Located in Tanzania’s northern highlands, the Ngorongoro Crater was formed millions of years ago by the eruption and collapse of a giant volcano. The crater’s 260-square-kilomtetre floor is now carpeted with grasslands, lakes and acacia forests, all home to an abundance of wildlife, including the Big Five.
You can join shared game drives, or have an expert private guide take you to the best locations for sightings. Seek out linos, elephants, cheetahs, wildebeest, hippos and wild dogs. This is also the best place in Tanzania for spotting the critically endangered black rhino. Head to the shores of Lake Magadi and you’ll likely be greeted with the spectacle of thousands of pink flamingos.
Ngorongoro Crater is set within the wider Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site spanning 8,300 sq km across Tanzania’s Crater Highlands. The volcanic landscapes here comprise two smaller craters, the dramatic cliffs of the Great Rift Valley, and the rust-hued alkaline waters of Lake Natron.