Where to stay in Ngorongoro
Within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, with the exception of Simba near the NCAA headquarters, the campsites are all classified as “special campsites”. This means that they are for exclusive use, and generally have no facilities. Usually they are designed for self sufficient safari operations which bring everything with them.
Most are large sites, but a few of them, e.g. on the rim of Empakaai Crater, are designed for small numbers of back- packers. Camping generally is not allowed in the Crater itself. Book campsites through the NCAA headquarters office or in Arusha-Ngorongoro Information Center.
There are luxury lodges situated within and outside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Names and contacts of those lodges are:
Accomodation Outside Ngorongoro:
OCTAGON SAFARI LODGE
Octagon Lodge is a small and private lodge located twenty minutes from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Gate in Karatu, Tanzania.
Ideal for visitors on a trip, it is situated amidst colorful and exotic gardens and provides a perfect base for visiting the Northern Parks of Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti.
GIBS FARM ACCOMODATION
Gibb’s Farm is perfectly positioned along the main safari route from Arusha to the Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Lake Eyasi national parks, before heading north to the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti, is the ideal beginning, middle or end while on your safari journey.
ACACIA FARM LODGE
ACACIA FARM LODGE is strategically located between the Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks on one side AND Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park on the other. This is a perfect base from which to explore these four natural attractions and world heritage sites..
Accomodation Inside Ngorongoro :
NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE:
Facing the always magnificent sunsets to the west, and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro crater’s entire rim, The Lodge stands well over half a kilometre above the crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera. This is one of the lodges with the best view of crater.
NGORONGORO CRATER LOGE:
Consistently recognised as one of the world’s most luxurious and elegant places to stay, &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is situated right on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, offering unbeatable views of one of the natural wonders of the world.
NGORONGORO WILDLIFE LODGE:
Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge is strategically perched on the rim of this 'Garden of Eden', affording unbelievable views plunging down over the crater floor, 7,500 feet above sea level. The Lodge is elegantly built mainly from natural stone and local wood, harmoniously merging with its natural surroundings
How to get to Ngorongoro
Most people will visit the Ngorongoro Conservation Area as part of a bigger package, including a visit to the Serengeti. Conveniently, the conservation area lies en route and is only a three-hour drive on tarred road from the town of Arusha, the starting point of all safaris in northern Tanzania.
From Arusha, you can hop around the parks of the northern circuit by small aircraft on chartered or scheduled flights, or you can drive and do the whole circuit by safari vehicle. A popular option is to fly into the Serengeti and make your way back by safari vehicle via the Ngorongoro Crater, or the other way around. In most cases, your tour operator will pick you up from the airport.
Coming from the Seronera area in the Serengeti, the distance to the crater is about 140km/90mi and the driving time is about three hours. This can obviously take much longer allowing for wildlife viewing along the way. The 80km/50mi drive from Lake Manyara to the Ngorongoro Crater takes about two hours, and the 180km/110mi drive from Tarangire takes about four hours.
The best option to get to Arusha is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), which is situated about 46km/29mi from Arusha. It is also possible to fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), near Dar es Salaam and fly on to Arusha Airport (ARK) or Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).