The Ngorongoro Crater – the name has an almost mystical ring to it, conjuring images of a giant wildlife-filled volcanic caldera, where the big five and many other animals roam. But there’s even more – the Ngorongoro Conservation Area also encompasses mountains, lakes, forests and wide-open African plains! With the world-famous crater at its hart, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers an area of 8300 sq km. This African wildlife area was previously part of the Serengeti National Park, but due to the grazing needs of the animals of the local Masai, the area was reclassified as an African wildlife conservation area in Tanzania.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area as a whole has much to offer but the jewel in its crown is, without a doubt, the eponymous crater – an area of 265 sq km, which is 610 meters deep and 19 km across. The rim of the crater is an astounding 2286 meters above sea level. The floor contains a small soda lake, called Lake Magadi and it is estimated that 30 000 animals are living in the crater, making it the most intensive safari game viewing area on earth! It was therefore very fittingly declared a World Heritage Site in 1978. A visit to Tanzania is simply incomplete without a safari visit to the park. Please refer to the map below for further details, pictures, photos images and information on this magnificent and picturesque park.
Take a flight to Kigoma town form Arusha. Arrive in the early afternoon where you will have lunch. Have an afternoon city tour visiting the major attractions found within. Drive to the booked hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Leave the hotel at 7:00 as to transfer to the lake for a boat safari to Gombe. Go for a walking safari in the forest to see animals like colobus monkeys, baboons, forest pigs, dik-dik and tropical birds. Drive to the booked hotel for overnight stay.
Shortly after breakfast, have a walking safari in the forest for the climb to Kakombe Waterfalls. Break for lunch and climb to Jane’s peak for spectacular views. Return to the booked hotel for overnight stay.
After an early breakfast depart for chimpanzee tracking which are abundant in the forest. Break for lunch and continue with boat cruise in the lake. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast depart, transfer to the lake for boat departure to Kigoma. Have lunch transfer to Kigoma Airport (TKQ) for a flight to Arusha.
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