Ngurdoto Crater With Impala Shuttle

Ngurdoto Crater With Impala Shuttle. Ngurdoto Crater is a volcanic crater in Arusha RegionTanzania. The crater is 3.6 km (2.2 mi) in diameter at its widest and 100 metres (110 yd) deep. Ngurdoto Crater is surrounded by forest whilst the crater floor is a swamp. It is located in Arusha National Park.

Between 1981 and 2016 there are marked areas of drying in parts of northeast and much of southern Tanzania. A clear warming trend is apparent in annual temperature. By the 2090s projected warming is in the range of 1.6 to 5.0 °C, also evenly distributed across the country. For rainfall there is strong agreement for decreases in the mean number of rain days and increases in the amount of rainfall on each rainy day (the ‘rainfall intensity’). Taken together these changes suggest more variable rainfall, with both higher likelihood of dry spells (such as droughts) and a higher likelihood of intense rainfall events (often associated with flooding). Climate change impacts of severe droughts, floods, livestock deaths, crop failures and outbreak of disease (such as cholera and malaria) are likely to be regularly observed.

The Ngurdoto Crater is part of the Arusha National Park and is the caldera of an extinct volcano, that is sometimes called “little Ngorongoro” because, just like Ngorongoro, has become, over time, a sort of “reserve in the reserve”. The caldera is shaped like a basin with very steep walls and covered with dense rainforest, it is 3 km wide and 400 meters deep; in its bottom covered with marshy grassland live buffalos, elephants, warthogs, some antelopes, monkeys, baboons, leopards and spotted hyenas; there are also many species of birds such as the head hammer, the spur-winged goose and herons.

You cannot descend into the crater because one wants to preserve and protect its ecosystem; but you can walk along a circular route on the crater rim, where you can meet different observation points: on the Northern edge there are the lookout with the best views. From this elevated position you can see all over the park below and, on clear days, you can admire the Kilimanjaro. 

The road that you must travel by 4×4 to reach the edge of the caldera is surrounded by a dense rainforest; here there is a higher possibility of the whole of Tanzania to spot, only on the trees, the rare white and black colobus who are often one of the reasons why some travelers decide to visit the Arusha National Park. In the forest also live blue monkeys and baboons who, unlike the colobus, prefer to spend their days on the ground, taking refuge on trees only during the night or if there is any danger that threatens them. 

With a little luck you can even spot the timid and shy red duiker or tragelafo striatum or the kirk dik-diks; there are also many birds inhabiting this forest, such as the silver cheeks hornbill, bee-eaters and turacos. To the West of the crater lies the Small Serengeti or Ndogo Serengeti in Masai language, this is a prairie area; here you meet zebras, giraffes, warthogs, buffalos, red duikers and some antelopes.

You can Visit Ngurdoto Crater with Impala Shuttle by bus or 4×4 safari vehicles. Contact us on +254 710 354 845 Kenya, +255 745 666 668 Arusha and +255 768 000 029 Moshi. You can call or WhatsApp we are available 24/7. You can also visit our website for bookings.