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
With all of this diversity on offer, the most difficult part of your Tanzanian holiday experience is likely to be deciding where to go!
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
This is the stage on which the greatest wildlife show on earth and plays out, as it is by far the greatest mass movement of land mammals on the entire globe.
Travel is so much better with friends. Experience the best parts of Tanzania through breath-taking landscapes, nature and wildlife at its best
Enjoy a romantic honeymoon at the Ngorongoro Crater where you can spot the Big Five and experience the wildlife-rich Serengeti National Park
Visit Tanzania during the calving season to see wildebeest calves join the massive herds making their way through the Serengeti for the great migration.
Explore the wonder of the great wildebeest migration from the best Tanzania has to offer
Join HerdTracker on a Tanzania migration safari in the Serengeti National Park.
This four-in-one calving season safari includes not only the Serengeti, but Tarangire, Lake Manyara and the Ngorogoro Crater
Travelling to Tanzania during the calving season is a sight to behold and something unique to the region
'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.'
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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
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ngorongoro Crater
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.
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…
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…
Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.
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…
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…
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…