Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a protected area and a World Heritage Site located 180 km (110 mi) west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. The area is named after Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera within the area.

The Ngorongorocrater formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed two to three million years ago.


The volcanic eruptions like that of Ngorongoro, which resulted in the formation of Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, were very common.

Similar collapses occurred in the case of Olmoti and Empakaai, but they were much smaller in magnitude and impact.


Main activity is game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater floor, a vast expanse where animal activity is commonplace

Approximately 25,000 large animals, mostly ungulates, live in the crater. Wildlife  in the crater include the black rhino, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, the common eland, Grant’s, Thomson’s gazelles, Waterbucks, lions, hippos, crocodiles etc.


While you are at Ngorongoro, there are some great opportunities to visit the Maasai village and experience the lifestyle of the Maasai people