Safari in the Ngorongoro crater

How to get to Ngorongoro conservation area.

Ngorongoro conservation area can be arrived at by either air or road. The conservation area is located west of Arusha which is about 180 kilometers which are approximately 110 miles from Arusha town. By road, visitors can arrive at the conservation area by use of a 4-wheel vehicle which will take them about 2 hours from Arusha to reach the conservation area. By air, visitors can access the conservation area by flying from Kilimanjaro International Airport which is about 46 kilometers (29 miles) from Arusha straight to any of the airstrips in the Ngorongoro area. Another option by air is to fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport and then connect to either Arusha Airport or Kilimanjaro International Airport which then you can head to any of the airstrips in the Ngorongoro area

BEST TIME TO PAY A VISIT TO NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

Visiting the Ngorongoro conservation area can be done anytime throughout the year, however, the perfect and recommendable time to visit the conservation area is during the dry season which is from June to October as it is the ideal period to view several wildlife animals within the area.  Wildlife viewing during this period is easier because of the thin vegetation and animals also gather near waterholes and other water sources during this period. The rains are usually little which makes the chances of contracting malaria very less but you can still carry a mosquito repellent for extra protection. The dry season is also the peak season for visitors as many visitors flock to the conservation area during this period. The other period to visit the park is the wet season which is from November to May. The wet season is the best period to view the migratory birds from Asia and other parts of Europe. During this period, the conservation area is filled with beautiful green scenery and landscape although the visitors are usually fewer.

 

CLIMATE AND VEGETATION OF THE NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

The temperatures of the Ngorongoro conservation area are mild in day time and a little bit colder during the night. The average temperatures are a little higher From September to April which is around 23°C or 73°F and lower from May to August which is around 19°C or 66°F although not with that much difference in their average temperatures. The night temperature around the Ngorongoro crater rim is about 6°C or 43°F.  For vegetation, there are variations in the vegetation types within the conservation area from one region to another due to the various altitude levels and landform types within the area.  The upland woodlands of the area comprise of red thorns and gum acacia, the steeps of Ngorongoro consist of grasslands and evergreen trees, the mountain regions are occupied by the bamboo type of vegetation and lastly, the Ngorongoro crater floor is occupied by marshes and acacia vegetation type.

 

ACCOMMODATION AT NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

The Manor at Ngorongoro

The Manor at Ngorongoro is located just 13 miles from Lake Manyara Airport. It is located in northwest Tanzania adjacent to the Ngorongoro conservation area and south of the Ngorongoro crater. The room types at the manor include Mountain view, Non-smoking rooms, Suites, and Family rooms with room features like Bathrobes, Desk, Fireplaces, Housekeeping service, Room service, Coffee or tea maker, Minibar, shower, and others. The rooms at the manor have mixed architectural styles with a mixture of Cape Dutch-style architecture and also old-world Afro-European architecture

The main amenities for The Manor at Ngorongoro include

  • Free Parking
  • Free internet
  • Swimming Pool
  • Free breakfast
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Airport Transportation
  • Spa

Ngorongoro forest tented lodge

Ngorongoro forest tented lodge is an elegant accommodation spot located near the entrance to Ngorongoro crater. The tented forest lodge has located a distance of about 30 minutes drive from Lake Eyasi and about a 2 hours drive to Lake Tarangire. With spacious and furnished room types like double rooms, triple rooms, and family rooms. The rooms at the lodge have numerous features like indoor showers, flush toilets, warm blankets for cool nights, and others

The following are the main amenities at Ngorongoro forest tented lodge

  • restaurant
  • bar
  • swimming pool
  • coffee and tea station
  • professional guide
  • 24/7 security team
  • 24/7 standby generator
  • free Wi-Fi

Ngorongoro wildlife lodge

Ngorongoro wildlife lodge is located on the rim of the crater and it was the first ever lodge to be built around Ngorongoro crater. The wildlife lodge sits at an elevation of 7500ft above sea level which gives visitors the perfect opportunity to see the magnificent crater and the animals within the surroundings like lions, wildebeests, giraffes, and others. The room structures within the lodge were built with natural stone combinations with room types like twin rooms, double rooms, presidential suites, and three junior suites that are well decorated. the rooms within the lodge have central heating systems which help to regulate the room temperatures and the rooms also have mosquito nets

The main amenities at Ngorongoro wildlife lodge include

  • restaurant
  • bar
  • craft shop
  • TV lounge
  • library
  • Wi-Fi
  • hot tub
  • laundry services
  • free parking

Ngorongoro Oldeani mountain lodge

Ngorongoro Oldeani mountain lodge is an elegant and colonial lodge located on a picturesque hill alongside its panoramic views of Ngorongoro crater rim alongside views of Oldeani Mountain. Once you are at the lodge, you can also see the views of Lake Eyasi and lake Manyara. The room types within the lodge include comfortable deluxe suites, luxury villas, and deluxe suites with room features like tea and coffee equipment, safety deposit box, mosquito nets, air conditioners, mini bar, fridge, hair dryer, electrical outlets, private en-suite bathroom and others for their visitors

The main amenities at Ngorongoro Oldeani mountain lodge include

  • lounge area
  • Wi-Fi
  • laundry services
  • balcony
  • restaurant
  • bar
  • swimming pool
  • spa and massage spot
  • gym
  • garden

Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge

Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented lodge is located 38 miles away from seronera airport. The tented luxury lodge is one that offers the best accommodation to both visitors of Serengeti national game park and as well as visitors of the Ngorongoro conservation area giving them the chance to have the best African safari experience. The room types within the lodge include Mountain view rooms, Landmark view rooms, Non-smoking rooms, and Suites with room features like Blackout curtains, Bathrobes, Desk, Housekeeping, Interconnected rooms available, Coffee and tea maker, Extra-long beds, shower, and other

The main amenities at Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge include

  • Free parking
  • Free WIFI
  • Swimming Pool
  • Free breakfast
  • Evening entertainment
  • Children Activities