Affordable Ngorongoro and Serengeti Safari

Duration 6 days Countries Transport Transfers + internal flights included Meals Meals + drinks (local brands only) included Activities Lodge game activities

Excludes: International flights, visas, travel insurance, gratuities


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Begin your journey in northern Tanzania at the pristine Ngorongoro Crater, an extinct volcano that collapsed millions of years ago, creating one of the world's biggest calderas. As a result of this natural phenomenon, the fertile rich soils have attracted incredible amounts of wildlife and birds, making this important ecosystem and surrounds an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The transition between mountainous landscapes, forests and savannah plains is abrupt in Ngorongoro, ensuring plenty of pleasant surprises throughout your trip. Black rhino abound in Ngorongoro, as well as almost all of Africa's plains mammals. Expect to see tusked elephants, fancy flamingos and black-maned lions on this leg of your journey. 

Your next stop is in the northern Serengeti, the most epic turn in the Great Migration's cycle. Together with the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya, this area of the world is the prime location to witness the wildebeest, zebra and gazelles as they race to cross the Mara river in a show of courage, bravery and sheer instinct. This huge movement of plains mammals attract top predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs, as well as wild dogs and trumpeting elephants. It's an animal bonanza and you get a front row seat. 

Equally as important on your trip is the chance to meet the guardians of Tanzania and Kenya; the Maasai people. Expect a warm and hospitible welcome from the Maasai and get to know their distinct culture and first-hand accounts of life in the African wilderness.  

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Your Itinerary

  • Day 1 - 2

    Ngorongoro Crater

    Your journey begins with a flight from Arusha Airport to Lake Manyara Airstrip, on arrival you will be…

    Day 1 - 2

    Ngorongoro Crater

    Your journey begins with a flight from Arusha Airport to Lake Manyara Airstrip, on arrival you will be traneferred to Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp, where your luxury safari tent will be waiting. Think bushveld 'glamping', with ensuite bathrooms, shower facilities and plug points for your electronics. Complimentary Wifi, laundry services and a private vehicle is available on request.

    Your days will be spent on crisp morning and late afternoon guided 4x4 trips in and around the Ngorongoro Crater, where you will get up close and personal with the disctinct wildlife of the area. Experience large numbers of endangered Black rhino, plenty of big cats and even groups of Maasai herdsmen tending to their cattle on the outer rim of the crater. 

    Enjoy dusky sensets as a group, or choose to dine individually in an intimate setting of your choice around the camp. After your stay, you'll be transferred to Lake Manyara airstrip, where the next leg of your adventure begins. 

    Includes & Excludes

    Meals: All included, as well as drinks (local brands) 

    Transport: Included 

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  • Day 3 - 5

    Northern Serengeti

    Your arrival at Kogatende airstrip, followed by a transfer to the Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp is all it…

    Day 3 - 5

    Northern Serengeti

    Your arrival at Kogatende airstrip, followed by a transfer to the Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp is all it takes to get to your next destination. 

    Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp's take on camping in Africa can eb described as contemporary cool. Their three set locations throughout the year are based on the natural migration path offering wildlife viewing from open plains, sweeping grasslands and rocky kopjes. The stars of this seasonal path are wildebeest, zebra, Thomson’s gazelles, and the predators that this migratory journey attracts. Cheetahs are a highlight, along with wild dog, giraffe, waterbuck and impala. Enoy these incredible sights on guided game drives during the day and refreshing sundowners as the African sun sets. 

    The end of your adventure sees you on a transfer to Kogatende airstrip, where you will return to Arusha airport. 

    Includes & Excludes

    Meals: All included, as well as drinks (local brands)

    Transport: Included 

    Affordable Ngorongoro and Serengeti Safari
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  • Day 6

    End of Dream African Safari

    It might be the end of your time in Tanzania, but your special memories will have you returning again and…

    Day 6

    End of Dream African Safari

    It might be the end of your time in Tanzania, but your special memories will have you returning again and again. 

    We wish you a safe flight from Arusha airport to your next destination.

    We look forward to planning your next Authentic African Safari experience.

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FAQs about Ngorongoro and Serengeti

This magnificent Ngorongoro crater is over 600 meters (2000 feet) deep, with high walls towering around the crater edge and a massive area of 259 km2.

With Ngorongoro's wildlife remaining in the steep-walled crater all year, the question of when to go on a Ngorongoro Crater safari is more about how many other people and vehicles you want to share the crater with.

High visitor numbers can be expected during the dry peak season of July to September, as well as the December to February calving season that follows the November rains.

With this in mind, the main rainy season of April to May is often regarded as the best time to visit the Ngorongoro Crater because there are far fewer visitors and the crater is lush and green in comparison to the dusty dry-season landscape.

The Ngorongoro Crater is a massive caldera formed over 2.5 million years ago when a volcano the size of Mount Kilimanjaro erupted and then collapsed on itself.

Safari lodges have guest rooms similar to a hotel with en-suite bathrooms. They are comfortably furnished with all facilities normally associated with a 3-star hotel. Tented lodges have rooms which are tents on a platform and with a roof and also have en-suite facilities with showers, flush toilets and hot as well as cold running water! Like a hotel bathroom. The safari lodges and bigger tented lodges can be more “touristy” and being larger establishment they can be a bit impersonal if you are travelling alone or as s couple. They suit those who prefer to have the infrastructure and facilities of a hotel and most have swimming pools and extensive grounds and gardens. The boutique lodges and camps can be very stylish and smart in terms of design and decor, often with very spacious rooms and even going so far in some cases as having plunge pools for each room. Eco-camps and smaller tented camps have insect-proof tents with en-suite facilities including safari shower and flush toilet. They give a more authentic safari experience but the tents are comfortably furnished with proper beds and you don’t need to bring your own sleeping bag! The emphasis is usually on having excellent guides and great wildlife viewing away from the crowds. Guests often eat together and people travelling alone usually say that they found the atmosphere friendly and enjoyed meeting other like-minded travellers around the campfire in the evening or at dinner. The Adventure Camps are a budget option with guests bringing their own sleeping bags and towels. Accommodation is in small dome tented with a mattress on the floor. Each tent has its own nearby cubicle with a flush toilet, safari shower, and wash basin. The Adventure Camps are suitable only for those who don’t mind “real camping” and can put with some degree of “roughing it”. Apart from the accommodation in simple dome tents, the meals and the guiding are the same standards as the higher quality camps and game drives are in 4x4 safari vehicles. For those on a limited budget, the Adventure Camps are a good alternative to the big tourist lodges and minibus tours for those for whom the safari experience is more important than hotel accommodation.