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Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Set below the verdant slopes of the spectacular Usambara and Pare Eastern Arc Mountain ranges and overseen by iconic snow – capped peak of Kilimanjaro, Mkomazi a virgin breathtaking beauty exhibiting unique natural treasures and immense sense of space – adds to the fulfillment of high visitor enjoyment expectations – a much needed bridge between northern circuit and coastal attractions.

Everyday, thousands of people pass within a few kilometers of Mkomazi on one of Tanzania’s busiest highways. These and northern circuit safari – goers are now most welcome to discover the treasures of this wedge of hilly semi – arid savannah – home of large herds of giraffe, eland, hartebeest, zebra, buffalo and elephant.

Mkomazi is vital refuge for two highly endangered species, the charismatic black rhino and sociable African wild dog, both of which were successfully reintroduced in the 1990s. Nomadic by nature, wild dog might be seen almost anywhere in the park, but black rhino are restricted to a fenced sanctuary, ensuring their safe keeping for future generations enjoyment and prosperity.

Mkomazi supports several dry – country specialists species that are rare elsewhere in Tanzania; these include the spectacular fringe – eared oryx, with its long back – sweeping horns, and the handsome spiral – horned lesser kudu. Oddest of all is the gerenuk, a gazelle distinguished by its slender neck, bizarre alien – like head, and habit of standing tall on its hind legs stretch for acacia leaves that other browsers cannot reach.

A game reserve since 1951, this new National Park takes its name from Pare tribe’s word for “scoop of water”, referring to little water. It is a fantastic destination for birdwatchers, with more than 450 avian species recorded, among them dry – country endemics such as the cobalt – chested vulturine guineafowl, other large ground birds such as ostrich, kori bustard, secretary bird, ground hornbill and some migratory species including Eurasian roller.

You Will See

Buffalo

Buffalo

100%
Giraffe

Giraffe

80%
Lion

Lion

80%

Fox

30%
Wildebeest

Wildebeest

100%
Elephant

Elephant

100%
Zebra

Zebra

100%
Leopard

Leopard

80%
Hippo

Hippo

90%
White Rhino

Rhino

15%

When to go

The conservation area is open to tourists year-round as wildlife viewing is

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The conservation area is open to tourists year-round as wildlife viewing is almost consistent throughout the year. But dry season is recommended by us as the grasses on the crater floor gets shorter and there’s a water scarcity in the territory both of which factors make spotting wildlife easier. June through September is hence the best time to visit Ngorongoro Conservation Area while March, April, and May are months of heavy rainfall.

Art & Culture

When UNESCO identifies a place as a heritage site, you can damn well be certain

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When UNESCO identifies a place as a heritage site, you can damn well be certain of the natural value and cultural significance of the place. Ngorongoro Conservation Area and particularly Olduvai Gorge is fascinating for the natural and paleo-archaeological attributes that provide and complete picture of the evolutionary journey spanning 4 million years. ‘Laetoli’ hominid footprints are evidence of our ancestors walking upright some 3.75 million years ago. The Olduvai museum has exhibits of primitive stone tools used by our ancestors besides fossils of extinct mammal species. The cultural mosaic gets a facelift with the red, blue and black colours “shukla” drapped semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists. Known for their sacred bond with their cattle the Masaai are one of the world's last great warrior cultures. All the handmade colourful beaded and wooden jewelry that is found on the Masaai body signifies various aspects of the Maasai culture. Wouldn't you be interested in the symbolism?

Culinary

As a predominantly agricultural country, Tanzania’s enormous platter of culinary

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As a predominantly agricultural country, Tanzania’s enormous platter of culinary sensations revolves around corn, cassava, plantains, sorghums, and tubers. Meat stews cooked the traditional way on charcoal braziers add substance to Ugali at meal time. If you like you ugali without free then try the coconut milk sauce. While the culinary flavours of the mainland differ from the coasts the numerous lodges, and camps on the periphery of the conservation area ensure freshly sourced food platter to satiate all your cravings. Nyama Choma or fire-roasted meat, Ndizi Nyama or meat with plantains and also Mshikaki which is meat kebabs are widely available. Dessert is often fresh fruits glazed with honey and coconut. Beverages like tea and coffee made your breakfast and evening snacks delightful

How to go

Ngorongoro is an easily accessible area lying adjacent to Serengeti National

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Ngorongoro is an easily accessible area lying adjacent to Serengeti National Park. Tourists can get here either by road or by flights.

Roadways:

It is best reached from the town of Arusha, from where it is a mere three hours drive away. From Seronera area of Serengeti, it is 140 kms away.

Airways:

For international tourists, take flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport or Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar and then a charter flight into the Ngorongoro airstrip. Shuttle bus or taxi service from the airport is also available.

Activites

It is designated as a “multiple land use area” where Maasai people graze their

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It is designated as a “multiple land use area” where Maasai people graze their livestock besides the predators. Tourists coming into the park can take part in a number of activities including:

  • Regular Game Drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Bird watching
  • Cultural trips
  • Archaeological tours (to Olduvai Gorge)

What to see?

It is located in the slopes of Usambara and Pare Eastern Arc Mountain Range.

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Ngorongoro is a gem of Tanzanian northern circuit teeming with wildlife and blessed with mesmerizing geographical features. All of the members of Big Five of Africa can be easily spotted inside the area along with hippo, giraffe, waterbucks, and variety of birds.

The extinct volcano of Ngorongoro Crater is the major attraction of this conservation area. The crater floor is surrounded by crater walls and has a size of 260 sq km within which it hosts variety of landforms and water bodies. Stand on the crater rim and witness it all.

The Uniqueness of Ngorongoro Conservation Area

  • The carter was created about 2 million years ago when a volcano collapsed.
  • It has the highest density of lions in the world including the black maned lions.
  • Around 30,000 fauna live here including zebra, wildebeest, black rhino and the Big Five of Africa.
  • The Maasai tribe live in this area.

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