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Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is in northern Tanzania. It’s home to the vast, volcanic Ngorongoro Crater and “big 5” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino).

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Millions of years ago, a volcano the size of Mount Kilimanjaro rose from the highlands of northern Tanzania. Its eruption formed the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unsubmerged volcanic crater in the world. Now inactive, the crater is teeming with wildlife and is a playground where you can enjoy game drives in search of the Big Five. Our Africa experts have been on safari here and in the wider Ngorongoro Conservation Area. They can use their experience to help you plan your time in and around the crater.

The natural protection of the crater’s 600 m (1,968 ft) high walls helps many species thrive. This is the best place in Tanzania to see the critically endangered black rhino. Wildebeest, zebra, eland and gazelle dot the short grassland, watched hungrily by lions, cheetahs, wild dogs and hyenas. The waters of Lake Magadi are often dyed pink by flamingos.

Best time to Visit NGORONGORO CRATER

Accessible throughout the year. April and May are the most wet months however it seldom rains throughout the day.

For those interested to visit the parks when they are less crowded, the wet season offers the best scenery with just a handful of tourists. Toto Africa Adventures offers best priced packages for this time of travel. Although it may rain, it will rarely rain for more than a couple of hours during the day. March and Early April can be ideal, sometimes with the rains coming in late it’s a bingo to travel at this time.

November and early December is also ideal if you don’t mind having some showers during the day.

Game drives inside the Ngorongoro Crater

Whether you stay in a crater rim cabin or just visit for the day, guided game drives give you the chance to explore the crater and its wildlife. You can choose to join a shared game tour or hire a private guide to tailor the tour to your interests.

You start your day at the top of the crater, where you can gaze over the edge and see a 25-kilometer (15.5-mile) depression in the earth stretching out before you. The hillsides are covered with evergreen forest, and clouds cast rolling shadows on the grass and acacia trees. Far below, animals moved like tiny ants. As you descend, you begin to identify them for what they are: antelope, buffalo, wildebeest, and Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles.

Once at the crater floor, your guide’s knowledge of the land comes into play, allowing you to get up close and personal with common animals and, if you’re lucky, rare ones. It’s hard to guarantee a black rhino sighting, but you’re the best place to spot them.

Drive to Gorigor Swamp and you may spot tusked elephants and hippopotamuses, while in Lerai Forest you may encounter yellow fever and acacia trees on their branches. to baboons and leopards.

While the crater is often crowded with other safari vehicles (especially during the dry season between July and October), staying on the crater rim means you can be the first to enter the crater and the last to leave, making it a day trip The time limit for access is six hours. Alternatively, you can travel here outside of peak times, when it’s much quieter but more likely to rain.

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