Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Name: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Country: Tanzania

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is located 180 km west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. Ngorongoro Crater is a large volcanic caldera within the area. It is about 20 km across, 600 metres deep and 300 km2 in area.


The Ngorongoro crater includes most of the animal species found in East Africa. It is home to approximately 25,000 large animals, mostly ungulates. They include the black rhino, hippos, wildebeest, Burch ell’s zebra, eland, grants and Thomson’s gazelle.

The annual ungulate migration passes through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, with 1.7 million wildebeest, 260,000 zebra and 470,000 gazelles.

Lake Magadi, a large lake in the southwest of the crater, is often inhabited by thousands of mainly Lesser Flamingos.

Climatic Conditions

It has a mild, temperate climate and experiences two seasons which are; ‘short rains’ from October to November and the ‘long rains’ from March to May.

Major Attractions

World renowned as a place of absolute wonder, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is dramatically beautiful, and referred to as the 8th natural wonder of the world.

The jewel in Ngorongoro’s crown is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest un-flooded and unbroken caldera in the world.


It is located about 180 km west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania.

Getting there

  • By Road: Road transfers to the conservation area.
  • By Air: Aircraft transfers to airstrips within the area.

Best time to visit

The rainy season (November to April) and the dry season (May to October).


  • Game viewing drives
  • Sun downers
  • Cultural visits
  • Picnicking
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on earth. The lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged ...

Lake Masek Tented Camp

Lake Masek Tented Camp is an exclusive luxury camp situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area overlooking Lake Masek. The camp is eco-friendly as all the electric power is supplied by solar panels ...


Perched on the edge of a permanent marsh, Lemala Ndutu Luxury Camp is the ultimate amphitheatre for the wildebeest migration between December and April. The camp is situated inside the Ngorongoro Con...


Ndutu Wilderness Camp is a comfortable and intimate camp that lies within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ndutu Wilderness Camp is home to many species of wild game including the impala, topi, wild...


Facing the all-time 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...