Day 1: Arrive Ngorongoro Crater
Today we travel to through the southern Serengeti plains toward the Ngorongoro Highlands where we will stop for a farewell to our fellow travelers on the Crater rim. We then continue to the famous Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site and the world’s largest caldera. Depending on our arrival time, there may be an optional walk along the crater rim. Our accommodations at the crater will be Lemala Camp Ngorongoro; these spacious canvas tents with wooden floors are situated along the crater rim within a lush acacia forest.
Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater
Our early morning departure for a full day on the crater floor affords us premier wildlife-viewing opportunities. Often referred to as the “Garden of Eden”, the crater is only 100 square miles in area, but offers a diversity of habitats including acacia forest, swamp, woodland, short grass, long grass and riverine habitats. The region is famous for its lion, cheetah, old bull elephants, Cape buffalo, herds of wildebeest and amazing bird life. The crater also boasts the world’s highest density of hyena, as they fiercely compete with the crater’s dominant lion population for food. If lucky, we may catch a sighting of the black rhino – a rare treat in northern Tanzania. While the animals are able to migrate in and out of the crater, they predominantly remain within, as there is a constant source of water and grass, making the crater a wonderful location at any time of the year. We will break for a mid-day lunch on the crater floor to optimize our wildlife viewing. Late this afternoon, we will drive to Plantation Lodge, where we will be accommodated this evening. Plantation Lodge is located on a working coffee plantation. The spectacular pool set in the verdant gardens offers some relaxation after a stimulating day.
Day 3: Arusha/Depart
After breakfast, we will drive back to Arusha (approximately 3 – 4 hours), enjoying a scenic drive through the Crater Highlands, fertile valleys and colorful villages along the way. We will arrive back in Arusha in time for lunch. A dayroom is provided for your use and the remainder of the afternoon is free for you to spend at your leisure. This evening, we provide a transfer to Kilimanjaro for your return flight home.
Physical Rating: Easy