Description: The Ngorongoro Crater is a sunken volcano, or better termed the largest intact volcanic caldera. The view from the crest of the crater will provide you with an expansive sight of the entire crater that spans 260 square kilometers.
The relationship between the Maasai tribe and the Ngorongoro eco-system is equally impressive. The Maasai herd their cattle into and out of the crater daily for water, leading their cattle to water alongside the “Big 5.”
The crater is relatively small and can often feel like there are a lot of vehicles, but it is still a must-see on most itineraries. One visit to the floor of the crater is usually enough, unless it is important to increase your chances of seeing a rhino in the Northern Parks.
Location: Northern circuit, 4 hours outside Arusha on the way to the Serengeti
Time: 1 half-day is usually enough to see the crater, not more than 2 half-days. The Ngorongoro Conservation Authority limits game drives to half-days.
Animals: One of the few places you have a chance to spot rhinos. One can also find Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant, Zebra, Giraffe, Warthog, Hyena, Hippo, Wildebeest, and Ostrich
Crater Forest Tented Lodge (Karatu)
Endoro Lodge (Karatu)
Kudu Lodge (Karatu)
Ngorongoro Farm House
Ngorongoro Forest Tented Camp (Karatu)
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge (Karatu)
Tloma Lodge (Karatu)