It is hard to put into words how special this place is. We could start by talking about the sheer density of wildlife, the opportunity to see apex predators or even the otherworldly backdrop of the ancient volcanic crater where you will spend your day. But nothing we say will begin to do this place justice as a bucket list destination for animal lovers. So many of the epic nature documentaries that you have seen on Nat Geo, BBC or Discovery channel were shot here. If you are looking for a place to safari you will not go wrong with Ngorongoro.
We only spent 1 day in the crater (I would definitely recommend doing a couple). Even so, we were fortunate enough to see our very first of the secret 7, when we spotted a Serval cat hunting in the tall grass (just the Aardvark, African Wild Cat, Civet, Genet, Pangolin & Porcupine to go!). According to Unesco Ngorongoro homes the highest density of lions anywhere in the world, so your chances of spending time with these amazing animals is very good. Time your visit right and you will also witness the herds of Africa’s Great Migration passing through the crater.
Although the accommodation within the crater is more expensive and not as good value as those just outside the park, I would fully recommend either paying the extra or sacrificing a little luxury in order to stay in the park. We stayed in Bougainvillia lodge just outside the gates, and while it was a beautiful lodge the time you lose driving in and out in the mornings and evenings during peak predator time is much more valuable.