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

9-day Great Wildebeest Migration safari (Luxury) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

9-day Great Wildebeest Migration safari (Luxury)

These mass ungulate herds cross plains and rivers as the season's change and rain-ripened grass are depleted in their area, forcing them to move on to the next.

$ 11,820

£ 8,341

R 160,625

9,711

per person

9 days

Lion cubs

Affordable Green Season Safari in Tanzania (8 days)

From Lake Manyara to the Ngorogoro Crater and the Serengeti, this Tanzania safari offers real value and shows off the burgeoning green world of Tanzania's rainy season migration 

$ 7,240

£ 5,109

R 98,386

5,948

per person

8 days

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

£ 5,892

R 113,470

6,860

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

£ 1,743

R 33,565

2,029

per person

7 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

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

£ 8,045

R 154,918

9,366

per person

9 days

9-day Calving Season safari with HerdTracker (Luxury) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

9-day Calving Season safari with HerdTracker (Luxury)

This four-in-one calving season safari includes not only the Serengeti, but Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorogoro Crater

$ 10,860

£ 7,664

R 147,579

8,922

per person

9 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

£ 4,439

R 85,476

5,168

per person

9 days

Nature, Romance and Exclusivity - A Complete African Honeymoon (14 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Nature, Romance and Exclusivity - A Complete African Honeymoon (14 days)

This exclusive African honeymoon through East and Southern Africa is the perfect way to celebrate the start of your new journey together

$ 99

£ 70

R 1,345

81

per person

14 days

Game viewing

Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)

This four-in-one calving season safari includes not only the Serengeti, but Tarangire, Lake Manyara and the Ngorogoro Crater

$ 9,865

£ 6,962

R 134,058

8,105

per person

11 days

Our African Travel Expert

Free safari planning advice from destination experts

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

This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…

Saada

from Nigeria

Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…

Debbie

from Australia

Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.

Henrik Wetterstrand

from Sweden

Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…

Tony Russell

I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…

Margaret Dean

Planning the trip was managed extremely well especially since travel was at a busy time of year and not much notice was given. All communication was by email, and was responded to promptly and efficiently. Different options were provided…

Suzanne McKeen

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