Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater

Things to do - general

Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority

Ngorongoro crater is a volcanic crater and the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world, and a home to approximately 30,000 animals at any one time. About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area,  Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder.

The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera.  Forming a spectacular bowl of about 265 square kilometres, with sides up to 600 metres deep; it is home to approximately 30,000 animals at any one time.  The Crater rim is over 2,200 metres high and experiences its own climate.  From this high vantage point it is possible to make out the tiny shapes of animals making their way around the crater floor far below.The crater floor consists of different habitats including grasslands, swamps, forests and Lake Makat, a central soda lake filled by the Munge River.

About Ngorongoro Conservation Authority

Size: 330 sq km (127 sq miles), of which up to 200 sq km (77 sq miles) is the lake when water levels are high.
Location: Northern Tanzania. The entrance gate lies 1.5 hours (126km/80 miles) west of Arusha along a surfaced road, close to the ethnically diverse market town of Mto wa Mbu.

Getting there
– By road, charter or scheduled flight from Arusha, en route to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

What to do

  • Game Viewing
  • Visit
  • Canoeing when the water levels is sufficiently high.
  • Cultural tours
  • Picnics, bush lunch/dinner
  • Mountain bike tours,
  • Forest walks on the escarpment outside the park.

Accommodation
– Luxury Lodges outside the Park

  • Public Camping Sites
  • Tented Lodges