Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Large mass of geological treasure

Enveloping a large mass of land and with a fair smattering of the Masai pastoralists, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is perennial geological flux. The 8000 sq km of the park, rich in wildlife, encompasses lush highlands, savannah, woodlands, lakes, volcanic calderas, and forests. As a natural, ecological and archaeological wonder the park conjures enough mystiques to keep you enthralled throughout.

 A ‘must see’ region

Arguably the prime tourist attraction in Tanzania, the Ngorongoro crater– which is not a lake, is always the focal point of tourists.  The 269sq km crater is 610 meters deep and 19 km across and offers fascinating vistas in the diversity of habitat and inhabitants. Nearly 30,000 animals call the crater home. Also nestled in the region are a variety of birds, ranging from the dainty flamingos to the famous white-backed vultures and eagles. The panoramic high altitudinal view from crater rims throw open breathtaking natural features aptly justifying its reputation as the crown jewel,

Pan out your vision to catch the Big 5 and the wildebeest, zebras, buffaloes and Grant’s gazelles which sustain the resident predators

Attractions that should be on your to-do list

The lush Empakaai crater is a sight to behold! Clothed in forests, the 6km wide crater has an alkaline lake covering half its floor. Take a walk in solitude in the serene beauty of the crater and enjoy dramatic views of OldoinyoLengai, an active volcano.

Standing on the rim of the Oldupai Gorge, discover the prehistoric site famed for ancient human and elephant fossils, tools excavations. Know more about the evolution of humans Oldupai museum

If history and archaeology excite you then don’t miss out of the remote Laetoli. It is here that Mary Leakey’s team discovered a 27m-long trail of 3.7-million-year-old hominid footprints

If you seek adventure, then the obscure Gol Mountains should be in your bucket list. Far from the trappings of modernity this remote region is home to the warrior Masai

There is still plenty of hiking and trekking to do in the altitudes and the photographer in you will find the place extremely rewarding.

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Ngorongoro National Park Facts

  • Covers an area of over 8,300 sq km
  • Located within the Great Rift Valley
  • Stretches from Lake Natron in the northeast, to Lake Enyasi in the south, and Lake Manyara in the east
  • 190km west from Arusha and only 40km from Lake Manyara National Park
  • This amazing area comprises archaeological sites, extinct and active volcanoes, breathtaking mountains, forests, vast lakes and magnificent wildlife.
  • The Ngorongoro Crater is world famous for its World Heritage Site.
  • Also have famous paleontological and archaeological sites, Olduvai Gorge, Laetoli site, Lake Ndutu site and Nasera Rock Shelter
  • The Engakura Ruins (the remains of a terraced city and irrigation system) lie on the eastern side of the Empakaai Crater.
  • Nominated as one of the contenders for the 7th Natural Wonder of the World
  • Together with the Serengeti National Park and the surrounding areas, the Ngorongoro Crater supports the greatest concentration of wildlife left on earth.
  • If you’re lucky, you can view the big five (Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhino) among other African wild animals and birds.
  • Spectacular view of the crater from the rim
  • High population of birds, making a good place for bird watching
  • The various different levels of the land and the movements of the air masses cause great variation in the climate of the area.
  • Rainfall is seasonal and follows the altitudinal gradient varying from 500 mm per annum on the arid plains, to the west, to 1700 mm per annum on the forested slopes in the east.
  • The highlands have a moist and misty climate.
  • Temperatures in the semi-arid plains vary from as low as 2 degrees to as high as 35 degrees Celsius.
  • Anytime of the year is a good time to visit, as animals do not leave the lush grasslands of the crater.
  • Walking Safari on the Rim of the Crater
  • Camp along the rim of the Crater
  • Game driving in and around the Crater
  • Visiting the masaai tribes’ village
  • Visiting the oldest humans footsteps, at Old via Gorge
  • Visiting the shifting sands