Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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Ngorongoro Crater is home to one of the densest animal populations found in Africa, renowned both for its geological importance and for being a natural wildlife reserve.

The main appeal of the world famous Ngorongoro Crater is its high concentration of wild animals in a relatively small area. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ngorongoro Crater was formed 2-3 million years ago when a volcano exploded and collapsed in on itself. With its 2,000 foot high walls, very few animals migrate in and out of the crater making it one of the densest animal populations found in Africa.

The best time to visit:

June to October (dry season)

+ Sightings of wildlife more likely in the shorter grass

+ Warm and sunny, with very little rain

+ Fewer mosquitoes result in lower risk of malaria

- The Ngorongoro crater is popular during this period and can be very crowded

- It can get very cold overnight, ensure you pack warm clothing

November to May (wet season)

+ The Ngorongoro Crater offers spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities all year round

+ Luscious green landscapes

+ April and May is low season, the region is much quieter during this period

+ Excellent time of year for keen birdwatchers due to the presence of migratory birds

- Peak wet season is March to May with heavy downpours frequent

- It can get very cold overnight, ensure you pack warm clothing

At a glance

  • An incredible variety of flora and fauna, grown as a consequence of the crater having formed its own ecosystem.
  • Yellow fever trees in the south and pods of hippo wallowing their days away in the east.
  • The much drier north is where most of the game reside including the famous resident black rhinos.
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Accommodation Available

Acacia Farm Lodge

Acacia Farm Lodge is a romantic Country Lodge nestled in an active mixed farm located high on the spectacular Great Rift’s escarpment area with a commanding panoramic views of the amazing Karatu



Ang'ata Ngorongoro Camp

The camp is set under the Acacia forest on the north eastern side of the Ngorongoro Crater’s rim.



Oldeani Ngorongoro Mountain Lodge

A 5 star colonial lodge situated on a picturesque hill with spectacular views onto Oldeani Mountain and the Ngorongoro Crater Rim.



Lion's Paw Camp

Lion's Paw Camp is nestled beneath a quiet grove of red thorn acacia trees, high atop the eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.



Ngorongoro Forest Camp

Ngorongoro Forest Tented Lodge is centrally situated on the northern safari circuit in Tanzania.



Ngorongoro Farm House

In the heart of coffee plantations and just 5 minutes away from the crater gate, Ngorongoro Farm House is the ideal base to explore the crater.



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Serengeti National Park

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Tarangire National Park

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Lake Manyara National Park

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