Ngorongoro Crater

An ancient extinct volcano, the Ngorongoro Crater, with its lush vegetation, is home to more than 30 000 wild animals and is the world’s largest unbroken caldera. The unique topography of the region – whereby the crater rim sits at a height of 2400m and looks down onto a vast, circular expanse of grassland some 14km across – has lead to the Ngorongoro Crater being called the ‘World’s Largest Open Aired Zoo’ due to the abundance of wildlife observed.

Bordered by a ring of extinct volcanoes, the Ngorongoro Crater is a natural amphitheater where animals tend to remain for the duration of their lives. With the enclosed bowl comprising of a lake, forest and grasslands, there is a rich diversity of species that have come to call this unique environment home – including all of the Big Five as well as hippos, crocodiles, antelopes and an incredible population of birdlife.

The native Masaai can also be spotted herding their cattle to the nutritious salt licks, just as they have done for centuries before. As a year round destination you can’t beat the Ngorongoro Crater. With the crater housing a complete eco-system and providing everything that its animal inhabitants require, the wildlife doesn’t leave the crater so you can always be assured of excellent game viewing opportunities. Most of the lodges at the Ngorongoro Crater are situated on the rim of the crater, looking down into the reserve and offer dramatic views of this unique vista.

 

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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

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When in Tanzania, you cannot miss a visit to the Ngorogoro Crater!   Considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the world, this spectacular crater possesses a variety of game in some of the highest concentrations in Africa.  Here you can encounter the big five in a single day! A fantastical addition to the crater is the Ngorogoro Crater Lodge.  Perched high on the rim of the crater, this opulent chateau overlooks the splendour of the game covered crater plains below.  The views constantly change as misty clouds sweep in and out to make way for flawless breathtaking vistas.

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Gibb’s Farm

Gibb’s Farm

The forested slopes of Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater shelter an idyllic and relaxing luxury inn, the perfect place to unwind between Tanzanian safaris, or to use as a comfortable base from which to explore Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara and Lake Eyasi. A working organic coffee farm with the feel of a bygone era, Gibbs Farm encourages guests to tune into the soothing rhythms of the land.  Help the chef harvest from the organic vegetable garden, roast your own coffee, learn about Maasai legends around the Tembo fire, book one of the adventurous walking safaris, or just relax and enjoy the warm hospitality and breathtaking scenery.

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The Manor at Ngorongoro

The Manor at Ngorongoro

One of the prestigious hotels of the Elewana Collection, The Manor at Ngorongoro, which is situated near the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers ultimate comfort and luxury. Set on a coffee plantation spanning over 1 500 acres, the safari lodge is designed in typical old-world colonial style with a blend of warmth and hospitality so true of the East African culture. Nearby in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is world- famous attraction, the enormous Ngorongoro Crater, formed almost 3 million years ago by a now extinct volcano. Today its wildlife, rivers, forests and plains offer unsurpassed beauty.

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Lemala Ngorongoro Camp

Lemala Ngorongoro Camp

An intimate tented camp in a shady acacia forest on the rim of Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, at Lemala you are immersed in nature for an authentic luxury safari experience. Some of the most prolific Big Five wildlife viewing in Africa is to be found on the lush crater floor and the camp’s enviable position inside the gate allows for easy access and early morning safari drives without the crowds. The seasonal camp closes in April and May and is a real bush camp with a light footprint and no permanent structures, but delivers all the comforts with friendly efficiency.

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Exploreans Ngorongoro Lodge

The rustic wood cabin style of the beautiful Exploreans Ngorongoro Lodge in northeast Tanzania, which is situated on the edge of the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater amongst tree-lined hills, offers luxurious accommodation with all the necessary comforts. The extinct volcanic crater which spans an area of 240km2 and is known to some as the eighth wonder of the world, lies within the Ngorongoro Conservancy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where forests, rivers and plains are abundant with wildlife of all kinds including zebras, wildebeest, hippos and even the endangered black rhino. This exquisite part of East Africa promises a truly relaxing getaway.

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Ngorongoro Farm House

Ngorongoro Farm House

The home-style Ngorongoro Farmhouse in the Ngorongoro Karatu area of northern Tanzania was designed to emulate the farmhouse ideals of older colonial lodges in the area, and after 10 years of excellent service, it has proven to be a wonderful holiday destination. The lodge is located near the famous Ngorongoro Crater – a 260km2 inactive volcano located in the magnificent Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The now dormant volcano, which is known to some as the eighth wonder of the world, exploded almost 3 million years ago and formed the enormous crater that it is today, full of beautiful landscapes and wildlife.

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Lake Eyasi Tented Camp

Lake Eyasi is a wide salt lake in an unspoilt conservation area of Tanzania, which is home to some of the last hunter-gatherer people in Africa still living their traditional lifestyle. Designed for those who want to include a cultural element in their Tanzanian safari adventure, the camp’s main focus is cultural visits to the Hadzabe and Datoga tribes, making a fascinating interlude between wildlife safaris in the nearby Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti to the north.

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Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Surrounded by mountains and rolling hills, the beautiful thatched Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is situated in north eastern Tanzania, an exquisite part of East Africa set right on the edge of the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater, which is located in the Ngorongoro Conservancy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The perfect position of Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge offers guests spectacular views over the 260km2 now extinct volcano crater.

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Bougainvillea Safari Lodge

Bougainvillea Safari Lodge

Bougainvillea Safari Lodge, located just outside the small town of Karatu in northeast Tanzania, is a home away from home family-run lodge where guests are made to feel as comfortable as possible. Situated near the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bougainvillea Safari Lodge offers majestic views over the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater, a now extinct volcano which exploded and collapsed on itself almost three million years ago. Today it is a vast expanse of grasslands, forests and rivers and home to an abundance of wildlife such as zebras, hippos, wildebeest and rhino.

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Plantation Lodge

Plantation Lodge

Situated on the lush, rolling hills of a coffee estate in the Ngorongoro Highlands of Tanzania in East Africa, the exquisite Plantation Lodge offers luxury, privacy and all-out relaxation. Just minutes away from the local village of Karatu, the colonial-style Plantation Lodge is located right between the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the beautiful Lake Manyara, 50kms of floodplains and jungles teeming with wildlife set beneath the Rift Valley escarpment. Both of these must-see locations are perfect for safari day trips where the natural beauty of the area will leave guests in awe.

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