The best luxury accommodation and Itineraries in the Ngorongoro Crater with Africa Wildlife Safaris
The largest un-flooded and unbroken volcanic caldera on the planet – the Ngorongoro Crater – lies on the border of the Serengeti National Park. Inside its ancient walls is a mosaic of grassland, forest, marsh and lakes, home to 25,000 large animals including all the “Big 5”, as well as spectacular birdlife. At various points the crater walls reach up to 400m in height. The rim sits around 7,500 feet above sea level and is covered in ancient forests draped in lichen.
There is no accommodation within the crater itself but a number of outstanding lodges and safari camps are located on its rim, offering sweeping views of the landscape. Visitors can also stay in Karatu, a pretty area of flower farms and coffee plantations. Many of the lodges here are styled to resemble colonial homesteads and offer an insight into the life of early European settlers.
Visitors can enjoy game drives in 4WD vehicles into the crater, however, off-road driving is not permitted. Stay in a property close to a park gate to get a head start on everyone else in the morning, or choose a tented camp set in a more remote section of the rim.
Aside from wildlife viewing, things to do in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area include interactions with local Maasai or Hadzabe tribespeople, farm tours in Karatu and even volcano climbs. Visitors can also tour archaeological sites where early hominid fossils have been found such as Olduvai Gorge.
Why should I visit the Ngorongoro Crater?
- A geological and natural wonder
- Filled with diverse landscapes teeming with wildlife
- Daily 4WD excursions descending from the rim to the crater floor
- A range of exceptional campsites and lodges on the rim
- Hike the Olmoti Volcano
- Visit working farms in Karatu
- Interact with local Maasai or Hadzabe communities
When is the best time to visit the Ngorongoro Crater?
Gameviewing in the Ngorongoro Crater is excellent all year round, with the animals easiest to spot during the dry months (June to September). The wettest months are March and April; however, this is also the quietest time to visit.
The following itineraries are just some of the many experiences that we can design for you. All of our tours are private, independent and tailor-made to your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin creating your personalised Tanzania experience.
Antiquities & Wildlife
Explore the antiquities of Africa on this 16 day tour to Tanzania and Egypt. Explore the Pyramids of Giza and Marvel at the mighty Shypnx
Gorillas, Serengeti Safari & Zanzibar
Encounter Rwanda's rare Mountain Gorillas and explore Tanzania's finest safari destinations before relaxing on the white sand beaches of exotic Zanzibar.
Tanzania Bush and Beach
Marvel at the incredible diversity of Tanzania combining the exotic island of Zanzibar, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, both abundant in wildlife.
Tanzania’s Northern Treasures
Experience three of Tanzania’s best known national parks and the country’s epic wildlife in Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and the celebrated Serengeti.
Best luxury accommodation in the Ngorongoro Crater
Below are some of our preferred tented camps and safari lodges in the Ngorongoro Crater and Karatu regions. Please contact us to tailor design a selection of accommodation options to suit the style of your trip, and your budget.
Gibb’s Farm is a former colonial homestead comprising of a central farmhouse and 17 charming guest cottages located in Karatu, a lush area of flower farms and coffee plantations.
Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge
Nestled in 50 acres of pristine bush just 5 minutes’ from the Crater entrance, Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge comprises of 20 standalone, sumptuously appointed guest cottages.
Exclusive Kitela Lodge overlooks the eastern wall of the Ngorongoro Crater, lush coffee plantations and a cascading waterfall. Guests are accommodated in 20 beautiful romantic suites.
Ngorongoro Farm House
Featuring 52 beautiful ensuite rooms, Ngorongoro Farm House is reminiscent of an old colonial homestead with its tasteful decor, thatched roofs and tranquil flower gardens.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Clinging to the edge of the rim, the exquisite Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is like something out of a fantasy. The property is renowned for its unique design and high standards of service.
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Perched on the rim of the caldera, Ngorongoro Serena Lodge features 75 comfortable guest rooms built with local stone, each featuring uninterrupted views over the Ngorongoro Crater.
Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp
Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp is set in ancient forest on the Ngorongoro Crater rim, and provides guests with privileged access to the game-rich crater floor.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge sits on the highest point of the Ngorongoro Crater rim. Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, it features 97 comfortable rooms all with a view.
The Highlands Ngorongoro
Located the slopes of the Olmoti Volcano to the north of the Ngorongoro Crater, the Highlands Ngorongoro offers guests an exclusive wilderness experience with all the trimmings of a premium
Entamanu Ngorongoro is located high on the caldera rim offers views of sunrise over the Ngorongoro Crater and sunset over the Serengeti plains. There are just 6 stunning canvas guest tents
The Manor at Ngorongoro
Nestled in hills to the south of the Ngorongoro Crater lies The Manor at Ngorongoro masterfully blends old-world Afro-European grandeur and service with modern-day East African style and hospitality.
Arusha Coffee Lodge
Situated on one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations, Arusha Coffee Lodge is the perfect haven for before or after an exciting safari
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