Project Description

“When you leave Africa, as the plane lifts, you feel that more than leaving a continent you’re leaving a state of mind.  Whatever awaits you at the other end of your journey will be of a different order of existence.”

~ Francesca Marciano

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Tanzania’s UNESCO World Heritage listed Ngorongoro Conservation Area includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera. Preservation and protection of the region is globally critical given the biodiversity, presence of threatened species, and the density of wildlife inhabiting the area; and it is central to the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, gazelles and other animals into the northern plains.

Ngorongoro Crater, created two-three million years ago when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself, is around 600m deep and 16-19km in diameter. The enclosed nature of the crater has meant it has formed its own ecosystem. It is often referred to as ‘Africa’s Eden’.

Also in the conservation area is Olduvai Gorge, a 14km long deep ravine. Early hominid footprints dating back 3.6 million years were unearthed here, so the area archaeological and evolutionary significance.

Where to stay in Ngorongoro?

We are able to arrange any accommodation that best suits your needs and budget. There is no accommodation within the actual crater. You can choose to stay either on the crater rim or on the Rift Valley escarpment. There is a collection of lodges with incredible views at the higher end of the scale and camping options on the crater rim. Alternatively, you could choose to stay on the nearby Rift Valley escarpment in Karatu. The lodges and camps here are all less than about 20km from the crater and have a lot of character.

How long should you stay in Ngorongoro?

Many stay 2-3 nights to explore the conservation area.

How to get to Ngorongoro?

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is easily accessible by daily light aircraft flight from Arusha. The drive from Arusha is around 4 hours. You can also fly to Manyara airstrip, which is about an hour from the crater.

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