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Crowned Hornbill Guided Safari

Explore Tanzania’s renowned northern circuit with a private guide during this 4WD safari. Stay in three well-located yet economical lodges that provide easy access to fantastic wildlife viewing and cultural visits to local communities.

Crowned Hornbill Guided Safari: Summary

Crowned Hornbill Safari in a nutshell

This privately guided safari features two phenomenal wildlife regions in northern Tanzania, accommodating guests in comfortable, good-value lodges that provide easy access to fantastic game viewing. With the added flexibility of a personal guide and 4WD, guests will have real autonomy over their trip.

The combination of three safari lodges blends exceptional wildlife-viewing opportunities with an introduction to local communities and their culture. Each lodge boasts a difference in style and management, decreasing in size and becoming more intimate as your safari continues.

Beginning with the large Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, guests will have fast access to the quieter eastern descent road, enabling them to be among the first to the crater floor each morning. Here, safaris include lush vegetation and a high density of large mammals, with the likelihood of seeing lions and possibly even black rhino.

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge boasts an elevated position in the north-west of Seronera, atop the Kyabatero Hills. With fantastic views over the rolling plains of the Serengeti, it makes a comfortable base from which to explore the game-dense surroundings. Then comes the smaller Rhotia Valley Lodge, which has equally scenic views over the Rhotia River and the surrounding woodlands, and offers guests great access to both the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park.

Encompassing superb wildlife, iconic destinations and local communities, this safari makes for an excellently well-rounded yet highly individual trip.

At a glance

Starts: Kilimanjaro International Airport
2 nights Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania Full Board
2 nights Serengeti Serena - Serengeti Migration Area, Tanzania Full Board
2 nights Rhotia Valley Ttd. Lodge - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania Full Board
Ends: Kilimanjaro International Airport

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Days 1-3

The 97-room Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is an international-style hotel positioned on the eastern edge of Tanzania's UNESCO-listed Ngorongoro Crater, with stunning views over the Crater. Most guests spend one or two nights at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. It is close to the very quiet eastern road into the Crater, which sees less traffic than the more popular road on the western side.

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Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Days 3-5

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge in Tanzania is part of the international Serena Hotels group owned by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development. This 66-room Maasai village-inspired lodge opened in 1996 and accommodates more than 140 people when full. From its elevated position, sitting among acacia trees in the Kyabatero Hills, north-west of Seronera, it has lovely views across the Serengeti plains.

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Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge

Days 5-7

Perched high on a hill overlooking the valley of the seasonal Rhotia River, Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge is a simple and friendly camp in a good location between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Rift Valley Escarpment. Aside from being a good-value base to explore the surrounding area, the lodge has a noticeably positive impact on the local community through its work with a nearby children’s home – and guests can see this work first-hand.

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Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Serengeti Serena

Serengeti Migration Area, Tanzania

Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge

Rhotia Valley Ttd. Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Crowned Hornbill Guided Safari.

  • Exploring a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Hiking to local Maasai villages
  • Watching for the Great Migration in the Serengeti
  • Seeing Lake Manyara shaded pink by its flamingos
  • Meeting the locals at Rhotia Valley's children's home

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Crowned Hornbill Guided Safari: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Cultural excursion

  • Guided walking safari

  • Hot air ballooning

  • Mountain biking

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Key species to see on the Crowned Hornbill Guided Safari

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Crowned Hornbill Guided Safari. Click on the animals and our wildlife surveys page for more info.


Lion

100% chance

Leopard

100% chance

Buffalo

100% chance

Eland

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Giraffe

100% chance

Hippo

100% chance

Spotted Hyena

100% chance

Wildebeest

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Black Rhino

85% chance

Cheetah

37% chance

Roan antelope

37% chance

Striped Hyena

37% chance

Wild dog

0% chance

Aardvark

0% chance

Oryx

0% chance

Pangolin

0% chance

Side-trips whilst on this safari

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Crowned Hornbill Guided Safari. Talk to us: they’re usually best arranged when you book.


Mto Wa Mbu Village Walk

Mto Wa Mbu Village Walk

Two to three hours

Discover the intricacies of day-to-day life in the large Tanzanian village of Mto Wa Mbu with a knowledgeable local guide. This is not a village set up for tourists; Mto Wa Mbu is a real community and offers a chance to see a side of the country that many visitors pass by.

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Balloon Safari over the Serengeti

Balloon Safari over the Serengeti

Three hours - approx. one hour flight

As the sun rises over the Serengeti National Park in Northern Tanzania, climb aboard for an extraordinary adventure. For an hour you’ll float in a hot air balloon over beautiful savannah and woodland and a diversity of plains wildlife.

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100% (10 reviews)
Empakaai Crater Hike

Empakaai Crater Hike

Half day, two - three hour walk

Spend a half day hiking through the Empakaai Crater, in the Highlands area of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), led by an experienced guide and accompanied by a ranger.

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Olmoti Crater walk

Olmoti Crater walk

Half day - two to three hour walk

Follow an ancient Maasai cattle trail on this private hike up the Olmoti Crater, led by an experienced guide and accompanied by an armed ranger. The crater may not compete in size with the neighbouring Ngorongoro Crater, but the birding is good, the mountain views wonderful, and the array of ferns is a botanist’s dream.

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80% (1 reviews)
Crater Rim Walk

Crater Rim Walk

Half day - two hour walk

For some fantastic views, and the chance to see flora and fauna up close, take a walk along the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. Led by an experienced safari guide and accompanied by an armed ranger, you will be able to take in the scale and beauty of the landscape from a different perspective.

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Olduvai Gorge visit

Olduvai Gorge visit

One - two hours

See for yourself the renowned archaeological site of Olduvai (or Oldupai) Gorge, which lies en route between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park. Famed for the discoveries of early hominin remains as well as the Laetoli Footprints, the site offers beautiful views, an engaging museum and potentially the opportunity to visit an active dig.

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96% (9 reviews)
Lake Manyara Treetop Walkway

Lake Manyara Treetop Walkway

Usually one hour

Experience the forest of Lake Manyara National Park from a whole new perspective – high up in the trees. The first suspended walkway in Tanzania, it stretches underneath the canopy for 370m between the mahogany and fig trees, giving intrepid visitors a unique view of the surrounding flora and fauna.

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60% (1 reviews)

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