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Ngorongoro in Tanzania

Ngorongoro in Tanzania is home to the world’s largest volcanic caldera and highest lion density, providing a remarkable location to view wildlife. With game drives, guided walks, and cultural encounters with the Maasai, it’s a must-visit destination capturing the heart and soul of Tanzania.

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Everything you need to know:

Ngorongoro in Tanzania is famous for its largest preserved caldera, dubbed the ‘8th Wonder of the World’, attracting many visitors. Its fertile soil and protected area host a variety of flora and fauna for those interested in rich biodiversity, ensuring a great experience.

Where is the region located?

Ngorongoro District is in Tanzania’s Crater Highlands region and part of the Serengeti ecosystem. The area has few people, mostly Maasai. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which includes short-grass plains, the Ngorongoro Highlands, and extinct volcanoes, is legally protected and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

What can you expect of the terrain?

Nestled within the vast and stunning expanse of Botswana, Selinda stands out as one of the few privately owned concessions in the region. Led by a team of passionate conservationists, the Selinda mission is to serenade guests with the natural wonder and untamed beauty that this region is renowned for. 

In keeping with this vision, Selinda has transformed from a key hunting destination to a prime display of the abundant and diverse landscape reminiscent of the pre-modern era. With 320,000 acres of wild terrain at its disposal, Selinda offers a unique and unforgettable experience for visitors hoping to immerse themselves in the stunning beauty of Botswana.

About the region

What type of wildlife will we see?

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is an incredible destination for those seeking an authentic African wildlife experience. In addition to the stunning array of flora, the region boasts various distinct ecosystems, each with its own unique offerings. The Lerai Forest is home to yellow fever trees and a captivating soda lake, while the Gorigor Swamp is renowned for its hippo population. 

The northern grasslands, on the other hand, are host to a plethora of game, including buffalo, zebra, gazelle, tsessebe, and black rhino. Consequently, predators thrive within the crater, resulting in one of the highest densities of lions (including black maned lions) worldwide. As such, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a must-visit destination for safari enthusiasts and wildlife enthusiasts alike.

Top experiences to enjoy at Ngorongoro

The region is widely celebrated for its exceptional wildlife, offering numerous opportunities for visitors to go on game drives. To experience the diverse and unique terroir of the region, we highly recommend a crater rim walk with a knowledgeable local guide. Additionally, the seasonal wildlife migrations are truly awe-inspiring and are not to be missed. For those looking to further enhance their Tanzanian safari experience, excursions to the nearby Ndutu and Eyasi lakes provide an additional scenic element.

When to visit

The conservation area surrounding the crater is a highly recommended destination throughout the year, particularly for those who wish to experience wildlife encounters. The high season, which takes place from December to March during calving season, and July to October during river crossing migration, tends to have higher rates. 

However, the low season, which typically runs from November to mid-December -a great time to visit with lower numbers of visitors and favourable weather – and April to May when some properties may be closed due to heavy rainfall. We encourage you to plan your visit accordingly and make necessary reservations prior to your arrival to ensure an enjoyable experience.

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