Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a park and UNESCO World Heritage site in the Northwest Tanzania. It contains an old volcano that has collapsed and formed a crater (caldera). The steep sides of the crater have become a natural enclosure for a wide variety of wildlife.



Considered to be "the cradle of humanity".


The Ngorongoro Crater is essentially and ancient collapsed volcano. It is a natural "utopia" for East African wildlife, and thus is rich in a wide diversity of animals. Roughly 100 square miles of savanna is completely encircled by a mountainous ring which is covered in dense jungles.

Flora and fauna

Fauna: Lions are in the highest density in the world in the crater, so there is a good chance of seeing them. There are herds of wildebeest, zebra, and a lot of buffalo and Grants' gazelles too. This is one of the best places in East Africa to see a Black Rhino. Hippos and flamingos are seen in Lake Magadi. Hyenas are a common predator, and cheetahs are frequently seen. Leopards are in the conservation area but rarely seen, along with Wild Dogs.

Get in

Most people come to Ngorongoro from Arusha on organized safaris. It is, however, cheaper to organize a safari from Karatu, a town 10km from the gates. Here you can organize a safari with an independent driver. If using an independent driver, the profit will go to an individual Tanzanian instead of a larger safari company, however these vehicles are less reliable and are known to have parts fall off while driving around the crater. That can add or detract from your experience, depending on what you're looking for.


For foreigners: $50 per person/day. $200 per car/day. (not a car full of people, just the car.) No credit cards or cash are accepted, payment by prepaid TANAPA card only.

For Tanzanians it's 15,000/= per day. Most of the locals believe that the bulk of the park fees go into pockets.


Olduvai gorge
Mount Lengai seen from Lake Natron

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