The best African Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania

This 1-day Ngorongoro Crater safari offers an unforgettable adventure into one of Africa's most spectacular natural wonders in Tanzania departing from Arusha or Moshi.

This Ngorongoro Crater is the biggest unfilled, inactive, and intact volcano in the world, located in Tanzania near Serengeti National Park. This is the most visited African attraction in the world and is home to over 40,000 animals.

The crater was formed about 2.5 million years ago by a large active volcano after collapsing inward, leaving behind the crater that we see today. Some maintain that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, which is a world-renowned natural wonder and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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How much does a safari cost in Ngorongoro?

It costs 0 to ,000 per traveler per trip to visit Ngorongoro Crater on safari in Tanzania, which is a world-renowned natural wonder, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and covers an area of approximately 264 km2. The cost of a safari in Ngorongoro can vary depending on several factors, including the duration of the safari, the level of luxury or accommodation chosen, the number of people in the group, the time of year, and the specific services and activities included in the package.

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The most interesting facts about Ngorongoro Crater

Here are 10 interesting facts about Ngorongoro Crater to help inspire your own future visits in 2024, 2025, and 2026.

1. Size and location

Ngorongoro Crater It measures about 19 kilometers in diameter and covers an area of approximately 264 square kilometers. It is located in northern Tanzania, near the Serengeti National Park, in Africa.

2. UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ngorongoro Crater was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 because of its unique ecosystem and geological significance.

3. Wildlife Diversity

The crater is home to an incredible diversity of African wildlife, including the “big five” (lions, rhinoceroses, leopards, elephants, and Cape buffalos), as well as wildebeest, gazelles, hippos, zebras, crocodiles, and many other species.

4. Conservation Area

In 1959, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area was established, and the crater is managed by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority. Visitors are required to follow these rules because the crater has strict rules and regulations to protect the wildlife and ecosystem.

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5. Natural Wonder in the world

Ngorongoro Crater is considered one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world, with its cultural significance, rich biodiversity, and stunning landscapes.

6. Safari Tours

Visitors to Ngorongoro Crater can take safari tours to explore the crater and view the wildlife. Safari tours are available from January to December, with the best time to visit in the months of June, July, August, September, and October, as well as January, February, and March.

7. Accommodation in Ngorongoro

Ngorongoro Conservation Area offers a variety of accommodation options, including luxury lodges and campsites. Visitors can choose to stay inside the crater or in nearby towns.

8. Maasai Community

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania is home to several Maasai communities. The Maasai are known for their unique culture and way of life, which revolves around their livestock.

9. Bird Watching

Ngorongoro Crater is also a popular destination for birdwatchers, with over 500 bird species recorded in the crater. Some of the most common birds include vultures, flamingos, ostriches, and eagles.

10. Economic benefits

Ngorongoro Crater provides important economic benefits to local communities, including employment opportunities and income from tourism. The crater is also home to several conservation projects aimed at protecting endangered species and preserving the crater’s natural beauty for future generations.

When is the best time to visit Ngorongoro Crater?

The best time to visit the Ngorongoro for a Tanzania safari is usually during the dry season from late June to October, as wildlife is easier to track and spot depending on where you want to go and what you want to see. Whether you’re visiting Tanzania for the first time, understand that there are two distinct rainy seasons: April to May (the long rains) and November to December (the shorter rains).

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