• A bachelor group of elephants in the Ngorongoro highlands

4 Days Safari | Tarangire & Ngorongoro & Lake Natron

Tanzania Northern Circuit

This 4 Days Safari fly-in tour from Zanzibar includes game drives in the Tarangire National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Additionally you will visit the remote Lake Natron area, home to the largest population of lesser Flamingo in the world.

A brief domestic flight (~1 hour) to Arusha city and you will already meet your Safari guide at the airport gate. After a short briefing, your first adventure brings you the Tarangire National Park. This protected area is famous for its ancient and majestic Baobab forests. Another highlight of this package will be a game drive in the crater of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Last but not least a visit to Lake Natron awaits you, an alkaline soda lake with the lowest elevation of the entire Rift Valley area.

Your accommodation for 2 nights will be Africa Safari Lake Manyara followed by 1 night in Africa Safari Lake Natron. In both lodges you overnight in fully furnished comfort en-suite tents.

Day 1:

An early transfer from your beach hotel, a short flight from the Zanzibar Archipelago, and you are already in Arusha city, the ‘Safari capital’ of Tanzania. Your guide will take you to Tarangire National Park, famous for its large number of elephants.

It is the sixth-largest national park in Tanzania and is renowned for its diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife. The park is characterized by a varied landscape that includes open grasslands, acacia woodlands, ancient baobab trees, and the Tarangire River, which flows through the park. During the dry season (June to October), the river becomes a vital water source, attracting large concentrations of wildlife. The park is also a birdwatcher’s paradise, with over 500+ bird species recorded.

Day 2:

A visit of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is planned for today. Its famous crater is the largest unbroken caldera in the world and a stunning natural wonder. It was formed millions of years ago when a massive volcano collapsed on itself, creating a fertile basin that now serves as a self-contained ecosystem with abundant wildlife all year round.

Ngorongoro is home to an impressive concentration of wildlife, including the ‘Big Five‘ (elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos, and rhinos). The crater floor alone is teeming with animals, and visitors have a high chance of spotting numerous species during a single game drive. The area also hosts large numbers of wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, and flamingos. Unlike other national parks, this protected area allows coexistence between wildlife and the Maasai people who inhabit the region.

Day 3:

After breakfast you will go on a fascinating road trip to the remote Lake Natron region. This remarkable salt and soda lake forms part of the East African Rift system, an active tectonic region known for its stunning landscapes and volcanoes.

Lake Natron’s unique composition is characterized by its high alkalinity and soda content. The lake’s alkalinity is due to the presence of sodium carbonate and other minerals that flow into the lake from the surrounding volcanic soils. As a result, the water in Lake Natron has a high pH, making it inhospitable for most aquatic life.

Despite its harsh environment, Lake Natron is a critical breeding site for Lesser Flamingos. These iconic pink birds thrive in the lake’s alkaline waters, which support the growth of the blue-green algae Spirulina, their primary food source. Millions of flamingos gather here during the breeding season to nest on the lake’s salty shores, creating a breathtaking spectacle of pink and white colors.

Day 4:

Before you will have to leave this strange and remarkable place, you can join a local Maasai on a Flamingo lake walk. The region around Lake Natron is inhabited by the Maasai tribe, known for their unique culture and traditional pastoralist lifestyle. The Maasai coexist with the wildlife in the area and adapted to the challenges posed by the harsh environment.

During this walk you can learn more about the fragile ecosystem of the Lake Natron basin,  its important flamingo breeding grounds and Ol Doinyo Lengai, the ‘Mountain of God’, an abode of the god Engai, who withdrew there after being hit by a hunter with an arrow.

This is followed by a road trip back to Arusha airport and a subsequent domestic return flight to Zanzibar and transfer to your hotel.

A schematic map with important national parks of the Northern Safari Circuit in Tanzania
A map of eastern Tanzania with Africa Safari Lodges (Paradise & Wilderness group)

Africa Safari Lake Manyara Lodge

Africa Safari Lake Manyara is located directly on the border of the Lake Manyara National Park. The lodge grounds are part of a Game Controlled Area (GCA) – expect to see a lot of animals staying permanently in the area. These include zebras, wilderbeests, different types of monkeys and of course many bird species. The gardens are dominated by large yellow bark acacias (also known as ‘fever trees’ or Vachellia xanthophloea) that provide shade and shelter for the cheeky vervet monkeys.

Neighbouring the large and comfortable bar / lounge there is a nice swimming pool with sun loungers and umbrellas. It offers truly magnificent views of Manyara lake and the surrounding area. Farther towards the lake you will find the restaurant with equally exciting views. For your own security, it is recommended not to walk alone during the night in the lodge premises. The staff will assign you a Maasai askari (watchman), just in case a bad tempered big cat decides to pay a visit.

You will stay in a Safari Comfort tent. These accommodations are spacious, and comfortable, having exterior canvas walls, a concrete floor and a permanent bathroom. Watch the zebras grazing from your very own private terrace, equipped with comfortable chairs. The spacious 60m² tent is furnished with a king-sized bed and a single bed. Another single bed can be added on request. You will find a comfortable seating area in the room as well as plenty of storage space to make you feel at home. The accommodation has a semi permanent bathroom with an European toilet, washbasin and walk-in shower.

Africa Safari Lake Natron

Africa Safari Lake Natron borrows its name from the alkaline soda lake in its vicinity. The luxury lodge offers stunning views of the unique surrounding desert landscape. Lake Natron and its basin are part of a Conservation Area (game controlled wildlife area). Despite its harsh conditions, Lake Natron serves as the most significant breeding ground for lesser flamingos.

The panoramic view from the elevated restaurant with the reception and bar over the soda lake and the surrounding mountain ranges of the Great Rift Valley is truly something special. The swimming pool, with sunbeds and parasols, is centrally located and offers a beautiful view of the neighbouring Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai. This is an active and unique volcano, venerated as a holy mountain by the Maasai people. The restaurant offers a buffet as well as an a-la-carte menu, offering a variety of delicious food, local and international cuisine.

You will sleep in a nice and spacious 60m² air conditioned Safari Comfort Bungalow. The accommodation is furnished with a king-sized bed and a single bed, a comfortable seating area and enough cupboard space to make you feel at home. On request an extra single bed can be added to the room. The bathroom has a walk-in shower, an European toilet and a washbasin. The accommodation offers a 10m² private terrace with comfortable chairs, where you can take in the incredible scenery of Lake Natron.

Facilities (both lodges):

  • Maximum occupancy 4 guests per safari comfort tent
  • Double bed (180cm x 200cm) and a single bed (90cm 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) Child 2-4.99yr (sharing with 2 adults) Child 5-11.99 (sharing with 2 adults)
$ 1.977 Free $ 830 $ 871
Child 12-15.99yr (sharing with 2 adults) 3rd adult (sharing with 2 adults) Single adult travelling in group, single room occupancy Solo traveller
$ 1.064 $ 1.152 $ 2.131 $ 2.829

These prices include the following services:

  • Zanzibar airport transfers (sharing)
  • Domestic flights
  • Private Game drives
  • Meals and bush lunch
  • Park entry- and landing fees
  • 2x Nights Africa Safari Lake Manyara
  • 1x Night Africa Safari Lake Natron

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 departure – Zanzibar to Arusha
  • Private Safari game drive Tarangire National Park
  • Private Safari game drive Ngorongoro Crater
  • Private Road Trip to Lake Natron
  • Flamingo Lake Walk
  • Mid-morning coffee/tea break
  • Authentic safari bush lunch, served at set tables
  • 2x Nights Africa Safari Lake Manyara Lodge
  • 1x Night Africa Safari Lake Natron
  • Return Flight Arusha to Zanzibar
  • Transfer back to your accommodation
  • Full Board Meal Plan
  • Daily departure possible!

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