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NANC58 Day 19 – 21: Serengeti and Ngorongoro Excursion

Serengeti and Ngorongoro Excursion, Tanzania

Today we set off on an optional four-day, three night assisted camping adventure in the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater where these regions are said to contain one of the greatest concentrations of animals in Africa. You will spend two nights in the Serengeti and one night on the edge of the Crater, whilst enjoying game viewing from the comfort of an open-topped 4X4 safari vehicle in order to overcome any obstacles we come across whilst driving through the Park’s gravelly and narrow roads. Be sure to take with you a small day pack with a change of clothing, binoculars, cameras, warm clothes (for the cold rim of the crater), plenty of insect repellent, a few dollars for tips and curios, provisions and, of course, your sleeping bag and pillow.

For those who opt not to partake in this excursion, simply devote your time to relaxing and soaking in the sun as well as the vibrant local cultures surrounding you.  There is also a variety of Optional Activities in which to partake for those who aren’t going on this expedition, including a range of Serengeti and Ngorongoro Excursion packages, Lake Manyara game drives, day hiking, village tours and other day trips.

The Serengeti is world famous for hosting the biggest and longest overland migration on earth, deemed a ‘natural travel wonder of the world’. During October, almost 2 million herbivores journey from the hills of the north to the plains of the south, crossing through the Mara River in search of food and water. During April, these animals return to the north via the west, once more crossing the Mara. This spectacle is often called the Circular Migration. More than 250 000 wildebeest are fated to die along the trip from Tanzania to the Masai Mara Reserve in upper Kenya, a total distance of 800 kilometres. Their death is frequently caused due to wounds, exhaustion or by being hunted by the stalking predators that follow close behind the herds. Around 70 bigger mammals and approximately 500 various bird species can be found in this migration. The massive assortment of species that composes the migration is due to the wide range of habitats ranging from river forests, swamps, kopjes, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the common mammals that can be spotted in this area are Blue Wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and buffalos.

The Ngorongoro region makes up part of the ecosystem of the Serengeti and, to the northwest it meets the Serengeti National Park and lies adjacent to the southern plains of the Serengeti. These plains spread to the north into the unguarded Loliondo division and are open to wildlife due to the farming habits of the Masai. Volcanic highlands lie to the south and west of the region whilst the rim of the Great Rift Valley wall defines the southern and eastern boundaries. This wall serves to prohibit animals migrating in these directions.

Accommodation: Bush Camps: Seronera Campsite, Simba Campsite
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Arusha to Serengeti National Park ±250 km
Optional Activity: Tips for Guides, Serengeti 4-day camping Excursion (min 4 people)

For more information on the Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater Camping Excursion please click here

2019 Itinerary Change

Karatu – Ngorongoro Crater Excursion – Karatu

Today we travel a short distance to Karatu, most of the day is spent making our way closer to the Ngorongoro Crater for our day excursion the following day. The following morning we rise early and are then transferred to the Ngorongoro Crater where we will spend the day exploring this magnificent piece of land. We make our way back to Karatu in the afternoon. Our last day is spent on a cultural tour in Karatu and the rest of the day can be spent at your own leisure with a variety of activities to partake in. The activities must be booked directly with the accommodation prior to arrival.

Accommodation: Two Per Room Kudu Camp
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Arusha to Karatu to Ngorongoro Crater to Karatu
Included Highlight: Full day 4×4 excursion to Ngorongoro Crater, Karatu Cultural Tour, Elephant Caves Hike

Ngorongoro Crater

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