The Ngorongoro crater and wider conservation area is easily accessible. The majority of people visit this Ngorongoro Conservation Area as a continuation of a bigger safari itinerary that includes visiting other parks such as Serengeti. Starting in Arusha town, you may visit the various parks in the Tanzania Northern Safari Circuit using chartered flights or you may decide to drive and complete this adventurous circuit by road. Usually, your tour operator will receive you at the airport and then make all ongoing arrangements, as well as the charter flight into the park as per your arrangements.
You will need a 4×4 vehicle to access the park. You can drive from dar es salaam to ngorongoro with an overnight in arusha town and then proceed to the park the following day. The drive from arusha to ngorongoro is about 4 hours.
By car: Ngorongoro is about 185 km from Arusha by road. The trip can take between two and four hours.
The most recommended option to reach Arusha town is to fly into the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), that is located approximately 46k kilometers or 29 miles from Arusha. It is as well possible to directly fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), found close to the capital city Dar es Salaam and then fly to Arusha Airport (ARK). The other alternative is to reserve a cheaper flight into Kenya’s capital city Nairobi, and then take a shuttle bus to the town of Arusha.
Another alternative is to fly to Manyara airstrip, which is about an hour from the Crater. Depending on where you’re staying – you may be met by the lodge, or picked up by a private driver guide.
Normally these charter flights are reserved by your safari / tour operator all as part of your safari package. You may make reservations for your Domestic flights with any of the domestic carrier such as: ZanAir, Coastal Aviation, Air Tanzania, Precision Air, Regional Air.