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    Short but sweet, your whirlwind tour starts in Usa River, takes in diverse Tarangire and as its ‘grande finale’ also visits the beautiful Ngorongoro Conservation Area with its incomparable crater. In both locations, the wildlife is equally awe-inspiring, but each of these environments in Tanzania’s Northern Circuit is unique – and truly breath-taking

    Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater

Tour Details

Day 0 - Arusha

A staff member of Astro Safaris and tours will pick you up from the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). From here you will be driven to Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge in Usa River, close to Arusha and briefed on your forthcoming safari. Enjoy a restful night before beginning your adventure tomorrow!

   Accommodation : Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge

Day: 1 - Usa River to Tarangire -Karatu

You'll depart from Usa River after breakfast for the approximately two-hour journey to Tarangire National Park. Along the way, your eyes will be opened to all the colours and character of Tanzania: perhaps some Maasai herdsmen driving their flocks of goats to new pastures. You’ll get to know your driver-guide, amazed at his depth of knowledge as he effortlessly answers all your questions. Once you've entered Tarangire, you'll begin your game drive across a rich vista of endless golden savannah that surrounds the Tarangire River. Tarangire is huge. As you stand at the park gate and look south, it stretches as far as the eye can see. Known as the ‘Elephant Playground,’ this spectacular park contains largest population of these mighty mammals. But Tarangire is also home to buffalo, lion, gnu, zebra and gazelle and the park can rival Serengeti for sheer animal densities. What might you see today? Perhaps a solitary male lion stretched out beneath a tree, perhaps a trio of male cheetah enjoying some lazy bonding-time in the sun. Maybe some graceful Grant’s gazelle or zebra bounding away from the road or a couple of giraffes munching happily from the choicest acacia branches. For Tarangire specialties, look out for kudu and oryx.

Here as in other parks, it pays not to ignore the small animals. It is so easy to be mesmerised by the power and majesty of an elephant or the elegance of the giraffe. Ask your guide to find you an agama lizard, especially a male one who changes colour in front of you according to the temperature! Or a hyrax, known as pimbi, an insignificant-looking creature of around 30 cm in length…who astonishingly is related to elephant!

Not many trees will pass you by without something of avian interest catching your eye. A memorable flash of colour might be a lilac-breasted roller or superb starling. Ostrich are plentiful and it is hard not to chuckle at the sighting of the well-named, studious-looking secretary bird as it awkwardly pads across the grasslands.

The park is also famous for its noble baobab trees, rolling savannah and acacia woodland. It can be dusty – wear a scarf over your mouth - but this is a minor inconvenience for sighting wildlife in such abundance. After an extensive game drive and a picnic lunch, you will leave the park to make your way to the cooler regions of the Ngorongoro highlands.

   Accommodation : Tloma Lodge

Meal Plan :
Breakfast will be provided by the Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge. Lunch will be a nutritious and balanced meal, also provided by the hotel for you to take out on safari. Your evening meal will be a full, cooked dinner created by the chef and his team at the Tloma Lodge

Day: 2 – From Karatu To Ngorongoro Crater, Return To Arusha

After breakfast at daybreak, you will set off towards Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and the heart of the Conservation Area of the same name. On arrival at the entry into the conservation area, you will sign in and then begin the winding descent into the crater itself. At one side there’s the Lerai Forest, classic mountain forest landscape with almost tropical characteristics. This is good elephant country, so keep your eyes peeled. By the side of the nearby swampland is what is sometimes called the ‘elephant graveyard’ as the mighty male tuskers at the end of their lives come to chew on the soft, swampland grasses once their teeth have failed them.

The crater has a population of around 120 lions, with well-defined territories; 15,000 gnu, 9,000 zebra, 400 hyenas, and around 50 black rhino. Many gnu and other herd animals are resident, benefiting from the many sources of year-round waters and are boosted by some migrators in season. Buffalo, Serval, Jackal, Thomson’s gazelle and eland are also present in numbers. Hippos can be found in pools and swampland and highland birdlife is colourful and plentiful around the waters. Flamingos can often be seen in Lake Magadi, which occupies part of the crater floor. After your morning game drive in this stunning crater and then lunch, you will have a 3 ½ hour journey, covering the 192 km back to Arusha.

Meal Plan :
Breakfast is served at the Tloma Lodge. Lunch will be a nutritious and balanced meal, also provided by the lodge for you to take out on safari and enjoyed after your morning game-drive, before you return to Arusha. As today is the end of safari, please note that dinner tonight is not included in the tour.

Departure Instructions :
Please note this 2 Days Tanzania Lodge Safari ends at Arusha at 17:00hrs, your departure can only take place tomorrow if you have booked a domestic flight which departs from Kilimanjaro International Airport at 07:10hrs and onwards or an international flight which departs at 06:40hrs and onwards. Thus, you will need to book an extra night’s accommodation (not included in the tour price) and take a flight the following day.

Payments Terms and Conditions

Tour packages are confirmed upon receipt of 20% deposit of the total cost of the package.
Balance payable in full by cash (dollars) upon arrival day.


Camping accommodations (Upgradable)

Safari in a 4x4 vehicle with a pop-up roof

Meals: Full Board - Breakfast, Hot Lunch or Picnic Lunch and Dinner

Mineral water at dinner during Safari

All Airports Pick up and Drop-off from Kilimanjaro and Arusha

Professional, English speaking guide and safari cooker

All National Park Fees and Taxes.

Game viewing activities as stated in the above tour/safari description

2 Nights Hotel Accommodations, (one before and one after Safari. Upgradeable to suit you likings.)


International air fares

Any required Visas

Tips to Staffs (recommended is 10$ dollars per person per day.)

Items of a Personal Nature

What to bring

  • Appropriate clothing for Safari: A warm sweater and light jacket as the nights can be chilly at high altitudes

  • Towels for showering and Personal hygiene toiletries

  • Mosquito spray

  • Sun-glasses and Sunscreen lotion

  • Binoculars for better sightings


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