Safari in Ngorongoro Crater

Reviews of Safari in Ngorongoro Crater

Excellent(94%) From 35 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 35 of our travellers who have done this activity and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
KS from Currie
Date: 13-Nov-2019 Based at: Ngorongoro Farmhouse Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Awesome excursion

Our guide was keen for an early start so that we might see some of the animals that might not be around when the hoards turn up.

Visibility was initially poor but we got to see the best that was around on the day!

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Mr & Mrs S from Teddington
Date: 10-Oct-2019 Based at: Entamanu Ngorongoro
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Safari in Ngorongoro Crater review

As noted previously, really enjoyable trips down to the crater - see earlier comments.

[ Ed: Regarding their trip into the Crater, this traveller noted: "...we were first in each morning at 0615 and really enjoyed the quiet early mornings in the crater before the 'hordes' arrived!..." ]

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Mrs B. from Basel
Date: 9-Oct-2019 Based at: Entamanu Ngorongoro
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

No words can describe it

Rowland our guide made this safari the best we had. He knew were to go to avoid crowds, we were always the first to see tings like a huge rock python or 13 lions in the grass eating a wilderbeest.

Thanks to our guide and the scenery, this was a magical day. Thanks Rowland

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Jonathan from bronte
Date: 8-Oct-2019 Based at: Ngorongoro Farmhouse Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Safari in Ngorongoro Crater review

Really enjoyed our game drive in the crater. Views from the top were great, and lots of wildlife in the crater itself with some real iconic shots. Quite happy that we stayed outside the crater however.

Quite crowded in parts, especially when there were sightings of a Rhino (people obviously trying to see the big5)

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The C family from Surrey
Date: 25-Sep-2019 Based at: Entamanu Ngorongoro
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Two full day Safaris into the Crater

We decided to stay down in the Crater for the full day on both days and to have both breakfast and lunch down there. Picnic areas are very limited, and you are not allowed out of your vehicle unless you are in an authorised picnic area.
The Crater is the reason we came and it made sense to us to stay down as long as we could.
It does make it a long day though.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a spectacular place and has to be seen and experienced, but in our view two days is all you need.
It is only 12 miles across, and although the game densities are good it does get crowded, and if there is a good sighting there are many trucks.
The floor of the Crater is 600 meters below the rim and great drive down and up.
Around the crater it it windy, very dusty and can be cool, wet and foggy, but that is all part of the unique experience.

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Sisters from London
Date: 10-Sep-2019 Based at: Ngorongoro Farmhouse Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Surreal Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater

To travel along a bumpy road through thick fog for an hour, to then arrive at the rim, as the cloud clears to reveal a sunny vista of the wide crater expanse is truly memorable. It felt like a film set as various animals entered stage left on cue!

We saw ostriches, hyenas with a kill, lionesses to start and various unusual birds within a short time. A remarkable place with lots of different eco-systems within the crater. We saw many animals, apart from the elusive rhino.

As the sun rose higher the wind whipped up and the dust with it. As there is a large dry area creating the conditions and making it difficult to stay much past mid day. A long zig zag climb back to the top of the crater, provided some amazing views and more sightings.

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Mr D. from Cambridge
Date: 8-Sep-2019 Based at: Lemala Ngorongoro
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

SMagicalafari in Ngorongoro Crater review

Because we stayed so near the crater entrance we were on the floor by 6.15am. We were therefore one of the lucky few to see rhino that day. You need to access the crater early to avoid crowds and get good sightings.

We thought the area was amazing.

Once again much of our enjoyment was due to the organisation of our guide Freddy.

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Mr & Mrs D from UK
Date: 5-Sep-2019 Based at: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Eleven hours crater visit - superb

This and the migration were our main reasons for choosing this trip, and Ngorongoro did not disappoint. The range and volume of wildlife seen runs the risk of making most other safari locations seem tame. In fact if you were really short on time you could fly into Ngorongoro for a couple of days, then hop to the Northern Serengeti for another couple of days, and you would be almost guaranteed to see the vast majority of wildlife available. And amazingly there are clean flush toilets at various locations in the crater which is important if you want to stay there all day!

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Mrs A from East Lothian
Date: 7-Aug-2019 Based at: The Highlands
Overall:
Average
Average

Disappointing Ngorongoro Crater safari

Ngorongoro Crater is spectacular in terms of it's appearance and formation. From geological and environmental aspects it is fascinating but the safari aspect was disappointing. The caldera is 264 sq km and various different habitats have evolved over the floor - marshes, a forest, lakes, open grasslands so there is a wide range of animals.

However the number of vehicles allowed down into the caldera is not limited and so you are constantly aware of many other vehicles and animals were sometimes clearly stressed by the vehicles. We experienced this twice with elephants here - once in the forest area when an elephant wanted to cross a track but a vehicle was in the way and secondly as we were leaving the picnic area. The picnic area was full of vehicles and just as we were leaving a bull elephant came wandering along the shore. We knew it was in musth (as our guide in Tarangire had already explained this behaviour to us). The elephant was therefore potentially aggressive. As he walked along the shore some vehicles edged nearer to get a close position and people actually tried to get very close to take a photos. The elephant looked stressed and angry (so unlike the peaceful elephants in Tarangire). It was very sad to see. Our Asilia guide made a calm exit.

We think the caldera is over rated and It is not a place we would go back to.

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Marilyn & Duane from CA
Date: 2-Aug-2019 Based at: Rhino Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Safari in Ngorongoro Crater review Great wild

The Crater is justifiabl famous for its profusion of wildlife. We saw lions eating not far from the road, both fascinating and kind of gross. Lots of other critters, never far apart. A hint of a rhino, which remained elusive for us the entire trip. One full day is right for the Crater. An early start, picnic breakfast and lunch, then out as it starts to get dark. A long and full day.

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