Ngorongoro Conservation Area Safari 2024/2025

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 ...

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4 Days Serengeti, Manyara, Ngorongoro Safari Tour

of 7 reviews
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Incredible experience! My wife and I just got back from our trip to East Africa. For the first leg ...
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Camping, Tent & Hotel
  • Transport 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 5-99 yrs
  • Operated in English
days04 From US$ 425 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Apr 17
  • Apr 18
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4 Days Tarangire, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater

of 3 reviews
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The trip was very well organised. All the essentials were catered for, so very little effort was nee ...
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Camping & Hotel
  • Transport 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English, French, Italian, Spanish
days04 From US$ 900 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Apr 19
  • Apr 20
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4 Days Northern Circuit

of 2 reviews
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  • Trip customizable
Great experience, we saw a lot of animals on a 4 day safari. Staff is really great, helpful and pric ...
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Camping & Hotel
  • Transport 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English, French, German, Spanish
days04 From US$ 1,230 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Apr 17
  • Apr 18
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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
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Camping & Hotel
  • Transport 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English, Tanzanian
days04 From US$ 1,050 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Apr 17
  • Apr 18
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2 Day Safari Tarangire & Ngorongoro

of 4 reviews
  • Free cancellation
  • Trip customizable
Amazing experience allowing to watch wildlife in the natural environment surrounded by wonderful lan ...
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Camping, Hotel & Tent
  • Transport Private Vehicle & 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 2-79 yrs
  • Operated in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
days02 From US$ 540 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Apr 17
  • Apr 18
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6 Days Affordable Safari

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6 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour in Tanzania, visiting Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Park. Read More
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Camping, Hut, Hotel & Sleeping Hut
  • Transport 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English, French, German, Spanish
days06 From US$ 1,770 View Tour
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  • Apr 17
  • Apr 18
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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
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Hotel & Lodge
  • Transport 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English
days05 From US$ 1,999 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Apr 17
  • Apr 18
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8-Day Tanzania Safari

of 6 reviews
  • Free cancellation
  • Trip customizable
Our trip to Tanzania was well curated by this company. From our first chats with Joan, we felt comfo ...
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Hotel & Lodge
  • Transport 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
days08 From US$ 3,850 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Apr 17
  • Apr 18
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Best of Wildebeast Migration (8 days)

  • Free cancellation
  • Trip customizable
8 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour through Arusha National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Eyasi and 4 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives & Adventure
  • Accommodation Camping, Lodge, Eco Lodge & Hotel
  • Transport 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English
days08 From US$ 2,150 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Apr 17
  • Apr 18
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Serengeti & Ngorongoro Safari

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  • No booking fees
4 day getaways and short breaks trip in Tanzania, visiting Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park and Arusha. Read More
  • Tour Type Small Group Tour
  • Activities Getaways and short breaks & Wildlife +1 more
  • Accommodation Lodge & Hotel
  • Transport 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 15-99 yrs
  • Operated in English
days04 From US$ 3,203 View Tour
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  • Apr 24 10+ seats left
  • Apr 25 10+ seats left
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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 the local tour operator
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives & Adventure
  • Accommodation Hotel & Camping
  • Transport 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English
days06 From US$ 1,720 View Tour
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  • Apr 17
  • Apr 18
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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
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Hotel, Lodge & Luxury Hotel
  • Transport 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English
days08 From US$ 3,015 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Apr 17
  • Apr 18
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Awesome Tanzania Luxury Safari

of 4 reviews
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Everything was perfect for this safari, the organization, the guide, the parks, the accommodations. ...
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Wildlife & National parks +5 more
  • Accommodation Hotel, Lodge & Eco Lodge
  • Transport 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
days07 From US$ 3,550 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Apr 18
  • Apr 19
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Tanzania Big Five Tour And Hunting With The Hadzabe

  • Free cancellation
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6 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip through Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and 4 other destinations in Tanzania. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives & Local culture
  • Accommodation Camping
  • Transport 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 3-99 yrs
  • Operated in English
days06 From US$ 1,490 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Apr 19
  • Apr 20
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area Tour Reviews

5 - Excellent
Based on 40 customer reviews
"A truly magical moment that I will cherish forever. "
5 - Excellent
  • Mia Eliana
“"The most breathtaking experiences courtesy of this local tour operator. The safari gave my family an opportunity to connect with local communities. We visited a nearby village and had the chance to interact with the friendly locals, learning about their culture, traditions, and way of life. It was a humbling experience that enriched our understanding of the region. The sunset game drive was incredible, as the golden sun dipped below the horizon, we found ourselves surrounded by the enchanting sounds of nature. The air was filled with the calls of birds, the distant roar of lions, and the rustling of leaves as animals emerged for their evening activities. It was a truly magical moment that I will cherish forever. Finally, the food and hospitality throughout the safari were exceptional. From delicious traditional meals to refreshing sundowner drinks in the bush, every aspect of our stay was meticulously taken care of. The combination of incredible wildlife encounters, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality made this safari experience truly unforgettable. "”
Memorable Holiday to Tanzania
5 - Excellent
  • Oliver Noah
“"Our recent trip to Tanzania was nothing short of extraordinary! From the moment we contacted this travel operator to the end of our journey, their professionalism and attention to detail exceeded our expectations. First and foremost, the safari experience was unparalleled. Our knowledgeable guide, John, was not only a skilled driver but also an expert in wildlife. His passion for the animals and the environment was evident, as he shared fascinating facts and stories throughout the game drives. We were fortunate to witness the Great Migration in Serengeti, an awe-inspiring spectacle that left us speechless. The encounters with lions, elephants, giraffes, and zebras were truly unforgettable. The accommodations in the national parks were comfortable and provided an authentic safari experience. After the exhilarating safari adventure, we were whisked away to the picturesque beaches of Tanzania. The beach holiday portion of our trip was flawlessly organized. We stayed at a stunning beach resort in Zanzibar, where the crystal-clear turquoise waters and white sandy beaches created a paradise-like atmosphere. The resort staff was incredibly hospitable, and the amenities were top-notch. We indulged in various water activities like snorkeling and diving, exploring the vibrant marine life of the Indian Ocean."”
5 Stars Agency
5 - Excellent
  • Gabrielle Bennett
“"We thank Joan for planning our Safari and beach holiday to Tanzania. Throughout our journey, this tour company ensured our safety and comfort. Their attention to detail was remarkable, as they took care of all the logistics, including transfers, accommodations, and even dietary preferences. They were always available to answer our questions and provide assistance, making us feel well taken care of. We cannot thank them enough for orchestrating such an amazing trip. Their passion for delivering exceptional experiences shines through in everything they do. We highly recommend them to anyone seeking a seamlessly organized Tanzania safari and beach holiday. They truly go above and beyond to make dreams holiday come true. Once again, a heartfelt thank you to the entire team for creating memories that will last a lifetime!"”

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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