DAY 1 – Arusha / Karatu
Meet & greet at Arusha Airport upon arrival.
Optional : assistance for visas
Lunch at Shanga River House or picnic lunch upon arrival time.
In the afternoon, head to Karatu, end of the day at leisure at Bashay Rift Lodge.
NIGHT 1 – Bashay Rift Lodge
Located in the heart of coffee plantations, Bashay Rift Lodge is a small and exclusive property, ideally located near Karatu and 15 min away from the Ngorongoro Crater park gate.
All 26 rooms offer a cosy and charming atmosphere with superb views over the Karatu highlands & the Great Rift Escarpment. “The Main” as we call it features a superb bar & lounge area as well as a lovely dining room. The guests can enjoy the terrace and use our on-site swimming pool and SPA
DAY 2 – NGORONGORO CRATER
Depart from your lodge after breakfast and head to the park gate.
Part of the Unesco World Heritage, this place is undoubtedly the most famous African sanctuary.
The crater is a unique place in the world, 20 km wide and home of hundreds of different species all protected by a 600m wall.
All the big African mammals can be found in the crater: Big cats, Elephants, Hippos and last but not least, Rhinos.
Spend a whole day exploring the caldera with picnic lunch break around the lake.
NIGHT 2 – Olduvai Camp
Close to the famous Olduvai Gorge (cradle of mankind), lies the world renowned Olduvai Camp.
Perfectly integrated into nature, Olduvai is a unique & Must-Stay-At property when on safari in Tanzania. 17 states of the “bush-art” en suite tents, superb bar & dining area.
Feel the “Safaris of the past” atmosphere, enjoy interacting & walking with the Masai, learn more about early men who once stood up in the Gorge…There’s so much to see & do around Olduvai !!!
DAY 3 – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
This day is the opportunity to learn more about the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA). As opposed to traditional National Parks, Ngorongoro area does not exclude all human life, which is why Maasai villages can be found in this area. In fact, this vast expanse of more than 8 500km², man and wildlife live here in harmony for hundreds years.
Allowed to remain on the land of their ancestors, the Massai perpetuate their traditional lifestyle of nomadic pastoralist.
The area has many places of interest:
- The special wildlife area
- The site of Olduvai and Museum
- Massai villages, protected from any influence
- Geological curiosities such Nassera rocks, Shifting Sands or Olduvai Gorge.
After breakfast, last game drive in Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Then head to Arusha. Lunch at Shanga River House. In the afternoon, transfer to Arusha airport and assistance for boarding on regular flight.