Ngorongoro Crater & Northern Tanzania

Luxury Safari Holidays in the Ngorongoro Crater & Northern Tanzania

There's far more to a Northern Tanzania safari than the Serengeti - magnificent as the scene of the great wildebeest migration undoubtedly is.

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  • Thousands of flamingos live on and around the soda lake at the centre of the Ngorongoro Crater, turning the sky pink when they take off en masse.

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Take, for example, Tarangire - a National Park that flies below most people's radar yet which in our summer months boasts one of the highest concentrations of game in East Africa. The park itself is also extremely beautiful, dotted with huge ancient baobabs and an ideal spot for a walking safari.

Neighbouring Lake Manyara dovetails beautifully with Tarangire, offering birdlife outstanding and plentiful enough to turn the least ornithologically minded into born again twitchers. Add tree-climbing lions (presumably trying to catch all those birds) and the spectacular sight of thousands of flamingos on the lake and it's another African classic.

Speaking of African classics, they don't come much more classic than the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This three million year old and 12 mile wide caldera of an extinct (thankfully) volcano is quite possibly the world's best natural zoo, with the high walls acting like a vast pen, and the lush crater floor home to game including elephant, buffalo, giraffe, black-maned lion, the endangered black rhino in unprecedented numbers. For the full photographic cultural experience while on a Northern Tanzania safari throw in local Maasai herders who graze their cattle here.

Finally, less dramatic but an excellent potential pitstop between safari and beach action is the hill country of Karutu, home to many of Tanzania's finest coffee producing farms. Lovers of the black stuff will have to employ strict discipline to avoid a caffeine OD, but these lodges offer a great change of pace and scenery, but our favourites are still within reach of Ngorongoro should the safari urge strike.

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  • Average Temp. — 27°C / 80°F
  • Rainfall — 6cm / 2.7 inches
  • Water Temp. — 29°C / 84°F
Flight from London

9:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +3 hrs

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Wildlife at Manyara Ranch, luxury ranch in Tanzania

Manyara Ranch

Ngorongoro Crater & Northern Tanzania

Unlike many other park-based lodges, Manyara Ranch is located on a private ranch allowing guests exclusive access to the land and wildlife.

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Window at Gibbs Farm, luxury farm in Tanzania

Gibb’s Farm

Ngorongoro Crater & Northern Tanzania

A working farm on the forested slopes of the 3,200 square mile Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the farmhouse and 20 en-suite cottages are set among formal English gardens.

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Bush dinner at Chem Chem, luxury Lodge in Tanzania

Chem Chem

Ngorongoro Crater & Northern Tanzania

Located within a 10,000 acre private wildlife concession between Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara, Chem Chem is utterly relaxing and away from the busier parts of East Africa.

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The Pool at Plantation Lodge, luxury lodge in Tanzania

Plantation Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater & Northern Tanzania

A colonial-style, privately owned lodge on the edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Plantation Lodge is within easy reach of both the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara.

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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater & Northern Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is perched on the edge of the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater at the eastern edge of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania.

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Kuro Tarangire at night

Kuro Tarangire

Ngorongoro Crater & Northern Tanzania

Set in a grove of acacia and kigelia trees on the banks of the Tarangire River, and near to one of the main game routes, Kuro Tarangire occupies a fantastic location for game viewing in the heart of the Tarangire National Park.

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