The Big 5 of Ngorongoro Crater

Exploring Ngorongoro Crater in a Day

Exploring Ngorongoro Crater in a Day : Ngorongoro Crater is one of the Largest Unbroken Calderas on the Planet and one of the world’s most astonishing and renowned natural wonders, now classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The crater is such a special place, an absolute must-see. Plan to go early because the gate gets busy, to stay as long as you can. There are stops for photos on the way back up / out. With over 25,000 Wild Creatures in the Caldera (Gulp) and the only place where you can get a chance to spot a black Rhino, there is a complete chance of seeing the below attraction.

Hippo Pond

 The hippo pond has quite a large group of African Hippos, and it is a great place to spot and take pictures of the hippos in and out of the water. This place is where all of the jeeps converge and stop for lunch. You are allowed to get out of your vehicle to get coffee, drinks, and snacks. Even on a sunny day, the crater floor looks cool.

Big Five 

There are not many national parks in Africa where you get a chance to see all of the Big Five (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, and buffalo) in one place. Going for a morning and evening game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater, you will see all the African Big Five in their natural habitat.

Exploring Ngorongoro Crater in a Day
Ngorongoro Crater teems with life.

Great Wildebeest Migration

Outside the Crater, you will watch the wildebeest migration (Wildebeest crossing river). The game drive starts early in the morning down the Crater. As you go further into the Crater, you pass through the clouds, and the crater floor appears almost suddenly. The crater floor is endless, and the view from the bottom up the sides of the Crater to the skyline is breathtaking. You will see sizeable herds of wildebeest, elephants, giraffes, buffalos, and gazelles. Also, you will see a large group of hippos around their pond and flamingos around the lakes. It will be the best day of your week safari.

The Maasai Village

Maasai are pastoralists practicing traditional livestock grazing in Ngorongoro Crater. The primary attractions are game drives ascending down the crater for wildlife viewing, picnic lunches, and visiting the nearby Maasai people to see how they live and their colorful culture, which seems unbelievable.

The entrance fee for the village is about $20/per person. They perform a couple of dances and show you inside their houses. It is incredible how many people can fit inside such a small space, Exploring Ngorongoro Crater in a Day

The young men show their traditional dances to which you can try dancing with them. You will Love talking to teenagers and learning about their culture. The guides give a tour of the village’s newborn goats. They demonstrate the culture of the Maasai and how they start a fire. You will visit one of the village houses, and then you will have the opportunity to view and purchase the crafts the women of the village made. They price the items altogether, and the more you buy, the better deal you will get. They expect you to bargain, so don’t feel bad about it. It is the African way.

There are beautiful hotels to stay in located at the Sekenani Main Gate of Ngorongoro near the Maasai Village

Overall, you will have a wonderful time in Tanzania, and the Tour Guides will make your vacation more exciting than you expected. All the accommodations are fantastic, and you will enjoy the hot breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided. Imagine watching the sun set behind the caldera from the deck of your bush lodge. Welcome for a memorable Safari in Ngorongoro.

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