Ngorongoro Crater Safaris

Famous for its immense natural beauty, the focus of this stunning area is the gargantuan Ngorongoro Crater. Measuring about 16 miles in diameter, a visit to the once volcanic Crater is a feature of almost every single northern circuit safari and there's no surprise why. Breath-taking scenery and an abundance of mammals and birds is standard for this kaleidoscope of colour and life.

Ngorongoro Crater Highlights

  • An ancient volcanic caldera filled with wildlife year-round
  • Common sightings of lion, buffalo, hippo, zebra, wildebeest, hyena and the famous big-tusked elephant bulls
  • Some of the greatest views in Africa from the Crater Rim
  • A diverse range of habitats of open grassland, mature forest and wetlands which include a permanent lake
  • A UNESCO World Heritage Site
Elephant sighting on a Ngorongoro Crater safari Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp Crater animals Ngoronogoro Crater

On a Ngorongoro Crater safari discover towering crater walls covered with dense forest and a crater floor boasting a diverse range of habitats, encompassing open grassland, an area of mature forest, wetlands and a permanent lake. There is a profusion of wildlife here and in a relatively short time you are bound to see lion, elephant, buffalo, black rhino, hippo, zebra, wildebeest, antelope and, occasionally, you can even find leopard.

The views from the rim are phenomenal and the crater is packed with animals all year around. There are a number of good lodges nearby, although those situated on the crater rim are most noteworthy: their vistas are generally considered spectacular. An excellent addition to a safari itinerary encompassing the Serengeti and other northern parks, the Crater can be incorporated at any time in the Northern Circuit, although we normally arrange for your visit towards the beginning of a safari.

Holidays to the Ngorongoro Crater's broader conservation area takes in more than just the crater itself and includes montane forest, flat grassy plains and volcanic peaks. Activities in the surrounds are slightly more diverse than traditional game drives, with mountain biking and some excellent walks on offer. A visit to the small town of Karatu and its coffee plantations can be very pleasant while the famous Olduvai Gorge, known as the 'cradle of mankind', is a must see, as this is where the Leakeys unearthed the secrets of man's early evolutionary heritage.

Selected Ngorongoro Crater Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Ngorongoro Crater

The best of Northern Tanzania high season safari special

Days
8
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $7,550 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves

Luxury Tanzania Family Holiday

Days
9
Cost For Family of 4
Cost For Family of 4: from $27,570 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves

Tanzania Longer For Less Special

Days
9
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $6,650 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves

Ultimate Northern Tanzania Safari and Zanzibar Honeymoon

Days
16
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $10,780 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves, Zanzibar Island

Luxury Northern Tanzania Safari Low Season Special

Days
9
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $7,930 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves

Northern Tanzania Safari Dry Season Highlights

Days
10
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $6,840 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves

Northern Tanzania and Zanzibar Family Adventure

Days
16
Cost For Family of 4
Cost For Family of 4: from $17,920 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Tanzania
Locations
Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves, Zanzibar Island

Volcanoes Craters and Savanna Rwanda and Tanzania Safari

Days
12
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $9,990 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Rwanda, Tanzania
Locations
Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves, Volcanoes National Park, Kigali

Ngorongoro Crater Accommmodation