Experience Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the only place in Africa where visitors can experience varied cast of animals gather to graze, live, hunt and die. On one of Ngorongoro’s Crater, you will encounter some of  the 30,000 animals in the crater’s diverse range of habitats: swampy wetlands, open savannah, woodland and lake-all within steep rock walls that climb through thick forest some 600m to the rim.

The Ngorongoro Crater is also one of the eight wonder of the world set in northern Tanzania, sharing part of the Serengeti plains to the north-west and with towns of Arusha, Moshi and Kilimanjaro, to the east, and forms part of the unique Serengeti ecosystem. The conservation area covers about 3185 square miles (8250 sq km), the cratercovers about 100 sq miles (260 sq km). It is also home to over 3000 different species including the endangered black rhino; the crater has a forest and lake which support ecosystem in the park. It has been listed by UNESCO as world heritage and it is also where the world famous archeological site of Oldupai George is allocated. This is an all year round destination as most of the animals remain in the crater year round, ensuring great sightings no matter when you decide to visit the Ngorongoro Crater.

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Recommended Tours Featuring Ngorongoro Conservation Area

These sample tours will give you an idea of what to expect when either traveling to Ngorongoro Conservation Area or how we incorporate Ngorongoro Conservation Area with the other destinations in Tanzania. Please note that the following tours are meant to inspire you since your safari will be tailor-made by our travel experts to fit your needs and preferences within this destination. 

Endless Plains Serengeti

12 Days

Endless Plains Safari 
From $3,045 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Arusha, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire

Classic Tanzania Safari

14  Days

Classic Tanzania Safari
From $ 3,590 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Arusha, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro & Zanzibar

Elephants at Tarangire

11 Days

East Africa Game Safari
From $3,688 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Amboseli, Arusha, Lake Manyara, Ngoro Ngoro, Serengeti & Mara

Tanzania Safari & Beach

13 Days

Tanzania  Big Five
From $5,551 per person sharing

Destinations visited:
Arusha,  Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, Tarangire,  Serengeti & Zanzibar.

Map of Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Places to Stay at Arusha National Park

Below are some of our highly recommended places of stay at Ngorongoro that have been tested and chosen by our travel specialists

Ngorongoro Farm House

Ngorongoro Farm House

Hand plaited thatched roof tops, ample verandas and colonial interiors at Ngorongoro Farm House, a small and exclusive hotel built on a 500 acre coffee plantation, all of which has been designed to take you to the comfort and style of past times.

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Divided into three camps, 30 suites with banana leaf ceilings and grass roofs, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge provide an intimate and exclusive experience.

Onsea House

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Nestled high above the plains into the Crater’s jagged rim, cloaked in river stone and indigenous vines, Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is barely visible to the naked eye. Framed by arched stone passages and timbered decks, its torch-lit walls are adorned with stylized cave paintings. 

The Highlands

The Highlands

The camp feels remote, but is within easy reach of Ngorongoro, where guests can go on day-long game drives to spot lions, elephants and giraffes, with a midday picnic break under a shady tree. 

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