Tarangire Ngoro Safari
Following the rail of Elephants and the big 5 is fun. The 4 day Tarangire Ngorongoro safari in Tanzania gives you this opportunity. Have fun, enjoy life and live free with this African safari tour in Tanzania. You have never been closer to wilderness as you will be on this safari in Tanzania.
About the 4 Day Tarangire Ngorongoro Safari
4 days Tarangire Ngorongoro safari starts and ends in Arusha. This is a short Tanzania safari that focuses on wildlife. This African safari in Tanzania goes to 2 Tanzania national parks. They are Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater National Parks.
You will have 1 night in Tarangire and 2 nights in Ngorongoro. The 4 days Tarangire Ngorongoro safari is for people with few days. Find the 4 days Tarangire Ngorongoro safari itinerary below:
Tarangire Ngorongoro Safari Highlights:
- Big Five tracking
- Great elephant herds
- Large elephant herds
- Beautiful landscape
- Amazing scenery
4 Day Tarangire Ngorongoro Safari Itinerary
Day 1: ARUSHA - TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Our Tanzania safari guide will be ready for pick up at 0800hrs. This will be from your Arusha Hotel. You will get a detailed briefing on the 4 days Tarangire Ngorongoro safari.
This will be followed by your departure. The drive will be to Tarangire National Park. The Park runs along the line of the Tarangire River. It is made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor.
The vegetation here consists of Acacia woodland. There are also giant African Baobab trees. The southern part has huge swampy areas. Both the river and the swamps act like a magnet for wild animals. This is during dry seasons in Tanzania.
Tarangire National Park has some of the largest elephant herds in Africa. It is also home to three rare species of animals. They are the Greater Kudu, the fringed eared Oryx and Ashy Starlings.
Your accommodation will be at Haven Nature Tented Camp. It is also where all your meals will be taken.
About Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is among the most diverse parks in Tanzania. This is a little gem on the Northern Safari Circuit. The Park is 2850 sq. km in size and is located 118 km southwest of Arusha.
It derives its name from the Tarangire River. This provides the only permanent water for wildlife in the area.
The ecosystem of the park is determined by the main migration routes of several species. They extend into the game-controlled areas and wildlife management areas. The latter surround the parks boundaries on the vast Maasai Steppe.
The park boasts large herds of elephant. It provides habitat for lion, leopard, buffalo and antelope species unique to East Africa. They include the lesser kudu, fringe-eared oryx, gerenuk and grant’s gazelle.
Herds of up to 300 elephants can often be seen. This is as they dig for water in the dry riverbeds orlooking for underground streams. Migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the plains.
Tarangire is well known for its ancient baobab trees. The habitat is completely different from other parks. During the dry season from June to October, animals migrate to Tarangire National Park. They come from Lake Manyara National Park, and it becomes home to more than 550 wildlife species.
Day 2: TARANGIRE - NGORONGORO CRATER NATIONAL PARK
The 4 days Tarangire Ngorongoro safari day starts early. This will be with an early morning game drive. Return to the lodge and embark on your breakfast. A mid morning game drive will end your stay in Tarangire.
After lunch leave for Ngorongoro Crater National Park. You will have an evening walk at the crater’s rim. Your dinner and overnight will be at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge.
Day 3: NGORONGORO CRATER TOUR
This day will start early in the morning. Departure will be after an early breakfast. You will descend 2000 feet down to the Crater floor. This will be with your picnic lunch boxes.
The drive to the floor takes approximately one hour. It is time to explore this ‘Garden of Eden’. Ngorongoro is a huge and deep volcanic Crater. There's rich pasture, swamps, forest and permanent water. All this is on the Crater floor. This is the reason why wildlife here is so diverse and many.
There are up to 25.000 larger animals living here. You got the best opportunity to see Black Rhino here. Other species like the black-manned lion are common.
We will have a fantastic day to see wildlife at its best. After lunch you return back to Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge for dinner and overnight.
About Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area
In the 1920’s it was treated as part of the Serengeti. It is the largest unbroken volcanic caldera (collapsed volcano) in the world. The crater itself covering an area of 259 square kilometers and having walls over 600 meters high.
It was formed by geological faulting in the eastern arm of the Great Rift Valley two to three million years ago. The volcano created was larger than Mount Kilimanjaro. The quick withdrawal of molten lava beneath it made the centre collapse. That is what created the crater we see today.
The name Ngorongoro comes from a Masai word, llkorongoro. This was the name given to the age group of Masai warriors who wrested the highlands from the datong. They were the previous occupants ot this area.
The Datong had in turn taken them from their predecessors the Hadzabe (bushmen/hunter-gatherers). The name llkorongoro echoed the sound of the battle bells the Masai warriors wore. This is when they first occupied the highlands in the year 1800.
This sound “koh-rohngoroh” struck terror into the hearts of their enemies. The wa-masai have also given their own names to the walls and floor of the crater. We have tiak which means sheer drop- while the floor is ramat meaning health- land.
This is a conservation area rather than a National Park. The Masai are allowed to bring in their animals to graze and water. This makes it possible to see wild animals and domestic livestock in the crater together.
It is about one hours drive around the rim to the point where we reach the descent road. From here there are spectacular views across and down into the crater.
It can be cold at this height (2300 mts) so it is advisable to wear warm clothes until we reach the floor of the crater. The road follows a winding and quite steep route known as the Seneto Descent.
Day 4: NGORONGORO – ARUSHA
Start your 4 days Tarangire Ngorongoro safari day with breakfast. This will be at leisure and with no pressure. After checking out of the lodge it is time to leave Ngorongoro.
Enjoy a scenic drive to Arusha, Tanzania’s tourism capital. End the 4 days Tarangire Ngorongoro safari with a drop off at your hotel in Arusha.
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4 Day Tarangire Ngorongoro Safari Costs:
What is included in the 4 Day Tarangire Ngorongoro Safari cost?
- Accommodation as per the itinerary
- Transport in a 4 X 4 Safari vehicle with pop up roof
- Meals on full board basis while on Tanzania Safari
- All park entrance fee
- All Government tax
4 Day Tarangire Ngorongoro Safari cost excludes:
- Items of personal use
- Deviation from the above program
- Drinks and beverages
- Tips and porterage
What to Carry on the 4 Day Tarangire Ngorongoro Safari
- Sun glasses
- Light and some few heavy clothing
- Sun screen
- Insect repellent
- Comfortable shoes