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Ngorongoro Nature Reserve

Ngorongoro Nature Reserve

So much more than a crater

Ngorongoro is best known for its unique high-density volcanic craters of animals. But Ngorongoro is a completely nature reserve – with varying nature and Maasai cities, protected by UNESCO since 1979 which is well suited for hiking. If UNESCO protects – then it’s good stuff… Ngorongoro is located inside the Serengeti so you can choose a day hike along the crater edge of the road. There are a lot of different accommodations and here we often choose a tent camp to be one with nature.


The area is amazingly beautiful and is covered by mountain forests, forests, grasslands, lakes, swamps and two large rivers. Not to mention the Ngorongoro Crater, Oldupai Gorge and Laetoli. An enchanting area to walk in. Here the Maasai set their tracks and their red clothes pop up against the beige grass.

The forest-covered crater edge is in sharp contrast to the crater floor, which mostly consists of grassland. Down on the crater floor, you can also see the Lerai forest, a beautiful, somewhat magical, yellow forest.

As you walk along the crater rim, you see the animals moving down there. Clouds hang around the crater wall most days of the year and it is quiet and peaceful.

The animals

Everything is here! “The big five” – ​​which also means the endangered black rhino. However, you will find the animals mostly down in the crater. A little too many cars these days and no one takes real responsibility. So we think you should walk along the edge and have a beautiful accommodation nearby. Then move on to the Serengeti if you are looking for animals.

The northern part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area borders the Serengeti and this is where the wildebeest calving takes place during February and March.


The Ngorongorocrat is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. The crater exploded about 3 million years ago and its collapsed floor is today a spectacular “bowl” of about 265 square kilometers and home to 30,000 animals all year round. The crater rim is over 2200 meters high and has its own climate. Survival, life and death up close.

Ngorongoros maasaier

A major reason for the preservation of the area is Ngorongoro’s Maasai who were moved from the Serengeti. The people are semi-nomads who build temporary villages in circular houses called bomas. These proud livestock owners have a history as warriors, and although they are no longer allowed to build villages inside the craters, they are in the surrounding area where they graze and water their livestock, regardless of the predators nearby.

Best time


Height ö.h

1,027 - 3,522m


‎8,292 km²

Rainy season

April - May


Hike along the crater rim

See how the Maasai live

Camping in nature

Stay in a luxury tent

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