The Ngorongoro Highlands is a dramatic range of volcanic mountains that straddles the Rift Valley escarpment immediately to the south of the Serengeti.

The main highlight is perhaps the most remarkable natural wonder in all Africa … the Ngorongoro Crater, where virtually the whole panoply of game can be seen year round.

Although there are several accommodation options on the rim of the crater itself, we often find that it is generally better to stay either side, in the farmland of Ngorongoro Karatu to the south and in Southcentral Serengeti to the north, visiting the crater on the way through.

Away from the crater the highland areas of Ngorongoro North and Ngorongoro South generally contain less game and are consequently much less visited. But this extremely scenic high altitude scenery contains some superb hiking and trekking options. Exploring on foot in the company of authentic Maasai morani can really enrich the overall safari experience and is not to be missed if you think you can handle the exercise.