Ngurdoto Crater with Hatari Lodge

Until recently, no European had stepped inside Ngurdoto’s 2.5km wide crater (‘Little Ngorongoro’) for over 50 years. Hatari Lodge in Arusha NP has now secured exclusive access for walking safaris into this magical crater, with its huge swamp, hippo, crocs and buffalo... and who know what other creatures are resident here...

The Ngurdoto Crater is nicknamed the “little Ngorongoro Crater.” Its fragile but diverse ecosystem cannot be visited by car or on foot. Only from its crater rim, reached by a steep car track through mountain rainforest, with its various beautifully located viewpoints visitors can enjoy this “sunken” Noah’s Ark in its primeval jungle, secluded in the south east corner of the park.

The crater floor, some 300 feet below and measuring about 1.5 miles across, is home to interesting fauna and flora. Like the Ngorongoro Crater, Ngurdoto Crater is actually a caldera, a collapsed volcano probably measuring 10,000 feet before its last eruption. Today the highest point reaches just over 5,000 feet.

Hatari Lodge are now offering Crater walks. For more information go to: