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All of the big five, but crowded!

Wanderlust
Visited: Jan 2008 Reviewed: May 07, 2013

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 crater. The park opens at 7, I think, and there's only one entrance, so we wanted to be one of the first to get through the gate. There was still a queue when we arrived and it took a good 45 minutes to get through. Once we got to the crater bottom it was a pleasure to see the zebra and flamingos and warthogs. But, due to the large masses of people who pass through this confined area, the animals were not scared of the vehicles. The warthogs were so close I could have taken one home with me. It was not like the Serengeti and I was a bit sad. The highlight was definitely seeing some rhinos and the black-maned lions. Oh, and the view over the crater rim from our hotel. Amazing!

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True definition of nature

Brickford
Visited: Aug 2017 Reviewed: Sep 21, 2017

The nature of the place itself is an experience. Visiting the kind Maasai people is great. It's difficult to believe that there are people living there. Read more

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The most incredible national park setting in Africa

Visited: Jun 2015 Reviewed: Mar 08, 2017

Ngorongoro Crater and Neptune Luxury Lodge – are OK, we don’t know what to gush about more, Ngorongoro Crater or Neptune Luxury Lodge. Neptune was absolutely awesome, maybe one of the best hotels we’ve ever stayed in anywhere in the world. Cheerful and well trained staff that I have ever encountered; from the moment our group arrived we were made to feel special. ... read more

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My first time in Ngorongoro

Mariantims
Visited: Feb 2013 Reviewed: Dec 18, 2015

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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Ngorongoro - Natural Wonder of the World

Visited: Jun 2013 Reviewed: Dec 16, 2015

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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Wonderful Ngorongoro Crater

Mariantims
Visited: Feb 2015 Reviewed: Dec 14, 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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Rhinos!

Visited: Jun 2015 Reviewed: Jun 19, 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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Most favored park!

Visited: May 2014 Reviewed: May 06, 2015

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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Ngorongoro crater - one of the great natural wonders of the world

Visited: Jan 2015 Reviewed: Apr 21, 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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It's an animal paradise!

Visited: Feb 2015 Reviewed: Mar 30, 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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A jaw-dropping visual experience

Visited: Apr 2013 Reviewed: Jan 13, 2015

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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Tamed wildlife

African Queen
Visited: Jan 2011 Reviewed: Dec 23, 2014

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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Amazing Wildlife Spotting in a Day!!

Visited: Oct 2014 Reviewed: Nov 25, 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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No wonder it's world wonder!

BarbaraM
Visited: Mar 2014 Reviewed: Jul 16, 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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A must-see

Visited: Jul 2014 Reviewed: Jul 15, 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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Stay on the rim

ChantelleW
Visited: Mar 2014 Reviewed: Jun 11, 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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Breathtaking landscape

Nadiabenaissa
Visited: Feb 2009 Reviewed: Jun 01, 2014

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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Destination for adventure in Tanzania

Safarieyes
Visited: Feb 2014 Reviewed: Apr 10, 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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On the floor of a waterless caldera!

Lisa
Visited: Aug 2011 Reviewed: Mar 11, 2014

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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A real adventure

Tokalion
Visited: Jul 2013 Reviewed: Oct 28, 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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Flamingos!!!

Visited: Jan 2009 Reviewed: Sep 23, 2013

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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A crowded bowl of animals and people

Visited: Oct 2012 Reviewed: Sep 17, 2013

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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Dramatic, beautiful, crowded

Porcupine
Visited: Jun 2012 Reviewed: Sep 05, 2013

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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Amazement amongst the crowds

Stephen Bailey
Visited: Jul 2012 Reviewed: Sep 03, 2013

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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The best adventure!

Visited: Dec 2008 Reviewed: Aug 24, 2013

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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Camping at "Simba A" on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater

Adara
Visited: Apr 2012 Reviewed: Aug 16, 2013

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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Overwhelming. Feel like a kid at Disney World.

Churchmanb
Visited: Mar 2009 Reviewed: May 28, 2013

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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Spectacular views and lazy game...but easy to see!

Sham
Visited: Sep 2012 Reviewed: May 09, 2013

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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Microcosm - - a world of animals in an old volcanic crater.

Visited: Oct 1993 Reviewed: Apr 22, 2013

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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