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A Day Trip To Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater

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Embark on an adventure like no other with a day trip to Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater. This natural wonder has gained worldwide recognition and is often referred to as the 8th wonder of the world.

It’s no surprise why – the Crater is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including the elusive black rhino. Formed over 2 to 3 million years ago, the Ngorongoro Crater is the largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera in the world.

The views from the top are breathtaking, with high walls that are over 600 meters tall, challenging your ability to comprehend its vastness.

Despite what many think, Ngorongoro Crater is not just a crater – it’s the largest volcanic caldera in the world, with a floor of about 300 square km (100 square miles). While on your day trip, you can partake in various activities such as game viewing and nature walks along the Crater rim on the Northern Highlands.

Don’t worry about breaking the bank – day trips and tours to Ngorongoro Crater from Arusha City are available at a reasonable cost. Check out our rates for the Day Trip at the end of this page and discover more of our exciting Arusha Day Trips and cultural tours.


Ngorongoro Crater Wildlife

The Crater is home to many wildlife supported by a yearly water supply from the highlands and enough fodder. Over 300 bird species have been recorded here among them are Egyptian geese, flamingos, blacksmith plovers, ibises, hummer heads, cormorants, herons, storks, and many more.

Large mammals and plain animals inhabit the Crater among them are wildebeest, eland, zebra, gazelles black rhinos, and predators like lions, hyenas, cheetahs, jackals, and the ever-illusive leopard, as they all bounded by the volcanic walls, they can be spotted in a very close range. Giraffes and impalas can not be found in the crater floor, they always hang around the crater rim possibly due to the steepness of the crater wall or as most of the time they have to raise their heads while walking to only have favorable blood pressure that goes to the head. It can also be luck of palatable food on the crater floor as they are browsers.


Most of the crater floor is open grassland, and more than 24,000 large grazing animals are feeding in this area, mainly buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, black rhino, gazelles, and other smaller moving both vertebrate and invertebrates. In turn support predators such as lions, Jackals hyenas, leopards,s and many birds of prey.

Lake Magadi

Soda Lake at the center of the crater floor gets its water from Munge River. Lake Magadi is the feeding site for some flamingos and other water birds. The Lake and pools have become hunting points for many predators that hide in the marsh to ambush large animals that come to drink. In the severe dry season, lake Magadi and most pools in the Crater often dry up.


Swamps preserve fresh water and food for big and small animals, especially during the dry season. Elephants feed on giant sedge and hippos wallow in the pools other small and big animals are also coming for water and grazing at the poolside. Giant serge and tall grasses provide shelter for frogs, birds, and insects while most predators hunt around the swamps.

Lerai forest a sole forest patch on the Crater floor provides food and shelter for big and small animals such as velvet monkeys, baboons, bushbucks, elephants, and rhinos. Lerai is a name in Masai for yellow-barked acacia.

The temperature in Ngorongoro highlands can get quite chilly in the morning and evening as the altitude is about 2300. Between November and May is the rainy season.

Camping and walking inside the Crater is strictly prohibited by the management of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Cars allowed in the Crater are 4WD drive only and all vehicles should be outside the Crater floor before 18:00 hrs. Most of our Tanzania safari and Zanzibar beach packages include one or two days in Ngorongoro.

Private Day Trip to Ngorongoro Crater Departing Arusha City at 06:00 Hours.

Starting & ending in Arusha city, Tanzania’s Tourism Capital

Prices For Ngorongoro Day trip

  • For 2 person is $ 440 per person
  • For 3 to 4 person is $ 335 per person
  • For 5 to 6 Person is $ 265 per person


  • Transportation in clean, well-maintained 4WD safari Land Cruise with photographic roof thatch
  • Service of professional & well-experienced English-speaking local safari driver guide
  • Good packed lunch
  • Mineral Drinking water (1.5 l per day per person)
  • All park fees including VAT


  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips/gratitude for the safari driver guide
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance etc.

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A Day Trip To Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater
From $265
/ Adult
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