Regarded one of the seven wonders of Africa in Arusha in Tanzania. Ngorongoro crater is the world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled Volcanic caldera. It lies in Ngorongoro Conservation area as the main feature. The area is near Serengeti national park with its endless plains which connects to Masai mara game reserve in Kenya.
The area also is comprised on of Olduvai gorges which is considered to be a seat of humanity after the discovery of the earliest known specimens of human origin. This is another tourist attraction in the area. It was named after the Masai word (the local people in the area) Oldupaai which means the wild sisal plant. The place has attracted researchers and Mary and Louis Leakey in the 1950s pioneered the excavation work.
Ngorongoro crater is known for abundancy of wildlife attracting many tourists in the area, some of them includes lions, elephants, cheetahs, wild dogs, leopards, buffaloes, Hippos, wildebeest, antelopes and etc. The source of water in the crater is Ngoitokitok springs, the place has a swamp and the area is inhabited by many animals, the place is ideal for wildlife viewing.
What to see and do in Ngorongoro crater.
This is among the Highlight of visiting Ngorongoro conservation area, the crater is rich in abundancy of wildlife. In a safari jeep with pop up roof, look out for animals like the big five (Elephants. Lion, Leopard, Rhinos and Buffaloes) other animals include wildebeest, Antelopes, and etc.
The Balloon safaris are common in Ngorongoro conservation area, this is where wildlife and other attractions are seen from above in a hot air balloon, enjoy the endless plains, vegetation and etc.
The area/ crater is known to be a home to many different species of birds. For birders, this is a perfect place, look out for birds like lesser flamingo, ostrich, secretary bird, living Turaco, African spoonbill and etc.
Visit the local people around the area. The indigenous people around the area are the Masai, visit their homes, see the way they live, the way they build their houses with local materials, interact with them and etc.
walk around the conservation area with an experienced guide, look out other attractions you missed to see clearly on the game drive. Ask the guide questions, the guides know the place and they will explain most of the attractions you come across.
Best time to Visit Ngorongoro Conservation area.
The best time to visit Ngorongoro is the dry season months June, July, Aug, October, January and February. During that period, that’s when the great wildebeest migration happens, the trails are not muddy and also the vegetation is a bit shorter allowing clear view. But the place can also be visited in wet season as well.
Our Hand Picked Luxury Camps In Ngorongoro National Park
Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp strategically located in Ngorongoro conservation area which is a home to abundancy of attractions and a place which will never disappoint. The camp is easily accessed and can be a base to view the magical attractions in the crater. The place is a home to lions, jackals, Hyenas, elephants, hippos, and etc. All of these can be seen on the game drive around the crater.
The lodge is strategically located 20 minutes drive away from Ngorongoro crater. Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury lodge, has 20 spacious luxury suites, which can suit most of the traveler’s needs. They have a restaurant, a bar, conference facilities, swimming pool and etc. The staff are welcoming and offers quality services to visitors.
The camp is located close to the rim of Ngorongoro crater. The tented camp has 9 spacious tents with privacy and they have no impact on the environment. The tents have two queen-size beds, if it gets cold in the nights services like warm winter-weight duvets, hot water bottles gas heaters ensure a cosy night’s sleep, ensuit bathrooms, dressing area, flush toilets and shower.