andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Sample Itinerary—Crater Immersion

Curated exclusively for National Geographic

Discover Tanzania’s stunning Ngorongoro Crater, one of the planet’s greatest natural wonders, during an immersive stay on the rim. Walk along the rim, drive across the crater floor, savor sweeping views at every turn, and engage with the people who live in this incredible place.

Your experience at the lodge will be tailored to your interests. The sample itinerary below was designed for National Geographic travelers and can be customized as you wish.

Highlights

  • Engage with the local community during lunch with a farmer in his vegetable shamba (garden) and on a visit to the Misigyo Primary School with a representative of the Africa Foundation (National Geographic Exclusive).
  • Join an expert ranger on a full-day game drive on the floor of Ngorongoro Crater, home to an astonishing 20,000 animals—from giraffes and elephants to rare black rhinos and elusive leopards.
  • Walk along the crater’s edge with the resident naturalist and learn about the medicinal value of the indigenous trees grown in the on-site nursery.
  • Soak up sunset views over the crater while relaxing in a hot bubble bath, drawn by your private butler.

Day 1—Arrive Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Transfer to the lodge on the edge of Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact caldera. Join a local farmer for lunch in his vegetable shamba (garden), and learn about his daily life. Then head to Misigyo Primary School with a representative from the Africa Foundation, where you can interact with local school children and learn more about community conservation initiatives. Tonight, retreat to the lodge’s domed dining room for a lavish meal, choosing from the Tanzanian chef’s menu of local specialties, pan-African cuisine, and British classics.

Day 2—Crater Safari

After breakfast, set off on a day of adventure in the Ngorongoro Crater. Join an expert ranger in a closed safari vehicle with pop-up roof, and watch for brightly colored birds as you descend through lush highland forest en route to the 10-mile-wide grassy crater floor. Spot flocks of pink flamingos clustered around the shores of Lake Magadi, hippos in the surrounding swamp, and grazing elephants, rare black rhinos, and the predators they attract. Break for a picnic on the crater floor in the midst of giraffes, zebras, and warthogs. After a thrilling day on safari, return to the lodge and retreat to your guest suite. Soak up sunset views over the crater while unwinding in a hot bubble bath, drawn by your private butler.

Day 3—Depart

Linger over a full English breakfast at your camp’s intimate dining area. Join a naturalist guide for a walking tour of the lodge grounds and take in your final views of the crater from a variety of angles. Learn area history, and tour the on-site nursery that incubates indigenous trees valued for medicinal uses. Stop at the lodge gift ship, where local Maasai women bead and interact with guests. Transfer to the Manyara airstrip for your flight home or on to your next destination.

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