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Home to some 30,000 plains game, this huge volcanic crater is the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world. The swamps and soda lake in the conservation area attract an extraordinary number of flamingos, and the plains offer a variety of wildlife including black rhino, Cape buffalo, hippo and wildebeest.

At about 20 kilometres across and 300 square metres in area, the Ngorongoro Crater’s popularity and convenient location on the Northern Circuit mean you won’t be alone, but you can still escape the crowds, particularly at some of the more secluded accommodations. Moreover, the guaranteed sightings far outweigh any negatives.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: black rhino, African elephant, greater flamingo, spotted hyena, lion
  • Where: Crater Highlands Region, Tanzania

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Northern Tanzania: The Great Migration

Join acclaimed wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt in the Northern Serengeti during the migration. The sheer density of wildlife at this time of year provides no end of photographic opportunities, and witnessing the spectacle of the migration is one of the ‘must-see’ events of the natural world.

  • When to go: Aug-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £11,195 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Serengeti Migration

Witness the annual migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, zebra and other game around the Serengeti-Masai Mara ecosystem - truly one of the world’s greatest wildlife wonders. Accompanied by wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt, daily vehicle safaris will take you close to the action.

  • When to go: Mar-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 19 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £12,175 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Spirit of the North

Experience the major wildlife highlights and contrasting locations of northern Tanzania on this excellent value, classic safari. Combining the wide open plains of the Serengeti, the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire’s outstanding birdlife, this is a perfect introduction to Tanzania.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,845 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Kirurumu Ngorongoro Camp

This is a small and intimate luxury mobile camp set in one of the most strategic and beautiful areas in the Ngorongoro Highlands, not far from Empakai, famous for its flamingos and outstanding beauty. Accommodation consists of seven customised safari tents, and the level of attention and service is always excellent.

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

The only lodge on the eastern rim of Ngorongoro Crater, Sopa effectively has its own access road down into the crater. Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, the lodge accommodates up to 190 guests and offers unparalleled views across the enormous caldera.