Ngorongoro Crater Game Reserve

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Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania - Safari Holidays

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Best time to visit

At Ngorongoro Crater there are two main seasons. The wet season and the dry season. The wet season is the best time for birds and the dry season is the best for animal viewing.

A luxury African safari camp is on offer at Lake Manyara

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Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater is a scenic wonderland, with a wildlife and nature setting that alone qualifies it for a superior Tanzania Luxury Safari Holiday.

Basic facts about Ngorongoro Crater

The Crater is situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located 180 km (110m) west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. Ngorongoro is the world's largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera.

About 25 000 mammals makes the Crater their home, these includes huge herds of resident wildebeest, some highly endangered black rhino and about 75 lions. Cheetahs move in and out of the area and leopard are often seen in the Lerai Forest. Golden and black-backed jackal are abundant, while the normally shy and nocturnal serval are frequently spotted. Large numbers of buffalo, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle occur. Large numbers of spotted hyena are also resident in the Crater.

The best sightings of elephant in the Crater happens in the Lerai Forest, the marshes on the Crater floor and the highland meadows. The dense forest on the slopes and rim of the Crater provides shelter for the giant tuskers, which pass quietly through the forest depths.

Unlike in other parts of Tanzania, both zebra and wildebeest are permanently resident in the Crater. Also the Thomson’s gazelle, which often join the wildebeest and zebras on their migration, are content to enjoy the spoils of the crater throughout the year.

The salty water of Lake Magadi attract the lesser and the greater flamingo, with several thousand visiting when the lake is low. Other birds found on the Crater floor are the ostrich, the largest bird and the Kori bustard, the world’s heaviest flying bird.

Activities in Ngorongoro Crater

Activities revolve around the opportunities offered by the amazing wildlife and nature of Tanzania. Luxury Safaris in open safari vehicles, day and night, crater view walks, visits to Maasai villages, visit to Empakai Crater, private sundowners at the rim and forest walks in the vicinity of the lodges and camps.

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