What To Do

Archaeological Tours

Archaeological Tours

Special guided tours to archaeological sites, mainly the excavation sites at Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli, are rewarding for those who want to trace the life of the ancestors of man.It is required to have an official guide to visit the excavation sites. Both Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli can be visited at all times of the year.


Archaeological Tours

Walking Safaris

Walking Safaris

Walking in and around Ngorongoro is adventurous and rewarding. Short hikes can be organized by the lodges in the area, or at the headquarters of Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, or through a tour operator. Short walks includes trekking down Empakai or Olmoti Craters. Long walks need more planning and are easily booked through tour operators. Long walks include trekking from Olmoti to Empakai, and down to the floor of the Great Rift Valley; trekking in the Northern Highlands Forest Reserve; and trekking in the Eastern Plains around Nasera Rock, Gol Mountains, and Olkarien Gorge.

All walking safaris in Ngorongoro must be accompanied by an armed ranger.

Walking Safaris

Cultural Tourism

Cultural Tours

One can visit the Maasai cultural bomas in Ngorongoro to learn more about the unique culture of this tribe; or simply to take photographs or buy souvenirs. There is an entrance fee to be paid at the bomas.

Cultural Bomas

One can visit the Maasai Cultural bomas in the NCA to learn more about their unique culture, to take photographs, and to buy mementos. There is an entrance fee to be paid but it is well worth it. Please be sensitive to the fact that it is considered bad manners to take photographs of people along the roadside. A visit to one of the following is highly recommended:

  • KILOKI SENYATI CULTURAL BOMA
    Situated on the main road to Serengeti, 7 km south-west of the Olduvai Gorge Information Center
  • LOONGUKU CULTURAL BOMA
    Situated on the main road to Serengeti, 10km before the turn-off to Olduvai Gorge
  • IRKEEPUSI CULTURAL BOMA
    Situated 2km north-east of Lemala mini gate, on the main road to Empakaai
  • SENETO CULTURAL BOMA
    Situated just west of the Seneto Gate, within the Malanja Depression

Cultural Tourism

Camping safaris

CAMPING

Within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, with the exception of Simba near the NCAA headquarters, the campsites are all classified as "special campsites". This means that they are for exclusive use, and generally have no facilities. Usually they are designed for self sufficient safari operations which bring everything with them. Most are large sites, but a few of them, e.g. on the rim of Empakaai Crater, are designed for small numbers of back- packers. Camping generally is not allowed in the Crater itself. Book campsites through the NCAA headquarter’s office or in Arusha - Ngorongoro Information Center.

There are luxury lodges situated within and outside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Names and contacts of those lodges are:

  • GIBB'S FARM
    Reservations: Click to book online (discounts)
    P. O. Box 280, Karatu
  • THE OCTAGON SAFARI LODGE
    Reservations: Click to book online
    P. O. Box 129 Karatu
  • ACACIA FARM LODGE *****
    Reservations: Click to book online
    P. O. Box 277 Karatu
  • GANAKO LUXURY LODGE ****
    Reservations: Click to book online
    P. O. Box 15 Karatu
  • Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge
    Box 776, Arusha
    Tel: (255.27)2503339 or 2504619, Fax: (255.27)2503339
  • Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
    Box 2551, Arusha
    Tel: (255.27) 2537050 or 2537052, Fax: (255.27) 2537056
  • NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE
    Box 1823, Arusha
    Tel: (255.27) 2537032/3, Fax: (255.27) 2537033
  • NGORONGORO WILDLIFE LODGE
    P.O. Box 877 Arusha
    Tel: 255 27 2537058, Fax: 255 27 2537073
  • NDUTU SAFARI LODGE
    Box 6084, Arusha
    Tel: (255. 27) 2506702 or 2508930, Fax (255.27) 2508310
  • NGORONGORO CRATER LODGE
    P. O. Box 751 Arusha
  • LAKE MANYARA SERENA LODGE
  • LAKE MANYARA HOTEL
  • NGORONGORO FARM HOUSE
  • KIFARU LODGE
    P. O. Box 12 Karatu, P. O. Box 1187 Arusha
  • E UNOTO RETREAT
    P.O. Box 15234 Arusha
    Tel: +255 44 360908
    Email: Eunoto@maasaivillage.com
    Web: www.maasaivillage.com
  • BOUGAINVILLEA SAFARI LODGE
    P. O. Box 342 Arusha
    Tel: +255 27 253 4083, Mobile 0754 327142
    Email: bougainvillea@habari.co.tz
    Web: www.bougainvillealodge.com

Camping safaris

Game Drive

Game Drives

Ngorongoro is a safari destination. As a mixed World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve, Ngorongoro encompasses a spectacular mosaic of landscape and a wide-range of wildlife that portray the true meaning of African safari. There is game to view all year round.

Game-viewing safaris around the conservation area, and particularly entry into Ngorongoro Crater, are by four-wheel-drive vehicles only.

Game Drive

Photographic & Filming Tourism

Photography and Filming Tourism

Photographers are advised to come with all equipment’s desired for filming and photography.Cameras with telescopic lenses for telephotos are recommended because off road driving is not allowed at all in the Area. At times the environment can be very dusty and therefore we recommend you bring with you protective gears such as dust cover, etc.

Best time for photography is early in the morning and late in the evening. Taking pictures of the Maasai along the road is strictly prohibited. This can be done with permission at designated places such as cultural Bomas. Remember to bring several full charged batteries and devices with enough storage capacity.

Photographic & Filming Tourism

Bird Watching

Bird Watching

Ngorongoro is a paradise for keen ornithologist; it hosts over 550 species of birds of which some are resident and others are migratory.

The diverse range of vegetation in the area and the topography, which includes grassland plains, lakes, marshes and highlands, provide habitats for a wide-range of bird life. The wet months see the arrival of the Eurasian migrants at the pools; white storks, yellow wagtails, and swallows mingle with the local inhabitants: flamingos, stilts, saddle-billed storks, ibises, rufus, and various species of duck. Lake Magadi, a salt lake on the floor of the crater, is often inhabited by thousands of lesser flamingos and other water birds.

The forests of Ngorongoro are also abundant with birds, including species of turaco and hornbill.Raptors and scavengers are common on the plains of the conservation area. There is also the presence of distinctive grassland birds: ostriches, kori bustards, and crowned cranes.

Bird Watching