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Experience Tanzania’s Volcanic Landscapes, Replete with Mesmerizing Lakes

Within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area lies a landscape of extraordinary beauty and abundant wildlife. Experience this UNESCO World Heritage Site sprawling highlands, lush forests, rolling grasslands, and even a red-hued lake where flamingos flock. Home to the Big Five, this conservation area’s main drawcard is the Ngorongoro Crater, a volcanic caldera supporting an ecosystem unlike any other.

Accommodation exudes opulence and sophistication, and a standout stay is the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, also known as ‘the game lodge on top of the world’.

Its design is an unusual yet elegant blend of baroque châteaux with an African twist. Take in the views from the floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the crater below, while personal butlers cater to every need, from tea in bed to drawing romantic, rose-petal bubble baths.

Many lodges in the area emphasize fresh, seasonal ingredients, with organic gardens where they grow their own produce. For a taste of authentic Maasai culture, indulge in a traditional boma dinner, savoring local delicacies like grilled nyama choma. For an unparalleled dining experience, try a private, hilltop dinner for two or a grand banquet on the floor of the crater.

Beyond the crater, discover the Empakaai Crater’s mesmerizing deep blue lake encircled by verdant forests teeming with wildlife, and Lake Natron, a remote salt lake with its striking red hue, geological formations, and flamingo breeding ground. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area offers exclusive luxury and access to natural splendor, bespoke adventures, and personalized service to create unforgettable memories.

What is the region known for?

Experience the unrivaled beauty and wildlife of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Stay in opulent accommodations, savor exquisite cuisine, and explore the iconic sights.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area journey inspiration

Wildlife viewing lioness with 7 cubs while on a private, exclusive game drive in Grumeti Reserve.

Best of East Africa Safari

Embark on an extraordinary luxury East Africa safari experience, showcasing the highlights of the region. Explore the world-famous Masai Mara, witness the stunning Ngorongoro Crater, and roam the vast plains of the Serengeti Grumeti. This all-inclusive journey offers once-in-a-lifetime moments, including the wildebeest migration, thrilling Big Five safaris, and captivating cultural interactions.

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Ngorongoro Crater travel guide


Discover Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Located in the Northern part of Tanzania, Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact caldera, a haven for Africa’s wildlife

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to visit the Ngorongoro Conservation Area?

The best time to visit the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is during the dry season, from June to October. This period offers optimal wildlife viewing opportunities as animals congregate around water sources. The weather is typically pleasant with cooler temperatures, making it comfortable for exploring the crater and engaging in outdoor activities. The wet season, from March to May, brings lush greenery to the landscapes but also more rainfall. The Ngorongoro Crater can experience foggy conditions in the mornings, so visitors may consider planning their activities accordingly.

What wildlife can be seen in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area?

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is home to an impressive array of wildlife. Visitors can expect to see the famous Big Five (lions, elephants, leopards, rhinoceros, and Cape buffalo) and other iconic African animals such as zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, and various antelope. Additionally, the conservation homes over 500 species of birds, providing opportunities for bird enthusiasts to tick off some of the more elusive birds from their previous excursions. The concentration of wildlife within the Ngorongoro Crater offers exceptional game-viewing experiences, allowing visitors to witness these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. 

What are the most luxurious accommodations available in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area?

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is renowned as one of the most luxurious accommodations in the region and in Africa. Its striking architecture and opulent suites create an atmosphere of beauty and romance. Guests can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape from the lodge’s location on the edge of the crater. The lodge offers luxury, personalized service, and fine dining experiences. Other notable luxury lodges and camps within the conservation area are The Manor at Ngorongoro, Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp and andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge in the nearby Lake Manyara National Park. They provide exclusive retreats with high-end facilities and exceptional service, ensuring a luxurious and unforgettable stay amidst the stunning natural beauty of the area.

What kind of terrain can be expected in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area?

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area features varied terrain with diverse landscapes. The highlight is the Ngorongoro Crater, a massive volcanic caldera, which is the main attraction of the area. It comprises grasslands, forests, and a soda lake called Lake Magadi. The surrounding highlands and rolling grasslands add to the picturesque scenery. Visitors can also find remote salt lakes, such as Lake Natron, and other volcanic craters like Empakaai and Olmoti. The combination of these unique geological features contributes to the exceptional beauty and biodiversity of the conservation area.

What are some activities and attractions in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area?

In addition to wildlife safaris and game drives within the Ngorongoro Crater, there are several activities and attractions to explore. Hiking and trekking opportunities allow visitors to immerse themselves in the stunning landscapes and encounter wildlife up close. The conservation area offers scenic walks along the crater rim, as well as multi-day treks through mountains and forests. Cultural experiences, such as Maasai village tours, offer insights into the traditional lifestyle and customs of local communities. Lake Manyara National Park, en route to the Ngorongoro Crater, offers game drives and diverse wildlife sightings. Additionally, visitors can learn about conservation efforts and participate in projects promoting coexistence between pastoralist communities and wildlife.

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