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.

Elephant sighting on a Ngorongoro Crater safari Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp Crater animals Ngoronogoro Crater

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

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

All Tanzania Itineraries
Game drive amidst the wildebeest

Tanzania Longer For Less Special

Cost Per Person
From $6,610 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves
serengeti landscape

Northern Tanzania Safari Dry Season Highlights

Cost Per Person
From $6,810 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves
Serengeti dining

Northern Tanzania and Zanzibar Family Adventure

Cost For Family of 4
From $17,820 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves, Zanzibar Island
Foothills of the Virunga volcanoes, Mgahinga NP - Photo by Volcanoes Safaris

Volcanoes Craters and Savanna Rwanda and Tanzania Safari

Cost Per Person
From $9,940 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha, Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves, Volcanoes National Park, Kigali

Ngorongoro Crater Accommmodation

All Tanzania accommodations
  • Exploreans Ngorongoro Lodge

    Set in 50 acres of wilderness and only 20 minutes from the wildlife rich Ngorongoro Crater, stay in comfortable log cabins at this excellent lodge.

  • Gibb's Farm
    Cottage interior

    A working farm, this property is found on the forested slopes of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and retains the charm of its heritage, originally built in 1929.

  • Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

    Perched on the edge of the vast Ngorongoro Crater, aptly named Crater Lodge is the perfect gateway to exploring the Crater's spectacular array of species, from huge elephant to lion and black rhino.

  • Ngorongoro Farm House
    Main House

    Experience traditional life on the farm - a great stopover before visiting the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park this is a great family option.

  • Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
    Exterior view

    A large comfortable hotel built on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, expect incredible views from private balconies and exciting game viewing.

  • The Highlands Ngorongoro
    Highlands Ngorongoro Empakai Crater

    This stylish high altitude camp is situated on the slopes of Olmoti Volcano with dramatic highlands landscapes and Ngorongoro Crater on its doorstep.

  • The Plantation Lodge

    Surrounded by coffee plantations and set in almost 3 hectares of land, Plantation Lodge is superbly positioned for exploring the hinterland with the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park nearby.

  • Kitela Lodge

    Overlooking the eastern wall of the Ngorongoro Crater Kitela Lodge is an excellent colonial property, surrounded by beautiful gardens and a charming coffee farm.

  • Lemala Ngorongoro
    Tent interior

    A seasonal tented camp found on the rim of the vast Ngorongoro Crater, this is an impressive base from which to explore, with excellent guiding and very comfortable tents.

  • Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

    A large hotel on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Enjoy game drives into the crater and spectacular views.

  • Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp
    Enjoying some casual game viewing

    With the ideal vantage point on the crater rim, Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp offers spectacular views of this wildlife wonderland.

  • The Manor at Ngorongoro

    Decorated in Cape Dutch style and offering charming interiors the inviting Manor at Ngorongoro is set in pretty grounds and is only a short distance from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

  • Tloma Lodge
    Double room

    With a spectacular outlook of the Ngorongoro Crater's eastern wall and comfortable accommodation, Tloma Lodge provides a peaceful retreat.