Ngorongoro Crater Known as one of the new wonders of the world is rarely visited as a single destination. The Visit to the crater tends to be part of a larger East African itinerary, combining the wildlife wonders of the Crater itself with the migration spectacle of the Serengeti and the laid-back ambience of Zanzibar’s golden beaches.
Ngorongoro Crater safaris are however truly unforgettable and the best. The Crater is justly famous as being home to perhaps the most concentrated density of wildlife in Africa and offers some of the easiest Big 5 game viewing available.
A can’t-miss destination on Tanzania’s star-studded Northern Safari Circuit, the Ngorongoro Crater offers a classic Big 5 safari experience in the unique setting of an ancient volcanic caldera. Home to some 30 000 animals, the crater’s surprisingly diverse habitats are revealed on an Ngorongoro safari on all-day guided game drives; the scenery is spectacular, predators are abundant and it’s not unusual to see the Big 5 in a single day.
There’s amazing accommodation perched right on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, offering some of the best views in Africa, if not in the world. Staying at these prime-location lodges will put you first in the queue to drive down to the crater floor in the morning but for more affordable Ngorongoro safari accommodation in an equally tranquil and not much less scenic setting, head for the town of Karatu, set some 20km south from the crater in the green rolling hills of the Karatu Highlands.