Land of the Maasai of their cattle and the fauna, this protected area located in the Great Rift Valley, gigantic fracture of the earths crust. Volcanoes, mountains, lakes, forests and archeological sites form this magnificent landscape.
At 1600m alt, the bottom of the crater (256kmsq) dotted with watering holes, shelters almost 30,000 animals in an area naturally enclosed by the slopes of the volcano (the animals can leave). it is called the eighth wonder of the world.
Best Time: Whole year, rainy season in April.
How To Get There: From Arusha, 4 hrs drive/ 1 hour charter flight. From Manyara 2 hours drive.
To Do: A trip to Olduvai Gorge ( visit a paleontology museum) where the Australopithecus Boise’s skeleton was discovered. This ancestor of man, millions of years old. walking safari to maasai country with donkeys (2 days minimum).
Do Not Miss: A whole day in a crater where the show never stops.
Tea time while watching the sunset above the crater.