The Ngorongoro Crater lies in the heart of the Ngornongoro Conservation Area adjacent to the Serengeti National Park. Ngorongoro is an extinct volcano that collapsed in on itself in the ancient past and today is a naturally protected 'garden of eden' for Africa's wildlife. Dropping 600m down in to the floor of this caldera one will come across hordes of big game such as large tusker elephants, black rhino, thick black-maned lion, cheetah, leopard, buffalo and spotted hyena. All the expected plains game also occur here in healthy numbers. The pink-smeared lake in the centre of the crater gains its odd colour from the flocks of flamingos that wade in its waters. This is one of Africa's iconic safari destinations and is a must if you are hitting the East African safari circuit. There are a variety of lodges and campsites situated around the crater's edge.

Why we like it

Iconic crater landscape; Incredible predator densities; Big 5; Pink lake and flocks of flamingoes

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 8200 sq km
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: Yes
Specialist Specie: Black Rhino
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Arusha

Accommodation in Ngorongoro Crater

Crater Forest Tented Camp, Ngorongoro

Crater Forest Tented Camp is an eco-friendly safari camp located in a spectacular setting. The camp is found on the edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania, which is home to famous Ngorongoro Crater. The lodge is situated on a highland coffee plantation, at an altitude of 1800m, providing stunning views of the Ngorongoro Forest and the coffee plantation.…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Lake Masek Tented Lodge

Lake Masek Luxury Tented Camp is situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area overlooking Lake Masek. This unique location is witness to the Wildebeest Migration which takes place from December to April each year which means there is resident Big 5 game all year round in the area. It is a luxury tented camp located by the shores of Lake Masek…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Perched on the edge of the Crater itself, this award-winning lodge is fit for a king and queen. Guests can be forgiven for losing track of which era, or even continent, they are experiencing at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. Nowhere else on earth can you wake up among all the trappings of an elegant baroque chateau - brocade sofas, gilt mirrors,…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Ngorongoro Crater

Aspect X: Iconic Aspects of Tanzania

Watch the Great Migration happening in real time as herds of wildebeest and zebra move across the plains of the Serengeti and Masai Mara, hotly followed by an array of large predators. See a whale shark swim by as you snorkel alongside it. See thousands of flamingos flocking at a lake, or a lion climbing a tree. Imagine if you…

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Duration: 7 nights
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Best of Tanzania Lodge Safari

Embark on an adventurous safari tour through Tanzania. This 7-day package takes you through some of Africa’s best nature and wildlife destinations. As the name suggests, accommodation on the tour is provided in comfortable safari lodges, or permanent tented camps, ensuring your utmost comfort. Specially-converted 4x4 safari vehicles are used on your trek through Tanzania, and each guest is guaranteed…

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Duration: 7 days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

East Africa and Zanzibar Safari Tour

This comprehensive safari tour spends 15 days exploring the best wildlife and safari destinations of East Africa. Starting out in Kenya in the world-famous Masai Mara, guests will enjoy unrivalled game-viewing in one of the world's richest and most diverse safari arenas. The tour then moves onto Tanzania.Here, you will stay on the shores of Lake Victoria, enjoying a host…

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Duration: 14 nights/15 days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Thomsons Gazelle
Black Rhino
Spotted Hyena
African Wild Dog

Key Species


Martial Eagle
Lesser Flamingo
Fischers Lovebird
Kori Bustard
Crowned Crane

Nile Crocodile
Red-headed Rock Agama
Hanang Hornless Chameleon

Fever Tree
Umbrella Thorn
Tree Euphorbia

Open Grassland
Savannah Woodland
Mountain Ridges
Soda Lake
Salt Pans

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 9
Mammals: 9.5
Birds: 1
Reptiles: 1
Trees: 1
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