Traveling Distance to Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the few places in Tanzania which are easy to access. It’s only 177 km from Arusha and 140 km from Serengeti National park. The most convenient option is to take a flight from Arusha to one of the park’s seven airstrips.
You can book an overland safari in a 4×4 safari vehicle from Arusha to Ngorongoro. Along the way, it’s possible to visit Tarangire and Manyara.
You can either combine these options. Book a one-way Ngorongoro overland safari and fly back to Arusha.
Getting to Ngorongoro Crater by Air
International Air Travel
The best way to reach Tanzania is by air. Tanzania has two international airports.
Dar es Salaam International Airport (airport code: DAR)
Kilimanjaro International Airport (airport code: JRO).
Charter flights and some international operators to Zanzibar Island (airport code: ZNZ)
Julius Nyerere International Airport is 13 km/8 miles southwest of Dar es Salaam. Kilimanjaro International Airport is 46 km/29 miles east of Arusha
There are two other regional airports: Zanzibar on the island of Zanzibar and Arusha (8 km/5 miles west of Arusha). These airports handle much of the safari traffic in and out of the reserves.
If you’re planning to visit Zanzibar, southern and western Tanzania. It is ideal to take a flight to the capital city of Dar es Salaam.
There are some European carriers that fly into Dar es Salaam. Include British Airways, KLM, and Swissair(which share codes with Delta). There are long-distance bus services between Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda
If you’re planning to visit Northern Tanzania. The best airport to arrive at is Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA). KLM has daily flights from Amsterdam. Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways / Precision Air also fly into KIA.
All transfers to and from the airport always are inclusive of the tour package price.
Tanzania is connected to the Middle East USA, Asia, Africa, and Europe through various hubs.
Air Kenya flies between London and Kilimanjaro International Airport via Nairobi
Ethiopian Airlines flies between London and Kilimanjaro International Airport via Addis Ababa
KLM flies between London and Kilimanjaro International Airport via Amsterdam
Emirates flies between London and Kilimanjaro International Airport via Dubai
FastJet connects South Africa and Tanzania
ZanAir and Air Excel and Flight Link also offer various domestic options in Tanzania
There are frequent flights to Tanzania from London and Europe. Flight time is about 11 hours depending on stop-overs. From New York, you should expect to travel for about 19 hours, including stopovers.
How to Book a Flight to Ngorongoro Crater
It is best to check websites like Skyscanner and Expedia to find out more about how to fly to Tanzania.
Also, check with our team for more information on which airport to fly to for the beginning of your safari.
When you book a flight to Tanzania the departure tax is included in the price of the ticket.
Airstrips To and From Ngorongoro Crater
Seronera Airstrip in Serengeti to Ngorongoro
Coming from the Seronera area in the Serengeti, the distance to the crater is about 140km/90mi. The driving time is about three hours.
This can take much longer allowing for wildlife viewing along the way.
Lake Ndutu Airstrip to Ngorongoro Crater
Located in the southern part of Lake Ndutu. This airstrip is not far from the Ndutu ranger post of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area,
Lake Ndutu is near lake Masek and they are both saline lakes. Both of these lakes are nearby Olduvai Gorge.
Manyara Airstrip to Ngorongoro Crater
This is the other airstrip that offers flights to and from the Ngorongoro.
This airstrip connects Ngorongoro with other destinations like Zanzibar, Nairobi, and Serengeti.
It’s an 80km/50mi drive from Lake Manyara to the Ngorongoro Crater.
Major Airports to Ngorongoro Crater
There are three major airports in Tanzania that operate flights in Ngorongoro crater. These include Daresealaam Airport, Kilimanjaro Airport, and Arusha airport.
It is also possible to take a flight from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO). Or Wilson Airport (WIL) to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
When traveling from the Lake Victoria area, the favored airport is Mwanza Airport (MWZ).
Getting to Ngorongoro Conservation Area by Road
Ngorongoro Drive-in Safaris
The most popular way to travel to Ngorongoro crater by road is by booking a drive-in safari. In general, the drive-in safaris start from the town of Arusha.
It takes about two hours to travel from Arusha to the Ngorongoro Crater. You can decide to overnight at the lodges or tented camps
Ngorongoro Self-drive Safaris
Although not recommended, the Ngorongoro Crater is accessible when traveling by (rental) vehicle. A 4×4 vehicle is required to be able to access all roads throughout the year.