Ngorongoro Crater

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About Ngorongoro Crater

A visit to the Ngorongoro Crater is an experience of a lifetime. There are few places that have wildlife densities and variety on this level. It is not unusual to see the Big Five in one day- and all this in the most amazing setting with a backdrop of the 600m/1,968ft high crater wall.

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8,228km² / 3,176mi²
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1,009-3,645m / 3,310-11,959ft
Pros and Cons
  • Top wildlife viewing all year round
  • Superb for spotting predators
  • Black rhino is easily seen
  • Excellent mid-range and luxury lodges on the crater rim
  • Staying on the crater rim offers great views into the crater
  • Cultural visit to a Masai village is available
  • The crater gets very crowded throughout the year
  • Entrance to the crater is very expensive


The Ngorongoro Crater offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa. All the major safari animals occur in great numbers. The resident population of black rhino is a real treat, as rhinos are very difficult to spot elsewhere in Tanzania. The crater is also home to some very impressive elephant bulls with huge tusks. Lake Magadi often harbors large flocks of flamingo.
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The Ngorongoro Conservation area, as a whole, is stunningly beautiful. Aside from the well-known Ngorongoro Crater, Empakaai and Olmoti craters are scenic highlights as well. Both the Ngorongoro and Empakaai craters regularly have flocks of flamingos. The forested crater rim of the Ngorongoro crater is in stark contrast with the crater floor, which consists mostly of grassland. Another feature on the crater floor is Lerai forest, a beautiful atmospheric yellow fever tree forest.

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By Eleanore Avery from United StatesUS
 20 Apr 2017Reviewed:

The largest self contained ecosystem in the world deserves a look. It does get crowded but it is lovely day trip with lunch picnic in the crater. The animals here do not migrate and for some reason there are no Giraffes! The landscape is unique as y... Full review

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