The Ngorongoro Crater is just one part of much larger area of interrelated ecosystems consisting of the Crater Highlands (to which the Ngorongoro Crater belongs) together with vast stretches of plains, bush and woodland. The entire Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCAA) covers about 8300sq km. Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s smallest parks, its vegetation is diverse, ranging from savanna to marshes and acacia woodland, enabling it to support a variety of habitats.
In addition to a striking setting and peaceful surroundings, Manyara’s main attractions are its superb birdlife, its tree- climbing lions (though these aren’t often seen) and its hippos, which you can observe at closer range here than at most other places. There are also elephants, although the population has been declining in recent years. The park, which is situated between 900m and 1800m above sea level, is bordered to the west by the dramatic western escarpment of the Rift Valley.
Day 1: Arusha - Ngorongoro. After breakfast depart Arusha for Ngorongoro. Arrive for lunch then half day crater tour. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro wildlife lodge/ Ngorongoro Serena lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 2: Lake Manyara - Arusha. After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara Park with packed lunch, morning and afternoon game drive. Late afternoon drive back to Arusha for overnight at Kipo Palace hotel/Mountain Village. End of the tour.
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