The overview

3 days tanzania safari at ngorongoro crater conservation area

This three-day Tanzania safari at Ngorongoro Crater Conservation offers stunning landscape, Maasai culture, and animal viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater. It begins in Arusha, Tanzania’s northern safari logistical hub, with a spectacular African drive through lovely Maasai communities and the colorful town of Karatu to the world’s largest complete volcanic crater, the Ngorongoro Crater. Over 30,000 animals are contained within the steep walls of this 260km2 wide crater, leading in almost certain sightings of Africa’s Big 5: elephants, rhinos, buffalo, lions, and leopards. You will completely explore this biological wonderland that was formed approximately 2 to 3 million years ago when a massive volcano nearly the size of Kilimanjaro burst and collapsed on itself.


  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof and AC
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees to the tourist site
  • Tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • All meals as mentioned

The highlights of this safari

  • Game drives inside Ngorongoro Crater
  • Spot the Africa Big Five
  • Spot Africa Big Cats – Lion, Cheetah, and Leopard
  • Track the rare Black Rhinos on the crater floor
  • Enjoy fantastic birdwatching
  • Have great photographic opportunities
  • Cultural interactions with the Maasai people


  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides, and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages/drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary

Detailed safari

Day 1: Transfer from Arusha to Ngorongoro Conservation Area and do a crater tour

This day begins with a pickup from your Arusha hotel and a 4- to 5-hour transfer to Ngorongoro Crater.

You will travel through picturesque Maasai villages along the way. The term Ngorongoro actually derives from the Maasai, who named the place after the sound made by the cowbell (ngoro ngoro). You’ll also pass through Karatu, a small, colorful village that’s a popular overnight stop for people touring the region.  You will arrive at your lodge in time for lunch.

After lunch, take some time to unwind then go on a game drive. Descend 2000 feet to the crater bottom in search of the creatures and birds that live inside Ngorongoro Crater. It is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Learn some fascinating facts about this spectacular natural geological wonderland as you make your way inside the crater. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is 809,440 hectares in size and is located

Day 2: Full day game drive at the Ngorongoro conservation area

Following breakfast. You will spend the entire day within the Crater, taking game drives and having a picnic lunch on the 264km2 crater floor before returning late afternoon to your lodge on the crater rim for a fantastic supper and night stay.

Ngorongoro, often known as “the eighth wonder of the world,” is well recognized for its natural beauty and quantity of diverse animals, making it one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. This UNESCO-listed crater is truly something that every naturalist and animal enthusiast should see.

It’s also a photographer’s dream location. The majority of the animals are calm and accustomed to the presence of humans and vehicles, and the cloud-draped crater walls provide for striking photographs and memories.

There are also around 550 bird species documented within the crater and on the crater rim. You’ll undoubtedly spend some time marking off special species like Flamingos, Common Ostriches, Secretary birds, Kori Bustards, Crowned Cranes, Bateleurs, Martial Eagles, Rüppell’s Vultures, Black-bellied Bustards, Golden-winged Sunbirds, and many more.

Meal plan: All meals are included

Day 3: Morning Maasai Community tour and drive back to Arusha.

Today, after a leisurely breakfast, visit a Maasai village (Boma) in the highlands of the Ngorongoro Crater. Spend time with the people, learn about their way of life, and participate in their colorful singing and dancing. Discover some of the traditional practices, such as fire-making and beading. The people also sell handcrafted leather and beading.

Following that, take a 4-5 hour trip back to Arusha. You can do some last-minute shopping before heading to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your journey home, or you can be dropped off at the hotel, bringing this safari to a close.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Lunch