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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 ...

64 Trips in Ngorongoro Conservation Area with 7 Reviews

Highlights
  • Visiting some of the most famous safari destinations in Tanzania
  • Watching wildlife in their most natural setting
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Sayari Tano Tours & Safaris
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4 Days Tarangire, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater

This safari takes you to Tarangire National park for a whole day, almost 3 days... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Sayari Tano Tours & Safaris
From US$ 900 4 days View Tour
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Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • Shop for local wares and interact with 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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Intrepid Travel
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Serengeti Trail

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Africa is truly the cradle of life. Roam the famous Serengeti National Park, nearly 15... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 10 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 1,690 US$ 1,521 8 days View Tour
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Oct 28 Only 1 seat left
Nov 11 Only 2 seats left
Highlights
  • Spotting the Big Five (Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard, Rhino)
  • A chance to witness the Great Migration of more than 3 million animals
  • Game drives to the most beautiful safari destinations of Tanzania
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Tanzania On Foot
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7 Day Safari In Serengeti And Ngorongoro Crater

This 7 days safari trip is one of the ultimate safari experiences you will ever ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Tanzania On Foot
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 2,250 7 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 21
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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SafariBook Evolution
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4 Days Serengeti, Manyara, Ngorongoro Safari Tour

of 1 review
This 4 Days Serengeti, Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater Safari Tour will take you through the Northern ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator SafariBook Evolution Active 4 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 762 4 days View Tour
Next Departures
Today
Oct 19
Highlights
  • Spotting the Big Five (Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino).
  • Visiting three of the most popular safari destinations in Tanzania.
  • Watching a huge variety of wildlife in their natural settings.
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Dancom Tours and Travel Ltd
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4-Day Classic Tanzania Safari

Tanzania is home to some of the most exciting safari destinations in the world and ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Dancom Tours and Travel Ltd
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 1,155 4 days View Tour
Next Departures
Today
Oct 19
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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Dunia Tours & Safaris
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4 Days Safari In Lake Manyara, Serengeti, & Ngoro Crater

After breakfast at the Tourist Inn Hotel in Arusha our driver and guide will pick... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Dunia Tours & Safaris
From US$ 1,050 4 days View Tour
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Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • Exciting Cultural Experience
  • Migration in the Southern plains of Serengeti
  • Hunting Predators in the plain of Serengeti
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Seven Wonders Safaris
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Predators Interaction Safari In Tanzania

On this 9-day trip, you will get an opportunity to visit most of our famous... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Seven Wonders Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 3,500 9 days View Tour
Next Departures
Today
Oct 19
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AAA Express Adventure Ltd
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4 Days Luxury Tented Camp

Lake Manyara is consistently good as a soft game viewing park at anytime of the... ... Read More
  • Starts Arusha
  • Operator AAA Express Adventure Ltd
From US$ 980 4 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • Big Five (African Lion, African Elephant, Leopard, Rhinoceros and Cape Buffalo)
  • A chance to witness the Great Migration
  • A visit to the Olduvai Gorge where great discoveries were made
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Tanzania On Foot
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5 Days Safari In Serengeti, Tarangire, And Ngorongoro

This 5 Days Safari trip will take you to the most popular safari destinations in ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Tanzania On Foot
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 2,100 5 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • Chance to spot the Big Five (Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino)
  • Visit the Ngorongoro Crater with the densest concentration of wildlife on Earth
  • Game drives in four major national parks in Tanzania
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Tanzania On Foot
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6 Day Adventure Tented Camps Safari In Serengeti

On this 6 Days Safari trip in Tanzania, we will take you to the four ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Tanzania On Foot
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 2,250 6 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • Tour Maasai Mara National Reserve - the most well known and most popular reserve in Africa
  • Visit other parks such as Tarangire NP, Lake Manyara NP, Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro
  • Opportunity to see all the Big Five mammals
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Gracepatt Ecotours Kenya
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9 Days Classic Kenya & Tanzania Safari From Nairobi

This is a private tour for a minimum of 2 people giving you the best ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Nairobi, Kenya/Nairobi, Kenya
  • Operator Gracepatt Ecotours Kenya
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 2,708 9 days View Tour
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Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • Lake Manyara National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Serengeti National Park
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Simba Adventures Ltd
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Deluxe Safaris: A Tanzania Northern Circuit Tour

Tanzania safaris are all about getting back to the wild, living the way our predecessors... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Simba Adventures Ltd Active 9 hours ago
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 5,290 8 days View Tour
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Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • Wildebeest Migration Tracking
  • Private luxury tented camps
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Tanzania On Foot
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10 Day Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Tracking Safari

This Great Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Safari will take you to witness one of the most ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Tanzania On Foot
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 3,500 10 days View Tour
Next Departures
Today
Oct 19
Highlights
  • Spotting the Big Five (Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino)
  • Game drives in four major national parks in Tanzania
  • Private Hot Air Balloon Safari
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Tanzania On Foot
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7 Day Serengeti Balloon Safari And Game Drives

On this 7 Days Tanzania Safari Trip, we will take you to the four most ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Tanzania On Foot
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 2,750 7 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • Witness the Wildebeest Migration in season.
  • Tanzania's Top 3 safari destinations.
  • See the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater & Tarangire.
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Expect In Africa Safari
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Hidden Tanzania Custom Safari

of 1 review
7 Days Tanzania Camping Safari, This three days Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater safari will take ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Expect In Africa Safari Active 35 minutes ago
  • Tour Type Private and Group Tour
From US$ 1,920 7 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 21
Oct 22
Highlights
  • Watching The Great Migration of over two million animals
  • Visiting four of the most outstanding and varied wildlife areas
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Book Safari 2 Tanzania
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7-day Serengeti Great Migration Safari

This safari trip is specifically designed for travelers to witness the Great Migration of more ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Book Safari 2 Tanzania
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 3,015 8 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • Visit one of the the largest volcanic calderas on Earth: Ngorongoro Crater
  • Hike to Oldonyo Lengai Mountain and enjoy the scenic views
  • Interact with the local Maasai tribe
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Tanzania On Foot
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7 Day Walking Safari In Ngorongoro And Lake Natron

This walking safari trip to Ngorongoro will leave you speechless. It takes you to one ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Tanzania On Foot
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 1,825 7 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 21
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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Travel Booking Guide Ltd
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5 Days - Budget Lodging Safari In North Tanzania

This 5 day safari trip takes you to the three most beautiful safari destinations in... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Travel Booking Guide Ltd
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 1,402 5 days View Tour
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Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • Game drive at Gurumeti Mara River migration crossing the River.
  • Discover the best of African wildlife in this unforgettable adventure.
  • Explore the top national parks of Tanzania.
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Expect In Africa Safari
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13 Days-The Great Safaris Of Tanzania

This unique adventure specifically include 3 nights in Serengeti National Park to let you enjoy ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Expect In Africa Safari Active 35 minutes ago
  • Tour Type Private and Group Tour
From US$ 3,660 13 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 21
Oct 22
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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Travel Booking Guide Ltd
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7-Day Safari Camping Adventure In Northern Tanzania

This 7-Day Safari Camping Adventure Tour will take you to the Northen part of Tanzania... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Travel Booking Guide Ltd
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 1,349 7 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 21
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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Hope Adventures Safaris
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The Great Migration - 8 Days

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The Great Migration is simply the pinnacle of wildlife viewing in Africa and is a ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Hope Adventures Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 3,750 8 days View Tour
Next Departures
Today
Oct 19
Highlights
  • Game drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area & Crater
  • Game drive to Serengeti National Park
  • Game drive to Tarangire National Park
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Love and Dove Africa
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Bush 2 Beach Holiday

Our Bush to Beach Safari is a spectacular package that allows you to enjoy the... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Stone Town, Zanzibar
  • Operator Love and Dove Africa
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 2,562 6 days View Tour
Next Departures
Oct 20
Oct 21
Highlights
  • Visit the world famous Serengeti National Park
  • Watch hundreds of animals and birds in one place
  • Full-day game drives in three popular safari destinations in Africa
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Greg Adventures
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6 Day Safari: Tarangire / Serengeti / Ngorongoro

This 6 Day Safari on the Northern Safari Circuit takes you to three different national... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Greg Adventures
From US$ 2,780 6 days View Tour
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Today
Oct 19
Highlights
  • Tarangire National Park – Game drive
  • African Rift Valley – Viewpoint
  • Serengeti National Park – Game drive
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Gecko Adventure
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5-days Tarangire-Serengeti-Ngorongoro Safari

This Tanzania Safari takes you to the most famous National Parks in Tanzania: The Tarangire... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Arusha/Arusha
  • Operator Gecko Adventure
From US$ 1,999 5 days View Tour
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Oct 20
Oct 21
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area Tour Reviews

4.4 - Very Good Based on 7 customer reviews
Horrible Company Reviewed Tour: 3 Days African Safari
Amy L. Huang From USA At
2 - Poor
“I paid for a 4 day safari but only got a 3-day safari, plus I was told that it was really a 5 day safari and I missed a day.”
01 night in Lake Manyara & 01 day in Ngorongoro crater Reviewed Tour: 2-Day Tanzania Camping Safari
Arun Baikunthanath At
5 - Excellent
“It was a feel good safari trip, straight from heart !!! The tour manager of the company proved that, the social network site is enough to confirm everything on time.”
Our trip with William Reviewed Tour: 5-Day Affordable Safari Adventure in Tanzania
מאיה At
5 - Excellent
“We booked a trip with your company at the 26th of June and we had the privilege
to do the trip with William.
William was a great tour guide! He showd vast knowledge on everything from the animals to the nature that surrounded us. In addition, he greeted us warmly and was very nice throughout the whole trip.
There is no doubt in our minds that if we come back to Tanzania we will want to do more trips with William and if we will hear from anyone we know that they are going to Tanzania, we will recomend on Gosheni and especially on William.”
A REAL SENSE OF CUSTOMER CARE Reviewed Tour: Hidden Tanzania Custom Safari
Anonymous From France At
5 - Excellent
“Discovering northern Tanzania national parks was long time dream.
We were looking for a local company that would offer us flexibility and quality service.
All went perfect : organization before we arrived, during our trip regarding quality of logistics, accommodation, transportation and food as well as quality of our guides, to the transfer on the way back to the airport. All was made for us to feel like home while preserving the specificity of our experience in a wonderful environment.
I did expect a lot from this trip .. thank you for making it even better than imagined !
I definetely recommend this company !”
Awesome Experience with SafariBook Evolution Reviewed Tour: 4 Days Serengeti, Manyara, Ngorongoro Safari Tour
Anton From Holland At
5 - Excellent
“I just finished my 4 days Tanzania Safari. I joined a group of 5 people, strangers but came to find out we all come from the same country which was a welcomed coincidence. We had a great time with our guide James and stomach doctor Buri. Steve with communication was perfect, quick and professional. I had read a scary review but he assured me that their service is perfect and they have their own office and vehicles. I took a risk and it was worth it. We met at their office in Arusha Centre Tourist Inn before the safari for payments, then proceed the safari which was more than I ever imagined or expected. The entire 4 days to Manyara Serengeti Ngorongoro crater was handled professionally and I have high standards.
I really liked Safari Book Evolution. We managed to see all wild animals and the service was great. It was an excellent option in terms of value for money. James, Buri and Steve I will never forget you, thank you all for the experience.”
The best experience-Serengeti Reviewed Tour: The Great Migration - 8 Days
Anonymous From Kenya At
4 - Very Good
“One of the loveliest areas lies in the heart of the park, where the Seronera river meanders across the plains, creating a linear paradise of Senegal palms and fever trees in which to look for leopards.Thanks to hope adventures we didnt have trouble discovering that.We enjoyed the best service.”
"Safari of a lifetime" Reviewed Tour: The Great Migration - 8 Days
Vishan Singh Tanwar From India At
5 - Excellent
“It was fantasting safari in ngorongoro crater the eigth wonder of the world, the big five animal that is elephant, buffalo, leopard, rhino and lion, and migration that is wildbeest, & zebras are migrate from maasai mara to serengeti through mara river all were amazing and a britual landscape.”

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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