3 Day Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion
The Optional Ngorongoro/Serengeti excursion takes us via the Maasai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (Mosquito River) that lies adjacent to the Lake Manyara National Park and up the Rift Valley Escarpment to the higher lying village of Karatu. Karatu offers magnificent views over the surrounding hills and has many well-established wheat farms that add to the picturesque panoramas. We spend the evening at a pleasant campsite in Karatu. The following morning we depart early for the Ngorongoro Conservation area and head into the wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater.
This World Heritage Site boasts some of the best game viewing in Africa – including the elusive black rhino. After our game drive in the Crater, we head down the Crater rim and past the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ on our way to the Serengeti National Park. We cross the vast plains as we game drive through the southern and central areas in the park. Tonight we camp in the bushveld surrounded by the sounds of the African wilderness. In the morning, we head off for another game drive and explore the landscape in search of the resident game. With some luck, we may see some of Africa’s Big 5! After our morning drive, we head back across the plains and the lush Crater rim to our truck at Arusha, where we spend the evening musing over our thrilling wildlife experience.
*For those not opting to visit the Ngorongoro Crater or Serengeti National Park, the 2 days are spent at leisure enjoying the Meserani reptile park, Maasai Cultural Museum and the surrounding villages and craft markets. Alternatively, the town of Arusha is close by to explore.