Ngorongoro Crater Safari in Tanzania

The Ngororongoro Crater is the most unique wildereness area in Africa.


Game drives in the crater, views form the crater rim

Safari Activities

Game drives, Maasai interaction, nature walks on crater rim

Ngorongoro Crater Safari

There is a place in Africa that seems to have been taken from the pages of some unrealistic reality script, a place where more than twenty thousand animals live in an Edenic environment, protected from the outside world by steep walls. That place is the Ngorongoro Crater.

Paradise in a Hole

The Ngorongoro Crater is literally a hole in the ground, formed when a giant volcano exploded and caved in on itself. Over time wind-blown sands and seeds built up on the shallow volcanic bed and a paradise was born.Today the crater is home to a multitude of wildlife, attracted by the nutritious vegetation and sufficient water resources. Hosting a variety of eco-systems, from grasslands to forests, the Ngorongoro Crater truly is a natural wonderland.There is no accommodation in the crater itself but there are lodges set on the crater rim with spectacular views of the crater floor. Game drives bring visitors into a wildlife spectacular. Cultural interaction with the Maasai can be experienced form the Ngorongoro Crater lodges and campsites in the area.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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The Crater is the heart of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which also includes the southern-most plains of the Serengeti and Olduvai Gorge. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a unique concept - where wildlife and humans utilise the land.

The Maasai people of Tanzania who live in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area are allowed to graze their cattle but are not allowed to cultivate crops on a commercial basis. Olduvai Gorge is considered the Cradle of Mankind for all the fossils that have been unearthed over the years - pointing to the region as the birthplace of humankind.

When to Go to Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro is a year round safari destination with great game viewing at all times. To combine the Ngorongoro with the Serengeti Migrations it is best to go between January and March when the herds are in the southern plains of the Serenegti and spilling over into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

How to Get to Ngorongoro Crater

The easiest way of getting to Ngorongoro is via Arusha by flying into Kilimanjaro International Airport and then driving the fascinating route through some of Tanzania's most dramatic landscapes. The Crater is usually done in combination with the Serengeti and other parks.

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