Ngorongoro Travel Guide

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Ngorongoro Things to Do

  • Giraffes

    There are no Giraffes in the crater itself but outside in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area they are quite common.

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  • Tour the Crater

    Our group of volunteers all decided to do a safari tour together just 3 days prior to the weekend. We knew we were just hitting the peak safari season in Tanzania, so we figured our chances of booking a decent deal was slim.Luckily, I had come across a brochure at our homebase that a previous volunteer had left behind. I figured I'd call them and...

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  • They look like peacocks but they're not

    Nevertheless, they are a beautiful creatures these birds. If you zoom a bit, you'll like them. SLLiew recognizes this lovely bird as Gray Crowned Crane. SLLiew did not ask fee for his hints, really.

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  • Popular bird I was told

    I didn't see more of them...What a shame. SLLiew, our VT birdwatcher reckons it could be Kori Bustard or Hartlaub's Bustard.

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  • A bird hunting for a partner

    Very handsome bird. Guess what its name is - Kori Bustard. Imagine a bird having a name like that. I don't want to think what it names its child. SLLiew, what d'ya think?

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  • Zebras - my favourite animals!

    Do you think you can differentiate zebras from one another? I tried but I could not. Maybe because I use the stripes as point of comparison. Next time, I will try to use height and size to distinguish them from one another.

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  • Hyaenas - where lions are, they are...

    If you think the hyaenas can just join the lion when the latter is having a meal, think again. What happens is, the hyaenas gather together and wait until the lion has had enough and then they eat the left over. Hyaenas look like something between tiger and hippo to me. But it's my opinion okay.

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  • Helmet Guineafowl

    This is an elegant bird I would dream of having in my garden. Again, thanks SLLiew for visiting my page and recognizing the bird!

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  • Rufous-naped Lark

    I like them too because they're not shy birds. They come, sit on the car's window. And pooed.Were it not for SLLiew who checked out my travel pages, I wouldn't know their name.

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  • Lesser Masked Weaver - I so like them

    So we were having lunch at the picnic ground...the hippos were just loving the water and won't show themselves up. I was about to become impatient and then came these yellowish birds. SLLiew recognized this bird as Lesser Masked Weaver.

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  • Hippopotamus

    Those I've seen in Ngorongoro probably have the thickest skin in Africa. Why you might ask... Well, they didn't want to leave the water and just pampered their skin all the time I was there.

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  • Wildebeest - so many of them

    They look so kind. Lions eat them. I actually saw a fresh kill and on our way back from the game-drive I saw its remains. Apparently, the lion comes back to eat some more of the flesh and when it has enough, the hyaenas finish the wildebeest totally.

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  • Picnic by the lake

    For our day out exploring all the wonders of the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serena Hotel provided packed lunches for us and for Reginald. We ate these on the shores of the large soda lake in the centre of the crater, Lake Magadi, where it’s considered safe enough to get out of your vehicle. It was wonderful to stretch our legs, soak up some sun and...

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  • there is no restaurant in the crater

    In the crater there are two picnic spots. Both have toilets, but you have to bring your own food. The one at the edge of the woodlands is a good stop, but the other at the water is better for lunch.Be aware off the birds, they steal your food and do peck! And ofcourse all the animals of the crater can have the same idea and come to lunch at the...

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Ngorongoro Transportation

  • Getting out of Ngorongoro

    It cost me 5000 Tanzanian shillings to go from Ngorongoro to Arusha. Ben, the safari driver, drove me from the camp ground to the bus stop, which consisted of a small clearing surrounded by 3 shops, and bunch of people waiting for the bus. My co-passengers included Tanzanians dressed in western attire (trousers and shirts), maasai tribal men...

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  • Landrover

    The only way you'll get around the crater is in a four-wheel drive vehicle, in fact, expect for specially designated picnic areas, you aren't even allowed out of the vehicle. The roads are bumpy, especially on the descent and ascent roads, so it is fortunate that you are unlikely to be driving yourself. Even better, the drivers will have a much...

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  • Hop a ride!

    If you're a Baboon short on change, you'd have no problem finding transporation around the crater!!

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Ngorongoro Local Customs

  • The Maasai

    One morning Reginald asked if we would be interested in visiting some typical Maasai homes, to which the answer was most definitely “yes”. We headed away from the Crater to one of the upland areas where the Maasai herd their cattle. The home or boma which we visited was one of the so-called “Cultural Boma”, which have been established to offer...

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  • The Groomsmen

    If you're a Baboon badly in need of grooming........you'll have no problem finding it around the crater!!

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  • Cowbell caldera

    Ngorongoro (accent on the second o) is the Maasai word for cowbell. The caldera told the Maasai it's name by echooing the sound of the cowbells.So... if you'll listen very carefully, maybe you'll hear the caldera reveils it's name to you too...

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Ngorongoro Warnings and Dangers

  • Keep an eye on your Lunch!

    The lunch stop site in the crater is beside a small lake and has toilet and cooking facilities. As there is a constant stream of visitors coming through there is also a plentiful food supply for enterprising and brave birds (Kites). The Kites will dive down and try to grab your lunch! This can be rather surprising for those who are not prepared.

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  • Hawks! Watch your lunch!

    African hawk (Accipiter tachiro)I cruelly was robed by African Hawks at picknic place of Ngoro-Ngoro!Usual place for lunch at Ngoro-Ngoro is a lakeside of "Hippo-Pool" with one lonely standing tree. I've found it strange that there were 4 hawks sitting on it (usually bird of prey live alone). But after I took off my lunch from daypack, I understood...

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  • Keep an open mind!

    As our driver said before we started, it's important not to go to Ngorongoro, or any other safari area, with the attitude that you absolutely 'must' see a certain animal. After all, the animals are in the wild, not in the zoo, and they don't perform on schedule. We were remarkably lucky with the array of wildlife we saw, but if we had visited a day...

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Ngorongoro Tourist Traps

  • Food during a safari trip

    Most safari companies charge around $40 a day for food. This includes a cook, who accompanies you during the trip, sets up the table and makes hot food for dinner and breakfast. Lunch is packed in tiffins. The breakfast is mostly eggs and toast, lunch is usually sandwiches and dinner is something like spaghetti or rice. If you are a backpacker,...

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  • Tours

    Tours to and in Tanzania are incredibly expensive and you are lucky to get a safari for under $80 US with a company. One company I found in Dar Es Salam that provided me with a guide/driver for two full days at a price of $70 US for everything. I was fully impressed with Fun Safaris services and after speaking to other tourists and finding out...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Ngorongoro What to Pack

  • Comfort in the Crater

    To carry your gear you'll need a main pack of approx 70L and a day bag big enough for food and water during game drives. My day bag is only 22L and it was easy big enough for both the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro. As you are at 2500M when camping at Simba A, it will be rather chilly. Make sure that you have plenty of warm clothing with you. Remember...

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  • Sunscreen and hat!

    It should go without saying, but you'll spend a lot of the day sticking your head out of the roof of the landrover in the Ngorongoro crater, and you should make sure to take a good hat and some sunscreen if you don't want your main memory to be of a terrible sunburn. A decent pair of binoculars certainly won't be a waste, and a wildlife guide...

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Ngorongoro Off The Beaten Path

  • Maasai village

    I visited a Maasai village in the Serengeti. Ben, the safari driver, escorted us to the village, which consisted of two bomas: fences made of thorny shrubs that keeps out animals. The houses are built between the two bomas. The inner boma housed a huge acacia tree under which the tribes people collected in the evenings. The houses are very small...

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  • Olduvai Gorge

    Dubbed the "Crade of Mankind", this is where the bones of the earliest hominids were found. An Australopethicus skull which was estimated to be about 1.8 million years old were discovered by Mary Leakey.Today, the attraction consists of a visitor center with an excellent museum that documents Dr. Leakey's discoveries.It is possible to hike down to...

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  • Visit to a Masai Village

    Because of governmental restrictions due to conservation efforts in the Serengeti, Masai people are now mostly nestled in the Ngorongoro Wildlife Area. If it's possible to arrange a visit to one of thier villages, do so. It's a cultural journey into the ways of the oldest surviving people that once freely roamed these plains. There are lots of...

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Ngorongoro Favorites

  • Camp Fire

    Having your group around a camp fire at night is fantastic. As it gets very chilly at night (you're over 2500 above sea level here) a fire is a great way to both warm up and bond with your fellow travellors. If you have things sorted out then you may even have a few snarlers (sausages) sizzling over the fire.

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  • View from the Edge

    The view from the top is breath taking with the soda lake in the distance and the floor of the crater stretching out for miles. The bottom of the crater is so far below that no animals can be seen (with my eyes!!) unless you have some powerful binoculars.?

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  • About the crater

    Ngorongoro Crater is not in fact a crater, but a caldera. A volcano’s crater is the vent through which it erupted, whereas a caldera has a diameter many times greater, having been formed by the inward collapse of the volcano. So, Ngorongoro is the world's largest unflooded and unbroken volcanic caldera. It is 610 metres deep, 20 kilometres across...

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