2-Day Safari to Lake Manyara | Ngorongoro Crater
The drive from Moshi to Lake Manyara National Park takes about 4 hours. After having a picnic lunch in Manyara, you start a late afternoon game drive, which is the best time to view animals in this park. When you approach it from the east, the Rift Valley escarpment looms on the horizon, forming an impressive backdrop to the lake. In the tall trees of the ground water forest, monkeys leap from branch to branch, and on the escarpment, elephants stand in the shade of the acacia. Other animals frequently seen are zebras, impalas, monkeys, giraffes, buffalos, and hippos. In the late evening, you transfer to the TWIGA campsite or Highview Hotel at Karatu.
Drive 30 minutes from the campsite or Highview Hotel to the gate for Ngorongoro Crater. On the eastern side, you will see the Rift Valley, elephants, buffalo, zebra, monkey, birds, as well as the crater rim. Tanzania's best concentration of wild animals is in Ngorongoro's huge, perfect crater. This is also the best place in Tanzania to see black rhino as well as prides of lion that include the magnificent black-maned males. There are lots of colorful flamingos, and a variety of water birds. Other game you can see include leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, antelopes, and small mammals. In the late afternoon, return to your hotel in Moshi, or be dropped at Kilimanjaro or Arusha airport in time for your return flight.