Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater Overview

When traveling to Tanzania on your honeymoon, the world-class Ngorongoro Crater is a must-visit attraction. The Ngorongoro Crater and its surrounding highlands form one of Africa’s most stunning regions: Picture volcanic craters forming a striking backdrop to some of the richest grazing grounds in Africa. Within the crater rim, herds of zebra and wildebeest graze near snoozing lions lazing in the sun. In the early morning, the black rhino graze on dew-laden grass in the morning mist. And just outside the crater’s ridge, the Masaai herd their cattle over the green pastures of highland slopes, living alongside the wildlife as they have for centuries. The Ngorongoro is arguably one of the continent’s most celebrated safari destinations.

Often referred to as ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ’8th Natural Wonder of the World,’ this vast flat-bottomed caldera was created by the implosion of a volcano more massive than Kilimanjaro. Almost 2 million years ago, the magma inside the volcano drew back, leaving an immense hollow mountain that eventually collapsed into its present shape. Since then, the crater’s floor has become home to a wide range of habitats, including long and short grass plains, rolling hills, woodlands, marshes, lakes and springs.

The Ngorongoro Crater and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area are without a doubt some of the most beautiful parts of Tanzania, steeped in history and teeming with wildlife. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area includes its famous crater, Olduvai Gorge, and vast areas of highland plains, scrub bush, as well as forests. Being a protected area, only indigenous tribes such as the Masaai are allowed to live within its borders. Lake Ndutu and Masek, as well as a series of peaks and volcanoes make the conservation area a unique and stunning landscape. The game viewing is truly incredible, and the topography and views of the surrounding Crater Highlands is one of the most stunning examples of natural beauty in this world.

The Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtakingly beautiful setting and the best place in Tanzania to see the Big Five. Though the top finds include the infamous black rhino and some of the largest elephants left in Africa, keep your eyes peeled for lion, leopard, wildebeest, buffalo and zebra. Though activities inside the Crater itself are limited to game drives, a full range of activities are offered in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, including walking safaris, hiking treks and excursions to Olduvai Gorge and visiting the Masai tribes. Whatever you choose to do, the Crater Highlands are an unforgettable part of a Tanzanian honeymoon.

When considering accommodations, ask yourself whether you would prefer to stay right on the Crater’s rim for its stunning views or head out towards the Ngorongoro highlands for more budget-friendly options.. Away from the rim in nearby Karatu, there are a variety of small coffee plantations and guesthouses to choose from. Though they may lack the fantastic Ngorongoro views, these charming guesthouses are filled to the brim with character and friendly service.

Any honeymoon in Tanzania should include a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater. It’s one of the most beautiful natural wildlife safari sites in the world, and an exceptional place to interact with people from the Masaai tribe.

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The Ngorongoro Crater and surrounding areas are some of the most beautiful parts of Tanzania, steeped in history and teeming with wildlife.
  • ON TOP OF THE WORLD: Stand on the rim of the Crater with binoculars and locate some of the most interesting events of the day in the animal kingdom.
  • A PICNIC FOR TWO: Enjoy an unforgettable lunch for two at one of the gorgeous picnic spots in the crater.
  • DISCOVERING MANKIND: Head to the Olduvai Gorge, where the Leakeys discovered the hominoid remains of a 1.8 million year old skeleton, one of the distinct links of the human evolutionary chain.

Tips and Advice

HELPFUL HONEYMOON HINTS:

  • WEATHER: Ngorongoro has a mild, temperate climate. The crater generally experiences reasonable weather during the high season, June through October. The area experiences two wet seasons: from October to November, they have short rains, followed by the long rains from March to May. Rainfall consists of showers and thunder in the afternoon. Afternoons in the crater can be pleasant, but it can become very chilly at night on the rim, so be sure to pack accordingly.
  • WHEN TO GO: Since the game stays in the crater all year round, there is really no bad time to visit.  However, given that the crater floor does get busy with visitors, it can be more pleasant to visit during low season: April and May.
  • WHERE TO STAY: The choice is whether you prefer to stay at a hotel on the Crater rim for the phenomenal view, or a little way away from the Crater in nearby Karatu. The advantages of Karatu include the lack of crowds, and better-value, intimate lodges, which offer a range of activities such as walking and mountain biking.
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