A number of airlines operate twice-daily scheduled flights from Arusha—northern Tanzania’s tourism capital—to Lake Manyara airstrip. Transfers to the lodge take about 90 minutes in closed game-viewing vehicles.
An on-site doctor and well-stocked clinic is available to guests. As ticks can be found in Africa’s wilderness areas, guests are advised to wear long trousers, socks, and boots to avoid getting bitten when going on bush walks. Prior to departure, guests should seek a doctor’s advice about taking precautions against malaria.
All lodge guests receive a detailed safety briefing. Staff members escort guests to and from their rooms after dark, as wildlife roams freely and there are no fences around the lodge. Each guest room includes a fire extinguisher and a briefing on what to do in case of a fire. andBeyond provides emergency evacuation insurance with Flying Doctor Services to all guests. Personal travel insurance is also recommended.
October to March is summer in northern Tanzania, and April to September is winter. Year-round temperatures range from around 42 ̊ to 86 ̊F (8 ̊ to 30 ̊C). Rain occurs predominantly in November, April, and May. Dress in layers for game drives, as temperatures heat up mid-day.
Most international visitors to Tanzania require a visa, which can be obtained at the Tanzanian embassy in your country prior to travel (recommended) or at the airport upon arrival. Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry and have at least two consecutive blank visa pages.
Mornings and evenings on the crater rim are often cool and misty, so dress in layers and avoid dark colors, which attract mosquitos and tsetse flies. Luggage should be packed in a soft duffel bag with no wheels or hard frame. The weight limit for Tanzanian travel is a maximum of 33 pounds (15 kilograms), including hand luggage. Be sure to bring extra memory cards and batteries for your camera, as they are not readily available in East Africa. Unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) are not permitted, and Tanzania does not accept U.S. dollar bills printed prior to 2006, as there was a large amount of illegal processing of dollar bills during that time in East Africa.
Children are welcome at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, with child rates available upon request. Kids can participate in the WILDChild program, which includes learning woodcarving in a woodcarver’s workshop, planting seedlings in the tree nursery, trying out beadwork and archery, baking cupcakes with the lodge chefs, and playing soccer with the lodge’s official soccer team. Children five or younger are not permitted on any safari, while children ages 6-11 are permitted on game drives at the discretion of the lodge manager. Shortened game drives for families with children are available upon request. Note: The lodge grounds are open to wildlife, so children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Babysitting services are available at an added cost.
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