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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 safaris

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

Tanzania June/July Great Migration safari with HerdTracker

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

$ 5,720

£ 4,375

R 81,891

4,865

per person

9 days

9-day February Calving Season safari with HerdTracker (Value-for-money)

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

$ 8,490

£ 6,494

R 121,548

7,221

per person

9 days

Late January to end March 2019 Calving Season (Luxury)

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

$ 12,595

£ 9,634

R 180,317

10,712

per person

8 days

Honeymoon safari in the Serengeti National Park

Enjoy a romantic honeymoon at the Ngorongoro Crater where you can spot the Big Five and experience the wildlife-rich Serengeti National Park

$ 3,250

£ 2,486

R 46,529

2,764

per person

6 days

2019 Tanzania August to October Great Migration safari (Best for budget)

The wildebeest migration, is one of the “Seven New Wonder of the World” and also known as The World Cup of Wildlife. If there is a safari you should go on, this has to be it!

$ 7,250

£ 5,546

R 103,795

6,166

per person

9 days

The Migration - calving season January to March

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

$ 7,985

£ 6,108

R 114,318

6,791

per person

11 days

Migration Safari in Kenya and Tanzania

See the beauty of nature's greatest wildlife spectacle on one of the grandest stages of them all

Price on Request

per person

8 days

Tanzania migration safari with HerdTracker

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

$ 8,150

£ 6,234

R 116,680

6,932

per person

9 days

9-day June/July 2019 Great Migration safari in Tanzania (Value-for-money)

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

$ 9,145

£ 6,995

R 130,925

7,778

per person

9 days

Wildlife and culture – the perfect balance

Balance Tanzania's wildlife highlights, such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, with the rich cultural heritage of local tribes like the Masai

$ 4,756

£ 3,638

R 68,090

4,045

per person

11 days
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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 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. 

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Ngorongoro's location on Google Maps

Frequently Asked Questions about Ngorongoro

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.

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 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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