EDEN OF AFRICA & 8TH WONDER OF THE WORLD
AREA : 300 Sq. Km.
ALTITUDE: 2286 Metres
Ngorongoro crater is located west of the great rift valley which runs from the Red Sea to Lake Nyasa in southern Tanzania. Ngorongoro was an active volcano some eight million years ago, whose cone collapsed, leaving a crater.
It is the largest unbroken caldera in the world, the second largest extinct crater in the world, and today shelters the most beautiful wildlife haven left on earth with a spectacular concentration of wildlife and stunning views.
The Crater is oval in shape, 300Sq. Km in area, 610m deep. There are 25,000 larger animals within the crater itself. This is undoubtedly the best place to see black rhino in Tanzania as well as prides of lion that include the magnificent black-maned males. All of the big five are seen - elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo. Other game includes: cheetah, hyena, zebra, warthog, impala, hartebeest, eland and lots of other members of the antelope family and smaller mammals of sorts.
Birdlife includes:Kori bustard, secretary bird, crested crane, maribou stock, goliath, heron, beautiful fish eagles, and thousands of colourful flamingoes. More than a 100 species of bird not found in the Serengeti have been found in the crater.
Vegetation:The crater rim is wooded with mountain forest vegetation. Blooming in acres of flowers e.g. pink, blue and white lupines, candle white lilies, blue hyacinth.
Ngorongoro Crater Safari Accommodation
Tanganyika Wilderness Camps
Tanganyika Wilderness Camps presents a unique collection of Permanent Tented Camps, Mobile Camping and Lodges in Tanzania. Our properties are all situated in private areas of exceptional natural beauty, rich in wildlife and inhabited by spectacular local tribes and a farm at the foot of the Ngorongoro Crater. The main aim of Tanganyika Wilderness Camps is to provide our clients with a highly memorable safari experience in exclusive camps and lodges, which offer an atmosphere of privacy and intimate isolation.
We also offer a selection of African Safari Tours of Tanzania, allowing us to bring out the best of our country, lodges and camps. This offers the traveller a good cross-section of African safari game drives while enjoying the country at large.
Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge is strategically perched on the rim of this 'Garden of Eden', affording unbelievable views plunging down over the crater floor, 7,500 feet above sea level.
The Lodge is elegantly built mainly from natural stone and local wood, harmoniously merging with its natural surroundings, and it is provided with panoramic windows that encompass superb views of the Crater's great bowl. From its privileged position, all the Lodge's 80 rooms afford breathtaking uninterrupted views, and the open-air terrace of the Rhino Lounge Bar offers superb panoramic views of the whole Crater.
Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge invites you to an unforgettable safari experience from its privileged location, both for game viewing and scenery. Ngorongoro is: 185 km from Arusha, 60 km from Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge, 145 km from Seronera Wildlife Lodge and 225 km from Lobo Wildlife Lodge.
Crater Forest Tented Camp
Crater Forest is a small tented camp located on a highland coffee plantation at an altitude of 1800 m, directly bordering the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area (NCAA). The camp is a 10 kilometer drive away from the main road leading from Karatu town to the famous Ngorongoro Crater, offering you some nice views of the surrounding hills and coffee plantations.
Crater Forest Tented Camp is operated as a small scale eco-friendly camp with only 15 spacious tented rooms, with en-suite bathrooms with a hot shower and flush toilet.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Facing the always magnificent sunsets to the west, and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro crater’s entire rim, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge stands well over half a kilometre above the crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera. Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, and decorated with examples of Africa’s rich tapestry of artistic traditions by way of rich woodcarvings and sculptures, the lodge harmonizes perfectly with its dramatic surroundings. But the drama does not just stop with the great outdoors: it also flows through the split level interiors of the main building which all offer an unsurpassed generosity of space while somehow managing to combine an almost magically welcoming ambience of both warmth and cosiness.
Ngorongoro Simba Campsite
Simba is a campsite located just on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. It has a beautiful tree in a very nice landscape. It is common for elephants to visit the campsite to drink water from the water reservatories. The campsite has modern toilet and shower facilities, covered area for breakfast and dinner and rangers patrolling the park 24 hours per day.
Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge
Rhino Lodge is ideally located on the edge of the Ngorongoro crater rim. The Lodge was originally the home of Ngorongoro's first conservator, and its developers have maintained the house's original rustic, low-impact style and natural setting.
Rhino Lodge offers a perfect base from which to explore the Ngorongoro crater and its surroundings. Game drives into the crater, and, for the more adventurous, walking safaris in the forest reserve and visits to nearby Maasai villages, can all be arranged from the lodge.
And, on return after a long day, 24 comfortable ensuite rooms with forest views, a cozy living space, friendly local staff and generous African-inspired meals offer guests a warm welcome home.