Ngorongoro Crater Safari
The Crater: A Diversity and Abundance of Wildlife
The Ngorongoro Crater, a three-million-year-old wonder, forms the central part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located west of Arusha. It is also one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. A visit to the Ngorongoro Crater is a must on safari in Tanzania. Once described as the world’s largest ‘zoo,’ this incredible, naturally formed caldera is home to an abundance and diversity of wildlife to rival sanctuaries the world over, and is considered the best place in East Africa to see the Big 5 on safari.
Due to the natural bowl-like landscape, animals thrive here. The Ngorongoro Crater is home to black rhino, buffalo, hippo, and lion, with a large variety of gazelle, antelope, and zebra in the mix. Since no large-scale migration occurs here, game viewing is exceptional all year round; although the prevalence of vehicles on the crater floor does increase in the busy season.
The rim of the Ngorongoro Crater is a place of wonder; its breathtaking views rival the best in the world. Flamingoes dance in the waters of Lake Magadi, gazelle frolic through the grasslands, and buffalo congregate around mud pools. Just beyond the Ngorongoro Crater is Olduvai Gorge, an ancient and protected ravine. It’s considered to be the seat of humanity following early hominid discoveries. Don’t leave your camera at home! After all, on safari in the Ngorongoro Crater, you’re on safari in an ancient volcano, and there’s no more unique wildlife experience than in this evergreen haven.
Best Time to Visit Ngorongoro Crater:
Since animals rarely leave the crater due to its natural bowl-like landscape, game viewing here as part of a Tanzania tour is exceptional all year round. The dry season (May to October) sees an influx of safari vehicles onto the crater floor. Expect some view sites to be busy on a Ngorongoro Crater safari. However, the wet season sees animals like eland and buffalo congregate in larger numbers, birds flock and flourish, and the crowds disperse.
This ancient caldera is filled with a diversity of wildlife, offering some of the best game viewing in Tanzania.
Head to nearby Olduvai Gorge, an ancient and protected ravine, for an encounter with early hominid discoveries.
Settle into a luxury lodge on the rim of the crater and soak up the views from your bathtub!