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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 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, Ngorongoro’s popularity and convenient location on the Northern Circuit mean you won’t be alone, but you can still escape the crowds and 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:

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 game drives will take you close to the action.

  • When to go: Mar
  • Duration inc. flights: 19 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £9,395 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 £4,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Tanzania’s Northern Highlights

On this 12-day classic safari led by accomplished naturalist guide Peter Lindstrom, visit Lake Manyara National Park, the fabled Ngorongoro Crater, and the spectacular short-grass plains of Serengeti National Park, which are inhabited by immense herds of wildebeest that travel there to calve.

  • When to go: Feb
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,795 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
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.