Ngorongoro Crater

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jerk
Washington, NC8 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
We decided to choose Nafika Tours a local company by reading reviews and right from the start they were amazing!
The booking process, answering all of our questions, offering different options and fine tuning our accommodations, Everything was organized by Elias from Nafika Tours and it was all perfectly organised!

We did a 7day Northern Tanzania safari to Lake Manyara NP, Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire NP with Livin as our excellent guide, we learned a lot about the wild life and Livin answered our questions and explained everything about the ecosystem.
And he stepped it up a level, with Livin we spotted all of the Big Five! His advice to pack both breakfast and lunch boxes and depart early in the mornings to be able to do longer game drives.
It allowed us to spot a lot of animals. We heard groups from other companies during dinner who had less succes with just two short game drives.

Livin always knew were to take us and made every effort! We saw dozens of elephants, lions, cheetah, hippos, one rhino and thousands of zebras, gnoes and so on.

Tanzania as a country is amazing, we felt really safe, the scenery is beautiful and seeing giraffes trek by during sunset at Thorn Tree Camp (with the comfort of a luxury tent!) is a memory of a lifetime.
Another highlight was the mother leopard with her cub, what a sight!

We had a wonderful time and recommend this local company Nafika Tours to anyone who want to visit Tanzania!
Written June 17, 2022
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PHABIAN
Uganda13 contributions
Sep 2021
We took a private family tour carefully planned by our journey designer Edgar where he's taken into account all our requests and exceptions. He's been pivotal in designing the right route, what to see, what to expect for a family of safari seekers at the "elementary" level.

This is quite critical since what you see is assessed by what you expected in the first place. Me and my 3 kids (16, 19 and 10 years old) traveled with 8 days with Mgalaa Expeditions and the experience was unique for the 4 of us. The kids still ask about the driver, John and it was one month ago.

The trip was planned only with 2 month in advance and the prompt reply of my emails was the key for everything being possible.
Everything was very organized, since day one, picking at airport, till returning back to it.
John the driver was very experienced and full of patience to handle with high drive kids and their stubborn "things".. He really knew how to adequate the logistic of 5 days full time safari with young kids!

About the Safari itself, it was an amazing experience, with John knowledge, it seems we were inside national geographic episode. We had very lucky and saw everything what was expected.
We could think 8 days of Safari it's hard specially with kids of this age, but even with the youngster, 8 days passed without noticing For that, besides the guide/driver, it
has contributed all the wonderful organization of Mgalaa Expeditions, and their unique safari, the lodge is very nice cline and net.

At the end I may say: 5 STARS for you, Edgar and your guide John
and share my son's last day comment: "it seems we began only yesterday and it was already finishing? I want to return on the dry season!"

I strongly recommend for anyone who wishes a "boutique" safari experience to have a word with Mgalaa Expeditions to doing anything upfront. its Exellent.!
Written October 27, 2021
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Urara D
2 contributions
Oct 2021
Ngorongoro is one of the best area to Visit, and the only reason I am writting this review is to advice other travellers to make sure they have a full day in Ngorongoro. Overnight in Ngorongoro and make sure they wake up around the area and enjoy the crater up to late evining, this will be enough.

Our Tour Operator, Trip Insight Tanzania, insisted us to overnight in Ngorongoro and at least enjoy the Crater, but because of budget, interest and time, we were not ready and decided to do two night Serengeti, and move from Serengeti Crater, to Karatu.

Our driver tried, but we didnt have enough time in Ngorongoro, and this will make me come back and enjoy Ngorongoro and other part of Tanzania! It is not very big, but very good, wide open with high rate of animals, I wish we overnight in Ngorongoro and see more!

The accommodation in Ngorongor can be very expensive from what I have heard, what about overnight in a campsite? there is a campsite around where we could overnight and this could guarantee us enough time inside the crater!
Written January 8, 2022
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R&R
Salisbury, UK19 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Beware. If you are not Tanzanian or a East African Citizen, to visit the bottom of the crater the price is absolutely horrendous!! First you will need to pay $60 +VAT per person per day to get to top of the crater (you will see few animals). But if you want to go into the crater and actually see animals, you need to pay AN ADDITIONAL $250 per vehicle +VAT per day to enter the crater. If there are only 2 of you, that is exorbitant!
We came to a lodge (Elewana) and have paid for game drive package but we still have to pay these additional costs…. on top of the game drive package we have paid for already (so circa $550 extra per day for the 2 of us!). To say that we have come to Tanzania specifically to see the crater, paid for a lovely lodge a along with a game package, I knew we had to pay a park entrance fee on top and we were expecting circa $50 each. But to be whammied with a further $250 +VAT on top of that, is shocking. A real shame and not something you want to find out when you are arranging what time the game drive car is picking you up the next morning!
We have visited most of Kenya and for anyone undecided about spending a fortune here to see the crater, or visiting amazing places in Kenya at much less cost but absolutely beautiful and loads of wildlife, I would strongly recommend you do that instead.
Tanzania tourism should have a word with itself. Shameful.
Written June 16, 2022
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joselyn
Seattle, WA3 contributions
Nov 2020
My Husband ,my sister in law and i did a 7 days safari with Ungitours planned by Faiza . Laurent as a driver guide we started Lake Manyara we spent a night at Serena lodge good view of lake Manyara from our room we were warmly welcomed by the stuff,3nights in Serengeti in Chachero camp ,1night in Ngorongoro crater at Sopa lodge and our last day of safari at Tarangire park our experience was fabulous from the stat to the finish Lurent was very professional knowledgeable he showed us every corner of the parks , his knowledge of the flora and fauna and Tanzania was remarkable . we had unforgettable experience and the offer was affordable we highly recommend going with Ungitours
Written December 3, 2020
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Thank you for coming! Visit us again and share this experience with your friends and family
Written January 2, 2021
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billjord
Idaho Falls, ID2 contributions
Dec 2020
When i was started thinking about climbing Kilimanjaro i was recommended by a friend to use Ungitours and was the best decision . We did lemosho route 7days we summitted on the New Year eve but safari and Kili climb ungitours exceeded our expectation i can't recommend Ungitours enough from meeting us at the Airport to departure was superb. The Kili crew was professional without them we wouldn't reach at Uhuru Peak. They wore mask & sanitizer all the time when we reached at the camp everything was ready we ate well everybody was helping us the guide told us alot about Kilimanjaro and Tanzanoa culture.
On the summit night we were 3 guides and 5 of us everyone was supportive on that challenging night was hard but not so hard sin e we have been training and climbing mountains before.we finished our stay in Tanzania with 4dats safari in ngorongoro and serengeti was very nice we saw wildebeest in Ndutu giving birth , rhinos in ngorongoro all the bug fice we wished we had more time to spend in Serengeti great experinece with Kanti he was amazing guide very very beautiful landscape in serengeti and ngorongoro all the beautiful animals it was worthy visiting not to forget hot picnic lunches with wine and soft drinks.
Ungitours is an excellent company . Asante sana.
Written February 22, 2021
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Cia
2 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We've chosen Tanzania Horizon Safaris between two other operators. One of the reasons was very quick communication with Elizabeth , she responded to my questions quickly and in a very professional manner. The offer has been tailored based on our requests and needs . It was a 3 day's 2 Nights safari in very nice lodges and one in a tented lodge camp, which was an exceptional experience as there were no other guests that time:-))
Our guide/driver James was a great guy, funny with great knowledge of fauna and flora. He's been spotting animals, we had a chance to see some of them without other cars around, which was an incredible and very personal experience.

We've spent a fantastic time in two national parks, Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater, and saw lots of animals (no leopard though:-( ), had great fun with our guide, the lodges were great, food was tasty, there is nothing to complain about.
I highly recommend Tanzania Horizon Safaris, James is very responsive, flexible, professional and helpful. If I ever come back to Tanzania for safari I'll do it with them again!

Written August 5, 2021
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Luke Harvey
1 contribution
Feb 2021
In early February 2021 Habari Adventure took our group of 5 safely to the summit and back again via the Lemosho route.
Our crew was so well organized, happy and cheerful. The food was plentiful and tasty (I don't know how they do it up on the mountain!). They went out of their way to help us in any way they could.
We all felt so safe and taken care of and we made to the top around sunrise.. Honestly everything was extraordinary.
For those thinking about hiking Kilimanjaro, I strongly advise to DO IT! Better yet, do it with this local company. The company sure keeps their promise and they will go with their scheduled day of departure even if there's only ONE person joining the hike
I’d definitely recommend Habari Adventure to anyone booking in the future.

After Kilimanjaro we did 3 day safari, this was also brilliant especially the Ngorongoro crater. It is difficult to describe what you feel here other that to say it is a spiritual experience. Nature here is just amazing. And to have so many different areas in one crater...it is beyond belief. We saw, lions, elephants, zebra, water buffalo, jackals, hyenas, rhino and it was breathtaking!!! I truly will miss being here and long to come back again.
To all the porters, toilet crew, waiters, cooks, assistant guides and head guide - THANK YOU.
Written February 27, 2021
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Dominique G
10 contributions
May 2021
We left our hotel in Arusha in our Dolphin Tours & Safaris 4x4 Land Cruiser for a 2 day trip at 07:30 in the morning to Tarangere National park and Ngorongoro Crater with an overnight in a lodge on the rim of the crater. After a beautiful ride through Tarangere National park spotting elephants, Masai giraffes, impala’s, and many other animals, we stopped at the picnic area to have lunch.
After lunch, we proceeded towards our lodge located on the Ngorongoro crater rim.
We stopped at a viewpoint and were blown away by the view of the crater with a beautiful sunset as a bonus.
The next day we went down into the crater and we could not believe our eyes; within half an hour we spotted lions, rhino’s and herds of elephants thanks to the trained eyes of our excellent driver, guide and spotter, Vincent. The variety of animals and species that we have seen there is truly unbelievable and makes the Ngorongoro crater a unique place to visit not to be compared with any other place I’ve seen so far in Africa. The crater is very green at this time of the year (rain season) which makes it easy to see every animal from quite a close distance because there is plenty of grass for them to eat. After lunch at one of the picnic areas along a little lake with hippo’s swimming around, we set course back to our hotel in Arusha with the impression that we had just awakened from a dream!
I can’t thank Dolphin Tours & Safaris enough for this magical experience and the perfect organization. I can really recommend these guys to everyone. And to Vincent; our driver, guide and spotter: you are the best!
Written May 5, 2021
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Thank you for your great review
Written May 23, 2021
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Katie L
Switzerland1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Solo
I had a wonderful experience that far exceeded my expectations with Habari adventure. I had a seven day private tour of Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Tarangire. I was hesitant to travel during the pandemic and my worries were unfounded. I found Tanzanian people very hospitable and welcoming. My guide, Living, not only spotted all of the animals I wanted to see but also taught me the plants, animals and birds of Serengeti and Ngorongoro. I was very impressed by his extensive knowledge. Booking with Stan was very smooth and he was very accommodating with my itinerary. The lodges booked on safari and hotel in Moshi was incredible. I highly recommend that people visit Tanzania to meet all of the great people and have a tour with Habari Adventure.
Written September 10, 2021
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