Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater in Northern Tanzania is one of Africa’s iconic safari destinations. And no wonder, the astonishing beauty of the 260km², 600-metre deep crater will literally take your breath away.

Now millions of years old, the Ngorongoro Crater was once a volcano that collapsed in on itself to create an enormous caldera. Often referred to as ‘Africa’s Eden’, Ngorongoro is the ultimate wildlife sanctuary owing to its rich, fertile land, lush rainforests, thick vegetation and grassy plains.

Visitors to the Ngorongoro Crater can expect to be treated to many sightings of the Big 5 and other wildlife, since the crater is known to be home to Africa’s highest concentration of predators. With over 30 000 animals protected by the steep walls of the crater, visitors can see the precious black rhino, some of Africa’s largest remaining tusker elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, wildebeest, buffalo, hippo and zebra. Other wild residents include the serval, cheetah, jackal, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, flamingo, bat-eared fox and about 400 different bird species. Viewing is excellent all year round.

Highlights In Ngorongoro Crater

  • Learn more about the crater’s Maasai herders during cultural interactions and nature walks with local guides
  • Take a tour to Olduvai Gorge, a rich palaeoanthropology site located between the Ngorongoro Maasai lands and the Serengeti wildlife plains
  • Enjoy superb wildlife viewing during guided game drives in the Crater