Ngorongoro Crater

from $191 /person

Location & How to Reach:

Ngorongoro Crater is located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania, East Africa. It’s accessible by both road and air. The closest major city is Arusha, which is around a 4-hour drive away. Many visitors fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport and then take a connecting flight or drive to Ngorongoro.

Fun Facts:

  1. Natural Wonder: The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest inactive, intact volcanic caldera, formed over two to three million years ago.
  2. Biodiversity Hotspot: It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to an incredible variety of wildlife, including the densest population of lions in the world.
  3. Masai Culture: The Maasai people have inhabited the area for centuries and continue to coexist with the wildlife, practicing traditional pastoralist lifestyles.
  4. Unique Ecosystem: Due to its geography, the crater boasts a microclimate that supports a diverse range of habitats, from grasslands to forests, making it a haven for wildlife.

Tourist Attractions:

  1. Wildlife Viewing: Experience unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities with the chance to see the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard) along with cheetahs, wildebeests, zebras, and more.
  2. Olduvai Gorge: Explore the famous archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge, often referred to as the “Cradle of Mankind,” where some of the earliest human fossils were discovered.
  3. Empakaai Crater: Take a hike to the stunning Empakaai Crater, known for its soda lake and breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.
  4. Maasai Cultural Experience: Visit a Maasai village to learn about their culture, traditions, and way of life.

Best Time to Visit:

The dry season, from June to October, is considered the best time to visit Ngorongoro Crater for optimal wildlife viewing. However, the crater is accessible year-round, with each season offering a unique experience.


  • Budget: There are campsites available within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area for budget travelers.
  • Mid-Range: Lodges and tented camps just outside the crater offer comfortable accommodations at mid-range prices.
  • Luxury: For those seeking luxury, there are exclusive lodges and safari camps within the conservation area, offering top-notch amenities and unparalleled views.


  1. Is it safe to visit Ngorongoro Crater? Yes, it’s generally safe to visit, but it’s essential to follow the guidance of your tour guides and adhere to park regulations.
  2. Do I need a guide to visit the crater? Yes, visitors are required to be accompanied by a certified guide while exploring the Ngorongoro Crater.
  3. Are there any health risks? Malaria is prevalent in the region, so it’s advisable to take necessary precautions and consult a healthcare professional before your trip.

Immerse yourself in the natural wonder of Ngorongoro Crater and create unforgettable memories amidst its breathtaking beauty and diverse wildlife.