3 Day Ngorongoro Crater Safari

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3 Day Ngorongoro Crater Safari

Our 3 Day Safari to Ngorongoro Crater is the best tour you can take to the Ngorongoro. Also referred to the Eden of Africa or the 8th Wonder of the world. While visiting Tanzania for just a few days, but still want to make the most of your shortest time that you have got. Ngorongoro Crater safari presently offers the rare chance of spotting the big 5 with such limited time. The Crater floor itself is not only just a small area of about 21 Kilometres in diameter but also animals be spotted in amazingly short distance.


Attractions at Ngorongoro Crater:

Lake Magadi:

There are certainly 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.

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. Ngorongoro Crater Safari Park

However, seedlings are spreading through the Gorigor Swamps, home to hippopotamus and wading birds, and favoured 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.

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.

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.

Olmoti Crater and Empakaai Crater:

Firstly, your Ngorongoro safari with African Mecca holds endless riveting possibilities. You can certainly 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. Ngorongoro Crater Safari Park

Secondly, 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 kilometres around the lushly forested green bowl, frequented by blue monkeys, brilliantly colored sunbirds and red-crested turaco.

Gol Mountains:

To the north-eastern 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. Finally as they return to their ancestral breeding grounds in southern Serengeti and the Ndutu wilderness.

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.

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.

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. Palaeolithic sites include Mumba cave and nearby Nasera Rock.

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.

Ol DoinyoLengai & Lake Natron:

Further north-east near the border of Kenya, Ol DoinyoLengai 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.


Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 Arusha – Ngorongoro Crater – 3 Day Ngorongoro Crater Safari.

Firstly, you leave Arusha town as early as possible. Drive straightaway through the Masai Steppe and pass Lake Manyara area in the Rift valley. Then proceed the drive up to to the escapement and across Karatu area to the Loduare Gate of Ngorongoro Conservation Area. However after a short stop at the gate for registration we drive up to the View point. While here, 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. Additionally, Picnic lunch will be served at the picnic site by the hippo poolside. Then continue with game drives later in the afternoon. Finally we drive up the Crater rim and out to Karatu for overnight at a lodge.

Destination: Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area
Accommodation Options:


Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge or Similar


Ngorongoro Crater Lodge or Similar


Tanzanice Lodge or Similar

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey


Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater – 3 Day Ngorongoro Crater Safari.

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 driver will be in constant contact with other drivers in order to locate the best sightings of animals. Eventually with a little luck you will be able to spot the big 5 inside the Crater. Shortly, lunch will be served at the picnic site. Later in the afternoon we will drive back to the Crater rim and drive to your lodge at Karatu.

Destination: Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area
Accommodation Options:


Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge or Similar


Ngorongoro Crater Lodge or Similar


Tanzanice Lodge or Similar

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey


Day 3: Ngorongoro – Arusha – 3 Day Ngorongoro Crater Safari.

On this day after a leisurely breakfast at the lodge you will surely choose either visiting a Masai Village. Or going for a nature walk in the forests of Ngorongoro. Meanwhile, 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 lion’s leopards etc. After the activities you will then drive back to Arusha town. With a brief stop at Karatu and MtowaMbu market towns where you may mingle with the locals and do some shopping if you so wish. Thus the End of the 03 days Safari in Ngorongoro Crater.

Destination: Arusha (Tanzania)
Accommodation Option: No (End of tour)

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

Thank you for choosing Arcadia Safaris and we hope to see you (or any referral) when you next visit!



  • Round Trip Airport Transfers (pick up and drop off)
  • Private transportation in a 4×4 Safari Cars
  • Meals specified on a Full Board basis
  • Accommodation with ensuite facility
  • Applicable Park entrance & activities Fees
  • English speaking professional Driver-Guide
  • All hotel/lodge pickups and drop off
  • All Taxes
  • Bottled drinking water and Fruits while on safari
  • Activities as stipulated in the itinerary (except those stated as “optional”



  • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Flight Fares (unless requested)
  • Country entry Visa
  • Personal/Travel insurance
  • Telephone charges
  • Laundry
  • Bar bills and all other kinds of drinks except water
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Souvenirs, gifts and Tips
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Covid-19 and other related tests and vaccinations


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