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Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Conservation Area Safari

The Ngorongoro Conservation Crater was formed a few million years ago when a huge volcano exploded and collapsed. With walls rising from 400 to 600 meters, the 16 – 19 km area was allowed to develop without the interference of man. This means that the Ngorongoro Crater hosts an unparalleled collection of flora and fauna, making it ... Read More

62 Trips in Ngorongoro Conservation Area with 21 Reviews

Highlights
  • Spotting the Big Five (Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo).
  • Birdwatching in Lake Manyara.
  • Full day game drives in three of the best safari destinations in Tanzania.
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  • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
  • Ends Arusha, Tanzania

4 Days Serengeti, Manyara, Ngorongoro Safari Tour

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3 wonder safaris totally exceeded our expectations! we spent 4 comfortable, happy days. our guide, henry, was very professional, always ...
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Aug 24
Aug 25
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  • Visiting some of the most famous safari destinations in Tanzania.
  • Watching wildlife in their most natural setting.
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  • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
  • Ends Arusha, Tanzania

4 Days Tarangire, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater

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4 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour in Tanzania, visiting Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park. Read More
  • Operator Sayari Tano Tours & Safaris
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Camping & Hotel
  • Age Range 5 to 79 years old
From US$ 900 4 days View Tour
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Aug 26
Aug 27
Highlights
  • Safari in the beatiful Lake Manyara National Park.
  • Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater, filled with wildlife and untouched beauty.
  • Safari in Serengeti National Park.
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  • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
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4 Days Safari In Lake Manyara, Serengeti, & Ngoro Crater

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4 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour through Tanzania Safari Parks, Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and 3 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
From US$ 1,050 4 days View Tour
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Aug 24
Aug 25
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  • Experience the Norther Circuit - having the most amazing safari National Parks!.
  • Expert Guide and Driver.
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  • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
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4 Days Northern Circuit

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. Great experience, we saw a lot of animals on a 4 day safari. Staff is really great, helpful and ...
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Aug 24
Aug 25
Highlights
  • Game Drives in 3 major National Parks in Tanzania.
  • Watch the Big Five ( Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Leopard) in action.
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  • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
  • Ends Arusha, Tanzania

5 Days - Budget Lodging Safari In North Tanzania

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5 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip through Northern Safari Circuit, Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and 3 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
From US$ 1,402 5 days View Tour
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Aug 24
Aug 25
Highlights
  • Camping Experience at Wilderness Camps.
  • Game drives to some of the best National Parks in Tanzania.
  • Spotting the Big Five (Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino).
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  • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
  • Ends Arusha, Tanzania

7-Day Safari Camping Adventure In Northern Tanzania

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7 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip through Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Ngorongoro Crater and 4 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
From US$ 1,349 7 days View Tour
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Aug 24
Aug 25
Highlights
  • Experience the best national parks in Tanzania!.
  • Accompanied by expert guide and driver.
  • Best Game Drives in a 4x4 Toyota Landcruiser.
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  • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
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6 Days Affordable Safari

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6 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour through Tanzania Safari Parks, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and 4 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
From US$ 1,770 6 days View Tour
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Aug 24
Aug 25
Highlights
  • Visit Lake Manyara National Park, home to the famous tree-climbing lions.
  • Enjoy a day-long game drive in Serengeti National Park.
  • Explore the Ngorongoro Crater, home to a variety of animals and birds.
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  • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
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Lake Manyara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Wildlife Tour

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5 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour in Tanzania, visiting Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park and Serengeti National Park. Read More
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Aug 24
Aug 25
Highlights
  • Tarangire National Park.
  • Ngorongoro Crater.
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  • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
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2 Day Safari Tarangire & Ngorongoro

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Amazing experience allowing to watch wildlife in the natural environment surrounded by wonderful landscapes. ...
  • Operator Simba Adventures Ltd Active 1 day ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Camping
  • Transport 4x4 Jeep & Private Vehicle
  • Age Range 5 to 79 years old
From US$ 432 2 days View Tour
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Aug 24
Aug 25
Highlights
  • Tarangire National Park – Game drive.
  • African Rift Valley – Viewpoint.
  • Serengeti National Park – Game drive.
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  • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
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5-days Tarangire-Serengeti-Ngorongoro Safari

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5 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip through Northern Safari Circuit, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Ngorongoro Crater and 4 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
From US$ 1,999 5 days View Tour
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Aug 24
Aug 25
Highlights
  • Shop for local wares and meet townsfolk at the Mwigobero Market on the edge of Lake Victoria.
  • Explore the Serengeti National Park in depth, with two early-morning and two late-afternoon game drives through this spectacular wildlife arena.
  • Learn about the Great Rift Valley where the annual migration of some two million wildebeest plays out.
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  • Starts Nairobi, Kenya
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Serengeti Trail

8 day road trips tour to Nairobi, Serengeti National Park and 2 other destinations travelling through Kenya and Tanzania. Read More
  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 4 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Wildlife & Road trips
  • Accommodation Hotel & Camping
  • Transport 4x4 Jeep
  • Age Range 15 to 99 years old
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  • See all varieties of flora and fauna.
  • Maasai cultural Activities.
  • Big five Animals.
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  • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
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Best Of Wildebeast Migration (8 Days)

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8 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip in Tanzania, visiting Arusha National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Read More
From US$ 2,150 8 days View Tour
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Aug 24
Aug 25
Highlights
  • Witness the largest land migration on earth and see millions of animals all at once.
  • Be amazed by the astounding number of animals in Ngorongoro crater area.
  • Enjoy unparalled seclusion, comfort and vintage safari atmosphere.
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  • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
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The Great Migration - 8 Days

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It was fantasting safari in ngorongoro crater the eigth wonder of the world, the big five animal that is elephant ...
From US$ 3,750 8 days View Tour
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Aug 24
Aug 25
Highlights
  • Visit the Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Explore the untouched wild as you get closer to Africa's exotic wildlife.
  • Discover nature at its raw and beautiful best.
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  • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
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6 Day Safari Extravaganza In Tanzania

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Wow - not even sure where to begin. We did a 5-night 6 day safari with Gosheni. It was difficult ...
  • Operator Gosheni Safaris Africa
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives & Adventure
  • Accommodation Hotel & Camping
  • Transport Jeep & Private Vehicle
  • Age Range 5 to 79 years old
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area Tour Reviews

4.6 - Excellent Based on 21 customer reviews
Great trip Reviewed Tour: 4 Days Serengeti, Manyara, Ngorongoro Safari Tour
Christovan Dunn From USA
4 - Very Good
“We had great time with Mike. He was very knowledgeable. Our only complaint was that the company added another passenger on the last day that had us in the crater 2 hours later than planned. Overall we saw all animals in great quantity including lions and cheetahs than had recently made kills.”
Amazing Africa - Outstanding On The Go Tours Reviewed Tour: Kenya to Kruger - 33 days
Louis From England
5 - Excellent
“Amazing Africa. Good Game Drives. Kick-ass Kruger. Outstanding On The Go Tours. Really cannot be more than happy. Go for it.”
Great Experience! Reviewed Tour: 4 Days Northern Circuit
Sofia
5 - Excellent
“. Great experience, we saw a lot of animals on a 4 day safari. Staff is really great, helpful and prices very affordable! Would recommend to everyone! Thanks a lot to Agama Tours for the great experience!”

Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Overview and Facts

The Ngorongoro Conservation Crater was formed a few million years ago when a huge volcano exploded and collapsed. With walls rising from 400 to 600 meters, the 16 – 19 km area was allowed to develop without the interference of man. This means that the Ngorongoro Crater hosts an unparalleled collection of flora and fauna, making it one of the greatest natural wonders on the planet. The Ngorongoro Conservation Crater was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1978, and its borders host some of the densest mammal populations on the continent. And since the crater is located at an altitude that varies from 1,009 meters to 3,645 meters, you get to see a variety of plants and animals here. The northern part of the crater is dry and offers vast grasslands which host most of the game animals. The southwest hosts the Lerai Forest, home to thousands of yellow fever trees. The Ngoitokitok Springs and the Gorigor Swamp lies to the east and these places are ideal for checking out hundreds of hippos lazing in the water. Ngorongoro Conservation Area gets the following relevant safari ratings:

  • Wildlife Rating: 5 stars out of 5
  • Scenery Rating: 5 stars out of 5
  • Bush Vibe: 3 stars out of 5

Getting a chance to watch a lot of game is a given on any trip to the Ngorongoro. Much of the floor is flat and this offers grand views of the wildebeests and zebras who graze here. The plains are also home to gazelle, elephants, topi, and buffalo. Some of the largest tuskers can be seen here. Other animals found in the Ngorongoro Conservation Crater include cheetahs, black rhinos, lions, spotted hyenas, leopards, golden jackals and bat-eared foxes. The lions completely disregard the vehicles around them and often hunt or seek shade within yards of your vehicle. This means that you get to see some of the best and most exciting predator sightings here. Moreover, it is entirely possible to see the Big 5 in a single day.

The Ngorongoro isn’t just about its wildlife and safaris. It also hosts the Olduvai Gorge, an area having the most extensive history on the planet. A number of hominid species lived in the gorge for millions of years, and countless fossils which date back 3.6 million years have been discovered. The gorge is now considered to rank among the most important and best prehistoric sites and its fossils have been integral in understanding the evolution of man.

Activities within the crater are limited to game drives and getting out of your vehicle is strictly limited, but there are a few picnic spots where tourists can relax their muscles and breathe in the scenery without being restricted to the confines of a vehicle. However, a wide range of activities such as walking, trekking, exploring the Olduvai Gorge and interacting with the Maasai can be found in the greater conservation area.

Pros and Cons of Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro tends to attract as many as 50% of the tourists visiting Tanzania and this means that roughly 400,000 visitors explore the crater each year. After all, a place that offers year-round wildlife spotting opportunities, presents excellent accommodation options and grand views, hosts the endangered black rhino and also boasts of authentic Maasai villages is sure to attract so many visitors! That said, the large number of tourists also means that the sheer number of vehicles in such a small and restricted area often tends to destroy any bush vibe and leave the place feeling busy and crowded. Sure, the majestic predator sightings make up for most issues, but the crater always misses out when it comes to offering an ‘authentic safari experience’.

Accommodation in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

While there are no accommodations within the crater itself, one does have a choice between the Rift Valley Escarpment and the phenomenal Crater rim. The accommodations found in Rift Valley Escarpment may not offer similar views or easy access to the floor, but they are far cheaper than those Crater rim lodges. The best options include Ngorongoro Farmhouse Lodge, Plantation Lodge and Gibb’s Farm. The Crater rim overlooks the floor and hosts a few luxury lodges that boast of having mind-blowing views as well as easy access to the floor. The best lodges here are the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge and the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.

Best Time to Visit Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Since there is no escape for the wildlife living within the crater, you can enjoy fascinating experiences throughout the year. However, it always feels pleasant to visit the Ngorongoro Crater during low season (April – May) as the high number of tourists can often leave a bitter aftertaste, particularly during peak season. However,the low season also coincides with the wet season, and most of the rainfall takes place between the months of March and April. That said, the higher water levels in the Lake Magadi also mean that you get to see more flamingos during the low season.

Extend Your Vacation from Ngorongoro

There are a number of sights and attractions close to the Ngorongoro Conservation Center. Extending your vacation is easy, and a number of holiday packages already include these destinations and more.

  • Serengeti: The first and most obvious attraction is the Serengeti, home to the Great Migration phenomenon. Considered to be one of the top national parks of Africa, the Serengeti hosts some of its most authentic safari experiences as well as a huge animal population. Click here to find out more about the Serengeti National Park.
  • Empakaai Crater: Located at a distance of 90 minutes from the Ngorongoro Center, the Empakaai Crater is home to thousands of flamingos who constantly soak in its emerald lake, giving it a beautifully pinkish color. Don’t miss out on walking up to the rim of the crater to check out views of Ol Doinyo Lengai as these views rank among the best that Africa has on offer.
  • Mount Kilimanjaro: The highest summit of Africa is one of the most recognizable as well as one of the most visited sites of Tanzania. Hiking the Mount Kilimanjaro presents a journey of a lifetime because of its breathtaking views, stunning sunrises and sunsets and exhilarating experiences.
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