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Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater is a top selection for any list of the world's greatest natural wonders and among the top 3 of the 7 natural wonders of Africa.

Ngorongoro Crater was created when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself 2 to 3 million years ago. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 and is the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world. Its diameter is about 19km and the walls of about 610m in height.

Before In 1951 Serengeti National Park was declared, encompassing split into the present-day Serengeti National Park, and the current Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is renowned both for its beautiful geological splendour, and being a natural reserve which is home to some of the densely large animals populations found across Africa.

Ngorongoro conservation area now encompasses a large area of the short grass plains on the southern side of the Serengeti Plain and the Ngorongoro Highlands on the west side of the Great Rift Valley with a range of largely extinct ancient volcanoes.

Ngorongoro Crater Location

Ngorongoro Crater South west corner there is the Lerai Forest, which is mainly comprised of yellow fever trees (acacia family type).

Ngorongoro Crater north of the forest is a shallow soda lake called Lake Magadi and Ngorongoro Crater east you will find Gorigor Swamp and the Ngoitokitok Springs where ponds of hippo are to be found.

Ngorongoro Crater north is on the whole, much drier and consists of the open grasslands which characterizes the Crater floor, where the majority of the resident game resides.

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Ngorongoro Crater Safari

Ngorongoro Crater safari is the best choice for wildlife safari and photographers adventure. A hassle free, ideal destination for first-time safari, returning, groups travel and families visitors. The wide range of resident wildlife and the easy with which the animals can be observed makes Ngorongoro crater destination very unique.

Ngorongoro Crater Safari Costs

How much it cost for a Ngorongoro Crater Safari? Here are the truths about Ngorongoro Crater Safari Costs.

First and foremost, do not select your Travel Agency/Tour Operator based on price alone. Price should be only one factor of your overall decision. Remarkable adventure is not a thing to shop for a cheap "deal", nor is it a thing to overpay needlessly. What you are looking for is high quality and remarkable service at a reasonable price.

Many people look for a cheap Ngorongoro Safari. However, “Sometimes low cost means not good”

But it is not good to assume high priced operators are better simply because they charge more. Ask yourself some important questions and get the answers.

  • Who knows the Ngorongoro Crater better? An international company operating across the world including Kilimanjaro climbs, safaris, Mediterranean cruises, European wine tasting tours, tropical getaways, bike rides through country sides, scuba diving trips, cultural city tours, etc or a local destination management company in the same country?

  • Do you want a game drive with a foreign guide who was flown in for a couple trips per year, or a local guide who has encountered and handled various situations, with hundreds of clients, during his many years of service?

  • Who can tell you better about the Ngorongoro crater, the wildlife, the fauna, and the culture of the place?
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When To Travel To Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater floor does get busy with vehicles during the high season; it can be more pleasant to visit the Ngorongoro Crater during green low season.

However, since the wildlife mainly stays in the crater all year round, there is really no good or bad time to visit the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater. The presence of higher water levels in Lake Magadi at the centre of the Ngorongoro Crater results in higher concentrations of flamingos.

Whenever you visit the Ngorongoro Crater, you are assured excellent and remarkable adventure safari. Kiliedu Travel. will take care of all your adventure needs.

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Ngorongoro Crater Animals

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the best place in Tanzania to see 'The Big Five'. The African black rhino, largest tusker elephants, Ngorongoro Crater Lions, leopards and buffalos are healthy available in the Ngorongoro Crater.

The Ngorongoro Crater has a healthy population of other animals like the hyena, healthy herds of wildebeest, zebra. serval cat, cheetah, jackal, Grant's and Thompson's gazelle, flamingo, bat-eared foxes and approximately of 400 other species of bird.

You are assured for a remarkable adventure on any Ngorongoro Crater safari.

Generally, the mineral-rich floor of this spectacular bowl, The Ngorongoro Crater is largely flat, open and covered in nutritious grasses, much to the liking of large herds of zebra and wildebeest, which graze here.

These extensive open plains are home to herds of buffalo, Thomson's gazelle, Grant's gazelle and tsessebe often called topi.

You will find Africa's best population of black rhino here, which are often seen in open grasslands. Breeding herds of elephant pass through the Ngorongoro Crater itself only rarely, but you will see a scattering of old bulls, including some of the biggest tuskers left alive in Africa today. The only surprising absentees from the Ngorongoro Crater are Impala and Giraffe; it is thought that this is perhaps because of the lack of open woodlands and browsing species of trees which these 2 tend to thrive on.

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Ngorongoro Crater Lions

The Crater's lions of Ngorongoro population varies significantly over time, the one constant being their complete disregard of vehicles; they will hunt within yards of a vehicle, and when exhausted even seek shade beside them. Ngorongoro Crater lions are known with its habit of climbing trees.

Spotted hyenas are even more common here, often competing with the lion, and there's are a small but growing number of cheetah. Leopards are around, especially in the vicinity of the Lerai Forest. Side-striped and the lovely golden jackal are often seen skulking around, whilst bat-eared foxes are a rarer sight.

Ngorongoro Crater Access

The Ngorongoro crater can be accessible easily by flight or car. There are daily flights to Arusha from Dar Es Salaam where you would be met by a safari guide.

Alternative you can fly to Lake Manyara airstrip, which is about an hour from the Ngorongoro Crater and you may be picked up by a safari guide.

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Ngorongoro Crater Attraction

  • Empakaai Crater: The Empakaai Crater is a deep soda lake covers about half of the 6km wide. This caldera is much smaller, yet endearing in its own way. You'll often find thousands of flamingos in the shallows of the emerald lake giving it a spectacular pink color.

    The views from the rim over the Ngorongoro Crater to Ol Doinyo Lengai are thought to be some of the most spectacular in Africa on very clear days you can even see Mount Kilimanjaro and Lake Natron.

  • Olduvai Gorge: The Olduvai Gorge is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world and has been instrumental in understanding human evolution.

    Olduvai Gorge has the most extensive history of any place on earth. It has been proved that various Hominid species have lived here for millions of years. Hominid fossils preserved in volcanic rock, which date back to 3.6 million years ago gives the proof of this historic evolution.

  • Laetoli footprints: This is the most ancient footprints ever found on earth. It has genuine fossils of some of the extinct animals that used to live in the area.

Ngorongoro Crater Accommodation

There is no accommodation within the Ngorongoro Crater. This implies that, there are two different accommodation options; either staying on the Crater rim or on the Rift Valley Escarpment.

  • There are various lodges on the Crater rim overlooking the floor with an incredible views and easy access to the Ngorongoro crater.

  • Still there are good other lodges and camps in the hills of the Ngorongoro crater, which do not have the views but are still extremely convenient and are more affordable.

  • Alternatively, you can stay at Karatu which is less than 20km from the Ngorongoro Crater.
The advantages of Karatu include the comparative lack of crowds, and better value, smaller and more intimate lodges which offer a range of activities such as walking, mountain biking, game drives to nearby Lake Manyara, local bird watching and cultural visits.

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The Big Five Of Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater is a can't-miss destination in Tanzania which offers a classic Big 5 safari experience in the unique setting of an ancient volcanic caldera.

The African black rhino, largest tusker elephants, Ngorongoro Crater Lions, leopards and buffalos are healthy available in the Ngorongoro Crater.

Ngorongoro Crater scenery is spectacular, predators are abundant and it's not unusual to see the Big 5 in a single day.

The Ngorongoro Crater is the obvious choice and the best place in Tanzania to see the Big Five.

Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most beautiful natural wildlife safari sites in the world and an exceptional place to interact with people from the Maasai tribe.

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Ngorongoro Crater Activities

Activities inside the Ngorongoro Crater itself are limited to game driving; there are a couple of picnic spots in the park, but getting out of the vehicle is strictly limited to these areas. However, a full range of activities is on offer in the wider Ngorongoro Conservation Area, including walking, trekking, excursions to Olduvai Gorge and visiting the Masai and other tribes.

Volunteering activities are also available to the community of Ngorongoro Crater like the Ebeneza Maasai children center.

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Kilimanjaro Climb And Wildlife Safari – 14 days/ 13 Nights

Kiliedu Travel & Tours will organize your trip to Kilimanjaro Climb via Marangu Route with Wildlife Safaris to Tarangire or Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater

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Mount Meru Climb And Wildlife Safari – 12 days/11 Nights

Kiliedu Travel & Tours will organize your trip to Mount Meru Climb and Tarangire or Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Serengeti has one of the most amazing wildebeest migrations which make it a special park of all.

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The Ultimate Tanzania Wildlife Safari - 7 Days / 6 Nights:

Day 1: Arrival – Arusha.

Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
• Meals Plan: Full Board (FB)

Day 2: Tarangire National Park

Enjoy a full day game drive through the park with a picnic lunch. This park is known for its holding one of the largest elephant herds in Africa. Lions, giraffes, zebras well seen and over 500 different birds’ species to find.
• Meals Plan: Full Board (FB)

Day 3: Seronera Valley (Central Serengeti National Park

Imagine immense short-grass plains that run to the horizon. Now imagine the plains filled with so many wildebeest and zebra that they run to the horizon too. This is just a glimpse of the incredible views at the Serengeti National Park. There is no other place in the world where you can get such a feeling of wild expanse.

The Seronera Valley is one of many world famous attractions located in the heart of Serengeti National Park with vegetation changes do acacia dotted plains, where lions and leopards are often spotted. The banks of the Seronera River are lined with lush palm trees, sausage trees, towering yellow fever acacias, bird species and the Retima Hippo Pool.

The Central Serengeti Seronera Valley supports a much greater diversity of resident wildlife than anywhere else in the Serengeti including elephant, giraffe, impala, waterbuck, hippo, topi, reedbuck, buffalo and baboon. This resident prey in turn attracts the highest concentrations of large predators in Africa lion, hyena, leopard and cheetah and a multitude of smaller predators.
• Meals Plan: Full Board (FB)

Day 4: Ngorongoro crater & Hot Air Balloon (Option)

The balloon safari will give you an incredible view of the Great Migration of Serengeti National Park.

Enjoy a full day game drive through the crater. We will descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife passing through the forested slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands before arriving at the rim of the crater. The crater is one of the most densely crowded game areas in the world, home to nearly 40,000 animals.

Ngorongoro Crater rim gives the nice panoramic views of the floor, Beautiful views of Ngorongoro crater hills and Green nature of the Ngorongoro crater as usual. All these will give you an incredible view you won’t need to stop seen it. Also, The Big Five, African lion, leopard, black rhino, elephant and buffalo are easily seen here
• Meals Plan: Full Board (FB)

Day 5: Lake Manyara National Park

Enjoy a full day game drive in the park with a picnic lunch. Lake Manyara is best known for its rich variety of bird life and tree climbing lion. Elephants, monkeys, flamingos, pelicans, cormorants and storks, to mention a few also visible in Manyara. You will then drive to Lake Eyasi for your dinner and overnight.
• Meals Plan: Full Board (FB)

Day 6: Lake Eyasi (Hadzabe & Datoga tribe).

You will go hunting with the Hadzabe tribe. They are among the last hunter- gatherers in the world. Follow them while they try to catch an animal right in front of you. You will also get time to visit the Datoga tribe.
• Meals Plan: Full Board (FB)

Day 7: Departure:

Depending on your flight schedule, you will depart through Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
• Meals plan: Half Board (HB)

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The Ultimate Zanzibar Beach Holiday 8 Days / 7 Nights

Day 1: Arrival and Resting.

Arrival at Abeid Aman Karume International Airport (ZNZ).
• Meals plan (All Inclusive)

Day 2: Prison/Tortoises Island Snorkeling (Changuu Island) & Stone Town Tour

Earning its name as a former prison for slaves and a quarantine station for Zanzibar and the mainland, nowadays the island gives you the chance to escape for some peace and quiet.

The island lies just off the Old Stone Town, it is also a home to giant land tortoises that were imported from Seychelles in the late 19th century. Now it is more commonly known as a home of Zanzibar’s Giant Aldabran Tortoise colony, some of which are over a hundred years old! This endangered species came to Zanzibar as a gift from the government of the Seychelles.

Once on the island, you have the opportunity to feed and pet the tortoises; if you have time you may also like to take a stroll through the forested interior where you will see a wide variety of birds, colorful peacocks, bats, and beautiful butterflies. Keep your eyes peeled too for the shy and elusive Duikers – an unusual tiny antelope species.
It is fringed with a beautiful coral reef, ideal for snorkeling, and has a lovely white beach for sunbathing. This tour is a great way to see some history and wildlife, and also to see Stone Town from the sea as many old maritime legends would have done.

You will finally have a guided Stone town tour. The town was declared as The World heritage site by UNESCO. With the best tour guide in Zanzibar, you will walk on the footsteps of Arab Sultans of Zanzibar. Discovery of the wonderful labyrinths of Zanzibar, visit of the historical sites, presentation of the Zanzibar doors, their roles and significance.
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Day 3: Safari Blue, Sand Bank tour

You will drive all the way south west of the Island to the fishing village of Fumba. You will then board the dhows and set off searching the Dolphins (85% chances). The species are frequently found at Menai Bay are Spinner and Bottlenose dolphins. Swim with them as long as they stay close to the boat. You will then go on to one of the selected snorkeling areas, while accompanied by a snorkeling guide to show you points of interest and to assist the beginners. Still you have the option to relax on the beach only.
• Meals plan (All Inclusive)

Day 4: Spice Tour & Kendwa Beach

You will go to Discover spices, fruits, coconut tree climbing, and taste some of the Zanzibar fruits, Seating on the mat at the village at the end for lunch. Mbeya spiced rice, served with beef, turmeric-coconut sauce and cassava spinach/English spinach cooked in coconut “Self-service”. The categories of fruits served after delicious meal.

After spice visit you will drive all the way to Kendwa beach. You can also enjoy a day of snorkeling or scuba diving. Indeed, a place to relax for all type of travelers. Don't forget to stroll along the white sands of Kendwa and to take photos for your loved ones.
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Day 5: Baraka Natural Aquarium

You will depart from the hotel to Baraka Natural Aquarium. You will have the opportunity to swim with giant green turtles and tropical fish in the natural pool. Other activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including cycling, fishing, snorkeling and diving.
• Meals plan (All Inclusive)

Day 6 & 7: Free and Resting.

The Zanzibar Island beaches are special, perfect and the haven for underwater lovers. Zanzibar beaches are blessed by not having to deal with much high and low tides. It’s best for its party atmosphere, many bars and clubs, but the entire atmosphere remains Zanzibar style..
• Meals plan (All Inclusive)

Day 8: Free and Departure.

Depending on your flight schedule, you will depart through Abeid Aman Karume International Airport (ZNZ).
• Meals plan (All Inclusive)

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Have You Ever Travelled To Ndutu?

The Great Migration is in the Southern Serengeti in December - March. Ndutu is southern Serengeti area but a part of Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA).

At the heart of the South Serengeti lies the world famous Ndutu it’s situated in the Ngorongoro conservation area, part of the southern Serengeti eco-system. Offering consistently the best wildlife viewing during the green season,

Ndutu is strategically situated at the center of the southern plains although the immediate area is blanketed with a forest of acacia trees. Since the 1960s, Ndutu had been a favorite destination for many distinguished authors, filmmakers and wildlife biologists. Researchers Jane Goodall and Hugo van Lawick used Ndutu as a base for much of their research.