Ngorongoro Crater

DESCRIPTION

Often referred to as Africa's 'Garden of Eden', the Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest unbroken caldera. The crater was created from a volcano that exploded creating a wilderness haven. It is 12 miles (19 km) across and consumes 102 sqm (264 sq km) of wilderness, being home to over 30,000 animals including elephant, lion, cheetah, wildebeest, buffalo and the rare black rhino.

The Ngorongoro Crater and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area are without doubt some of the most beautiful parts of Tanzania, steeped in history and teeming with wildlife. Besides vehicle safaris to Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, and surrounding attractions, hiking treks through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area are becoming increasingly popular options. Either way, the Crater Highlands are an unforgettable part of the Tanzanian experience.

ACCOMMODATION

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Gibb’s Farm

Gibb's Farm is a working farm located on the forested slopes of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ideally located, the farm lies half way between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater, near the village of Karatu...

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Lemala Ngorongoro Camp

Lemala Ngorongoro is an intimate seasonal camp set in an ancient acacia forest on the rim of the crater. The camp offers accommodation under canvas in only 8 luxury tents and 1 family tent (accommodating 4 to 5 guests) to ensure seclusion in a pristine forest environment...

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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge sits at an altitude of 2,375 metres (7 800 feet) above sea level on the rim of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, with breathtaking views...

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Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Regularly voted one of the best hotels in the world, this unique lodge is set on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on earth. Long and low, the lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines...

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Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Situated on the Eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge has magnificent views over the crater floor, which is home to vast herds of buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, the rare and endangered black rhino, elephant, cheetah, leopard, lion and herds of gazelle and wildebeest...

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The Manor at Ngorongoro

Situated adjacent to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area within the 1,500 acre Shangri-la estate, the Manor at Ngorongoro is a luxury safari experience combining African hospitality with Afro European architecture...

ITINERARY IDEA

Day 1: Ngorongoro Crater

Meal Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Arusha is the safari capital of Tanzania located at the foot of Mt. Meru, close to Mount Kilimanjaro, the Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro National Parks. From there it’s only a short trip to the Serengeti. Just to the north, on the slopes of Mt. Meru is the Arusha National Park.

Built by the Germans as a centre of colonial administration because of the temperate climate, Arusha is a good spot to take a day or two off from your safari.

Day 2 - 3: Ngorongoro Crater

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania and in the dry season the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. Large herds of elephants and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland gather and not surprisingly the predators follow. This is also the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted. Tarangire is also known for its spectacular baobab trees, and its breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south.

Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for safaris travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife are allowed to move freely throughout.

Day 4 - 5: Ngorongoro Crater

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

The Ngorongoro Crater is game viewing gone crazy and it is not surprising that with is one of Tanzania’s major tourist drawcards. Within the crater rim a daily wildlife drama is played out as large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze nearby lions, leopards, elephants and black rhinos. Outside of the crater a similar drama continues in a more spread out manner with Masai herdsmen thrown into the mix.

Day 6 - 9: Ngorongoro Crater

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

The Serengeti together with Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Park form Africa’s most famous wildlife park. The image of acacia trees on an endless grass plain epitomises Africa for many, and then add a Masai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further.

The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. But that is not where the game viewing ends; large prides of lions, elephants and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles and eland to mention but a few. Aside from traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Serengeti plains has become almost essential and you can even do a horseback safari.

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