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Ngorongoro Crater

Visit the Ngorongoro Crater

Introduction

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.

Top itineraries in Ngorongoro Crater

Tanzania safari & Zanzibar beach

15-day small-group tour from £3,610 pp incl. flights

Staying in luxury safari 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, from Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti. It’s all capped with some beach relaxation in Zanzinbar.

Treasures of Tanzania

11-day tailor-made journey from £6,490 pp incl. flights

From the bustling hub of Arusha, head to Lake Manyara, the Serengeti and finally the Ngorongoro Crater offering views to leave you speechless.

Highlights of Tanzania and Zanzibar

15-day tailor-made journey from £5,270 pp

After enjoying some of the world’s finest wildlife viewing on a luxury, all-inclusive fly safari through the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Taringere National Park, enjoy some white-sands relaxation on Zanzibar.

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Top places to stay in Ngorongoro Crater

Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp, Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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.

andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Accommodation

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

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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