Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most spectacular natural spectacles in the world. It is the largest intact caldera in the world and the crater floor offers superb game viewing. Numerous animals including resident lions and rare species such as the black rhino can be seen during an Ngorongoro Crater game drive. The resident elephants are all old males, often with very large tusks, enjoying the lush, soft vegetation in the swampy area. The rim is high, at roughly 2220m so a good fleece or jacket is essential for morning visits.

The floor of the Ngorongoro Crater has several main physical features. A permanent hippo pool can be found at Ngoitokitok Springs. Lerai Forest consists mainly of Yellow Fever Acacia Trees. The shallow soda Lake Magadi is constantly changing in size and shape depending on the season, as does the Gorigor Swamp. However the majority of the crater floor mainly consists of open grassland supporting large concentrations of grazing mammals and the predators that go with them.

The wildlife in the crater has become habituated to the processions of vehicles that descend daily. This means that getting close and taking good photos of the animals behaving naturally is relatively easy. We recommend that you stay in one of them many hotels or camps on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater so that you can leave early and be one of the first into the Crater.

Walking safaris around the Crater Rim are also possible, with an armed Ranger for your protection. This is a great experience for those fit enough to enjoy it.

Ngorongoro Crater Activities

Birdwatching in Ngorongoro

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Cultural Visit to Maasai Boma

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Empakaai Crater

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Ngorongoro Crater Game Drive

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Ngorongoro Crater Rim Walk

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Ngorongoro Highlands Drive

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Ngorongoro Crater Accommodation

Lake Masek Tented Camp

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Lemala Luxury Camps Ngorongoro

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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

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Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

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Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

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Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge

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Rhino Lodge

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Simba Campsite

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Special Offers

Amani Forest Camp - Emau Hill - Discounted Resident Rates

5% discount on en-suite accommodation for TZ residents more info