Itinerary: Day Trip to Arusha National Park
About the Ngorongoro Crater
Size: A vast caldera 20 kms wide
Location: located 180 km (110 miles) west of Arusha in the crater highlands area of Tanzania.
It's a two hour and a half hour drive from Arusha or Moshi to reach the Ngorongoro Crater. Your Kili Base Adventures guide will collect you in a dedicated 4WD from your hotel and look after you for the whole day. Your trip includes a picnic lunch which will be served on the picnic site at Ngoitokok swamp beside a Hippo pool.
Best time to go
Late February to early March is usually a good time to see the migration on the plains however each season has it's own beauty and the crater is worth a visit at any time of the year.
What to see
Imagine a giant bowl teeming with wildlife, in the middle of the African bush and you are close to an idea of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, which is a vast and unbroken volcanic crater ring known as a caldera. (approx 20kms wide). About 2.5 million years ago the young Ngorongoro Volcano became filled with molten rock that then solidified into a crust or roof. As the lava chamber emptied, the solid dome collapsed and from this was formed the largest caldera in the world. Thanks to a permanent water and pasture source, the crater floor plays host to nearly every species of African animal. Zebra, buffalo, black rhino and wildebeest graze amongst the predatory lion, cheetah and hyena. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the last remaining areas in Tanzania where you can see the endangered Black Rhino. A small population is thriving in this idyllic environment, and it remains one of the few wild places where they continue to breed