The jewel in Ngorongoro’s crown is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest un flooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is a protected area and a World Heritage Site located 180 km west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. The area is named after Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera within the area. The conservation area is administered by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, an arm of the Tanzanian government, and its boundaries follow the boundary of the Ngorongoro Division of the Arusha Region.

The construction of luxury tourist hotels in the Conservation Area allows people to access “the unparalleled beauty of one of the world’s most unchanged wildlife sanctuaries”, according to a government brochure, even as thousands of Maasai have suffered forcible eviction and have been denied access to water sources for their livestock.

About 200 years ago the Maasai arrived and have since colonized the Area in substantial numbers, their traditional way of life allowing them to live in harmony with the wildlife and the environment. Today there are some 42,200 Maasai pastorals living in the NCA with their cattle, donkeys, goats and sheep.

During the rains they move out on to the open plains; in the dry season they move into the adjacent woodlands and mountain slopes. The Maasai are allowed to take their animals into the Crater for water and grazing, but not to live or cultivate there. Elsewhere in the NCA they have the right to roam freely.

Accommodation At Ngorongoro Crater

Olea Africa Lodge

Named after the venerable African Olive tree in the centre of our garden, Olea African Lodge is here to welcome discerning guests to our community of Karartu in the heart of the northern safari circuit in Tanzania.

This small and intimate owner built and managed lodge has views to the rolling farmlands and Ngorongoro Forest.

Olea Africana Lodge is ideally situated near many safari attractions on the northern circuit of Tanzania. From the lodge it’s possible to visit Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. A day trip to Lake Eyasi to visit some of the interesting tribes of Tanzania is also possible and Serengeti is a few hours drive on your onward journey.

Octagon Lodge

The Octagon Lodge is a small and private lodge located twenty minutes from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Gate in Tanzania, Africa.

Ideal for visitors on a private vacation or trip, it is situated amidst colorful and exotic gardens and provides a perfect base for anybody visiting the northern parks of Tarangire, Lake Manyara or Ngorongoro.

The accommodation at the Octagon Lodge consists of eleven Timber Chalets, Six rooms , one Stone Cottage, Two Family rooms with three beds each and one Two Bedroom house with a kitchenette.

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

The 74 guest rooms and one suite at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge blend the almost indescribable beauty and magnitude of the Ngorongoro Crater with unparalleled standards for comfort and service.

Clinging to the Crater rim beneath river stone and a cloak of native vines, our accommodation is so seamlessly entwined with the landscape, guests can’t help but feel as one with the natural surroundings. With a private stone balcony opening onto the blue-green vastness of the Crater floor below, it’s like you’re living alone in the “cradle of mankind.”

Standard Rooms at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge feature elegant interior spaces infused with a locally inspired décor and private stone balconies overlooking the Crater.

Kudu Lodge and Campsite,

  • Set in Karatu, Kudu Lodge and Campsite provides accommodation with an outdoor pool and a garden.
  • A continental breakfast is available daily at the lodge.
  • Free WiFi is available.

Ngorongoro Lodge.

  • On top of providing free bikes and free WiFi, Ngorongoro Lodge also provides comfortable accommodation in Karatu.
  • A terrace with garden views is offered in all units.
  • The daily breakfast offers continental and buffet options.

Ancestors Lodge:

  • Ancestors Lodge is a 3-star property set in Karatu.
  • The property is located 9 km from Sumawe Complex and 7 km from Karatu Tourist Information.