Ngorongoro Crater safaris, tours & holiday packages

World Heritage Site

This is where vast herds of the Great Migration come to give birth in a 3-million-year-old collapsed volcano, Masai people live and fossils abound 

Ngorongoro Crater – a Unesco World Heritage site – is 600 meters deep, 20 kilometres wide and the largest unflooded, unbroken caldera in the world. It's an extraordinary ecosystem where you can find the Big Five or even, if you're lucky, the endangered black rhino on the Crater floor.When it was still active, the volcano deposited its volcanic ash on what's now the Serengeti plains towards the west, preserving many fossils in Olduvai (Oldupai) Gorge, discovered by Louis and Mary Leakey. The greater Ngorongoro Conservation Area conserves the fragile Ngorongoro Crater ecosystem and serves as an important space for the animals of the Great Migration to give birth at Lake Ndutu, which borders the southern Serengeti.

Popular Ngorongoro Crater safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

February Calving Season Safari in Tanzania (9 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

February Calving Season Safari in Tanzania (9 days)

Visit Tanzania during the calving season to see wildebeest calves join the massive herds making their way through the Serengeti for the great migration.

$ 8,350

£ 6,689

R 142,537

7,393

per person

9 days

Group Safari into Northern Tanzania (7 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Group Safari into Northern Tanzania (7 days)

Travel is so much better with friends. Experience the best parts of Tanzania through breath-taking landscapes, nature and wildlife at its best

$ 3,084

£ 2,470

R 52,637

2,730

per person

7 days

Tanzania June/July Great Migration Safari with HerdTracker (9 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania June/July Great Migration Safari with HerdTracker (9 days)

Explore the wonder of the great wildebeest migration from the best Tanzania has to offer

$ 6,290

£ 5,038

R 107,372

5,569

per person

9 days

Magical Tanzania Safari Adventure (7 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Magical Tanzania Safari Adventure (7 days)

With all of this diversity on offer, the most difficult part of your Tanzanian holiday experience is likely to be deciding where to go!

$ 2,470

£ 1,979

R 42,164

2,187

per person

7 days

Affordable Ngorongoro and Serengeti Safari (6 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Affordable Ngorongoro and Serengeti Safari (6 days)

We're offering our guests the chance to explore two world-famous destinations in under a week

$ 4,555

£ 3,649

R 77,755

4,033

per person

6 days

Tanzania June/July 2021 Great Migration safari (Best for budget) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania June/July 2021 Great Migration safari (Best for budget)

Explore the wonder of the great wildebeest migration from the best Tanzania has to offer

$ 6,465

£ 5,179

R 110,359

5,724

per person

8 days

Tanzania Great Migration June/July 2021 safari (Luxury) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania Great Migration June/July 2021 safari (Luxury)

HerdTracker invites you to join them on a migration safari in Tanzania's Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park.

$ 11,400

£ 9,132

R 194,601

10,094

per person

9 days

Tanzania couples safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania couples safari

Enjoy the wildlife of Tanzania as well as the paradise of Zanzibar

Price on Request

per person

13 days

Great Migration Safari in the Serengeti (9 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Great Migration Safari in the Serengeti (9 days)

Join HerdTracker on a Tanzania migration safari in the Serengeti National Park.

$ 6,360

£ 5,095

R 108,567

5,631

per person

9 days

January to March 2021 Calving Season (Value-for-money) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

January to March 2021 Calving Season (Value-for-money)

Travelling to Tanzania during the calving season is a sight to behold and something unique to the region

$ 7,320

£ 5,864

R 124,954

6,481

per person

8 days

Our African Travel Expert

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Megan Warrington says

'The greater Ngorongoro Conservation Area is far more than just the Crater itself. You have options to see the birth of the new generation of migratory species at Ndutu, visit Olduvai Gorge, do multi-day walks to Empakai or Natron. Where you stay is important, so let us know how much time you plan to spend and we can design your NCA experience carefully.' 

More on Ngorongoro Crater holidays

Despite its name, the Ngorongoro Crater isn't technically a crater (i.e. the top of a volcanic pipe that spewed lava); it's a caldera (collapsed volcanic mountain). Try to imagine a mountain that was more than 7 kilometres above sea level and 5 000 metres high – higher than Mount Kilimanjaro – before it imploded about 3 million years ago. The peak safari season (July to September) is very crowded. To experience its true magnificence, it's better to visit Ngorongoro when it's green and less busy. During the months of March to June, the Crater floor is covered in yellow flowers and you can watch big elephant bulls standing among them. Another draw-card of the area is the famous red-clothed Masai tribe, whose villages were relocated to Ngorongoro from the Serengeti during the late 1950s. 

Ngorongoro Crater Map

Ngorongoro Crater's location on Google Maps

Frequently Asked Questions about Ngorongoro Crater

What is a safari “bucket” shower?

Safari/bucket showers are common in mobile or tented camps where there is no permanent plumbing. They are an effective yet environmentally friendly way to shower where water is at a premium and provide plenty of hot water to wash… go there.

What is the accommodation like on safari?

Safari lodges have guest rooms similar to a hotel with en-suite bathrooms. They are comfortably furnished with all facilities normally associated with a 3-star hotel. Tented lodges have rooms which are tents on a platform and with a roof and… go there.

What languages are spoken in Tanzania?

Language The official language in Tanzania is Swahili but there are hundreds of other local dialects. English is the second official language and the country's commercial language. It is also the main teaching language used for all higher… go there.

Can I bring my children along on a safari?

Family safaris in Africa are a worthwhile and meaningful experience. Aside from spending quality time with your nearest and dearest under a wide blue African sky, a safari in Africa offers invaluable experiences including unique cultural… go there.

Where is the best place to go for wildlife viewing in Tanzania?

Northern Tanzania! Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site, has some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in the world as well as the Serengeti, but don't forget about the southern circuit. go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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Reviews on our Ngorongoro Crater safaris

All details were covered, all staff and food excellent, service was perfect - would highly recommend for sure.

Ron

from United States of America

Excellent combination of calling to chat about plans and details, followed up with emailing of detailed information. Made all arrangements easy for us from the actual booking to payment procedures, exchange rate recommendations, visa advice,…

Saldrix

from South Africa

Waking up at 5:00 am to a bumpy ride all the way to a hidden hyena den, was something I’ll never forget. But the absolute best part was when the 1 month old cub peeked his head out to say hello. It was heartbreakingly cute.

Alana Krutoyarsky

from United States of America

I wish to say thanks to Megan for all your assistance in ensuring that me and my wife enjoy a wonderful holiday, a nice stay at the hotel with just minor issues, and the Hluhluwe Imfolozi park tour. We just wish to pass our gratitude for all…

Mokatse Itumeleng

from South Africa

It was great to work with Discover Africa and thanks so much for your help.

Lisa and Niall Shapiro

from Australia

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