Log In Join Us

Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

35 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

What YAS members think of Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

Quality of wildlife:
Crowdedness*:
Quality of lodging:
Most-visited month: January
Top animal sighting: Zebra

* Crowded parks have a lower rating

Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area map

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 1174 tour packages. Click here to see all tours.

Tour by: Rosolo Safaris and Events

Tanzania is home a number of attractions that vary from wildlife, to cultural attractions, to world class beache...

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$670

per person

Get quote

Tour by: Ker & Downey

A classic eight-night safari for those seeking an unparalleled wildlife experience combined with superlative acc...

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$7925

per person

Get quote

Tour by: Kiboko Kenya Safaris

9 Days to Maasai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro & Lake Manyara

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$3250

per person

Get quote

Tour by: Lights on Africa Destinations

All of our itineraries are custom-made which means that they are tailor-made for your own specific family, takin...

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$5400

per person

Get quote

Tour by: African Wild Tours

This 8 days safari has most of what Tanzania has to offer to a holiday maker. You visit the Serengeti plains fam...

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$1080

per person

Get quote

Tour by: Experience Zanzibar Tours & Safaris Ltd

This Wildlife tour features the safari to the Kilimanjaro Mountain, Ngorongoro Craters, Lake Manyara Wildlife Pa...

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$2790

per person

Get quote

Tour by: Africa Tried and Tested

Safari is the intriguing word for journey in Africa. In terms of Golf Safari Tanzania has to be discovered. Tanz...

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$2750

per person

Get quote

Tour by: Travel Africa Safari Agency

If you only have 4 days but still want to visit the most famous parks of Tanzania (Serengeti,Ngorongoro and Tara...

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$1600

per person

Get quote

Tour by: Wakawaka Adventures

Make your dream come true! Join us on a 5 day safari visiting Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro ...

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$890

per person

Get quote

Tour by: Kichaka Adventure Ltd

This 10 Days Safari with Kichaka-Adventure will take you to some romantic accommodation in the wilderness parks ...

Parks visited include:

Get quote

From

$4892

per person

Get quote
Showing 10 of 1174 tour packages. Click here to see all tours.
Shortlisted tour operators: Operators: 1 You can shortlist up to 10 tour operators Up to 10 operators