Ngorongoro Crater

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Ngorongoro safari

An Ngorongoro safari is best experienced as part of a larger itinerary in Tanzania and even beyond. You are assured of great game viewing in the crater itself but with the Serengeti just a short distance away, not to mention Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara, a combination safari delivers the best experience.

Together these destinations form Tanzania’s Northern Circuit, a tried-and-tested route that delivers plenty of diversity and drama. But there are other destinations in Tanzania no less amazing than the Ngorongoro Crater but with a fraction of the visitors. You can go chimp tracking in the Mahale Mountains, explore the untamed Selous Reserve or search for East Africa’s biggest elephant herds in Ruaha National Park.

Browse our recommended tours below, each containing an Ngorongoro safari. We also feature tours that include Kenya’s Masai Mara, guaranteeing you the best of East Africa in a single itinerary. Contact us for more advice and information about booking or for a tailor-made itinerary based on your needs and budget.

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The Crater

What to do at the Ngorongoro Crater

1. Spot the Big Five

Africa’s most sought-after sightings – lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard & rhino – can be enjoyed with ease at the Ngorongoro Crater; indeed, it’s not unusual to see all five in a single game drive.

2. Search for Predators

Lions & leopards join a long cast of predators in the Ngorongoro Crater: cheetah & spotted hyena are also resident along with jackal, wild cats & many birds of prey.

3. Stay on the Rim

There are exclusive lodges on the rim of the crater: not only will you get truly spectacular views but you’ll also be among the first onto the crater floor for the morning game drive.

4. Bring the Family

Easy game viewing, a comfortable climate & family accommodation – the Ngorongoro welcomes families with children, providing special activities, meal times & even childminders.

5. Live on a Plantation

There’s a choice of accommodation located away from the Crater; our favourite ones are set on picturesque old-world coffee plantations, complete with spa & massage service. (Ngorongoro Crater Rim or Karatu)

6. Visit a Local Community

Maasai communities dot the Ngorongoro landscape & several lodges offer the chance to visit local villages, chat to locals & gain an insight into life on the savannah.

7. Crater View Walk

This popular late afternoon walk along the western rim of the Ngorongoro Crater allows guests to experience various natural habitats, including the acacia woodland, thick lush forests and open grasslands.

8. Crater Floor Banquet

After your scenic descent into the Ngorongoro Crater, enjoy a tasty hot lunch served in breathtaking surroundings at a private picnic spot on the Crater floor, in the midst of the wildlife action.

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