• Wildebeests passing a rough road in Ngoronogro Crater

2 Days Safari | Lake Ndutu and Ngorongoro Crater

Tanzania Northern Circuit

With this 2 days Fly-in Safari tour you can experience the unique Ngorongoro Crater and meet up with the Great Migration in the Lake Ndutu area! After an early transfer from your beach hotel to Zanzibar airport, you embark on a 1hr 20 minutes domestic flight directly into the southern Serengeti ecosystem and land in Lake Ndutu airstrip.

A full Safari day is reserved for a visit of the incredible crater of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Because of the steep walls and the high elevation of the crater, there is enough rain and therefore food for the animals (including the Big Five) to stay in the crater for the whole year.

You will sleep for 1 night in Africa Safari South Serengeti Lodge, where you stay in a fully furnished comfort tent with a private bathroom in the middle of the wilderness.

Day 1:

After the pick up from your hotel to Zanzibar airport, you will embark on an early domestic direct flight from Zanzibar to Lake Ndutu airstrip, located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This area marks the southern part of the vast Serengeti ecosystem. After a short meet & greet with your Safari guide, you travel towards the main attraction of Ngorongoro, the famous crater. A massive volcanic caldera formed millions of years ago when a large volcano collapsed in on itself, this natural wonder will take your breath away. The caldera is about 20 kilometers (12 miles) in diameter and has a floor area of around 260 square kilometers (100 square miles).

The Ngorongoro Crater is home to an incredible variety of wildlife. It’s often referred to as an “Garden of Eden” due to the concentration and diversity of species within its confines. The crater supports the “Big Five” (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) as well as cheetahs, hyenas, wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, and many bird species.

Day 2:

Today you will explore the Lake Ndutu area, a seasonal alkaline lake that plays a significant role in supporting wildlife and birdlife, especially during the Great Migration. Ndutu is a vital stopover for animals during the wildebeest calving season from January to March. The lake’s abundant water and fresh grasses attract a large number of herbivores, which in turn attracts predators like lions and cheetahs. Because of this presence of water and the resulting concentration of animals, Lake Ndutu is considered one of the best spots for wildlife viewing in Africa. Safari guests have the opportunity to witness predator-prey interactions and the stunning sight of thousands of wildebeest and zebras grazing on the surrounding plains.

Lions, cheetahs, small-spotted genets, caracals, elephants, giraffes, leopards, owls, and striped hyenas are the principal animal species found around this lake. It won’t take long before you see all five of the big five animals because it’s the only site where you can find them all in one small area. The six different species of big cats—leopards, lions, cheetahs, caracals, servals, and wildcats—can only be found in the Ndutu region.

Your Safari guide will bring you back to Lake Ndutu airstrip (late afternoon) for your return flight to Zanzibar, followed by a transfer to your beach hotel.

A map of the northern Safari circuit in Tanzania with a red pin marker in the Lake Ndutu area (part of the Serengeti eco system)
A map of eastern Tanzania with Africa Safari Lodges (Paradise & Wilderness group)

Africa Safari South Serengeti

Africa Safari South Serengeti is a comfortable Safari Lodge located within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, only a few kilometers from Lake Ndutu. This area plays a vital role in the annual Great Migration and marks the southern end of the Serengeti ecosystem. The lodge offers quick access to the Ngorongoro crater, Lake Ndutu and the Serengeti plains. The nearby airstrip offers connections to the other major airstrips and direct flights to destinations like Zanzibar.

Lake Ndutu and its surroundings are famous for the calving season of the wilderbeests, a highlight of the annual Great Migration. The short rains in November and December provide nutritious pastures for the wildebeest, which stay in the area until the end of the long rains. Most calves are born in January and February. Between April and November, the south-eastern plains dry out, but there is still an abundance of game in the area. There are in fact two water sources, Lake Masek and Lake Ndutu, where many wild animals come to drink.

The spacious Lodge offers 12 accommodations that form two wings with a restaurant tent and a bar/lounge tent in the middle. The classic safari comfort tents with 32m² are fully furnished with locally made furniture and have ensuite bathrooms, separated from the room by a tent cloth, with a shower, European toilet and sink. Every tent has its own private 8m² terrace with a comfortable seating area. Enjoy the sounds and sights of nature from the comfort of your terrace, you might even see an elephant or giraffe walking by!


  • Maximum occupancy 3 guests per safari comfort tent
  • Double bed (180cm x 200cm)
  • Inside and outside seating area
  • Plenty of storage space
  • Free WiFi in restaurant & lounge area
  • Fully equipped bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Charging points for mobile phones and cameras
  • Quality mattress and bed linen
  • Mosquito net
  • Terrace
Rate per adult (2 adults sharing) Infant 0-1.99yr (sharing with 1 adult) Child 2-4.99yr (sharing with 2 adults) Child 5-11.99yr (sharing with 2 adults)
$ 1.347 Free $ 735 $ 783
Child 12-15.99yr (sharing with 2 adults) 3rd adult (sharing with 2 adults) Single adult travelling in group, single room occupancy Solo traveller
$ 898 $ 1.055 $ 1.269 $ 1.683

These prices include the following services:

  • Zanzibar airport transfers (sharing)
  • Domestic flights
  • Private Game Drive Lake Ndutu / South Serengeti
  • Private Game Drive Ngorongoro Crater
  • Bush lunch
  • 1x Night Africa Safari South Serengeti
  • Park entry- and landing fees

Required reservation information:

  • Full names of each guest as per passport
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Passport/ID number

Published rates subject to changes in government-, park authority and airline tax increases or levy changes. Paradise & Wilderness reserves the right to change departure times, routing or carrier when so required for operational, weather or safety reasons. Paradise & Wilderness can not be held responsible for missed connections on flights booked with other airlines, due to flight delays. Timings are indicative only. Exact times will be communicated on tickets and during the trip. Prices may vary subject to season, room category and number of travellers.

  • Early morning pick-up from hotel
  • Transfer to Zanzibar Airport
  • Domestic flight – Zanzibar to Lake Ndutu Airstrip
  • Private Safari game drive in the Lake Ndutu area
  • Private Safari game drive Ngorongoro Crater
  • Mid-morning coffee/tea break
  • Authentic safari bush lunch
  • 1x Night Africa Safari South Serengeti
  • Return Flight Lake Ndutu Airstrip to Zanzibar
  • Transfer back to your accommodation
  • Fullboard meal plan
  • Daily departure possible!
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