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Ngorongoro Crater Safari

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 ... Read More

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Ngorongoro Crater Tour Reviews

4.8 - Excellent Based on 26 customer reviews
Low Budget 4 Day Safari - Reviewed Tour: 4 Days Serengeti, Manyara, Ngorongoro Safari Tour
Anne Normandin From Australia At
4 - Very Good
“Memorable experience visiting Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park. Amazing landscape and plenty of game. Lake Manyara was a bit of a disappointment and spending more time in the Serengeti would have been nicer.”
Great Reviewed Tour: 6 Days Budget Camping Safari
Justin Smith From Canada At
4 - Very Good
“Very much enjoyed the safari. No problems at all. George was a great driver, didnt talk much. Got to see almost every animal we could.”
Very Good Reviewed Tour: 2 Days Safari - Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro
Graham Sumner From UK At
4 - Very Good
“Very Good”
Great Service! Reviewed Tour: 6 Day Safari: Tarangire / Serengeti / Ngorongoro
Elizabeth Davis From USA At
5 - Excellent
“I just came back from a wonderful trip in Tanzania. I booked my safari with Greg Adventures and I am so happy I did! They provided great service from beginning to end. Our guide Sammy was extremely professional and helpful throughout the day. His knowledge of the animals and nature just blew my mind. Elephants, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, lions, hippos, the birdlife and so much more. I couldn't have asked for a better day. My warmest recommendations for Greg Adventures.”
Two Unforgettable Days in My Life Reviewed Tour: 2-Day Ngorongoro Crater & Lake Manyara Safari
Ariev From Indonesia At
5 - Excellent
“It was my first time doing Safari in Africa, and ANAPA gave me a journey that I would not forget. The Tarangire trip was good, and Ngorongoro Safari Experiences was beyond my words, it was so amazing.”
Thrilled in every way possible Reviewed Tour: 6 Day Taste of 'Real' Tanzania Safari Adventure
Tracy At
5 - Excellent
“Me and my fiance visited Africa few days ago and Arend Safaris gave us a safari to remember in Tanzania. I don't really know if this is how they treat everyone or it was just us but we felt like everyone went out of their way to make this safari greatest ever. We arrived in Arusha late afternoon and Protas our guide was there at the airport to pick us up.
We drove to the lodge for an amazing late lunch that was followed up by a wonderful city tour.
Later in the evening we went back to the lodge and waited for our big safari day.
Protas picked us up and off we went to the Tarangire park. Great park with lots of elephants and giraffes. We saw everything we could possibly see in the park and went to the lodge.
Next day we headed to the Ngorongoro. What a park. Tiny, beautiful evergreen, they called it a biggest caldera but I call it a magical park. What else could you want to see on safari than the big five? All of them with the aid of Protas who is an amazing spotter by the way. He showed us all we needed.
Just when we thought we've seen it all, Serengeti was there. I've been watching this adventures in National geographic since was a kid but finally everything I ever imagined was right before my eyes. What a spectacle. This endless plain is real and wonderful. It was raining during our season of visit but non of this was a problem. We enjoyed every moment stayed in this beautiful country.

Our final words are simply thrilling. Adventure was all worth it and very much recommendable. Luxury option is always a good idea as we can say. Go for luxury and don't forget to take Protas with you. He's such a life of a party. Never a dull moment around him.”
Excellent Reviewed Tour: 2 Days Safari - Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro
Kristina Benedikte Mork From Norway At
5 - Excellent
“Excellent”
4 day Safari Reviewed Tour: 4 Days Tarangire, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater
Jamie Gilruth From USA At
4 - Very Good
“Everything went well and all guides were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Food was up to par and the tent camping was quite the adventure. Things were a little chaotic as people come and go from the tour so things get confusing.”
Protas absolute very best Reviewed Tour: 7-Day Classic Tanzania Safari
Tommi Yeoming From New Zealand At
5 - Excellent
“our safari was very much made alive by our guide Protas. He went out of the way to make sure we were comfortable and enjoyed our trip from the beginning to the end. the Lodges were amazing, great food, great and helpful staff, and they all made our stay in Tansania great one. thank you till next time”

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.

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