Ngorongoro

 

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in northern Tanzania, immediately east of Serengeti National Park.

The area is best known to travelers for three things:

1. Viewing one of the largest animal migrations on earth – estimated at over 1 million wildebeest, 72,000 zebras, and around 350,000 Thompson and Grant gazelles.

2. The world’s largest intact caldera (volcano crater), which has an other-worldly feel inside. The caldera floor is mostly open grassland, with a seasonal salt lake in the center of the crater. The steep sides of the crater have become a natural enclosure for a wide variety of wildlife.

3. The semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists that continue to practice traditional livestock grazing, including within the Caldera itself.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
 

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Umali Lodge

Offering a barbecue and views of the garden, Umali Lodge is located in Karatu. Free WiFi is featured and free private parking is available on site. All units include a seating area. Some units feature a dining area and/or patio. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$310

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Crater Forest Tented Camp

Crater Forest Tented Camp offers accommodation in Ngorongoro. Ngorongoro Crater Viewpoint (Best) is 3.9 km away. Free private parking is available on site. Towels are provided. Crater Forest Tented Camp also includes a sun terrace. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$231

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Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Offering a garden and outdoor pool, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is situated in Ngorongoro, 6 km from Loongoku Cultural Village. Mt Lemakarot is 6 km away. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation features a seating area. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$177

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Cultural Life Tanzania

Cultural Life Tanzania offers pet-friendly accommodation in Karatu. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Some rooms include a seating area to relax in after a busy day. There is a gift shop at the property. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$20

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Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge

Featuring air conditioning, Ngorongoro Oldeani Mountain Lodge offers accommodation in Oldeani. Free WiFi is available . The accommodation features a seating area. There is a private bathroom with a bath and bathrobes in each unit. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$500

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
The Flamingo Safari Lodge and Campsite

The Flamingo Safari Lodge and Campsite

Featuring free WiFi, The Flamingo Safari Lodge and Campsite is located in Karatu, 700 metres from Karatu Tourist Information. Supermarket Alley is 900 metres away. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$90

$90-
GilalaHai360 Tented Safari Lodge

GilalaHai360 Tented Safari Lodge

Set in Karatu, on top of a hillside overlooking beautiful farms and villages, GilalaHai 360 offers a garden and sun terrace. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation offers private bathrooms and a seating area. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$100

$100-
Highview Hotel

Highview Hotel

Featuring free WiFi, a spa centre and an outdoor pool, Highview Hotel offers accommodation in Karatu. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Every room has a private bathroom. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$130

$130-
Karatu Forest Tented Camp

Karatu Forest Tented Camp

Offering a children's playground, Karatu Forest Tented Camp is set in Karatu. Karatu Church Pastor Francis is 600 metres from the property. Free private parking is available on site. Towels and bed linen are provided. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$150

$150-
Pembeni Rhotia

Pembeni Rhotia

Pembeni Rhotia is located in Karatu, 4 km from Karatu Supermarket. Ngorongoro Conservation Area Office is 4.1 km away. Free WiFi is available and free private parking is available on site. Each unit comes with a private bathroom with free... Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$150

$150-
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Offering a garden and outdoor pool, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is situated in Ngorongoro, 6 km from Loongoku Cultural Village. Mt Lemakarot is 6 km away. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation features a seating area. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$177

$177-
Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge and Children's Home

Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge and Children's Home

Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge and Children's Home offers guests the unique opportunity to effect direct change in the community of Karatu. The lodge offers an outdoor pool and restaurant, and free WiFi. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$200

$200-
Crater Forest Tented Camp

Crater Forest Tented Camp

Crater Forest Tented Camp offers accommodation in Ngorongoro. Ngorongoro Crater Viewpoint (Best) is 3.9 km away. Free private parking is available on site. Towels are provided. Crater Forest Tented Camp also includes a sun terrace. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$231

$231-
Enyati Lodge

Enyati Lodge

Enyati Lodge is located in Karatu, 700 metres from Karatu Church Pastor Francis. Macho Ya Tanzania (Safari and tour operators) is 700 metres from the property. Free WiFi is offered . Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$265

$265-

Highlights:

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Cultural
Unusual Local Feature

Masaai Herdsmen & Cattle

The Ngorongoro area provides grazing land for semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists. At the time of inscription as a World Heritage Site, there were an estimated 20,000 Maasai were living in the property, with some 275,000 head of livestock, which was considered within the capacity of the reserve. There were moves from 1975 to ban agriculture in the area and in 1992 the Government indicated that Ngorongoro should be for wildlife and the Maasai be encouraged to move. Some are giving up their nomadic ways as a result.
Natural
Unusual Local Feature

World’s Largest Caldera

The main feature of the Ngorongoro Conservation Authority is the Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest inactive, intact, and unfilled caldera. The crater, which formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago, is 610 meters (2,000 feet) deep and its floor covers 260 square kilometers (100 square miles). The elevation of the crater floor is 1,800 meters (5,900 feet) above sea level.
Wildlife and Plants
Lions have their highest density in the world in the crater, so there is a good chance of seeing them. There are herds of wildebeests and zebras, and many buffalo and Grants' gazelles as well. This is one of the best places in East Africa to see a Black Rhino. Hippos and flamingos are seen in Lake Magadi. Hyenas are a common predator, and cheetahs are frequently seen. Leopards are in the conservation area but rarely seen, along with wild dogs.
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