Travel Guide

Getting To Ngorongoro

Most tourists to Ngorongoro come here as a part of a longer safari, mostly including visits to other renowned Northern Tanzania Safari Destinations. But those with time or budget restrictions can think about visiting the crater as a stand-alone night safari destination. Here, we highlight some ways of Getting To Ngorongoro during your Tanzania Safari Holidays.

Getting To Ngorongoro information

Take a daily flight from Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) or other airstrips to the town of Arusha. From here, your guide or tour operator can pick you up. A 3-4 hour drive from Arusha and you will be Getting To Ngorongoro Conservation Area in no time.

Perhaps the Best Way To Get To Ngorongoro Conservation Area is to get to Arusha town first. And, the easiest way to reach Arusha is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). From JRO, Arusha is only a 46 km/29 miles trip and here you will be picked up by a driver.

Some tourists first prefer to fly into Serengeti. Then, they take down their vehicle and slowly drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This is How To Get To Ngorongoro as a part of a larger safari trip.

The Manyara Airstrip is just an hour away from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After you arrive at the Mayara airstrip, a guide may pick you up at your place of booking or stay.

Arusha, which is hailed as the starting point of most Northern Circuit Tanzania Safari Holidays, lies about 180 km away from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The road from Arusha to Ngorongoro Conservation Area is paved and in proper condition. This road enters the Conservation Area near the town of Karatu, at the Loduare Gate.

Start from Serengeti National Park and take down a gravel road through Naabi Hill Gate and enter Ngorongoro from the west.

The best part about the location of Ngorongoro Conservation Area is that it lies en route. It is only a three-hour drive from the town of Arusha, the beginning of all safaris in Northern Tanzania Safari Circuit.

Also, once you are inside Ngorongoro Conservation Area, game-viewing safaris around the conservation area are permitted for four-wheel-drive vehicles (4WD) only. Now, many tour companies offer services to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

It’s upon you to choose the right kind of tour operator who provides you with the right kind of services at optimal prices. At Gifted Adventures, your wish is our command. We provide you with customised itineraries for the best trip to Tanzania's northern circuit safari.

  • Fly to Kilimanjaro
  • Transfer to Arusha
  • Drive through villages
  • Take public transport
  • Visit in the dry/wet season
  • Choose accommodation
Getting into Ngorongoro is a venture that’s worth every penny.
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