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Safari in Ngorongoro Crater

Safari in Ngorongoro Crater

Overview: Safari in Ngorongoro Crater

As you descend into the Ngorongoro Crater with your guide, you’re entering the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world. Designated as a World Heritage Site, the crater measures 259km2, and is surrounded by walls towering to 610m. The mineral-rich crater floor – enclosed on all sides – has virtually formed its own ecosystem. From forested walls to grassy plains, and woodlands to lakes, the diversity of habitats are home to a wide variety of bird and animal life, in large numbers.

Down here on the crater floor you can expect to see herds of zebra, wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelle and buffalo, with the open plains also home to Grant’s gazelle and topi. Predators are regularly seen, especially lion, hyena, jackal and bat-eared fox, though cheetah and leopard also occur here. And as if that wasn’t enough, the crater is also one of a handful of places in Africa where you have a very good chance of seeing rhino.

Bird species are also numerous and varied. Kori bustards and secretary birds stalk the plains, African spoonbills and yellow-billed storks feed in and around the streams, whilst flamingos can be found on the soda lake. Anteater chats call noisily and black kites patrol the picnic area for an easy meal.

It’s not easy to drag yourself away at the end of the day, but as you climb out of the crater, you’ll gain the perspective of height. Down on the plains, the animals merge back into their environment and gradually fade from view, leaving you with memories and – with luck – some great photographs.

A game drive into the Ngorongoro Crater usually starts in the early morning. Most guides recommend that you are at the park gates when they open at 6.00am. The day’s safari then typically ends at around 4.00pm, when you’ll start ascending the crater and heading back to your accommodation. But, this is flexible and your safari guide will discuss your preferences with you.

Most visitors do this trip in a private vehicle, accompanied by their private guide. If you are on a fly-in safari, and staying at a fully-inclusive lodge in the area, you may visit the crater on a game drive led by one of the lodge’s guides, and in the company of other lodge guests.

Please note: Expert Africa only books excursions as a part of a full, Expert Africa itinerary.

Start location
Any of Expert Africa's camps in the vicinity of the Ngorongoro Crater
End location
Back at your safari camp
Meals included
Picnic lunch & drinks
Duration
Typically a full day
Maximum group size
Usually six people

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What to look forward to.


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The scenery of the crater is truly stunning...
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...but as you make your way down the slopes, you'll realise it's not the main reason to come here...
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...the "big tusker" elephants...
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...are frequently seen...
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...plains game is plentiful...
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...in whichever direction you look...
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...all with an incredible backdrop...
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...it's a photographer's dream...
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...there's always something to keep an eye out for...
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...you may even be lucky enough to spot the elusive black rhino...
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...as well as some of the slightly less pretty species...!
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Experienced guides will drive you around...
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...explaining the wonder crater itself and the abundance of life which lives within it.

The scenery of the crater is truly stunning...

...

...but as you make your way down the slopes, you'll realise it's not the main reason to come here...

...the "big tusker" elephants...

...are frequently seen...

...plains game is plentiful...

...in whichever direction you look...

...all with an incredible backdrop...

...it's a photographer's dream...

...there's always something to keep an eye out for...

...you may even be lucky enough to spot the elusive black rhino...

...as well as some of the slightly less pretty species...!

Experienced guides will drive you around...

...explaining the wonder crater itself and the abundance of life which lives within it.

Safari in Ngorongoro Crater reviews

29 independent first-hand comments from our travellers.


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Mr AfromSwitzerland

14 Feb 2020

"Great experience"

Overall rating: Excellent

Dr CfromNewmarket

5 Feb 2020

"Safari in Ngorongoro Crater review"

"Each visit is different and each visit is spectacular. …" Read Dr C’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

KSfromCurrie

13 Nov 2019

"Awesome excursion"

"Awesome excursion …" Read KS’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs B.fromBasel

9 Oct 2019

"No words can describe it"

"Thanks to our guide and the scenery, this was a magical day. …" Read Mrs B.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Jonathan frombronte

8 Oct 2019

"Safari in Ngorongoro Crater review"

"Really enjoyed our game drive in the crater...lots of wildlife. …" Read Jonathan ’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Overall rating: Excellent

SistersfromLondon

10 Sep 2019

"Surreal Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater"

"Surreal Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater …" Read Sisters’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

The C familyfromSurrey

25 Sep 2019

" Two full day Safaris into the Crater"

"A spectacular place and has to be seen and experienced... …" Read The C family’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs DfromHampshire

5 Sep 2019

"Eleven hours crater visit - superb"

"We had an eleven hour crater visit and it was every bit as good as we had hoped. …" Read Mr & Mrs D’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

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