In or Out the Crater?
Comparing where to stay at Ngorongoro

Staying on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater versus staying in the nearby town of Karatu is like choosing between sleeping under a blanket of stars or cozying up in a warm and bustling bed.

If you choose to stay on the rim, you will be perched at an altitude of over 2,000 meters with nothing but vast expanses of the Tanzanian sky above you – the only down side is that it could be rather chilly! Here, you will breathe in crisp cool mountain air and gaze out onto an unforgettable panorama of verdant plains and ancient craters. As you cozy up in your tent or lodge, the stars will shimmer above you in a brilliant display of cosmic beauty. With nature all around you, this is the perfect setting to escape the chaos of everyday life and reconnect with your inner self. Additional benefit is that you can easily access the Crater floor for either a full or half day safari with picnic lunch.

But if you prefer to be in the hustle and bustle of a local village , with a vibrant social scene, then staying in Karatu town is the way to go. Here, you will find a good selection of lodges to suit all budgets. With a lively market and good choice of cuiros to shop, you can easily lose yourself in the vibrant colours, smells, and sounds of Tanzanian life. Here, you can also enjoy a tour around a coffee plantation, learn about local customs and traditions, and enjoy a host of cultural activities that will immerse you in the rich history and beauty of this part of Africa.

Whichever you choose, the Ngorongoro Crater and its surrounding town offer unique and unforgettable experiences that will leave you with lasting memories and a deeper appreciation of the beauty of the world around us.

About the author

Amy joined the Bushbaby team in 2018, having worked in travel since 2010. Her specialist area is Africa, having grown up in South Africa and lucky enough to travel around most of Southern and East Africa. Amy enjoys travelling to areas that offer a contrast of adventure and down time with her husband and son. Her favourite place to date is a hard one to pin down – but the Ngorongoro Crater is very high on the list!

Amy Wheeler - Africa Specialist

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