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3 Day Safari

Arusha, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire, and Arusha

Our 3-day African safari, which specifically includes Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire National Park, has been designed to offer you a short but intense Tanzanian Northern Circuit safari experience for a shorter and more time-constrained period of 3 days / 2 nights. You will experience the excitement of game viewing in three of the most spectacular national game parks in Tanzania.

This unforgettable African safari tour will take you to the Ngorongoro Crater, which features one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa. Here you will witness an amazing spectacle of African wildlife inside a self-contained world teeming with animals.

Your tour will also take you to Lake Manyara National Park, one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a shallow but huge soda lake at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. Finally, your African safari tour will also take you to Tarangire National Park, which features some of the greatest concentrations of game in Tanzania, second only to the Ngorongoro Crater, but is less crowded and unspoiled, possessing a wild beauty. The size of the selected Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire National Parks makes them a perfect choice for our shorter safaris.

Day 1

Arusha, Lake Manyara

Non-game-viewing travel time: 2 12 hours
Distance: 130 km

Meet our professional tour guide and driver in Arusha town, who will deliver a short safari information briefing, after which we travel to Lake Manyara National Park. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. After lunch, we head into Lake Manyara National Park.

This impressive park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park) at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions, and large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake.

Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.

Day 2

Lake Manyara, - Ngorongoro Crater

Non-game-viewing travel time: 2 hours and 3 ½ hours
Distance: 60 km and 155 km

After breakfast, we will descend 600 meters into this magnificent crater for a morning, half-day game drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most densely populated African wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals, including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino.

Supported by a year-round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro Crater supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs, and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will enjoy a picnic lunch in the crater, after which we travel to Tarangire National Park. Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.

Day 3

Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, and Arusha

Non game-viewing travel time: 2 hours
Distance: 120 km

After breakfast, we head into Tarangire National Park for a morning game drive.

The park runs along the line of the Tarangire River and is mainly made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. Its natural vegetation mainly consists of Acacia woodland and giant African baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the south. Both the river and the swamps act like magnets for wild animals during Tanzania’s dry season. Tarangire National Park is reputed to contain some of the largest elephant herds in Africa.

This African national park is also home to three rare species of animals: the Greater Kudu, the Fringe-eared Oryx, and a few Ashy Starlings. We return to the lodge for lunch, after which we will depart for Arusha town and end our African safari adventure. The group should tip the tour guide around $20 a day for all our safaris. You will be taken to your hotel or lodge, which ends our safari package services.


  • Pick up and drop off from any hotel in Arusha
  • Private 4-wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch
  • Professional safari and tour guide/driver
  • All national park fees
  • All meals during the safari
  • Mineral water


  • Laundry
  • Items of personal nature
  • International and local airfares
  • Airport taxes
  • Entry visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Any airport transfers or hotel accommodation before / after the safari
  • Tips and gratuities

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