Le Cratère du Ngorongoro, autrefois immense volcan de Tanzanie, est aujourd’hui une caldeira somptueuse de plus de 20 kilomètres de diamètre. Son aire de conservation, située au sud du parc national du Serengeti, couvre une superficie de 8 288 km² de plateaux et de savanes et abrite une faune dense et rare. On peut y voir le big five, de quoi ravir les voyageurs !

Why go to the Ngorongoro Crater?

Safari in the Ngorsongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest caldera in the world! Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is home to many species of animal and is an important crossing point for wildlife migrating between Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya.
During your safari in Tanzania’sNgorongoro Conservation Area, you’re bound to see plenty of mammals: buffalo, wildebeest, zebra and gazelle, as well as lions, leopards, hippos and rhinos! Perhaps you’ll also witness a hunting spectacle put on by the large population of hyenas in the area.

The animals of Ngorongoro

Wildlife-watching in the Ngorongoro Crater is a not-to-be-missed part of your trip to Tanzania. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a veritable Garden of Eden, with around 30,000 recorded mammals and an incredible animal density. There are almost 100 animals per km²!
The most emblematic animals of Ngorongoro are :

  • Ungulates: black rhinoceros, elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, hippopotamus, etc
  • Large predators: leopard, spotted hyena, cheetah, African golden cat, lion
  • More than 500 species of birds: the pink flamingo, the ostrich, many birds of prey: eagles, vultures, harriers, falcons, etc
  • A rare species of butterfly: the papilio sjoestedti.

The flora of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is characterised by its great diversity of landscapes. Grassy savannah , scrubland, tropical forest, lakes, marshes – everything is there to welcome the omnipresent fauna. The Ngorongoro Crater and its surroundings are rich in plant species. Acacia trees are particularly common, especially on the shores of Lake Eyasi.

A trip to the Ngorongoro Crater

As you can see, visiting the Ngorongoro Conservation Area means seeing a rich variety ofwild animals in breathtaking landscapes! Discover Ngorongoro on video:

When to go on safari in the Ngorongoro Crater?

The Ngorongoro Crater is part of such a varied ecosystem that it can be visited all year round. The soils are rich and some waterholes, such as Lake Magadi, are permanent. Enough to welcome animals at any time of year! Each period has its own advantages:

  • To observe the Great Migration, the best season is between November and March, on the Olduvai and Ndutu plains.
  • To enjoy the Ngorongoro Crater with the fewest visitors, you should go there in March-April. This is a short rainy season, with beautiful sunny days and lush green flora.
  • During the dry season, from May to October, you can see a high density of animals around the lakes. The only drawback is that this is the most touristy season, with lots of 4x4s all around you.

How do I get to the Ngorongoro Crater?

Driving time

  • Arusha to Ngorongoro: 3 hours’ drive
  • Serengeti to Ngorongoro: 2 hours’ drive
  • Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro: 1 hour’s drive
  • Tarangire to Ngorongoro: 2 hours’ drive

Of course, driving in Tanzania is not like driving on a motorway in France. You won’t see the hours go by, we guarantee it! Travelling between natural parks allows you to enjoy the beauty and culture of the country.

The best advice we can give you for getting to the Ngorongoro Crater is to go to Karatu the day before! Karatu is just 10km from the Ngorongoro Crater. This means you can arrive early and get a bit more sleep!

Where to stay in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area?

Looking for a lodge close to the Ngorongoro Crater? Look no further! We’ve found you the best possible location with the best value for money in the area! Check out the Ngorongoro Forest Tented Lodge, located in Karatu (10km from the crater).

Prices and regulations in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area?

Entrance fees

To enter the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you must pay an entry fee set by the Tanzanian government to limit the flow of visitors and safeguard this magical environment. A visit to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area costs USD 60 per adult, plus a vehicle entry fee for the crater of between USD 200 and USD 300, depending on the weight of the vehicle. This fee must be renewed every 24 hours.
With Off Road, you don’t have to worry about these fees or the management, all you have to do is marvel – our team will take care of everything!

Ngorongoro: regulations

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is open to the public from Monday to Saturday, 06:00 to 18:00

To visit the Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge, you must be accompanied by a certified guide approved by the conservation area. All our trips to Tanzania include the accompaniment of an official English- or French-speaking Tanzanian guide.

Practical information: as with all safaris, you must respect the fauna, flora and local populations. In the crater, it is forbidden to get out of the vehicle as there are many predators. Finally, plastic is banned in Tanzania.

Excursions and activities in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

  • Visit the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Visit the prehistoric site of Olduvai Gorge
  • Visit to the Leatoli Footprints Museum: the oldest footprints in the world
  • Visit to a Masai village
  • Walking safari in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Cultural visit and Tinga Tinga painting activity at Mto Wa Mbu
  • Excursion to the heart of a Hadzabe tribe

Travel offers passing through the Ngorongoro Crater