Kuoni Ngorongoro Safari
Kuoni Ngorongoro Safari
Kuoni Ngorongoro Safari is a classic and affordable overland 9 night safari, which can be combined with a Luxury Beach Holiday on the stunning coast of Zanzibar to create an amazing Honeymoon, as part of an Africa multi centre Holiday.
The Ngorongoro Safari visits the key natural wonders of Tanzania’s northern circuit – the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti and Tarangire – and stays at good quality lodges in prime locations. Wake early as the sun rises to make the most of each enchanting day on this comprehensive itinerary, which includes.
- Arusha: 1 night
- Ngorongoro: 2 nights
- Serengeti: 2 nights
- Tarangire: 2 nights
Zanzibar beach 3 nights
Just a short flight from Arusha, the exotic ‘spice island’ of Zanzibar is the perfect post-safari tonic. The historic part of its capital (Zanzibar Town) is UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stone Town. This coastal city is a real mix of cultural influences, with labyrinthine alleyways, Sultan’s palaces, weathered historic buildings, intricate architectural details and vibrant markets. Stone Town is where you’ll find Zanzibar’s main cultural sightseeing, but it’s also worth taking a tour of the traditional farms, which grow cloves, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg, for an insight into the spices that have such an influence on the local cuisine. The ‘stay longer’ reason here is Zanzibar’s palm-fringed sands, lapped by warm Indian Ocean waters. Regularly voted among the world’s best beaches, you can spend your days soaking up the sun, enjoying pampering spa treatments, trying your hand at watersports and snorkelling among the colourful corals.
Day 1: UK to Arusha
Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Arusha.
On arrival, transfer to the Kibo Palace Hotel – a welcoming hotel with a refreshing pool in landscaped grounds and views of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro. Stay: Kibo Palace Hotel (or similar).
Day 3: Arusha to Ngorongoro
After breakfast depart in your 4×4 safari vehicle towards the awe-inspiring Ngorongoro Crater.
You’ll pass through maize, coffee and banana plantations and a scenic escarpment on the edge of the Rift Valley with stunning views over the distant Lake Manyara. After a short stop, you’ll continue on your way to Ngorongoro and the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge in time for lunch. This large lodge is the only accommodation located on the quieter eastern rim of the crater and enjoys spectacular sunsets. Its design is themed around traditional circular African houses with stone walls and conical roofs. The rooms here are traditional, with earthy colours, exposed brickwork and wood-panelled ceilings, and have an indoor balcony area with floor-to-ceiling windows so that you can make the most of the view without being exposed to the chilly evening air. After lunch, you can enjoy the afternoon at leisure or embark on a guided walk along the crater rim with a driver/guide. Tonight there’ll be a welcome dinner for you and your group. Approx. journey time: 3½ hours. Stay: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.
Day 4: Ngorongoro
Head out into the early morning mist and make the 600-metre descent into the crater on a morning game drive. Explore the distinct areas of forest, lakes and open grassland, hopefully spotting wildlife including the Big Five, cheetah and hyena. You’ll have to wait another day to see giraffe, topi and impala, which are interestingly absent due to the steep crater walls and lack of acacia trees. Return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, visit a local Maasai village. This two-hour cultural experience will introduce you to a local manyatta where generations of Maasai live along with their cattle and other livestock. You’ll meet with the village elder or guide and gain an insight into local life, speaking to the Maasai and watching a traditional song and dance performance. Afterwards, there’s the option to buy local curios. Stay: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.
Day 5: Ngorongoro to Serengeti
Drive to Olduvai Gorge, the ‘cradle of mankind’ where some of the earliest hominid remains were found, before continuing to the Serengeti plains for lunch at the Serengeti Sopa Lodge. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti National Park – Tanzania’s most iconic national park that is rich in both views and wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for big cats lounging in the shade, herds of elephant, buffalo, eland, hyena, impala – and much more. You’ll then return to the Serengeti Sopa Lodge for the night. The design of the lodge is distinctly different to its fellow African lodges, with a flat roof that provides the perfect spot for sundowners, and a warm and colourful interior. The views from the lodge are one of its real highlights, reaching far across the Serengeti plains, and there’s good wildlife viewing year-round thanks to the surrounding acacia woodland and water supply. Approx. journey time: 4½ hours. Stay: Serengeti Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.
Day 6: Serengeti
A full day in the world-famous Serengeti awaits today with morning and afternoon game drives in search of the resident big game. There’s also the option to take an early morning hot-air balloon ride over the Serengeti plains. Sunrise in the Serengeti is a magical time of day and this is one of our most highly recommended safari experiences, perfectly finished off with a Champagne breakfast. Stay: Serengeti Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.
Day 7: Serengeti to Tarangire
Depart for the Rift Valley this morning with a beautiful lunch stop at Gibb’s Farm near Karatu in the heart of the highlands. Established as a coffee farm in the 1920s, this peaceful guesthouse is a charming property overlooking the Great Rift Valley and Ngorongoro forest. After lunch, continue on to Tarangire National Park. Dominated by baobab trees and huge elephant herds, this beautiful park is a haven for wildlife. It experiences distinct seasons, with the dry season (July to November) witnessing a large number of animals attracted to the reducing river – the area’s only permanent source of water. Tarangire’s lions and leopards can be spotted lounging in the branches of sausage trees and diverse birdlife here includes the ashy starling and yellow-collared lovebird. You’ll stay at the Tarangire Sopa Lodge, built to blend harmoniously with its bushland surroundings with an earthy-brown-roofed main building and rooms tucked away in traditional circular cottages. With no fences around the lodge, you’ll hopefully be able to witness up-close wildlife viewing – elephants can regularly be seen wandering through the grounds. Approx. journey time: 7 hours. Stay: Tarangire Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.
Day 8: Tarangire
Embark on morning and afternoon game drives exploring the stunning riverine ecosystems of Tarangire. Stay: Tarangire Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.
Day 9: Tarangire to Arusha
After breakfast, pass through the Maasai Steppe on your way back to Arusha (approx. journey time: 2½ hours) for lunch (unless travelling onwards for a beach stay, in which case you’ll go straight to the airport to waste no time in getting to Zanzibar’s white sands). Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, arriving the following day. B, L.
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Guide Price – Kuoni Ngorongoro Safari – 9 nights
At the time of posting Kuoni published a Guide price from £3,703 per person, for Kuoni Ngorongoro Safari holiday, or from £4,373 per person, for the Kuoni Ngorongoro Safari plus a 3 night stay in Zanzibar, based on departure from London Heathrow.
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