The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.
Day 1: Arrive in Arusha and overnight in a hotel (you choose the quality).Ngorongoro crater can be seen below
Day 2: Drive to Ngorongoro for a half-day tour of the crater. Within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the largest unbroken caldera (collapsed volcano) in the world, Ngorongoro Crater. The crater floor (610 meters deep and 260 km squared) is a haven for wildlife, a microcosm of East African scenery and animals. There are many large animals within the crater itself, mostly zebra and wildebeest, but also lion and elephant. This is undoubtedly the best place to see rhino in Tanzania. Other animals may include: leopard, cheetah, hyena, warthog, impala, buffalo, hartebeest, eland and many other antelope and smaller mammals. There are many flamingos and a variety of other water birds around the soda lake on the crater floor. More than a 100 species of bird not found in the Serengeti have been found in the crater. Dinner and overnight at the Nainokanoka Campsite.
Day 3: Take an Early breakfast (07.00) and with the help of donkeys carrying the luggage we head for Bulati Village visiting Olmoti Crater and waterfalls passing the Embulmbul Impression. The Olmoti Crater is a shallow grassy crater and is the source of the Munge river, which pours through a notch in the rim in a spectacular waterfall on its way to Ngorongoro Crater. Dinner and overnight at Bulati Campsite.
Day 4: After an early breakfast hike to Empakaai Crater (4 Hours). Descend into the crater to watch the flamingos and other animals – this beautiful little crater contains forests and a deep lake. At Empakaai, the scenery is spectacular at every point. From the northern and eastern side you can look out to the dramatic cone of Ol Doinyo Lengai, the Great Rift Valley and Lake Natron. Dinner and overnight on the Empakai Crater rim.
Day 5: Empakaai to Acacia via Naiyobi – After breakfast we visit a Maasai village. Picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at Acacia Campsite (village campsite) which is close to Ol Doinyo Lengai an active volcano.
Day 6: Another early start (07.00) as we set off and hike through Emouro Engoilil (Pembe ya Swala) to the bottom of Ol Doinyo Lengai where you are met by a vehicle for transport to Lake Natron Campsite. An early night is needed.
Day 7: At 03.00 we transfer by car to the base of Ol Doinyo Lengai and start trekking to the top arriving at about 07.30. We stay for about 30 minutes or so to view and photograph the activity from a distance. Return back to the camp and have lunch. The afternoon is spent walking to the nearby waterfalls. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
Day 8: At 05.30 we drive to Lake Natron to view the sunrise and the flamingos and then depart to Arusha. Overnight in Arusha Hotel (you choose the quality).
All park entry fees
English speaking tour guide
3 meals per day, vegetarian/non vegetarian