Ngorongoro Crater Safari 2023/2024

Embark on an extraordinary Ngorongoro Crater safari during your Tanzania trip. Besides being the largest inactive volcanic caldera on the planet, Ngorongoro Crater also boasts the densest population of large mammals in Africa, including the Big Five. Beyond the crater's edge lies a greater conservation area, a haven for wildebeests that congregate around the serene waters of Lake Ndutu. Witness the miracle of life as newborn wildebeest calves take their first steps, signaling the beginning of the epic Great Wildebeest Migration. From the captivating landscapes to the abundant wildlife and the thrill of spotting some of the planet’s most majestic creatures, Ngorongoro Crater safari offers an unrivaled African adventure.

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96 Trips in Ngorongoro Crater with 53 Reviews

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2 Days Safari - Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro

of 4 reviews
  • Free cancellation
  • Trip customizable
So happy that I booked with this operator. Had a great two days safari, exploring the best of Lake M ...
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Camping & Lodge
  • Transport Private Vehicle & 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
days02 From US$ 540 View Tour
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  • Sep 30
  • Oct 01
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4 Days Serengeti, Manyara, Ngorongoro Safari Tour

of 7 reviews
  • Free cancellation
  • Trip customizable
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
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  • Sep 30
  • Oct 01
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5 days Safari - Manyara,Ngorongoro and Serengeti

of 2 reviews
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  • Trip customizable
We saw sights I will never forget. Our guide made a great effort to allow us to see rare events
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Camping, Tent & Hotel
  • Transport Private Vehicle & 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English
days05 From US$ 1,900 View Tour
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  • Sep 30
  • Oct 01
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6 Days Adventure Camping Safari: Budget Style

of 2 reviews
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Really enjoyed our time on this safari. Wonderful guide and cook, very caring. They accommodated die ...
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives & Adventure
  • Accommodation Camping, Hotel & Tent
  • Transport Private Vehicle & 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
days06 From US$ 1,590 View Tour
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  • Sep 30
  • Oct 01
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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
  • Oct 02
  • Oct 03
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6 Days Tanzania Experience in Luxury Tented Camp

  • Free cancellation
  • Trip customizable
6 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip in Tanzania, visiting Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Accommodation Lodge, Hotel & Home-stay
  • Transport Private Vehicle & 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
days06 From US$ 3,612 View Tour
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  • Sep 30
  • Oct 01
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4 Days Northern Circuit

of 2 reviews
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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
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  • Sep 30
  • Oct 01
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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 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
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  • Sep 30
  • Oct 01
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Four-Day Safari: Serengeti, Tarangire and Ngorongoro

of 2 reviews
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What an amazing 7 days expedition we had !!!!!! Enjoyed every minute of it. The hike to Mandara hut ...
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Safari & Wildlife safaris and game drives +1 more
  • Accommodation Camping & Hotel
  • Transport 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 7-79 yrs
  • Operated in English, French, German, Spanish
days04 From US$ 1,470 US$ 1,323
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  • Oct 04
  • Oct 05
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5 Days Wildebeest Migration Safari in Tanzani

of 3 reviews
  • Free cancellation
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We had unforgettable experience with this local travel specialist, we celebrated our honeymoon with ...
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives & Nature and bush walks +1 more
  • Accommodation Camping & Lodge
  • Transport 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 5-85 yrs
  • Operated in English
days05 From US$ 1,800 View Tour
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  • Sep 30
  • Oct 01
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8-Day Camping Safari : Best of Tanzania

of 1 review
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My husband and I recently returned from a eight days safari in Tanzania, the wildlife was really exc ...
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives & Adventure
  • Accommodation Camping & Hotel
  • Transport Private Vehicle & 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English
days08 From US$ 2,399 View Tour
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  • Sep 30
  • Oct 01
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3 Day Tanzania Safari Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro

of 2 reviews
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The first day we went to Tarangire and saw many elefants, giraffes, lions, monkeys etc. It was a fun ...
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives & Adventure
  • Accommodation Camping
  • Transport Private Vehicle & 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
days03 From US$ 768 View Tour
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  • Sep 30
  • Oct 01
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Kilimanjaro Climbing + Tarangire & Ngorongoro safari

of 6 reviews
  • Free cancellation
  • Trip customizable
Combining Kilimanjaro and Safari was the best thing we could do, it is best way to experience Tanzan ...
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Trekking and Hiking & Wildlife safaris and game drives +2 more
  • Accommodation Camping, Hotel, Lodge, Eco Lodge & Hut
  • Transport 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
  • Operated in English
days11 From US$ 3,000 View Tour
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  • Sep 30
  • Oct 01
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4 Day Safari: Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater

  • Free cancellation
  • Trip customizable
4 day wildlife safaris and game drives tour in Tanzania, visiting Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities Wildlife safaris and game drives & Adventure
  • Accommodation Camping & Tent
  • Transport Private Vehicle & 4WD Jeep
  • Age Range 2-90 yrs
  • Operated in English, Tanzanian
days04 From US$ 1,300 View Tour
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  • Sep 30
  • Oct 01
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Ngorongoro Crater Tour Reviews

5 - Excellent
Based on 53 customer reviews
Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Serengeti
5 - Excellent
  • Neja Staba Penik
“The first day we went to Tarangire and saw many elefants, giraffes, lions, monkeys etc. It was a fun and interesting start of our adventure. The next day we passed Ngorongoro and went to Serengeti. Beside other animals, we saw leopards and buffalos! It was amazing. We also had buffalos around our camp during the night so that was pretty awesome. The last day we saw rhino in the crater! We saw all of the Big 5! Great experience, worth the money and I would definitely recomend it to anyone. We stoped at masai village (Longoko) for an entrance fee of 50$ per car and it was interesting as well.”
15Day Kili & safari with Dahlia Africa
5 - Excellent
  • Jamal Takoon
“This tour was absolutely AMAZING with local tour company, if you're even considering doing it just take the plunge it's worth every penny! I can't say enough about our safari guide Faza and his Kili team & Our Safari Driver guide Hans. FOR SAFARI PART: Hans is an awesome animal seeker and spotter, well informative with a wealth of knowledge about everything in the National Parks. We cant say enough about Brian who organizes this trip from our first email, the choice of accommodation was breathtaking, we had our recommendations but he advised other cozier accommodations which we trusted and was the best. FOR KILIMANJARO PART: is more about the team led by Faza and his team of porters and chef they are story teller and the trip would not have been the same without them. I went into this excited for the physical adventure but I learned so much which was just icing on the cake making the trip that much better. These guys are amazing cooks (I wish they sold a guide cookbook, I ate way better on the trip than I do at home) and made sure each and everyone one of us was well taken care of. We had a group of 7 plus our two guides which was the perfect size and afforded us the ability to split up into two groups on the second day so part of the younger group could trek fast than the older ones. The hike in and out was not as bad as I expected just make sure you are well hydrated and eat plenty of snacks and drink enough water, which the guides make sure you do. All in all I can't recommend this trip enough! I am a professional travel advisor and will be recommending this trip to all of my clients. We are selective about the companies we work with, only partnering with the most reputable companies who will take care of our clients and have them coming back raving and wanting to do another trip. I am glad I was part of this trips”
Experiences of a lifetime
5 - Excellent
  • Bill Mackenzie
“We saw sights I will never forget. Our guide made a great effort to allow us to see rare events. We saw every animal you could ever expect to see in Africa. Lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, cheetahs with cubs, cheetahs eating a kill. All of these were at close range. Our guide Rashid had incredible knowledge of all of the animal and plant life we encountered. As a bonus Rashid gave us an amazing history lesson about Tanzania. Our meals were excellent and varied. Just an incredible trip.”

Ngorongoro Crater Safari Overview and Facts

Annual visitors: 400,000
Area: 264 square kilometers
Altitude: 4,500 to 5,800 meters
Location: Ngorongoro Crater, 180 kilometers west of Arusha
Wildlife rating:         
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Common animal sightings: Giraffes, wildebeest, cheetah hippopotamus, lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, black rhino
Common bird sightings: Flamingo, great white pelican, Jackson’s Turaco, Usambara Weaver, Hildebrandt's Spurfowl

Ngorongoro Crater Safari Highlights

  • Traverse the steep slopes to the Ngorongoro Crater’s lush floor to encounter a thriving ecosystem with an impressive concentration of wildlife.
  • Embark on game drives to spot the Big Five and other wildlife as a part of your Tanzania safari experience.
  • See the endangered black rhinos grazing in their protected habitat on a Ngorongoro Crater safari.
  • Gaze upon the mesmerizing sight of millions of pink-hued flamingos congregating at Lake Magadi.
  • Venture into Olduvai Gorge in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to see hominid fossils that date back to about 3.6 million years ago.
  • Embark on a guided night drive into the Lerai Forest to attempt to find ever-elusive and nocturnal hunting leopards.
  • Meet the Maasai herders and learn about their age-old traditions and their relationship with the wildlife.

Tips for Ngorongoro Crater Safari

  • Plan your Ngorongoro Crater tour during the dry season (June to September) when wildlife sighting conditions are at their best. If you want to witness the migrating wildebeests, plan your trip in December.
  • Opt for guided safari walks around the adjacent wilderness area.
  • Choose an early morning game drive to witness the vibrant wildlife activity within the Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Bring a pair of high-quality binoculars to spot distant wildlife and birdlife.
  • Dress appropriately for your Ngorongoro Crater safari bot to adjust to the weather conditions and blend into the surrounding.

Best Time to Visit Ngorongoro Crater

The animals in the Ngorongoro Crater will be within the crater throughout the year, so you can see them regardless of when you visit.The weather is good during the peak season (July - October), with little to no rainfall. However, a large number of tourists visit during this period, and it can get crowded at times.To avoid the crowd and get a quiet experience, you can visit Ngorongoro Crater during the low season (January - April). However, heavy rainfall may dampen your plans to some extent. For a more detailed overview, check out our best time to visit Tanzania guide.

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