Incredible Ngorongoro Crater & Lake Manyara National Park

Starting from/returning to Arusha area hotels or the location of your choice.
(Option to substitute Tarangire Park for Lake Manyara)

A large group of wildebeest in Ngongoro Conservation Area

Do you know about Tanzania?

The parks, the wildlife, and the people are fascinating, varied, and so inviting. This special 3-day safari is the perfect introduction to this intriguing landscape.

Imagine a colorful universe of dense wildlife, set apart from the rest of Africa. Welcome to the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest, complete volcanic crater on the planet. We’ll travel down into this extraordinary world of big cats, elephants… even pink flamingoes!

It’s been called the prettiest little wildlife park in Africa. You’ll be charmed by Lake Manyara’s brilliant colors of acacia trees, flamingoes, the lake, and the towering drama of the great Rift Vally escarpment. Expect the unexpected here – like tree-climbing lions. For real!

For three active days, you’ll be immersed in the sounds, colors, and delights that Tanzania offers all who venture into her national parks. Join us for this easy but deeply engaging safari experience.

What’s Cool About Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara

The Ngorongoro Crater is first up on our Tanzania journey. You’ll head down the steep sides of this ancient formation in a 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep settling into the expansive lush bowl of woods, plains, and marshes, holding over 25,000 animals.

This is a world unto itself, mainly cut off from the rest of the continent but where you’ll find lion, cheetah, leopard, and the jackal. All the large game are here like buffalo, elephant, rhino… even wild dogs.

And when our day tour of the great caldera is complete, we’ll head back up the crater walls to another astounding sight – one of the most glorious sunsets Africa has to offer.

Lake Manyara National Park is a jewel with its blue lake and thick green forest holding giraffe, impala, elephant, and even baboons. Look up at the acacia trees and you might spot a lion, lazing about on a tree branch. The park is known for this unusual sub-species.

Over at the alkaline lake, you’re sure to be delighted by the broad collection of fuchsia flamingoes amassed on the shoreline. The birds feed on the lake’s algae which has the fortunate effect of transmitting its reddish coloration to the flamingoes creating their vibrant display of pink feathers.

A safari tour guide showing tourists a hillside view over Lake Manyara
A view to the horizon over large groups of wildebeest, birds and flamingos at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

Fast & Flexible

At AKS you write the rules. Travel and explore at your own pace in you own way. We’re fast, flexible, and always ready to respond to your requests. Book in advance or even the day before. We’ll get you out on safari – pronto!

A parade of elephants on the march through Tarangire National Park

Safari Your Way

At Africa Kenya Safaris, we always offer you opportunities to personalize your safari to your liking. If you wish to visit Tarangire National Park instead of Lake Manyara on this tour, just let us know.

Tarangire is an often overlooked park with few tourists but lots of elephants and even a small migration of wildlife crossing its fields.

Always worth visiting!

Stay Connected or Not. Your Choice.

We realize you’re on safari to get away from the usual. Still, there are times you may want to go online… perhaps to share your photos and adventures with friends. Our safari vehicles connect with Wi-Fi, about 75% of the time so you can usually connect when you want.

The Extras

Depending on your choice of accommodation you can enjoy extras like traditional dances and music around the boma, spa, boutique, massage, swimming pool, children’s menu, same-day laundry service, Wi-Fi, special dietary menus, honeymoon suites, family cottages, and more.

Coffee served on a balcony at Serena Safari Lodge, with a spectacular view over a valley in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Lions asleep in a tree in Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania

The Details

No one is more important to the success of your safari than your guide. At Africa Kenya Safaris, we have the friendliest, most experienced driver/guides. They will guide, host, inform, and look after you like the special guest you are. That’s our guarantee.

You’ll safari in style out to the parks in your own private 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep – the best way to experience Africa with its higher seating for better views and its rugged all-wheel drive.

We give you more at AKS – customization, flexibility, and lots of choices. Your safari includes park entrance fees, game drives, accommodations, and meals. Plus, we always offer economy, comfort, superior comfort, or luxury safari lodges or tented camps.

Please give us a shout at Africa Kenya Safaris to set up your personalized safari adventure for yourself, your family, and your friends.

Check Out Your Ride

Experience your Africa Kenya Safari in a customized pop-top roof 4x4x Safari Jeep that features: Portable fridge/Cooler Box, 4 Binoculars, long-range high-frequency radio, 4G/LTE broadband WIFI connectivity, AC 230 V Power Outlets, First Aid Kit, Safari Guide Books, Baby Seats (on request), Side steps (on request) and most importantly an expert multi-lingual safari guide who will ensure you have an incredible safari experience.

Day 1

Arusha – Ngorongoro

3 ½ Hour Drive

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

7:30 am: Your Africa Kenya Safaris driver/guide will swing by your hotel or other place of your choosing to begin your Tanzania adventure. Hop into your 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep and we’ll hit the road, moving into Maasai country. Look for these traditional people in their colorful wraps, tending their cattle.

It won’t be long before we arrive at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a great volcanic caldera sunk into a mighty expanse of land – 256 km (101 sq. mi). At the crater’s rim, we’ll view the world’s largest intact caldera with vistas of its blue/green expanse.

Hold on tight as we descend the steep crater walls in our 4 x 4 Jeep, coming to rest in a world of acacia forest, marsh, and massive grasslands. Here we’ll discover one of the densest areas of wildlife with over 25,000 animals.

We’ll spend the day looking for lions, leopards, wildebeest, zebra, elephants, buffalo, and even hippos and pink flamingoes.

Toward the late afternoon, we’ll head back up the crater to be met by one of Africa’s best sunsets. Then, it’s on to our Ngorongoro accommodation to relax, have dinner, and marvel at our first safari day’s sightings.

Day 2

Ngorongoro – Lake Manyara Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

If we get up early we can make it back to the crater’s rim for a glorious Ngorongoro sunrise!

Lake Manyara Park is not far off and you’ll be met with the reserve’s arresting colors – the green of its acacia forests, the blue of the lake, and the exotic pinks of its thousands of flamingoes.

And you won’t be alone in your admiration for this little gem of a reserve – Ernest Hemingway called it, “The loveliest I had seen in Africa.” 

You’ll find all manner of wildlife in the park like warthogs, giraffes, elephants, and if you’re lucky, up in the acacia trees, Lake Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions, resting up on a branch!

We’ll spend our second safari night at our Lake Manyara lodge or tented camp.

Day 3

Lake Manyara – Arusha

2 Hour Drive

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

The park is extra lovely early in the morning with the sun’s first rays upon the forest and the lake. Enjoy this peaceful time and then it’s off to breakfast.

One more game drive around the park for perhaps a final glance at a tree-climbing lion and then it’s time to head to Arusha.

During our trip back, we’ll pause for lunch and soak up the safari ambiance all about us.

We’ll have you back at your hotel, residence, or airport in the afternoon.

You’re now official safari-goers with the stories to prove it. We hope this taste of Tanzania is just the first of your safari adventures. From all of us at Africa Kenya Safaris, thank you for your desire to explore our wonderful natural world. Hope to see you soon!

A pair of cheetahs walking in file through Ngorongoro Crater

Tour Highlights

Safari Accommodations

Ngorongoro Crater

A large luxurious double room with African themed decor at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
Luxury level
Lodge/tented Camp options
Ngorongoro serena lodge, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro farmhouse Suite , Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge, Kitela camp
Breakfast with a view of the swimming pool at The Retreat at Ngorongoro
Comfort level
Lodge/tented camp options
The Retreat at Ngorongoro,Hhando Coffee Lodge, Acacia Farm Lodge, Angata Ngorongoro Tented Camp,Ngorongoro farmhouse , Ngorongoro Coffee Lodge, Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge
A single bed in a room in Octagon Lodge safari accommodation
Economy level
Lodge/tented camp options
Ngorongoro Wild Camp, Ngorongoro Safari Lodge, Tloma Lodge, Marera Valle Lodge Karatu , Octagon Lodge Karatu, Country Lodge Karatu, Bougainvillea Safari Lodge, Ngorongoro Forest Lodge, Pamoja Africa Lodge Karatu

Lake Manyara

A room with a double bed in the Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
Luxury level
Lodge/tented Camp options
Lake Manyara Serena safari Lodge, Kilimamoja Lodge, Escarpment Luxury Lodge
Kirurumu Tented Camp
Comfort level
Lodge/tented camp options
Kirurumu Tented Lodge
A single bed in a room in Octagon Lodge safari accommodation
Economy level
Lodge/tented camp options
Highview Hotel, Highview Coffee Lodge , Octagon Lodge Karatu


Please check out our prices for these private safaris – you’ll see they are the most reasonable anywhere for each tour. There are no hidden fees, plus you’ll travel in safari-style in a 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep.

Prices are in USD per person for a double/twin en-suite room.

To view our tour prices for the 3 Safari Seasons, please click High, Peak or Low

Your Tour Includes

  • Transport in a 4 x 4 Landcruiser Jeep
  • Pick up and drop off at your Arusha location
  • Our experienced and friendly English speaking/other language guide/driver
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Park entrance fees
  • Game viewing drives
  • All meals on safari
  • Government taxes and local levies
  • The Flying Doctors emergency medical evacuation/rescue insurance cover
Not Included In the Tour Price:

– Bottled & Soft Drinks
– Items and services of a personal nature
– Tips & Gratuities

Lots of Ways To Stay

Safari Lodge or Tented Camp?
Economy, Comfort, or Luxury?

We offer lots of ways to settle into your safari evening. Some people like the familiar four walls of a traditional lodge. Others go for the outdoors feel of a tented camp. Either way, both lodge or tented camp come in economy, comfort, and lux editions. Choose the accommodation style that suits your needs. And then, which level of service works for you.

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