The Ngorongoro Crater (Ngorongoro Conservation Area) is the largest intact caldera in the world, and some scientists maintain that, before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mount Kilimanjaro, the current highest point in Africa. Covering a mere 260 square kilometres/100 square miles, the 600m/1969ft-deep Ngorongoro Crater is home to a permanent population of more than 30 000 animals, and is one of the few places in Africa where you stand a very good chance of seeing the Big Five in the course of a game-drive. It features the spectacular Lerai Forest which is one of the best places in Africa to spot leopard. There are around 70 lions in the Crater, and about 15 black rhino. It also features two lakes, one is a salt water lake and the other is a fresh water lake.

ngorongoro crater from view pointThe Ngorongoro Crater forms part of the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area where the wildlife is protected. The local Maasai have permission to graze their cattle on the Crater floor, and it is not unusual to see Maasai cattle and buffalo grazing together, with a lion gazing fixedly mere metres away.

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Inside Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Intimate Places Camping
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
 Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
 Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
 Ngorongoro Wilderness Camp
 Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
 Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge
 Lemala Ngorongoro Camp
 Kirurumu Ngorongoro Camp
 Ang’ata Ngorongoro Camp
 Pakulala Safari Camp
 Ndutu Area  Lake Masek Tented Camp
 Ndutu Safari Lodge
 Ang’ata Migration Camp
 Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge
 Nasikia Migration Camp
Karatu – Ngorongoro Highlands – (Outside Ngorongoro Conservation Area
 Ngorongoro Farm House
 Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge
 Acacia Farm Lodge
 Kitela Lodge
 Kudu Lodge
 Crater Forest Tented Lodge
 Eileen’s Trees Inn
 Bougainvillea Safari Lodge
 Plantation Lodge
 Gibb’s Farm
 Tloma Lodge
 Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge
 Ngorongoro Forest Tented Lodge
 Octagon Lodge
 Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge
 Karatu Simba Lodge