A number of airlines operate twice-daily scheduled flights from Arusha—northern Tanzania’s tourism capital—to the 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; prior to departure, guests should seek a doctor's advice about taking precautions against malaria. All travelers will receive a detailed safety briefing, and staff members escort guests to and from their rooms after dark, as wildlife roams freely around the lodge property. andBeyond provides emergency evacuation insurance with Flying Doctor Services to all guests.
Most international visitors to Tanzania require a visa, which can be obtained at the Tanzanian embassy in your country prior to travel 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.
October to March is summer in northern Tanzania, and April to September is winter. Year-round temperatures range from around 42 ̊ to 86 ̊F. Rain occurs predominantly in November, April, and May. Dress in layers for game drives, as temperatures heat up mid-day.
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, including hand luggage. Be sure to bring extra memory cards and batteries for your camera, as they are not readily available in East Africa.
Children are welcome at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. 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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