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Ngorongoro Crater Day Trip
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Ngorongoro Crater Day Trip

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The Ngorongoro Crater and surrounding highlands together form one of Africa’s most beautiful regions. Volcanic craters form stunning backdrops to some of the most fertile and richest grazing grounds in Africa. The most famous such crater is without question the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and home to the highest density of big game in Africa, including all the big five and plenty of predators. The Ngorongoro is justifiably one of the continent’s most famous safari destinations.
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Luc wrote a review Feb 2020
Belcastel, France24 contributions3 helpful votes
Absolutely wonderful ! The crater was only for us 2, with the ranger and the driver. 3 hours of pure happiness. The road to empakaai crosses Masai land, where some 80000 Masais live, ... something unique.
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Date of experience: January 2020
jla100155 wrote a review Oct 2019
Saint Louis, Missouri19 contributions4 helpful votes
My husband, 25 year old daughter and me hiked down to the crater. We were accompanied by an armed ranger because sometimes there are wildlife encounters along the trail. This was described a a walk. I would call it a medium to rigorous hike. We are fortunately fit enough to do this, but I would caution anyone that this is not just a casual walk. The reward at the bottom with thousands of flamingos was definitely worth it, but just be prepared for the hike, not a walk.
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Date of experience: September 2019
Elaine W wrote a review Sep 2019
Sheffield, United Kingdom38 contributions21 helpful votes
We stayed on the Ngorongoro crater rim so it was a good 3 hour drive to Empakaai Crater along some very bumpy roads, part of which was a main road and quite busy. It was very interesting to see the Masai villages along the route and see the local people out with their herds of animals. Our guide was able to tell us about their way of life, which is very tough. Our tour operator hadn’t mentioned that we would have an armed park ranger with us just in case we came across any buffalo, etc. It is customary to tip the ranger so take a little cash. There were some beautiful views of the crater from the top of the rim which was practically filled by the lake and the masses of flamingoes created pink edges to the lake. The hike down to the lake took about 30 minutes and was a little tricky in places mainly because it was very dry. We had the crater to ourselves at the bottom apart from a few cattle and the huge number of flamingoes. It would have been a great spot for our picnic lunch, but the ranger had another booking so we had to set off back. It was much tougher uphill mainly because of the altitude, but also the steepness of tithe path. The ranger and our guide were a great help in pulling us up the most difficult stretches and we had plenty of pauses. Take adequate water. It probably took us 40 minutes to walk to the crater rim. Then we had the 3hour drive back along the same awful tracks. Was it worth it? Probably not from our hotel, but if you are staying much closer than us maybe.
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Date of experience: September 2019
Afrizonetravels wrote a review Aug 2019
Arusha, Tanzania6 contributions5 helpful votes
I vised this place with my group from Canada. It is really a world wonder. We made a 2 days game drive while taking a rest in one of the lodges closest to the crater. It was nice to view all the big 5 animals.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Bing wrote a review Jun 2019
San Francisco, California16 contributions1 helpful vote
You will need to arrange for an armed ranger to accompany you. Can be challenging because of altitude, but very beautiful.
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Date of experience: May 2019