Experience the 3-day adventure safari to the iconic Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. Nestled within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, this natural wonder is often referred to as the “Eden of Africa” and is renowned for its incredible concentration of wildlife. As you descend into the Crater, you’ll be greeted by a mesmerizing landscape teeming with diverse habitats, including grassy plains, acacia woodlands, and a picturesque lake. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to an array of wildlife, including the famous Big Five – lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, and rhinos. Prepare to be captivated by the sight of these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, as well as the multitude of other species that roam freely in this unique ecosystem. From thrilling game drives to breathtaking views from the Crater rim, every moment in Ngorongoro promises an unforgettable safari experience. Immerse yourself in the beauty of this natural treasure and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Day by day, 3-day Ngorongoro Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Arusha – Ngorongoro Crater Depart from Arusha in the morning and drive to Ngorongoro Crater.

Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for a full day of game drives.

Day 3: Ngorongoro – Arusha After breakfast, choose between visiting a Maasai village or going for a nature walk in the forests of Ngorongoro. Drive back to Arusha with stops at Karatu and Mto wa Mbu market towns. End of the safari.

Three days Ngorongoro Safari highlights

  • Explore the stunning Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Africa’s natural wonders
  • Witness the incredible concentration of wildlife in the crater, including the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard)
  • Enjoy game drives on the crater floor, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and diverse ecosystems
  • Visit the hippo pool and observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat
  • Have a chance to interact with the Maasai people and learn about their traditional way of life
  • Experience the thrill of spotting a wide variety of wildlife, including zebras, wildebeest, giraffes, hyenas, and more
  • Marvel at the panoramic views from the Ngorongoro Crater rim
  • Immerse yourself in the rich biodiversity of the region, with opportunities to see rare bird species and unique plant life
  • Stay in comfortable lodges or camps that provide a relaxing and authentic safari experience
  • Create lifelong memories and capture stunning photographs of the wildlife and landscapes in Ngorongoro Crater.

Combining the 3-day Ngorongoro Crater Safari with other experiences in Tanzania is a great way to make the most of your trip. Here’s how you can combine it with a Mount Kilimanjaro climb and a Zanzibar beach getaway:

Ngorongoro Crater Safari + Mount Kilimanjaro Climb:

After completing the Ngorongoro Crater Safari, you can embark on a thrilling Mount Kilimanjaro climb. Depending on your preference and fitness level, you can choose from various routes like the popular Marangu Route, Machame Route, or Lemosho Route. The climb typically takes several days, allowing you to conquer the highest peak in Africa and enjoy breathtaking views along the way. This combination of safari and mountain adventure offers a perfect blend of wildlife exploration and physical challenge.

Ngorongoro Crater Safari + Zanzibar Beach:

Following the Ngorongoro Crater Safari, you can head to Zanzibar, an idyllic island paradise known for its pristine beaches and rich cultural heritage. Relax and unwind on the white sandy shores, swim in the crystal-clear turquoise waters, and indulge in water sports like snorkeling and diving to explore the vibrant marine life. Immerse yourself in the island’s history and culture by visiting Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and exploring the spice plantations. This combination allows you to experience the best of Tanzania’s wildlife and beach destinations, providing a diverse and unforgettable vacation.

By combining the Ngorongoro Crater Safari with either a Mount Kilimanjaro climb or a Zanzibar beach getaway, you can create a comprehensive itinerary that caters to your interests and offers a well-rounded Tanzanian adventure.

Best time for the 3 days Ngorongoro Safari

The best time to embark on a 3-day Ngorongoro Crater safari is during the dry season, which generally falls between the months of June to October and January to February. During these months, the weather is typically dry and sunny, making it easier to navigate the park and enjoy wildlife sightings.

The dry season is an ideal time for game viewing as animals gather around water sources, including the Ngorongoro Crater’s floor. The vegetation is also less dense, allowing for better visibility of wildlife. Moreover, the risk of rain and muddy roads is lower during this period, ensuring smoother travel experiences.

It’s important to note that the Ngorongoro Crater can be visited year-round, and each season offers its own unique experiences. However, the dry season is generally preferred by visitors due to the favorable weather conditions and increased animal activity.

Day 1

Arusha - Ngorongoro Crater

Start your Ngorongoro Crater safari with an early morning departure from Arusha. Drive through the scenic Masai Steppe, passing Lake Manyara area in the Rift Valley, and ascend the Karatu area to reach the Loduare Gate of Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After a brief stop for registration, continue driving up to the Viewpoint for breathtaking views of the Crater floor. Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for a full day of game drives, where you’ll have the opportunity to spot a wide variety of wildlife. Enjoy a picnic lunch by the hippo poolside before continuing with game drives in the afternoon. Drive back up to the Crater rim and proceed to your lodge in Karatu for overnight stay.


Luxury: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge / Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp

Mid-range: Rhino Lodge / Angata Ngorongoro Camp

Budget Camping: Simba Campsite

Day 2

Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, descend once again into the Ngorongoro Crater, often referred to as the “Eden of Africa.” This UNESCO World Heritage Site is renowned for its high concentration of wildlife. Your expert guide will navigate the Crater floor in search of the famous Big Five and other fascinating wildlife species. Enjoy a picnic lunch at a designated site within the Crater. In the late afternoon, drive back up to the Crater rim and return to your lodge in Karatu, such as Marera Valley Lodge or Country Lodge, for overnight stay.


Luxury: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge / Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp

Mid-range: Rhino Lodge / Angata Ngorongoro Camp

Budget Camping: Simba Campsite

Day 3

Ngorongoro - Arusha

After a leisurely breakfast at your lodge, you have the option to visit Masai Village and take a nature walk in the forests of Ngorongoro (an additional fee applies). Accompanied by an armed ranger, explore the forest trails where you might encounter herds of buffaloes, elephants, and other forest-dwelling species. After the activities, drive back to Arusha with brief stops at Karatu and Mto wa Mbu market towns for a chance to interact with locals and do some shopping. This marks the end of your 3-day Ngorongoro Crater safari.

Please note that safari prices depend on the number of participants and the chosen accommodation. This safari can be arranged starting from Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, or Mwanza, with flights into Ngorongoro or Arusha.

The cost for the whole 3 Days Serengeti safari includes and excludes the following items

Tanzania Safari Price includes

Park fees

Game drives and activities

All accommodation

A professional driver/ safari guide

All transportation

All Taxes/VAT

Roundtrip airport transfer


Water / Coffee / Tea or Soft Drinks

Price Excludes

International flights

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour

Tanzania Visa


Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

Meals not listed above

Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

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