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Ngorongoro Crater

Tanzania Arusha Nature Reserve Big Five-Reservat

About Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is a Nature Reserve in Tanzania in the provinces of Arusha. The park was established on 01.01.1979 and covers an area of 8.292 km². The Ngorongoro Crater is a Big Five reserve and offers the possibility of self-drive safaris.

Ngorongoro borders the Serengeti to the northwest and the Maasai's sacred God Mountain, Ol Doinyo Lengai, to the north. The crater was formed when a volcanic mountain collapsed and a visit is a unique experience. There are few places that have wildlife density and diversity at this level. It is not unusual to see all the Big Five in one day.

General information
Biodiversity Sighting conditions
Very high Very high
  • 0Mammals
  • 500Bird species
  • 0Reptile
  • 0Fish specie
  • 0Amphibians
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Official Name

Ngorongoro Crater

Provinces

Arusha

Area

8.292 km2

Foundation

1979-01-01

Vegetation

No information

Habitats

Grassland savannah,Forest

Big Five-reserves

Yes

Self-drive-reserve

Yes

Entrance gates

1

Highlights

Ngorongoro borders the Serengeti to the northwest and the Maasai's sacred God Mountain, Ol Doinyo Lengai, to the north. The crater was formed when a volcanic mountain collapsed and a visit is a unique experience. There are few places that have wildlife density and diversity at this level. It is not unusual to see all the Big Five in one day.

Landscape

The main habitat of the Ngorongoro Crater is the Grassland savannah.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area consists of different habitats: open grassland, dense mountain forest, bushveld and heathland. Above all, however, it is the famous Ngorongoro Crater, the largest crater basin in the world, which attracts visitors. In contrast to the forested crater rim, the crater floor is mainly grassland with the Lerai Forest an atmospheric forest with yellow fever trees.

Entrance gate
Name Location
Lodoare South
General information
Biodiversity Sighting conditions
Very high Very high
  • 500Bird species
The best travel time for Ngorongoro Crater
The best travel time

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Weather and climate

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Best tavel time

June (Beginning) - September (End)


Dry time

June (Beginning) - October (End)

Climate

cool-warm


Tavel time

October (Beginning) - May (End)

Climate

cool-warm


High season

July (Beginning) - March (End)


Low season

July (Beginning) - March (End)


No information

The climate in Ngorongoro Crater is mild. The rainy season takes place from Beginning October to End May The dry season first extended over the months from Beginning June to End October inclusive. The best time to tour is Beginning June End September.

The area experiences two rainy seasons. October to November are the short rainy seasons, followed by the long rainy seasons from March to May. Rainfall mostly occurs in the form of short showers. It never gets very hot in the crater during the day, but it does get very cold at night on the crater rim. Warm clothing for early morning game drives is therefore highly recommended. During the dry season there are hardly any clouds in the sky.

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Top animal species

The Ngorongoro Crater is home to 0 mammals such as Big Five, Lion, Rhinoceros, Leopard, Cheetah as well as 500 bird species, 0 reptile species, 0 fish species and 0 amphibian species. The Ngorongoro Crater provides Very high conditions for wildlife viewing. The Nature Reserve offers a wide variety of species, including the "Big Five".

Big Five

Big Five

Big Five

Lion

Big Five

Rhinoceros

Big Five

Leopard

Cheetah

Giraffe

Zebra

Spotted hyena

Wildebeest

Hippopotamus

African Wild Dog

Jackal

Black rhinocerus

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