About Ngorongoro Crater
Sitting in the middle of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the Ngorogoro crater, a huge caldera, which formed after a volcano collapsed millions of years ago. At its lowest point the crater sinks down over 600m, making it one of the six largest in the world. With its majestic stature and fascinating history, it is no wonder that the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most popular natural phenomena in the country.Read More
The conservation area that encompasses the crater was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979 and is internationally renowned for its unique inhabitants. Within the park the Masai tribespeople coexist harmoniously with the indigenous wildlife that populates the region. Common animals spotted in the area include elephants, lions, wildebeest, gazelle, cheetah and flamingo. The endangered black rhino also calls the inside of the crater home and flourishes within its protective rim.
Game driving trips occur daily and 4x4s, laden with explorers, plunge into the depths of the crater in search of some of the planet's most beautiful creatures. With the aim of keeping the area as preserved and pristine as possible there are limited option for passengers to alight from their vehicles. There are, however, a few picnic areas that visitors can make the most of. Outside of the crater, in the wider area of the park, there are more options for walking, hiking and interacting with the indigenous people.
Ngorongoro Crater Tours
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater Hotels
If you are planning a Ngorongoro Crater holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Acacia Farm Lodge Ngorongoro Crater
A romantic country lodge nestled in an active mixed farm located high on the spectacular Great Rift's escarpment area, Acacia Farm Lodge commands stunning panoramic views of the amazing Karatu farmlands and the nearby Ngorongoro forest area. Each of the 28 luxurious chalets has a comfortable lounge and en suite bedroom all with a mini bar, coffee making facility, air-conditioning, satellite television, WIFI and other modern amenities plus a private balcony with sweeping views of the farm. A swimming pool and creatively designed public areas ensure a wonderful stay for every guest.
Ndutu Safari Lodge Ngorongoro Crater
Built in the shade of the majestic acacia trees, the Ndutu Safari Lodge offers peace and tranquility away from the busy tourist circuit. The 34 stone cottages all have their own veranda for perfect game viewing and are built from local materials. The lodge is fully catered and serves hearty fare throughout the day. In the evening guests can sip on a nice cold beer in the bar or congregate round the campfire and look out for the spotted genets that come out at night. The lodge is situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the southern Serengeti eco-system.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Ngorongoro Crater
Described as one of the most architecturally spectacular safari lodges in Africa, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge consists of three adjacent, camps with Masai-inspired suites perched on stilts. Set in classic crescents, each suite has spectacular views of the crater, yet is almost invisible from the crater floor. Each suite benefits from a large fire bowl outside, which is the perfect place for relaxing evenings listening to the sounds of the crater with a delicious sundowner in hand. The lodge is perched on the south western edge of the Ngorongoro Crater.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge Ngorongoro Crater
The bedrooms at this lodge are set in large two-storey rondavels, separate from the main building. There are two bedrooms in each rondavel, with one above the other, and each has views out over the Crater. Stunning African tapestries and decorations furnish the rooms as well as the main part of the accommodation. There is a large pool outside as well as dining facilities available for guests. The lodge is right on the eastern edge of the Ngorongoro Crater.
Ngorongoro Crater Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Ngorongoro Crater.