1 Day Ngorongoro Conservation Area & Crater Safari

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Daily Tour 1 Day
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater – the name has an almost mystical ring to it, conjuring images of a giant wildlife-filled volcanic caldera, where the big five and many other animals roam. But there’s even more – the Ngorongoro Conservation Area also encompasses mountains, lakes, forests and wide-open African plains! With the world-famous crater at its hart, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers an area of 8300 sq km. This African wildlife area was previously part of the Serengeti National Park, but due to the grazing needs of the animals of the local Masai, the area was reclassified as an African wildlife conservation area in Tanzania.

Wild animals are protected as in the National Parks. The craters of Ngorongoro and Empakai are reserved exclusively or wildlife, while the rest of the Conservation Area is shared    by wildlife, people and livestock. The Maasai, the main residents of Ngorongoro, are pastoralists who move widely with their herds of cattle, sheep, goat and donkeys in  search of pasture and water. In recent years the Maasai have been encouraged to work on the land and supplement their traditional diet of milk, blood and meat.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area as a whole has much to offer but the jewel in its crown is, without a doubt, the eponymous crater – an area of 265 sq km, which is 610 meters deep and 19 km across. The rim of the crater is an astounding 2286 meters above sea level. The floor contains a small soda lake, called Lake Magadi and it is estimated that 30 000 animals are living in the crater, making it the most intensive safari game viewing area on earth! It was therefore very fittingly declared a World Heritage Site in 1978. A visit to Tanzania is simply incomplete without a safari visit to the park.

Safari Includes:

  • Transfers in both directions between the International Airport and Moshi.
  • One night Hotel accommodation in Moshi/Arusha.
  • Extended 4 x 4 safari jeep with pop up roof for game viewing
  • Professional safari guide
  • Entrance fees to all national parks.
  • Maasai Experience tour if interested.
  • Ngorongoro Crater fees
  • 18% VAT to our entrance fees.
  • All meals while on safari and cold water during the safari.
  • Government taxes, VAT and service charges relating to accommodation and included meals
  • All basic camping facility such as tents, chairs, tables and sleeping mats.

Safari Excludes:

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival, USA and CANADA passport holders USD.100
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Optional Tours (balloon rides USD. 570 per person)
  • Tips and gratuities to your safari guide and cook.
A UNESCO protected World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is situated some 190 km. west of Arusha, between Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Parks. Covering approximately 8,288 square km, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area consists of the Ngorongoro Crater itself, the Olduvai Gorge and Ndutu, the Empakai crater and the Oldonyo Lengai Mountain. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a pioneering experiment in multi-purpose land use where people (the Maasai), their livestock and wildlife coexist and share the same protected habitat.

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