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the ngorongoro crater
the ngorongoro crater

The Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s most famous sites and is said to have the highest density of wildlife in Africa. Sometimes described as an ‘eighth wonder of the world’, the Crater has achieved world renown, attracting an ever-increasing number of visitors each year. You are unlikely to escape other vehicles here, but you are guaranteed great wildlife viewing in a genuinely mind-blowing environment. There is nowhere else in Africa quite like Ngorongoro.

  • Area 265sq km
  • Location Nothern  Tanzania


Ngorongoro Crater has a mild, temperate climate. The area experiences two Wet seasons. From October to November experience short rains, followed by the 'long rains' from March to May. Rainfall is usually experienced in the form of short showers.

Getting There

  • The Park can be accessed by road or air.
  • Road: From Arusha town, it is 190.6km to Ngorongoro crater.
  • Air: Daily flights from Arusha to Ngorongoro Crater are available.


Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most likely areas in Tanzania to see the endangered Black Rhino, as a small population is thriving in this idyllic and protected environment. It is currently one of the few areas where they continue to breed in the wild. Your chances of encountering leopards here are also good, and fabulous black-maned lions.  Many flamingos are also attracted to the soda waters of Lake Magadi.

Maasai village trips

Part of the reason behind the Ngorongoro Conservation Area has been to preserve the environment for the Maasai people who were diverted from the Serengeti Plains.  Essentially, nomadic people, build temporary villages in circular homesteads called bomas. 

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