Ngorongoro Crater is one of the wonders of the world – a huge intact caldera (sunken volcano) that houses large concentrations of animals within the crater.
The crater itself is believed to be form by a volcanic eruption 2-3 million years ago. The resulting caldera is 2,000 feet deep in places and covers over 100 square miles. Due in part to its unique geographical layout, there is very little migration in or out of the crater. As a result the genetic pool within the crater isn’t as diverse as you would see in other regions of Africa.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area is located to the east of Serengeti National Park, 70 miles west of the city of Arusha. The crater itself is located another 20 miles or so into the Conservation Area.
- African Cape Buffalo
- Spotted Hyena
Below are some sample itineraries that include a visit Ngorongoro Crater:
Best Times to Go
The best time to go to Ngorongoro Crater is year-round, though keep in mind that it can be quite busy, particularly during high season from June – October.
Below are some of the accommodations available for Ngorongoro Crater. Click a link below for more information.