Ngorongoro Conservation area reviews
Ngorongoro Crater is expensive, but the scenery, and the density and variety of the wildlife, are unparalleled. With its quintessential East African vistas awash with wildlife, and surrounding landscapes graced by the local Maasai, it is one of the most unique and rewarding places on the continent for wildlife watching. I highly recommend it as a destination, especially if it’s your first safari.
The journey to Ngorongoro is half the fun, climbing up first through patches of forest to the crater rim, and then descending into the crater itself. On clear days, the views from the rim are breathtaking. Plan your visit for as early in the morning as possible to minimize crowds and to take advantage of the more favorable morning light.
Once in the crater, all of the ‘Big Five’ are present, including the usually elusive black rhino. You’ll also almost certainly see hyenas and hippos, and the birding is wonderful. Once away from Ngorongoro Crater, the rest of Ngorongoro Conservation Area offers fine hiking and stunning terrain.