Tour Type
Day trips
3 days Safari to Arusha, Tarangire, and Lake Manyara
Ngorongoro Conservation area

The best 1 day Ngorongoro crater safari

The best 1-day Ngorongoro Crater safari Overview

This 1-day Ngorongoro Crater safari offers an unforgettable adventure into one of Africa’s most spectacular natural wonders in Tanzania departing from Arusha or Moshi. The day begins with an early morning departure from your accommodation in Arusha or Moshi, embarking on a scenic drive towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area for entry formalities before descending into the vast crater.

The crater’s permanent water sources and abundant vegetation provide a haven for a remarkable array of animals, including elephants, lions, zebras, wildebeests, and rhinos. Throughout the day, expert guides lead you through the crater’s diverse ecosystems, sharing their knowledge and providing close encounters with the incredible wildlife. As the day draws to a close, you ascend back from this world’s UNESCO Heritage Site, leaving behind unforgettable memories of an extraordinary one-day Ngorongoro Crater safari.

Best time for Ngorongoro crater 1-day safari

The best time for a 1-day Ngorongoro Crater safari is during the dry season, which typically runs from June to October. During this time, the weather is generally sunny and dry, making it easier to navigate the crater’s roads and observe wildlife. However, the Ngorongoro Crater is a year-round destination, and even during the wet season, wildlife sightings are still possible despite some muddy conditions and occasional rain showers. Overall, the best time for a 1-day Ngorongoro Crater safari depends on your preferences and availability in Tanzania.

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The best and most affordable price for 1 day Ngorongoro crater safari in Tanzania is from $200 to $1000 per traveler depending on number of people in a group safari, budget, mid-range, and luxury safari services. This 1-day Ngorongoro crater safari price includes the crater entry fees, an open-roof vehicle with an expert driver guide, a lunch box, and a 1.5-liter bottle of drinking water. These prices and costs are paid in Euros, Dollars, Pounds, and Tanzania Shillings.

6:00 to 7:00 A.M: Depart from your accommodation in Arusha or Moshi and embark on a scenic drive towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, located in northern Tanzania. The drive takes 2-3 hours depending on the departing place covering a distance of approximately 234 km, arriving at Ngorongoro’s gate at around 9:00 A.M. Complete the necessary entry formalities before you descend into the crater for a thrilling game drive inside the Ngorongoro Crater. The crater's unique ecosystem provides a home to an incredible diversity of animals, including elephants, lions, cheetahs, zebras, wildebeests, hippos, and numerous bird species. 12:00 to 1:00 P.M: Take a break from wildlife viewing to enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide selects a scenic spot with stunning views where you can relax and refuel amidst the natural beauty of the crater. Take the time to savor your meal and soak in the incredible surroundings. After lunch, continue your safari with the guide leading you through the diverse ecosystems within the crater. At around 4:00 p.m start the ascent back to the crater rim with additional wildlife encounters along the way. After reaching the crater rim, you bid farewell to the Ngorongoro Crater and begin the drive back to Arusha. Arriving in Arusha in the early evening, you can reminisce about your remarkable one-day Ngorongoro Crater safari in Tanzania.

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