Hidden Valley Safaris

Day 3

Tarangire to Ngorongoro

Early morning game drive in Tarangire, depart with picnics from the lodge and drive to Ngorongoro via Mto wa Mbu.

The village of Mto wa Mbu (pop: 18,000) is set in the green, fertile area. The friendly residents have a unique culture in which you may find it interesting to share. You will walk around with your driver guide and shop for a few minutes and then head out for Ngorongoro. Dinner and overnight Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Authority area is part of the larger Serengeti ecosystem, it adjoins the Serengeti National Park, merging into the Southern Plains. The south and west of the area are volcanic highlands including Lake Natron ,the active volcano Ol Donyo Lengai and the lesser known Empakai Crater; the southern and eastern boundaries are defined by the rim of the East African Rift wall.

It is most famous for the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most well-known wildlife areas in the world. The Crater itself is the world's largest inactive and intact volcanic caldera, formed when it exploded and collapsed in on itself some two to three million years ago. The floor of the Crater covers 260 km2 (100 sq mi) and is mostly covered by grasslands with two small wooded areas and a seasonal salt lake in the centre of the crater; the lake is known by two names, Lake Magadi or Lake Makat. The other major water source is the Ngoitokitok, near the eastern crater wall.