Ngorongoro Conservation Authority

Brief information about Ngorongoro Conservation Authotity

Go on an unforgettable safari with Benson Safaris Tanzania and uncover the wonders of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site teeming with wildlife and ancient wonders. Explore the world's largest intact volcanic caldera, the Ngorongoro Crater, and witness the mesmerizing dance of lions, elephants, and zebras. Venture into the Olduvai Gorge, a treasure trove of archaeological discoveries, and walk in the footsteps of our earliest ancestors. Experience the cinematic wilderness of the Gol Mountains and discover the rich cultural heritage of the Maasai communities. With Benson Safaris Tanzania, create a lifetime of memories amidst the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where nature's symphony and humanity's echoes intertwine.

How to get to Ngorongoro Conservation Authority from Arusha

To access the Ngorongoro Conservation Area from Arusha, embark on a picturesque drive that takes approximately 3 to 4 hours, showcasing the diverse Tanzanian landscapes. Alternatively, opt for a convenient flight to Manyara Airstrip, reducing travel time. From either starting point, you'll soon be immersed in the natural wonders of the Ngorongoro Crater and its unique surroundings.


The climate in Ngorongoro Conservation Area is characterized by a temperate and cool environment due to its high elevation. Daytime temperatures typically range from 10 to 25 degrees Celsius (50 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit). Evenings can be chilly, especially at higher altitudes, so it's advisable to bring layers for varying temperatures. The area experiences distinct wet and dry seasons, with the wet season occurring from November to May and the dry season from June to October.


Ngorongoro Conservation Area, anchored by the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, houses a rich tapestry of wildlife. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it serves as a sanctuary for the Big Five. This natural haven invites exploration with its captivating landscapes and promises an unforgettable safari experience, making it a quintessential destination for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers in Africa.

Ngorongoro Crater

Discover the enchanting Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and natural marvel in Tanzania. Formed from a collapsed volcano, it cradles diverse ecosystems and a concentration of wildlife. The crater floor harbors an abundance of animals, including the Big Five, flamingos in the soda lake, and elusive black rhinos. Witness the dramatic interplay of predator and prey against the breathtaking backdrop of the crater walls. Ngorongoro promises an immersive safari experience, allowing you to delve into the heart of East Africa's wildlife and witness the raw beauty of nature. Explore this unique landscape with Benson Safaris for an unforgettable journey into the heart of Tanzania's rich biodiversity.

Olduvai George

Olduvai Gorge, located in the Great Rift Valley, Tanzania, stands as a cradle of humanity's history. Renowned for pivotal archaeological discoveries, it unveils the secrets of early human evolution. Fossilized remains, stone tools, and ancient artifacts unearthed here provide insights into our ancestors' journey. The groundbreaking finds by Louis and Mary Leakey, including the iconic Homo habilis skull, showcase the Gorge's significance. Visitors can explore the site's museum, gaining a profound understanding of human evolution amidst the breathtaking landscapes. Olduvai Gorge stands as a testament to the continuous exploration of our roots in the heart of Africa.

Empakaai Crater

Nestled in the Ngorongoro Highlands, Empakaai Crater is a hidden gem boasting stunning landscapes and unique biodiversity. This volcanic caldera, approximately six kilometers in diameter, is characterized by a mesmerizing soda lake occupying its floor. The lush greenery surrounding the crater provides a habitat for diverse wildlife, including buffalo, blue monkeys, and a variety of bird species. A trek down the crater offers a captivating journey through indigenous forests, revealing panoramic views and the opportunity to witness flamingos along the lake's shores. Empakaai Crater stands as a testament to the untouched natural beauty within Tanzania's Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Olmoti Crater

Olmoti Crater, nestled in the heart of the Ngorongoro Highlands, is a natural wonder offering serene landscapes and rich biodiversity. This volcanic caldera, adorned with lush vegetation, encircles a pristine mountain meadow. Its central waterfall cascades down the crater wall, adding to the picturesque scenery. The crater serves as a crucial water source for the Maasai communities and their livestock. Exploring Olmoti Crater unveils a harmonious blend of indigenous flora and fauna, creating a tranquil sanctuary within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This off-the-beaten-path destination invites visitors to experience the unspoiled beauty and cultural significance of Tanzania's diverse landscapes.

Gol Mountains

The Gol Mountains, located in the northern part of Tanzania, stand as a testament to the region's geological diversity. These ancient mountains, with their rugged terrain, offer a striking contrast to the surrounding landscapes. Cloaked in mystery and beauty, the Gol Mountains are home to unique flora and fauna, providing a habitat for various wildlife species. The indigenous communities living in the vicinity add cultural richness to the area. Exploring the Gol Mountains offers an off-the-beaten-path adventure, allowing travelers to witness the untamed beauty and geological marvels that contribute to Tanzania's diverse natural tapestry.

And so much more

Ngorongoro Conservation Area unfolds a tapestry of natural wonders beyond its renowned features. The Gol Mountains, shrouded in history, present a rugged landscape with diverse wildlife. Olduvai Gorge, an archaeological treasure trove, unveils the secrets of early human evolution. Empakaai Crater, adorned with a mesmerizing soda lake, offers a serene retreat. Beyond the crater’s rim lies the vast Serengeti plains, where the Great Migration captivates with its wildlife spectacle. Ngorongoro’s rich biodiversity extends to hidden gems like Lake Eyasi, home to the indigenous Hadzabe people. Together, these highlights paint a vivid portrait of a conservation area embracing geological marvels, cultural heritage, and unparalleled biodiversity.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to visit Serengeti National Park?

The best time to visit Serengeti National Park is during the dry season, from June to October. This is when the Great Migration is in full swing, and wildlife is more easily spotted.

What are the must-do activities in Serengeti National Park?

  • Witness the Great Migration
  • Embark on game drives
  • Explore the Lobo Valley
  • Ascend the Moru Kopjes
  • Take a hot air balloon safari

What animals can I see in Serengeti National Park?

The Serengeti National Park is home to a vast array of wildlife, including lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, and many more.

How do I get to Serengeti National Park?

There are several ways to get to Serengeti National Park, including by plane, car, or bus. Benson Safaris can arrange transportation for you from various locations.

Where can I stay in Serengeti National Park?

There are a variety of accommodation options available in Serengeti National Park, from luxury lodges to tented camps. Benson Safaris can help you find the perfect accommodation for your needs.

How much does it cost to visit Serengeti National Park?

The cost of visiting Serengeti National Park varies depending on the time of year, your activities, and your accommodation. Benson Safaris can provide you with a personalized quote.

Do I need a visa to visit Tanzania?

Yes, most visitors to Tanzania will need a visa. Benson Safaris can assist you with the visa application process.

What vaccinations do I need to visit Tanzania?

There are several vaccinations recommended for travel to Tanzania, including yellow fever, hepatitis A, and typhoid. Please consult with your doctor to determine which vaccinations are right for you.

What should I pack for a trip to Serengeti National Park?

Here is a suggested packing list for a trip to Serengeti National Park: * Comfortable clothing for game drives * Warm clothing for evenings * Hats and sunscreen * Binoculars * Camera * Malaria medication (if prescribed by your doctor)

We hope this FAQ has been helpful. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Benson Safaris.

Thank you for choosing Benson Safaris for your Serengeti National Park adventure!