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Ngorongoro Crater was originally part of the Serengeti National Park, until it became its own park in 1959. In 1979 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most-visited regions of Tanzania and is often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. The crater is actually the world’s largest intact caldera, with the walls of the crater being roug... ...

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Dec 19, 2015   |   Visited: Feb 2013.
Ngorongoro, as you read about in books, is paradise on earth. And I am here, still heart to believe I am really in Tanzania and walking in a crater!

It's marvelous to see animals everywhere! There's a lioness with a GPS on so they can follow her. We see other lions off in the distance. Many cars are behind each other. Suddenly, my guide turns. I know the group,... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Dec 16, 2015   |   Visited: Jun 2013.
Ngorongoro Crater is jewel for viewing, wildlife, photography and beauty. It has breathtaking views as an unbroken largest caldera in the world. The lodges at the crater rim has a view to savour for the lifetime. We find it one of the must see things in Tanzania. One can never forget the experience of the crater floor and can never find that experience anywhere els... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Dec 14, 2015   |   Visited: Feb 2015.
This year, 2015, I was for the 2nd time in Ngorongoro. This time for 3 days. Its amazing there. The 3 days I saw so many animals but also a wildebeest calf was born, an other wildebeest deep in the mud and the hyenas already waiting for his death, lions, so many cross the road. We have been there I think half an hour and small, middle and adult lions around the ca... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Jun 19, 2015   |   Visited: Jun 2015.
Got to see a few rhinos in this park. Was stoked. It's amazing how many animals are packed in this crater floor. Also saw a ton of zebra and warthogs. Only spent a day here and then drove off to a lodge not on the crater rim.
Biggest downer: crowds! Even the animals are used to them. read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: May 06, 2015   |   Visited: May 2014.
The sweeping views of the overhead lush greenery, yellow flowers and cool winds as we descended into the crater floor made this my most favored park!

We were quickly greeted by a group of lions who leisurely crossed in front of us to the other side of the road. Other lions plopped down in the middle of the road in the shade of safari vehicles necessitating my ye... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Apr 21, 2015   |   Visited: Jan 2015.
When you are coming from Arusha, the tarmac road ends as you reach the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

The dramatic landscape of the Ngorongoro Highlands is the perfect complement to the flatness of the Serengeti. Populated by Masai tribes, this area of grasslands, volcanoes and forests makes utterly superb hiking terrain. The area includes the Oldupai Gorge, the ... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 30, 2015   |   Visited: Feb 2015.
With the light of a new dawn progressively streaming out across the floor as we made our way down the side of the crater, we rapidly understood what an animal ‘paradise’ the crater is.

They are all here except for cheetah, giraffe and leopard, the latter which can be found up around the top of the rim of the crater if you are very, very lucky. The animals can... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 13, 2015   |   Visited: Apr 2013.
It takes about a 3 hour drive from Arusha to get to the Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area includes the crater, the majestic Ngorongoro Highlands, wildlife and a high concentration of Maasai settlements. Maasai graze their cattle throughout the Conservation Area. This area also includes Oldonyo Lengai, a Maasai holy site which remains an active vo... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Dec 23, 2014   |   Visited: Jan 2011.
Ngorongoro Crater is a must-see for anyone visiting norther Tanzania. I found this park especially good for photographing wildlife. There's such a high density of tourists going through here, that the animals aren't nearly as skittish and will come much closer to the vehicles. I got some great zebra shots.
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Nov 25, 2014   |   Visited: Oct 2014.
You can't miss a full day game drive in Ngorongoro crater. This is unique place due to highest wildlife concentration all over the world. Inside the crater there is also grass and water, it's now considered “Africa’s Garden of Eden” for wildlife. Here is the place where you can spot the black rhino in Tanzania, easily you can see lions, hyena and other predators. B... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jul 16, 2014   |   Visited: Mar 2014.
Really enjoyed it here. The views are breathtaking and we were able to get very close to the animals. They seem more used to vehicles here. Definitely go early for best views. read more

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Lion
Wildebeest
Vervet monkey
Zebra
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Jul 15, 2014   |   Visited: Jul 2014.
The Crater is something all guests to Tanzania should see. It really only merits a day and it can get VERY crowded, especially in the peak season. Ask to stay in a lodge overlooking the crater--it's worth the extra bit of money. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jun 11, 2014   |   Visited: Mar 2014.
Ngorongoro Crater is definitely worth a visit. I recommend staying in a lodge that is right on the crater rim. We stayed at the Sopa and it really made our trip. read more

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Lion
Vervet monkey
Warthog
Zebra
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jun 02, 2014   |   Visited: Feb 2009.
Crater is a stunning place, driving around or from the lodge we stayed in we could see the wildlife coming to drink from the Crater, at day or at night, the place is just breathtaking. You could stay days there just to explore the variety of game visiting Crater. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Apr 10, 2014   |   Visited: Feb 2014.
Ngorongoro Crater is world heritage site and a new wonder of world. It's an excellent destination for fauna and flora in Tanzania. It's also possible to combine trekking and nature in one safari here. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 11, 2014   |   Visited: Aug 2011.
Ngorongoro NP is an amazing place. The vast land makes a continuous stretch to the base of the crater walls. This is the world's largest inactive and unfilled volcanic caldera. It is a destination so full of natural beauty and one of the few game parks in which I have seen large populations of all the big five at once. We were advised that within the park, we can o... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Oct 28, 2013   |   Visited: Jul 2013.
Ngorongoro stands as my best park for the wildlife in East Africa as a whole.
What it has is just so much to mention. Its the park you will never miss to see the all big five, and very close up.
And, when the vehicle is descending into the crater floor, it's a nice ride but you don't really realize how far you're going. It's when you are ascending the crater rim ... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Sep 24, 2013   |   Visited: Jan 2009.
Loved the soda lake at the base of the crater. Was not prepared for the profusion of flamingos, though. It made for some great photos. Also loved all of the zebra and the fact that I got to see three rhinos! They were the only 'shy' animal in the crater. Loads of lion sausages (warthogs) around, too. :)
Definitely worth a visit, but one day will do. read more
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(3/5 stars) Written on: Sep 18, 2013   |   Visited: Oct 2012.
We spent a day in Ngorongoro Crater, mainly because it's en route back to Arusha, where our flight to southern Tanzania awaited. Everything about Ngorongoro Crater is more expensive than its fellow parks: the entrance fee is higher, the vehicle fee is higher, the hotels (if you want one on the rim) are all pretty costly and, chain-like in nature. Our hotel, the Ser... read more
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(3/5 stars) Written on: Sep 05, 2013   |   Visited: Jun 2012.
Ngorongoro is so unique - this amazing place where a volcano once stood, but then collapsed in on itself to form a massive crater.

Driving over the rim of the crater and seeing it unfold before you is quite magical, and was possibly the best part of our visit.

I heard someone once describe it as 'a bowl full of animals' and that's just how it felt. Many ani... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 03, 2013   |   Visited: Jul 2012.
In the early morning mist Ngorongoro looks magical, clouds slowly rising above the stark crater walls. Descending into this animal kingdom is nerve wracking, the safari truck jerking downhill before the path straightens and takes us directly towards three hunting lions. At this early hour it's a predator's paradise, but once the mist clears there is no high grass t... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Aug 24, 2013   |   Visited: Dec 2008.
Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most exciting places I have ever been to. The trip there was fun and adventurous. I would experience it all again in a heartbeat. It being a world heritage site just adds personality to beauty.
My love for adventures took me to this place and it started as soon as we descended into the crater early morning. The edges of the roads as... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Aug 16, 2013   |   Visited: Apr 2012.
Sometime last year, I had the privilege of working as the P.A of the head of security for a certain popular reality TV show whose name I can't mention least I get sued. The job mainly involved Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This is a review of the most popular public campsite in Ngorongoro and the wildlife in the crater. I'll write in two section... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: May 28, 2013   |   Visited: Mar 2009.
This place is too much.
We paid our $150 extra to drive our car in, and at the rim of the crater, this massive maned monster of a lion strutted by and gave us the look. Like perhaps the car was just a bun and we the burger.
Descending into the crater, it begins. Long, sloped views of plains and forest and lake splashed with brown of wildebeest and pink of flaming... read more

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Lion
Elephant
Hyena
Wildebeest
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(4/5 stars) Written on: May 09, 2013   |   Visited: Sep 2012.
I must say here is where I got to encounter Africa’s laziest animals…or what do I call lions that don’t roar at people even at almost four meters! We arrived at the Ngorongoro Crater a bit early in the morning, since our trip advisor had warned of the long lines at the entry point into the park. After almost 30 minutes in the line, we finally made our way into the ... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: May 08, 2013   |   Visited: Jan 2008.
I was really excited to see Ngorongoro Crater. It's a World Heritage site and gets so many accolades. The first thing I noticed about the crater is how crowded it is. Firstly, there are a finite amount of lodges on the crater rim. We stayed at the Serena Lodge and felt like cattle. Not special in the least. The next day, we were up early and headed down into the cr... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Apr 22, 2013   |   Visited: Oct 1993.
About 12 miles across in diameter, this flat plateau inside an old crater is a world unto itself. The walls can barely be seen from one side, but whole weather systems travel over the middle for one to watch; a storm dumped rain slantedly as it moved across quickly.

After a 45 minute harrowing ride switch-backing down the crater wall, we found forests, lakes, s... read more
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Safari suitability: 9 / 10
The park has all of the big five, but its small, limited size means that one or two days will suffice.
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