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3 Day Safari to Ngoro Ngoro Crater

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3 Day Safari to Ngoro Ngoro Crater

Our 3 Day Safari to Ngoro Ngoro Crater is the best tour you can take to the Ngorongoro. Also referred to the Eden of Africa or the 8th Wonder of the world. Ngorongoro Crater is the place to be if you are short of time while visiting Tanzania for just a few days. But still want to make the most of the shortest time that you have got.

Ngorongoro Crater safari offers the rare chance of spotting the big 5 with such limited time. Therefore  the Crater floor’s in just a small area of about 21 Kilometers. With a better view where animals can be spotted in an amazingly short distance.

The Ngorongoro Crater

A natural wonder and one of the most iconic and unique features of the African continent. It is located in northern Tanzania, within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Ngorongoro Crater is often referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. Due to its stunning beauty and incredible biodiversity. Here’s some key information about the Ngorongoro Crater:

Geological Formation:

The Ngorongoro Crater is actually a large volcanic caldera, formed millions of years ago. By the collapse of a massive volcano. The caldera floor covers an area of about 260 square kilometers (100 square miles), and its walls rise steeply to heights of up to 600 meters (2,000 feet).


The Ngorongoro Crater is a natural haven for wildlife. Often referred to as a “natural zoo.” The diverse ecosystems within the crater support a wide range of animals. Including lions, elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, leopards, cheetahs, hippos, and various antelope species. The concentration of animals in the relatively small area of the crater. Makes it a prime location for wildlife viewing and photography.

Big Five:

The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the few places in Africa. Where you can find all members of the “Big Five” (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) within a relatively small area.

Conservation and Cultural Heritage:

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is not only home to abundant wildlife but also to the Maasai people. The Maasai have lived alongside the wildlife for centuries, and their traditional way of life coexists with the conservation efforts in the area.


The caldera’s floor is characterized by a mix of grasslands, woodlands, swamps, and a central salt lake called Lake Magadi. This varied landscape provides different habitats for the various animal species found within the crater.

Safari Experience:

Visitors to the Ngorongoro Crater can enjoy game drives on the crater floor, offering the opportunity to see a diverse array of wildlife in a relatively compact area. The backdrop of the crater walls and the surrounding landscape makes for breathtaking vistas.


There are several lodges and campsites situated along the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, providing accommodations for travelers who want to experience the stunning views and proximity to the wildlife-rich area.

Conservation Challenges:

Despite its status as a protected area, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area faces challenges such as human-wildlife conflicts and the need for sustainable tourism management to balance conservation with the local economy and culture.

The Ngorongoro Crater is a must-visit destination for safari enthusiasts and travelers interested in experiencing the incredible beauty and biodiversity of East Africa. As with any travel plans, it’s recommended to check for the latest information, entry requirements, and any updates before visiting the Ngorongoro Crater.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arusha – Ngorongoro Crater

First day of your Ngorongoro Safari tour,  you’ll leave Arusha town at 07.00am. And drive through  the Rift valley area as well as driving to the Loduare Gate of Ngorongoro Conservation Area. That’s when you’ll stop at the gate for registration before viewing how the crater  floors  thus taking some photos.

For those interested will go down into the Ngorongoro Crater floor for game drives for the rest of the day. Then during the afternoon, have lunch served at the picnic site by the hippo poolside. Immediately after well be  continuing  with the game drives. later in the afternoon we go back to the Crater rim and out to Karatu for overnight at a lodge.

Main destination; Arusha- Ngorongoro crater

Accommodation;  Marera Valley Lodge or Country Lodge or similar at Karatu.

Meals; breakfast, Lunch and dinner included.

Drinking water and fruits throughout

Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast y0u’ll fall down into the Ngorongoro Crater also often referred to as the “Eden of Africa” which is the largest unbroken caldera in the world hence making it unique in terms of wildlife concentration. Eventually your driver will be in constant contact with other drivers so that he can be able to discover the best sightings of animals and as well as spotting the big 5 inside the crater  incase there gets to b e a chance. Anyways we’ll be having lunch at the picnic site therefore late in the afternoon we’ll drive to the crater rim, thus driving you back to the loge of your choice.

Main destination; Ngorongoro crater

Accommodation;  Marera Valley Lodge or Country Lodge or similar at Karatu.

Meals; breakfast, Lunch and dinner included.

Drinking water and fruits throughout

Day 3: Ngorongoro – Arusha

On this day after a leisurely breakfast at the lodge you will choose between visiting a Maasai Village and going for a nature walk in the forests of Ngorongoro (at a small extra fee). Guided by an armed ranger you will walk in the forest trails and if lucky you might bump into herds of buffaloes, elephants as well as other forest species like the duikers, also lion’s leopards etc.

After the activities you will drive back to Arusha town with a brief stop at Karatu and Mto wa Mbu market towns where you may mingle with the locals and do some shopping if you so wish.  Thus the End of the 3 days Safari in Ngorongoro Crater.

Accommodation; No end of tour

Meals; Breakfast only

Drinking water and fruits

Best of 3 Day Safari to Ngoro Ngoro Crater