viewing in three of the most spectacular national game parks in Tanzania.

This unforgettable Kilimanjaro Trekking Guides will take you to the Ngorongoro Crater, featuring one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa. Here you will witness an amazing spectacle of African wildlife – inside a self-contained world teeming with animals. Your tour will also take you to the Lake Manyara National Park, one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a shallow but huge soda lake, at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. Finally, your African safari tour will also take you to the Tarangire National Park, which features some of the greatest concentration of game in Tanzania – second only to the Ngorongoro Crater – but less crowded and unspoiled – possessing a wild beauty. The size of the selected Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks, make them a perfect choice for our shorter safaris.

This is a suggested or sample Tanzanian safari itinerary – it can be adapted to suite your own personal needs and preferences, as well as to any seasonal changes or to migratory animal movements. As with all our safaris, tours and trekking packages, we have offered you a wide variety of accommodation options – directly impacting on the total safari costs – in order to offer you the widest possible tour budget options. Please do not hesitate to contact one of our tours consultants directly, should you require any further assistance or more detailed information, regarding any of our African safaris or packages.

Safari at a glance

3 Days: Lake Manyara / Ngorongoro / Tarangire

Day Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
National Park Lake Manyara National Park Lake Manyara / Ngorongoro / Tarangire Tarangire National Park
Game viewing drives Half day afternoon Half day crater game drive Half day morning game drive
Other activities (additional cost)
Non game-viewing travel time 2 ½ hours 2 & 3 ½ hours 2 hours

Accommodation Options

Luxury Lodges Lake Manyara Serena Lodge Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Semi Luxury Lodges Kirurumu Tented Lodge Tarangire Maramboi Camp
Tented Camps & Lodges Migunga Forest Camp Lake Burunge Tented Camp
Board LDB BLDB BL

BL = Breakfast & Lunch, BLDB = Breakfast Lunch Dinner & Bed, LDB = Lunch Dinner Bed
Am = Morning game viewing drive / Pm = Afternoon game viewing drive
* optional extras subject to availability at additional cost

Day 1 – Arusha – Lake Manyara

Non game-viewing travel time: 2 ½ hours
Distance: 130 km

Meet our professional tours guide/driver in Arusha town, who will deliver a short safari info briefing, after which, we travel to the Lake Manyara National Park. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. After lunch we head into the Lake Manyara National Park. This impressive park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park) at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake.

Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.

Day 2 – Lake Manyara National Park – Ngorongoro Crater

Non game-viewing travel time: 2 hours & 3 ½ hours Distance: 60km & 155 km

After breakfast we descend 600m into this magnificent crater for a morning, half-day game drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most densely crowded African wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro Crater supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is it’s dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will enjoy a picnic lunch in the crater, after which we travel to the Tarangire National Park. Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.

Day 3 – Tarangire National Park – Arusha

Non game-viewing travel time: 2 hours Distance: 120 km

After breakfast do we head into the Tarangire National Park for a morning game drive. The park runs along the line of the Tarangire River and is mainly made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rif.

The safari and tour prices below include:

  • 3 day game safari to Tanzania’s northern circuit as per sample itinerary
  • Hotel/lodge accommodation for the duration of the three day safari
  • Animal tours according to your itinerary preferences
  • Private 4 wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch
  • Professional safari and tour guide / driver
  • Lake Manyara / Ngorongoro crater / Tarangire national park fees
  • All meals on the safari
  • All game viewing activities
  • Price quoted per person sharing
  • Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees
  • Concession fees
  • The safari and tour.

Prices below exclude:

  • Drinks and mineral water
  • Laundry
  • Items of personal nature
  • International and local airfares
  • Airport taxes
  • Entry visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Any airport transfers & hotel accommodation before / after the safari
  • Tips and gratuities

Please note all prices are subject to change if Tanzania National Park entry fees or Tanzania Government Tax and / or VAT rates change.

Prices will be $1100 a person.

Price Includes:
  • Accommodation as indicated (2 people sharing a double room or a tent)
  • Sleeping tent and mattresses/foam pad (for those camping)
  • Sleeping bag for those going with comfortable camping)
  • Activities as indicated
  • Meals as indicated Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • All park fees and government taxes
  • Services of professional English-speaking driver-guide and a skilled safari cook (for those camping)
  • Game drives in La Land Cruiser with pop-up or flip-flop roof tops and guarantee of a window seat
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Unlimited mileage on the safari
  • Maximum of 4 passengers in the safari vehicles
Price Excludes:
  • International airfare
  • Items of a personal nature such as passport, visa and traveler's insurance
  • Tips to driver-guide
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
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