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Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp

Alison Macallister

Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp is tucked amongst lush forests below giant Acacia trees on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. The lodge is just a 15-minute drive from the Ngorongoro Crater entrance gate. Head out on an early morning drive and you will likely be the first guests in this bucket-list wildlife area where it’s not uncommon to see all of the Big Five – lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalos in one day.

4-Star Tented Camp – From $401 per person

Spend evenings swapping safari stories with fellow guests around the fire or sip coffee in bed from the safety of your classic safari tent as elephants wander through the camp on cold mornings. Ngorongoro Crater Camp will impress you with their luxury style of camping, comfortable yet stylish facilities and dedication to personalised service. 

Location and Views 

The camp is located in the Ngorongoro Conservation area close to the main access road of the Ngorongoro Crater. Transfers are available from the Manyara airstrip.


Getting to Ngorongoro Crater Camp

By road: Ngorongoro Crater Camp is 124 miles/ 200km from Arusha. This is about 4.5 hrs drive.

By air: The closest airstrip is the Manyara airstrip. From Manyara, there is a 2.5-hour drive to the conservation area gate and then another 45min game drive to Crater Camp.

Nearby attractions 

Ngorongoro Crater

The camp is 15 minutes away from the entrance to Ngorongoro Crater. This is one of the richest wildlife sites on earth where around 30 000 mammals live including wildebeest, zebras, warthogs, hyena, buffalos, lions, elephants and rhinos.

Lake Magadi

An Alkaline soda lake in the eastern part of the crater, The lake is a good destination for birders and is home to thousands of lesser flamingos.

Iirkeepusi Cultural Village

A Masai village up the road from the camp. Guided village tours are available on request.


All of the communal areas and tented suites have views of the giant, vine-hung acacias and lush green scenery of the surrounding forest on the slopes of the Ngorongoro crater.


Long stay discount

Get up to 40% discount on rates when staying longer than 3 nights.

Close to the Crater floor

The location is perfect for early morning game drives in the crater. The lodge offers one long drive a day instead of two shorter ones.

Rhino Sightings

The Ngorongoro Crater floor is known as one of the most reliable places to see rhinos.


There are three separate canvas tents that serve as communal areas. The camp, unfortunately, does not have a gym or spa facilities.


Communal Lounge area

One of 3 separate communal tents. Furnished with Comfortable sofas, wildlife artwork and even some books. There is a fire pit nearby where guests gather to exchange safari stories over wine and snacks.

Lounge Bar

A tented common area with a well-stocked bar where you can go for your favourite pre-dinner drink or cocktails. There is a comfortable sitting area of armchairs and couches. Black and white prints hung on the canvas walls and copper bowls create a subtle decor scheme.  

Other Amenities

The camp has an electricity supply and available WiFi.

Food and Dining


Dining Tent

The camp has an on-site restaurant with indoor dining as well as table settings on the outdoor wooden deck.

Private Set ups

For a more intimate dining experience, staff are happy to set up a private table somewhere around camp under the acacia trees.


French-press coffee brought to your tent. Buffet style breakfast or take packed breakfast for early morning drives.



Late lunch at the camp after an early morning drive or a packed lunch for a full day out game viewing.


Appetizers followed by mains served in the style of a tableside buffet with a variety of dessert options. Great vegetarian dishes and wine pairing menus are available.

Room Service

Tea, coffee and cookies are delivered to your tent first thing in the morning


There are 10 tented suites of the same style and size.

Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp


Elegantly furnished and decorated with white linen, draped netting and colour-bursts of yellows, reds and oranges across the room. Each room has a desk, plug points for charging electronics and a safe.

Classic Safari Tents

Each of the tented suites extends onto its own private patio furnished with two campaign chairs and a table where you can enjoy your morning coffee. Each tent has its own en-suite bathroom with hot running water. There are electric blankets as it gets quite cold in the evenings and early mornings.

Note: Bucket showers have recently been replaced with real showers.


Need to Know

Safety: Dangerous game area, you may not walk around at night without an armed ranger

Child Friendly: Yes, over the age of 6. Extra beds can be set up in the suites.

Services:  Airstrip transfers, Laundry

Alison Macallister

With a degree in Nature Conservation and experience working with wildlife including the Big 5, Alison works as a guide for a 5-star reserve. She enjoys sharing her passion for all things nature-related. She enjoys hiking, horseriding, 4x4 driving and kayaking.

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