The breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater is undoubtedly the centerpiece of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This crater formed about two to three million years ago when a volcano exploded and collapsed on itself. The Ngorongoro Crater is a ...

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2 Days Safari - Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro

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So happy that I booked with Simba Adventures. Had a great two days safari, exploring the best of Lak ...
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5 days Safari - Manyara,Ngorongoro and Serengeti

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We saw sights I will never forget. Our guide made a great effort to allow us to see rare events
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4 Days Serengeti, Manyara, Ngorongoro Safari Tour

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Incredible experience! My wife and I just got back from our trip to East Africa. For the first leg ...
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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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6 Days Adventure Camping Safari: Budget Style

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Really enjoyed our time on this safari. Wonderful guide and cook, very caring. They accommodated die ...
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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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Kilimanjaro Machame Route & Serengeti Safari: 12 Days

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Kilimanjaro Climbing + Tarangire & Ngorongoro safari

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Very beautiful trip, with all the logistics organized with this local company. everything was five s ...
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6 Days Tanzania Experience in Luxury Lodge

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6 day wildlife safaris and game drives trip in Tanzania, visiting Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Read More
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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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Tanzania Ndutu Safari: Three Days

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Amazing trip!! Reviewed Tour: Tanzania Ndutu Safari: Three Days
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  • Elnathan Nyoni
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“Our Ndutu safari was amazing, we see a lot of animals especially wildebeest migration which was our main interest. I do recommend any person who wants to experience this.”
Excellent Sights of both Mountain & Plains! Reviewed Tour: Kilimanjaro Machame Route & Serengeti Safari: 12 Days
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  • Anonymous
  • From USA
“I booked the 12 day combo package; first a climb up kilimanjaro (tent camping) and then a truck tour of the serengeti national park. PROS:- Our Mountain Guide, Jafari ("Rafiki" was his nickname), had GREAT english. Very fun to chat with.- My wife and I got to see a lion take down an antelope, very exciting!- Food on the mountain was 3.5/5, food in safari hotels was 5/5.CONS:- Airport pickup was confusing. We arrived at night, and it was difficult at first to find our Kopa Tours pickup lady.- Some hotels only had single pillows. I prefer to sleep with two.”
Trip of a lifetime! Reviewed Tour: Kilimanjaro Machame Route & Serengeti Safari: 12 Days
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  • Rachel Pollusk
  • From USA
“I went to climb Kilimanjaro with a decent amount of worry - worried that I might not make it to the top, worried about the strenuous hiking, just all of it. I climbed with Kopa Tours again not really knowing what to expect. However, an employee named Kellie kept in touch with me every step of the way and called me before my flight and we talked through my concerns. I summited the mountain successfully. Along the way, the staff was incredible. Everyone I have met has been extremely professional and kind. A trip to remember forever!”

Ngorongoro Crater - Overview and Facts

The breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater is undoubtedly the centerpiece of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This crater formed about two to three million years ago when a volcano exploded and collapsed on itself.

The Ngorongoro Crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was voted as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa by the Seven Natural Wonders organization in 2013.

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

A home to one of the densest mammal populations in the world, the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the best places to see the Big Five (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and Rhinoceros). Other animals like gazelle, wildebeests, zebras, cheetahs, golden jackals, and topi are also found here in large numbers. For a relatively compact area of 260 square kilometers, it has an astonishing number of over 500 bird species.

The safaris here are amazing because you can see animals in every direction of your vehicle. Spotting the big five in one single day is highly likely. You can even get out of your vehicle in a few predetermine

Pros and Cons of the Ngorongoro Crater

Pros:

  • Year round opportunities of enjoying the view of the majestic wildlife.
  • Big Five and hundreds of other species of birds and animals are found within the crater.

Con:

  • Can get crowded in the peak season (July - October).

Accommodation in Ngorongoro Crater

The closest you can stay to the Ngorongoro crater is along the Crater rim overlooking the floor. There is no accommodation within the crater itself.

Another option is the Rift Valley Escarpment in Karatu, which is about 20 kms away from the Ngorongoro Crater. The lodges and camps in Karatu are more affordable than the ones along the Crater rim.

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 peak season (July - October) with little to no rainfall. However, large number of tourists visit during this period and it can get crowded at times.

To avoid the crowd and get a more quiet experience, you can visit Ngorongoro Crater during low season (January - April). However, heavy rainfall may dampen your plans to some extent.