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Ngorongoro Crater - Best Tours & Trips 2019

238 trips to Ngorongoro Crater tours from 136 tour companies. 187 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.
The roar of “Africa’s Eden” still resounds within the walls of Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, a self-contained microcosm that harbors East Africa’s most spectacular wildlife, roaming the crater’s floor freely in unparalleled abundance. How do you get the most out of a journey into this primal savannah, billed as “the Eighth Natural Wonder of the World”? Let Stride be your guide by comparing, choosing and booking a s ... Read More
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
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Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
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Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
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10 Day Tanzania & Zanzibar Bush & Beach E ...

Ker & Downey Africa
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 1,005 / day
$ 10,046
From : $ 13,562
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Arusha
  • Drive to Ngorongoro Crater, enjoy walking safari or standard game drive including sundowners
  • Visit Serengeti National Park's Mwiba Airstrip
  • Enjoy a world class breakfast at your lodge and a morning at leisure
  • Spend your next 3 days at the Resort & Spa enjoying the multitude of activities on offer
  • Discover Zanzibar
  • Enjoy visiting Dar es Selaam
Visits:
Arusha, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Zanzibar, Tanzania
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8 Days-Migration Photo Safari

8 days
$ 433 / day
$ 3,460
From : $ 4,256
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • A mix of game drives and walking safaris for varied and spectacular game viewing
  • Expert guides with an infinite knowledge of each area,
  • Exclusive accommodation that blends comfort and style with the ultimate wilderness experience
Visits:
Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
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10 Days-Photography-Predators & Migration

10 days
$ 472 / day
$ 4,720
From : $ 5,381
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Tanzania's Top 3 safari destinations
  • See the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater & Tarangire
  • Excellent year-round big game viewing
  • Witness the Wildebeest Migration in season
  • Fully inclusive accommodation
  • Water bar, infinity pool & spa
Visits:
Arusha, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
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Great Migration Safari tour
Private Guided
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Great Migration Safari

Rothschild Safaris
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
13 days
$ 1,088 / day
$ 14,140
From : $ 16,120
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore Nairobi
  • Visits to Amboseli National Park and Tarangire National Park
  • Experience Ngorongoro Crater, continue to the lush Ngorongoro Crater, home to 30,000 wild animals in a spectacular setting.
  • Enjoy your safari at Serengeti National Park, well known for the millions of wildebeest and zebra who migrate across the plains.
  • Enjoy a game drive through Lake Manyara National Park
  • Visit local markets and a Masai Village for an interactive cultural experience
Visits:
Amboseli National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Masai Mara National Park, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Nairobi, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Kenya, Tanzania
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Tanzania Adventure Safari tour
Group Tour
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Tanzania Adventure Safari

ROW Adventures
Preferred
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11 days
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Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore the Serengeti National park
  • Experience the incredible views of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Visit Tarangire and Manyara National Parks, Manyara Ranch is home to a bountiful wildlife corridor
  • Explore Ngorongoro Crater
Visits:
Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
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4 Day, 3 Nights Safaris Lodge & Camping Based

4 days
$ 550 / day
$ 2,200
From : $ 2,706
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy your first game drive in safari vehicles
  • Exploring the Crater - a large, intact volcanic caldera with many resident animals.
  • Vist the Ngorongoro Crater rim, descending the Ngorongoro Highlands on the vast Serengeti Plains
  • See the colorful robes where people of the Maasai tribe herd their cattle
Visits:
Arusha, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
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10 Days-Safari & Beach Holiday

10 days
$ 396 / day
$ 3,960
From : $ 4,871
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • See thousands of wild animals and also immigration of wildebeests depending on the season.
  • See Hippos, Zebras, Wildebeests, Cheetahs, Hyenas, Thomson Gazelles.
  • Relax in Nungwi Beach
  • Explore Menai Bay Conservation Area, home to two different species of dolphins, the Indo-pacific humpback, and the bottlenose.
Visits:
Aarhus, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Zanzibar, Tanzania
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8-Day Luxventure Tanzania Safari: Mad, Bad & Dangerous
Private Guided
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8-Day Luxventure Tanzania Safari: Mad, Bad & ...

Ker & Downey Africa
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 858 / day
$ 6,865
From : $ 7,826
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Discover Tanzania
  • You'll visit Mt Kilimanjaro and massive Tarangire NP
  • See the beautiful Ngorongoro & Serengeti NP
  • Explore Arusha
  • Explore Tanzania's famous reserves, Lake Manyara National Park
Visits:
Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
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6 Days Classic Safaris (Lake Manyara, Serengeti Plains, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire) tour
Group Tour
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6 Days Tanzania Explorer (Serena Lodges)

6 days
$ 775 / day
$ 4,650
From : $ 4,860
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
  • Visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner.
  • Enjoying the amazing scenery of Africa, across rivers and over numerous small villages.
  • Visit the world famous Ngorongoro Crater National Park in Tanzania
  • Visit Tarangire National Park
  • Enjoy game drives
  • Chance to see the tree climbing lion
Visits:
Aarhus, Arusha, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
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7 Days-Private Luxury Safari

7 days
$ 691 / day
$ 4,840
From : $ 5,518
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Visit Serengeti National Park

  • Enjoy a morning game drive in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Visit Tarangire National park
Visits:
Arusha, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
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Luxury Safaris & Zanzibar Beach Tour-Northern Tanzania tour
Private Guided
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10 Days Luxury Safari & Zanzibar Holiday

10 days
$ 528 / day
$ 5,280
From : $ 6,019
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore this crowd-free big game reserve on guided game drives and nature walks
  • Enjoy a thrilling night game drive after sundowners on scenic Sunset Hill.
  • See herds of elephant and buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe
  • Visiting Lake Manyara National Park
  • Enjoy horse riding
  • Enjoy a walking tour of The Manor’s estate or a spa treatment.
  • Enjoy an optional tour of the Bean-to-Cup Coffee Estate
Visits:
Aarhus, Lake Manyara National Park, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Zanzibar, Tanzania
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STORY Africa's 9 Day Great Migration: Tanzania a ...

STORY Land & Sea
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 1,297 / day
$ 10,379
From : $ 11,832
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Discover new experiences throughout the Central Serengeti
  • Enjoy game drive in the central Serengeti with your Namiri Guides
  • On-Call, On-Demand Game Drives
  • Specially-designed 4-Wheel Land Cruisers
  • Unique, all included Chef-Prepared dining
  • See the Ngorongoro and gather to watch the sun set over this magnificent wonder of the world
  • Visit Ngorongoro Crater is a world heritage site, the world's largest intact volcanic caldera and is commonly referred to as the 8th wonder of the world
Visits:
Arusha, Masai Mara National Park, Nairobi, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Kenya, Tanzania
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Mountain Gorillas, Craters & Serengeti Explorer
Private Guided
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Mountain Gorillas, Craters & Serengeti Explorer

Rothschild Safaris
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 1,088 / day
$ 10,880
From : $ 12,403
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Visit Genocide Memorial Museum
  • See the Dian Fosseys grave
  • Visit to the Parliamentary Campaign against Genocide Museum
  • Drive to Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park
  • Explore Rwanda
Visits:
Arusha, Kigali, Lake Manyara National Park, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Rwanda
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10 Days-Wildebeest Migration River Crossing

10 days
$ 466 / day
$ 4,660
From : $ 5,732
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Guided 4x4 safari to 3 game parks
  • Enjoy Big cats  in the Serengeti
  • Witness the annual migration in season
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch in the Crater
  • See forests, lakes & wildlife
  • Enjoy comfort & good facilities
Visits:
Arusha, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
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East African Explorer

Indus Travels
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
13 days
$ 400 / day
$ 5,199
From : $ 5,393
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore the Masai Mara National Reserve for wildlife, one of Africa’s best wildlife reserves
  • Discover the Amboseli National Park with its 400-different species of birds
  • Search for the Big 5, in their natural habitat during several game drives on-board 4x4wd safari land cruiser
  • Admire the breath-taking scenery as you tour the Ngorongoro Crater in search of wildlife
  • Visit the Serengeti National Park and see why this region is truly the game-viewing capital of the world
Visits:
Amboseli National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Masai Mara National Park, Nairobi, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Kenya, Tanzania
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Top Ngorongoro Crater Experiences and Attractions

Top Ngorongoro Crater Experiences

  • Watching a pride of lions cross the grasslands within eyeshot of a herd of Thomson’s gazelles.
  • Braking for a crossing of elephants, the world’s largest land-based animals, as they guide their young across the crater floor.
  • Glimpsing an elephant in tree cover beside the road as your safari vehicle descends through the mists from the crater rim.
  • Toasting the day’s game drive with a “sundowner” from the deck of the lodge’s grill/bar.
  • Picnicking at the hippo pool, with a lunch spread out on the hood of your safari vehicle.
  • Seeing thousands of pink flamingos take flight above the salty banks of Lake Magadi.
  • Spotting a leopard in a forest grove, asleep on a tree limb.
  • Encountering a Masai tribesman dressed in traditional red cloak herding his cattle within the crater walls.
  • Surveying the barren landscape and exposed geological layers of the Great Rift Valley at Olduvai Gorge, where Louis and Mary Leakey discovered the fossilized remains of mankind’s early ancestors.
  • Tracing the movements of a cheetah as it pauses, turns, stretches and weaves its way through the undulating savannah grasses in search of prey.
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Ngorongoro Crater Trip Reviews

187 Ngorongoro Crater Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 138
Great 44
Average 4
Disappointing 0
Terrible 1
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

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What a great experience

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

What a great experience. I did and seen things I thought I would never be able to do. A lot things I never even thought about. Just great. Leaders were amazing , knowledgeable , patient and encouraging.

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Operator Dragoman

Top notch First Class Safari services

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Myself and a family of 5 persons (6 in total). travel o Kenya for an adventure and I must admit wild race Africa Safaris delivered beyond our expectation.

From the time of trip inquiry to the last minute we were dropped back to the airport, Simon has been very helpful.
Very much prompt in his responses, very detailed, and flexible by all means.
The choices of lodges were excellent, good well maintained safari vehicles with excellent knowledgeable guides.

Phanuel our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.
I would highly recommend Simon and the company anyone would want to experience Kenya Tanzania Safari with a touch of excellence from the local operators.

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Operator Wild Race Africa Safaris

Great holiday thanks to Zama Tours & Safari

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Normally we book our holidays ourselves but as Tanzania is unknown to us we preferred to ask a local agent to do this for us. We wanted somebody who really lives there and knows the country inside out. We contacted Zama Tours and told them more or less what we wanted a week of safari and a beach holiday afterward. They listened carefully to us and came up with a lovely program. Email exchange went so smoothly so we went for it. And it was a really great experience. Wilson, our guide and driver, was very pleasant and knowledgeable. A nice thing was that we didn't visit only the national parks but we also met local people, the real life there. Accommodations were quite luxury and of an excellent standard. Also on Zanzibar, where we spent some days afterward, where again we were very warmly welcomed by Mussa. We saw amazing things, great wildlife, met wonderful people, enjoyed the food. Thumps up for the team of Zama

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Operator Zama Tours & Safaris

Breathtaking!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Kenya was absolutely breathtaking! The sheer amount of animals we saw on this trip was so much more that what we expected. We were taken aback by how diverse and rich the biodiversity and landscape is. This tour is a gem for those who love animals and is definitely a once in a lifetime experience.

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Operator Indus Travels

Epic Trek to Mount Kilimanjaro & Sensational Safari.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our group of seven’s safari experience was nothing short of spectacular!
We cover Arusha, Tarangire and Serengeti National Parks as well as Ngorongoro Conservation Area over a 7 day period. A lot of ground to cover, but what an experience.
Not only did we see the Big 5 but we saw them in spades. We had fantastic looks at some of the large predators like lions, leopards and cheetahs; large grazing herds of wildebeests, gazelles, buffalo and antelopes as well as wallowing hippopotamus, lumbering elephants and stately giraffes.

Our guide worked hard and seemed to have a 6th sense in terms of locating wildlife. Not only were we very close to large herbivores, carnivores and birds but we viewed them in a setting where they seemed quite oblivious to us. They continued to hunt, graze, scavenge, dabble, court and even copulate in a stunning landscape. It was straight out of a National Geographic documentary.
Nothing seemed to escape our guide’s keen eye. He was an avid bird watcher and not only able to spot and identify the many spectacular bird species we saw, but speak to their natural history and behaviour as well. Same went for the mammals large and small, reptiles like Nile crocodiles, lizards and turtles/tortoises. His passion for wildlife was undeniable.

Our accommodation and meals during the safari/game drives were great. Three nights in a ‘bush camp’ in a spacious tent with 2 queen sized beds and a three piece bathroom was hardly roughing it. It was quite luxurious actually. Staff were welcoming, friendly and accommodating. A hot towel and cold drink on our arrival offered another touch of class.

Both our guide, Raymond and his brother Lawrence were shining examples of competent, caring and professional entrepreneurs with a small fledgling company. I highly recommend you consider them if you are looking for a safari trip of a lifetime. It was an epic trip for me that I will never forget!

Expect in Africa Safari also organized a 6 day climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. I’m happy to report all 7 ladies in the group made the summit. Our success had everything to do with the care, support and professionalism of our guides, cook and porters. We climb the Marangu route and stayed in rustic “chalets”. Food was hot and plentiful and our cook dropped by every evening during dinner. Our guides actually sang songs to keep us motivated on the final climb to the summit. It was a total grind but we made it. A huge “Thank you” to our devoted entourage of 21 as well as Expect in Africa Safari organizers. Another trip of a lifetime that I can boost about for decades.

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7-Day luxury 4 park safari

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We had a wonderful 7-day, custom tailored safari through 4 parks (Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater) in northern Tanzania. We saw an incredible number of animals and birds, including the big 5. Our guide, Anderson, was so knowledgeable about the wildlife and the environment, and was great at pointing out animals that we would've missed. Anderson really listened to what we wanted to see and was attentive to our needs.

Our accommodations were top notch and the food at each lodge or tent camp was very good. We were pleasantly surprised by the individual attention we were given by the staff at each place we stayed. During the day we traveled in our safari vehicle, just the two of us with our guide, and still the cost was very reasonable. We can't say enough great things about Walter, the owner, Galloping Safaris, and our guide. We have recommended this company to many of our friends in hopes that they will have the special experience we enjoyed. It was the trip of a lifetime for us!

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Ngorongoro Crater Tours and Travel Guide

Ngorongoro Crater Attractions & Landmarks Guide

For nearly four million years, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area on the eastern edge of the Serengeti in Tanzania has been the homeland of mankind’s earliest ancestors—and of the wildlife that continues to draw visitors to East Africa. At its center is Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken, inactive volcanic caldera on earth. The crater’s walls rise steeply to form a unique residence on the crater floor for 25,000 large animals, 90% of which never leave this unique natural ecosystem. (You’ll need some warm clothing no matter when you visit. The crater floor is well over a mile high and the rim, where the lodges are situated, soars to 8,000 feet.)

One Place Fits All

Visitors traversing the hundred square miles of grasslands and forests within the crater have an opportunity to see virtually all the species that lure safari-goers to East Africa. In a single day, in a single place, it’s possible to view lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, buffalo (Africa’s Big Five), plus zebras, hippos and scores of other frontline attractions.

Luxury lodges and camps with extraordinary views line the rim. The descent through misty forests into the crater for game viewing is a rugged hour’s ride down rutted roads. It’s worth the haul. This UNESCO World Heritage Site can be particularly rewarding for lovers of lions. Although the number of lions roaming Ngorongoro Crater is a scant sixty or so, this represents the densest population of lions in the world.

Big Cats

You’re very likely to see lion prides in the grasslands here, often lazing about, paws in the air, perhaps relishing their latest kill, as there’s plenty to feast upon within the confines of the crater. Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles graze nervously, zebras race with their young, wildebeests parade by the thousands, hyenas and jackals stalk the kills of leopards, and even a few cheetah, evading lions, pace these expanses. It’s African wildlife taken to the extreme.

Don’t ignore some of the smaller and rarer creatures, such as serval cats, or the bird life, from the flashy crown cranes to the nest-knitting weaver birds. You’ll look in vain, however, for several animals that don’t thrive in the crater ecosystem at all, including crocodiles and giraffes.

The Masai

There are humans here, too. The Masai tribesmen, clothed in red, are allowed to graze cattle and sheep on the crater floor, but during daylight only. You’ll see their distinctive villages with the round huts as you drive in and out of the crater. Masai number 20,000 within the greater Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and they tend upwards of 275,000 livestock.

The main picnic ground in the crater is at Ngoitokitok Spring, a swampy area favored by hippos and elephants. Lunches are spread out on the hoods of safari vehicles circling the pool, and travelers are free to stretch their legs. Another water stop on the crater floor is salty Lake Magadi, breeding grounds for expansive flocks of flamingos.

For those who dream of Africa, Ngorongoro rings true from top to bottom. Stride offers you a choice of tour operators capable of delivering a once-in-a-lifetime safari into the wildest crater on earth.

Once you’re on your way...

  • Get to the crater floor as near to sunrise as possible, to get a jump on the armada of safari vehicles, to view the animals while it’s still cool and to spend as much daylight as possible game-watching in the caldera.
  • Keep an eye peeled for the movement of lion prides in the distant grasses. The lion population in the crater is denser than in any other animal preserve in Africa, and the lions are well supplied here with game.
  • As a buffer against hour after hour of driving the jolting roads, consider bringing a seat cushion along. Some safari-goers even equip themselves with back braces. Cameras take a beating, too, especially from the dust (protective plastic bags help). As for keeping the camera steady in a safari vehicle, a tripod is best but bean bags (if supplied by your driver/guide) fit easily across the edge of roof openings and reduce shake.
  • If a lunch stop at nearby historic Gibb’s Farm is on your itinerary, be sure to take an hour’s hike through the sloping farmlands, followed up with a bathroom stop. The spacious facilities, with private garden-views, represent the most upscale plumbing in East Africa.

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