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Ngorongoro Crater

Visit the Ngorongoro Crater


Driving along the rim of the enormous Ngorongoro Crater in a 4x4 safari vehicle and then down into the crater affords breathtaking sweeping views - especially on a dawn game drive when the sun's rays gradually light up the crater floor. The world's largest intact caldera is 20 kilometres across and has walls more than 600 metres high. This protective perimeter supports some of the continent's densest concentrations of wildlife.

Lions and hyenas are frequently sighted on the open grassland that covers much of the crater floor, as are cheetahs, wildebeest and zebras. Elsewhere, Flamingos filter-feed in Lake Magadi, a shallow crater lake; hippos wallow in a permanent pool; and elephants forage among the fever trees of a swathe of woodland.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area protects a large part of the surrounding Ngorongoro Highlands as well as the crater itself. Local Maasai tribes can be seen grazing their cattle in the region, although man's presence here goes back three million years. Fossilised remains at Olduvai Gorge proved this earliest known existence of hominids. The gorge is located on the road between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti and makes an interesting half-day excursion or picnic stop on Tanzania's northern safari circuit.


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Top itineraries in Ngorongoro Crater

Elephants in Tanzania

Tanzania: Serengeti Safari & Zanzibar Beach

15-day small-group tour from £4,850 pp incl. flights

Staying in luxury lodges, enjoying expert-led game drives and indulging with full-board gourmet dining throughout, this small-group safari takes in the best of Tanzania’s national-park treasures. It’s all capped with some beach relaxation in Zanzibar.

Grumeti River bush walk, Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp

Tanzania SkySafari: Ngorongoro, Tarangire & Serengeti

12-day tailor-made fly-safari from £9,990 pp incl. flights

Let scenic charter flights, luxury stays and all-inclusive indulgences knit together the safari greats of northern Tanzania, from the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro crater.

Breakfast table at sunrise on safari with mountain views

East Africa SkySafari: Kenya and Tanzania

15-day tailor-made journey from £15,280 pp incl. flights

Kenya and Tanzania are world-renowned for their diverse landscapes, spectacular wildlife and world-class safari experiences. This fly-in safari combines the very best of both, staying at a selection of luxury safari camps and lodges by Elewana.

Top places to stay in Ngorongoro Crater

Tent, Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp, Tanzania

Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp

Luxury tented camp

A luxurious tented safari camp overlooking the majestic Ngorongoro Crater. Here, you'll enjoy game drives and all-inclusive drinks and dining.

&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge


Comprising three intimate safari camps perched on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater rim, this andBeyond lodge is steeped in romance. Each mud and thatch suite is built on stilts with elegant antiques, graceful chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the crater below.

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Traditional safari lodge

Whether you’re tucking into a gourmet dinner, sipping cocktail sundowners by the campfire or simply relaxing on your room’s private, rock-hewn balcony, this luxury lodge showcases giant views over Ngorongoro Crater’s wildlife spectacle.

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