Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp


Ngorongoro Crater rim

Accommodation Type

Permanent tented camp

Accommodation Level
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Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp

This superb tented camp is nestled in a lovely ancient forested area on the crater rim, with fabulous views down into the Ngorongoro Crater. It’s a lovely, secluded and romantic place with easy access into the crater and wonderful year-round game viewing. The spacious, comfortable tents are beautifully dressed and come complete with a personal tent attendant.

If you’re looking for understated style and elegance complimented by friendly and attentive staff and superb food, all in a magnificent position on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp will provide this for you.  Add easy access to the crater for your game drives and expansive views to admire while you sip your sundowner into this mix, and you have the perfect place to stay.

The camp is owned by Sanctuary Retreats, who do these things with a distinctive flair. It’s a lovely place to stay as you explore all this area has to offer. Wildlife inside the crater is superb – there is a year-round supply of water, so it can sustain a great variety of animals, including the big 5. Not surprisingly this area is very popular with safari vehicles, and by staying at Sanctuary Ngorongoro you will be one of the first visitors to arrive at the crater floor in the morning – giving you some wonderfully uncrowded game viewing before the latecomers arrive.

Most visitors make use of this camp for the Crater, though you can travel the roughly 45 minutes to Lake Manyara, to see the excellent birdlife, including flamingos on this soda lake.

Times to Go

Wildlife is superb all year round at this fantastic ‘big five’ safari destination, the Ngorongoro Crater. June to October is the dry season, when the short vegetation allows you to easily see the animals, and from March to May you’ll see some wonderful birdlife, but you’ll be faced with the long rains at this time.

Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp highlights

  • Deluxe tented accommodation
  • Jaw-dropping views
  • Excellent wildlife – great predator sightings
  • Speedy access to the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Game drives in Ngorongoro
    (and Lake Manyara)
  • Outstanding, friendly service

Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp location

Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp


  • 10 en-suite tents
  • Open June to March
  • Children aged 6 + are welcome


  • Laundry service
  • Tent attendant
  • Wifi


  • Game drives in Ngorongoro
  • Lake Manyara if staying 2nights
  • Masai village visits

Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp rooms

The 10 rooms are large, classic safari-style tents.

All are at ground level, with a small covered awning at the front of the tent.

Inside the tents have polished wooden floors, large double beds dressed is cream and beige colours with burnt orange soft furnishings, and the ceiling is draped in a cream muslin fabric providing a light and airy feel.

The en-suite bathrooms have wash basins, flush toilets and bucket showers – your tent attendant fills up a bucket on the outside of the tent when you require a shower and you control the flow of water inside the shower cubicle.

Twiga the giraffe likes this because…

“Camp owner Sanctuary Retreats runs a number of philanthropic projects. They work with local communities in the rural areas they operate, supporting long-term projects such as improving infrastructure, skill development, as well as health and education projects. Also, they have introduced a filtered water supply and recyclable water bottles in their camps to reduce the usage of bottled water.

And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

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Amanda Marks

Managing Director
Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.


Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.


Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.


Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.