• Lake Natron is the most important breeding habitat for lesser flamingos in the world

5 Days Safari | Tarangire & Manyara & Ngorongoro & Lake Natron

Tanzania Northern Circuit

Four different parks, four different sceneries and an amazing road trip, makes this Safari tour a must! With our 5 Days Safari fly-in from Zanzibar package you will experience Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Park, the famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the remote Lake Natron.

After an early morning transfer from your hotel and a short flight to Arusha, your Safari will start with a visit of Tarangire National Park, renowned for its dense population of elephants. The next day you will visit Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its tree climbing lions and its diverse landscape. The Ngorongoro Crater, permanent home of the Big Five and a UNESCO world heritage site awaits you on Day 3. The last highlight will be a road trip to the alkaline Lake Natron basin. Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai, an active volcano and holy mountain of the Maasai dominates this area.

Your accommodation for the next 3 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:

Your Safari starts with a short domestic flight from Zanzibar Airport to Arusha. Your guide will pick you up and tke you to Tarangire National Park for your first private game drive of this trip. The park lends its name from the important Tarangire River, which flows through the park, providing a vital water source for the wildlife that inhabits the area.. This quiet park is famous for its huge number of elephants, ancient Baobab trees and birdlife.

During the dry season (June to October), the river becomes the only water source, attracting large concentrations of wildlife. Safari guests can expect to see elephants, wildebeests, zebras, giraffes, impalas, buffalo, and various antelope species. The park is also home to a population of big cat predators such as lions, leopards, and even cheetahs.

Day 2:

Today you will visit Lake Manyara National Park, a relatively small park compared to others in the region but famous for its tree climbing lions and its diverse ecosystems. The park is named after Lake Manyara, an alkaline lake that covers a big part of its area. The waters attract a wide variety of birdlife, including flamingos, pelicans, storks, and numerous other waterbirds. The lake’s shores are also frequented by large herds of elephants, buffaloes, and other animals.

The park’s landscape varies from open grasslands to acacia woodlands and groundwater forests. This dense groundwater forest is a great habitat for various primate species, including a lot of baboons and blue monkeys.

Day 3:

The amazing Ngorongoro Conservation Area, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, is on your Safari schedule today! The main attraction is the largest unbroken volcanic caldera in the world, approximately 3 million years old and 20 km² in size. Due to its natural borders, the wildlife in the crater is amazing. The crater is home to the Big Five and offers a good chance to spot the rare black rhino. Located within the conservation area, Olduvai Gorge is an important archaeological site that has yielded some of the earliest evidence of human evolution. It is one of the most significant paleoanthropological sites in the world, and numerous fossils and artifacts have been unearthed here.

Because it is still inhabited by the Maasai, Ngorongoro is not classified as national park, but as a conservation area – managed to balance conservation and the needs of the local communities. Therefore it is a a multiple land-use area, meaning it allows for limited settlement, agriculture, and livestock grazing while also protecting wildlife and the environment

Day 4:

An enchanting road trip to the remote Lake Natron basin is planned for today. This unique soda lake valley is the lowest point in the the East African Rift system, an active tectonic region that will eventually lead to a separation of East Africa from the rest of the continent. Natron is a shallow lake with a high alkaline level, known for its distinctive red color, caused by the presence of cyanobacteria and other microorganisms that thrive in the extreme conditions.

These microorganisms attract the largest concentration of Lesser Flamingos in the world. 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. Lake Natron’s water has an extremely high pH level, often exceeding 10.5, making it one of the most alkaline lakes in the world. The high alkalinity is primarily due to the volcanic ash and minerals that flow into the lake from the surrounding area.

The area is dominated by Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai that holds spiritual significance for the Maasai people who live in the region. In the Maasai language, Ol Doinyo Lengai means Mountain of God. The Maasai believe that the mountain is the home of their god, Engai, and its eruptions are considered important events in their spiritual beliefs.

Day 5:

After breakfast a local Maasai will guide you for a Flamingo lake walk. During this walk you can learn more about the fragile ecosystem of the Lake Natron basin and its important flamingo breeding grounds. These migrating pink-hued birds are well-adapted to the lake’s environment and feed on the algae found in its waters. You will have the chance to take some great photos of the lake with its pink flamingo population and Ol Doinyo Lengai mountain in the background.

This is followed by a road trip back to Arusha city and then a short return flight to the Zanzibar archipelago. Here a driver will wait for you to bring you back to your beach resort.

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 5-11.99yr (sharing with 2 adults)
$ 2.326 Free $ 908 $ 967
Child 12-15.99yr (sharing with 2 adults) 3rd adult (sharing with 2 adults) Single adult travelling in group, single room occupancy Solo traveller
$ 1.206 $ 1.336 $ 2.531 $ 3.351

These prices include the following services:

  • Zanzibar airport transfers (sharing)
  • Domestic flights
  • Private Game drives
  • Meals and bush lunch
  • Park entry- and landing fees
  • 3x 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 Lake Manyara 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
  • 3x 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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