Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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4 Days Serengeti, Manyara, Ngorongoro Safari Tour

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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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4 Days Safari in Lake Manyara, Serengeti, & Ngoro Crater

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4 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip in Tanzania, visiting Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park and Arusha. Read More
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7-Day Safari Camping Adventure in Northern Tanzania

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7 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour through Dar Es Salaam, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and 3 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
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5 Days - Budget Lodging Safari in North Tanzania

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5 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip in Tanzania, visiting Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park and Serengeti National Park. Read More
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4 Days Tarangire, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater

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The trip was very well organised. All the essentials were catered for, so very little effort was nee ...
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6 Days Affordable Safari

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6 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip in Tanzania, visiting Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Park. Read More
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2 Day Safari Tarangire & Ngorongoro

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5-days Tarangire-Serengeti-Ngorongoro Safari

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5 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip in Tanzania, visiting Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Read More
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2 Days Budget safari L Manyara and Ngorongoro

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2 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour in Tanzania, visiting Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Manyara. Read More
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Serengeti Trail

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8 day road tour to Nairobi, Kisii and 4 other destinations in Kenya, Tanzania and Argentina. Read More
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Serengeti & Ngorongoro Safari

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4 day getaways and short breaks trip in Tanzania, visiting Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park and Arusha. Read More
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7-day Serengeti Great Migration Safari

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8 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip in Tanzania, visiting Arusha, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park. Read More
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Day trip to Ngorongoro crater

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On this day trip you will visit Arusha, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Ngorongoro Crater. Read More
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area Tour Reviews

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Very Good Reviewed Tour: Serengeti Trail
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Best way to see these sites on a budget Reviewed Tour: 4 Days Tarangire, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater
5 - Excellent
  • Dexter Awoyemi
  • From Britain
“The trip was very well organised. All the essentials were catered for, so very little effort was needed to make sure that this trip met all the basic requirements. I'll never forget this safari.”
A Great Budget Safari Reviewed Tour: 4 Days Tarangire, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • From USA
“The guide, the cook, and the trip were fantastic! Getting to where the safari started was not so straightforward with times changing and different people showing up. But it all worked out and our chef Donald proved to be a lot of fun and our guide, Kindu, was great and knew his stuff. I enjoyed the camping part, my wife was less enthusiastic.”

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.