Log In

Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

29 reviews

About Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

Country found in: Tanzania
Parks total area: 8292 km² (3202 mi²)
Year established: 1959
Park wildlife: 26 animals listed
Anti-malarial: Not required

Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area map

Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area highlights

  • Black-maned lions
  • All of the big five
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Proximity to other great parks, such as the Serengeti and Lake Manyara.

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 roughly 670m (2000ft) high and the crater floor measuring roughly 18km (10 miles) in diameter. The crater floor has its own ecosystem and environment and it is not uncommon for the temperature to be significantly warmer on the crater floor than it is at the rim of the crater. The elevation of the rim is around 2280m (7500ft) and the base is around 1680m (5500ft).  Between the crater rim and floor, it is possible to see all of the ‘big five’ at Ngorongoro Crater. The big five are: buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino.
At the base of the crater is a large soda lake called Lake Magadi or Lake Makat. It is home to thousands of brightly-colored flamingos and is very popular for photo opps. 

Because the crater floor is small in size, it can also become very crowded with vehicles. The high concentration of safari vehicles on the crater floor means the animals are more accustomed to seeing these vehicles and are less timid when they approach. This may make for better photo opportunities but it also can be a bit of a negative point for those looking for a truly ‘wild’ safari.
There are no lodging options on the crater floor and all guests must overnight on the rim. In general, the standard of accommodation is extremely high, with five-star lodges overlooking the caldera. A Ngorongoro Crater safari is recommended for all levels of safari goers and it is a great addition to a Serengeti safari.

When to visit Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater can be visited year-round. During the driest months, June through October, the lake can turn into a large, white salt bed. The crater bottom is also home to a very high concentration of wildlife, and visitors are not disappointed at the quality and quantity of animals. The annual wildebeest migration also passes by the crater highlands, and guests visiting around the months of December through March may get to witness the migration in this part of Ngorongoro Crater. 

Write a review

Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area tour packages

Showing 10 of 842 tour packages. Click here to see all tours.

Tour by: William Cowger Photo Safaris

Safari/workshop with pro photographer. Each person gets full row in car. Cowger Custom Photo Camps. Photography ...

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$7860

per person

Get quote

Tour by: Beyond Safaris

Accommodation: 1 night at Serena Mountain Village in Arusha on BB 1 night at Ngorongoro Serena in Ngorongoro o...

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$850

per person

Get quote

Tour by: Tanzania on Foot

14 Days Northern Tanzania Safari make you meet local people, learn their culture, language, local women projects...

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$4000

per person

Get quote

Tour by: Open Africa Safaris

This safari makes the most of Open Africa Safaris varied programmers in Northern Tanzania in a trip which offe...

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$980

per person

Get quote

Tour by: Siafu Tanzania Safaris LTD

Stay cloying closer to the Nature

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$760

per person

Get quote

Tour by: Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris

Days Safaris in Tanzania: LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK, NGORONGORO CRATER

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$600

per person

Get quote

Tour by: East African Safari and Touring Company

A eleven day exploration from the largest tropical lake in the world, through the Serengeti and Ngorongoro ecosy...

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$3855

per person

Get quote

Tour by: HM Safaris

Many places in Tanzania ooze romance and we’re in the know about most of them!

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$4000

per person

Get quote

Tour by: Boma Travel Services

Day 1: Ngorongoro Day 2: Lake Manyara Day 3: Tarangire

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$805

per person

Get quote

Tour by: Kenya Tanzania Trips

Kenya Tanzania Budget Camping Safari Trip, Kenya Private Budget Trip, Tanzania Joining Others for Budget Camping...

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$2600

per person

Get quote
Showing 10 of 842 tour packages. Click here to see all tours.