Four-day adventure Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Materuni Falls

four-day adventure to some of Tanzania’s most sought-after destinations, including Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Materuni Falls. Tanzania is a country situated in East Africa, renowned for its vast wilderness areas. Serengeti National Park, for example, is a safari destination teeming with the “big five” species (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, and rhino), while Kilimanjaro National Park is home to Africa’s highest mountain. Zanzibar and Mafia are two tropical islands off the coast, with Arabic influences and a marine park where whale sharks and coral reefs can be found.

With the assistance of a knowledgeable driver guide, your journey begins and ends in Arusha. The Tarangire National Park, named after the Tarangire River, is the first destination. The park’s fauna and birdlife are sustained by the river, which runs through the center of the park year-round. During the dry season, a significant number of different animal species congregate here, making it an ideal location to photograph them. The natural environment consists primarily of Acacia woodland and massive African Baobab trees, with vast marsh areas in the south. Tarangire National Park is known to have some of Africa’s largest elephant herds, and it is possible to witness tree climbing African pythons.

Next up is the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which includes large areas of highland plains, savanna, savanna woods, and forests. The stunning Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s biggest crater, is located here. Established in 1959 as a varied land use area with wildlife living with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists conducting traditional cattle grazing, the area is of global importance for biodiversity conservation due to the presence of internationally vulnerable species, the abundance of wildlife, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, gazelles, and other animals onto the northern plains. Extensive archaeological research has also provided considerable evidence of human evolution and human-environment dynamics, including 3.6 million-year-old hominid footprints.

Finally, the highest waterfall on the Kilimanjaro slopes, Materuni waterfall, is located in the Moshi area and rises to a height of more than 150 meters. The waterfall is surrounded by farms and dense rainforest. Materuni village is the last village before entering Kilimanjaro National Park and is situated at an elevation of around 1800 meters. On your way to Materuni, you’ll pass coffee, banana, and avocado fields all set in a tropical jungle. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Kibo caldera and all the way down to Moshi.


Day 1: Transfer from Arusha to Tarangire for Afternoon game drive

On Day 1, you will travel from Arusha to Tarangire for an afternoon game drive. Before setting out, you will pack lunch boxes for the two-hour journey. Tarangire National Park is home to magnificent baobab trees that tower over the animals grazing beneath them.

The park’s focal point is Tarangire River, which attracts some of Africa’s largest elephant herds. During the game drive, you may also see lions, leopards, cheetahs, lesser kudus, buffalos, oryxes, elands, giraffes, and zebras.

We will take a break for lunch at a beautiful picnic spot, and then continue the game drive until evening. After the game drive, you will check in at the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay. All meals are included in the meal plan.

On Day 2 of your trip, you’ll start your morning with a guided nature walk through Tarangire National Park. During the walk, you’ll follow the footprints of elephants, buffalos, waterbucks, antelopes, elands, impalas, giraffes, and other animals. This is an excellent opportunity to get up close and personal with nature.

With over 600 bird species in the park, you might spot some of the amazing birds like the Yellow-collared Lovebird, the Common Ostrich (the world’s largest bird), and the Kori Bustard (the world’s heaviest flying bird). Raptors like the Bateleur Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Long-Crested Eagle, Martial Eagle, Fish Eagle, and Spotted Eagle Owl can also be found in the park.

After lunch at the lodge, you’ll travel for 4 to 5 hours to the Ngorongoro Crater area. Upon arrival at the lodge, you’ll have time for leisure activities. Later you can have dinner and enjoy an overnight stay at the lodge.

On the third day of your trip, start with an early breakfast before heading down to the Ngorongoro crater rim to capture some breathtaking shots. Hike through a lush forest filled with vividly-colored birds, wildflowers, and trees. Discover the traditional medicinal benefits of various plants, as well as signs of animals and their droppings.

Later, embark on a game drive on the Ngorongoro crater floor, where you will have the opportunity to see all of the Big Five, along with other bird species and black rhinos. This crater was formed by a huge explosion and collapse around 2 to 3 million years ago and was named one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders in 2015. You can also spot wildlife such as wildebeest, black-spotted hyenas, zebras, elands, gazelles, elephants, lions, black rhinos, and many smaller animals like kobs, antelopes, jackals, hippos, and birds. After the game drive, enjoy a delicious lunch. In the late afternoon, travel for 2 to 3 hours to Materuni, which is located at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. Check into your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay. All meals are included in this trip.

Day 4: Hike to Materuni falls, chagga tribe and coffee plantation tour and transfer back to Arusha

On Day 4 of your adventure, you will enjoy a hike to the breathtaking Materuni waterfalls. If the weather permits, you may even catch a glimpse of the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro. Be sure to wear appropriate boots for the frequently muddy terrain. After your hike, you can take a refreshing dip in the pool at the base of the waterfall. The return hike will take approximately 30 minutes. Following the hike, you will be treated to a delicious Swahili/Chagga meal prepared by a local.

After lunch, you will have the opportunity to learn about the coffee-making process and even make your own cup of coffee. The day will conclude with a transfer back to your accommodations in Arusha or to the airport.

This unforgettable experience will leave you with memories to treasure for a lifetime. Breakfast and lunch are included.

This Safari inclusions

  • Park entry Fees (for Non-Residents).
  • Camping Fees.
  • Daily game drives while on Safari.
  • A professional driver/ guide.
  • 4×4 vehicle for game drives.
  • All Taxes and VAT
  • Meals as per itinerary.
  • Drinking water while on safari


  • International flights.
  • Airport Transfers
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour.
  • Personal Items like Souvenirs
  • Travel Insurance, Visa Fees and others
  • The government imposed an increase of Taxes
  • Park Fees.
  • Any activities not mentioned in the itinerary.