If incredible scenery and unique wildlife experiences is what you are looking for, then Ngorongoro Crater is the place to go! Proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site and listed as one of the ‘Seven Natural Wonders of Africa’, the crater was formed around 3 million years ago when a large volcano erupted and collapsed on itself, creating this magnificent caldera. An abundance of wildlife resides year-round in this conservation area, from cheetah, leopard and hyaena, to buffalo, impala and warthog. The crater is also one of the best places to encounter black-maned lions and the endangered black rhino. The birdlife is equally as impressive with a multitude of species from flamingo to lovebirds. Aside from its wildlife, the Ngorongoro Conservation area is of great prehistoric importance, with the discovery of fossils that are believed to be the earliest known evidence of mankind.
There are many hotels and lodges in the area, but one that stands out for all the right reasons, is Entamanu Ngorongoro. This small and sustainable luxury camp is off the beaten track and offers panoramic views from one of the greatest vantage points for visiting the crater. This camp is a proud supporter of conservation efforts in the region, as well as supporting the local communities, and is actively involved in a number of partner projects and initiatives. The camp itself has been constructed from locally sourced materials, with interiors made and inspired by talented local Tanzanian artists and artisans.
Entamanu Ngorongoro has seven canvas rooms elevated on wooden platforms all with crater views, with two family rooms made up of two full size rooms and a shared bathroom. Every effort has been made to create comfort and each room has heating for those chilly nights, and en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water, double vanities, and flushing toilet.
The meals served at Entamanu Ngorongoro are delicious and wholesome, and can be enjoyed al fresco on the viewing deck or around the communal table in the dining area with your guide, who will have you enthralled with their stories and vast knowledge of the African bush. Picnics can also be prepared for you to enjoy on full-day tours into the crater.
Head out after dawn in safari vehicles, and descend onto the crater floor. This spectacular and unique ecosystem consisting of saline lakes, swamps, plains and forests, makes for one of the most memorable experiences in Africa. For the more adventurous, enjoy guided walks with Masaai scouts (and armed rangers to keep you safe!) who will be keen to show you the natural world from a different perspective. Bush picnics and visits to local Maasai Communities can also be arranged.