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Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Northern Tanzania is prominently known as the "eighth miracle of the world". It extends crosswise over 8,300 sq. kms flanking the Serengeti National park in the north and the west.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area incorporates a wide breadth of the short-grass fields on the southern side of the Serengeti Plain just as the Ngorongoro Highlands — a scope of for the most part wiped out antiquated volcanoes on the west side of the Great Rift Valley. This region is home to the Maasai and their dairy cattle, just as to bounteous and shifted untamed life. In any case, the gem of the protection region is verifiably the Ngorongoro Crater, which was made a few million years prior when a huge fountain of liquid magma detonated and crumbled on itself. It is the biggest unblemished volcanic caldera on the planet, and, in that capacity, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The carter’s sheer excellence would be a sufficient reason alone to make the trek there, without the untamed life heaven. Since the pit is normally walled it in, has for all intents and purposes framed its very own biological system, and a great part of the untamed life lives inside the dividers throughout the entire year. This makes for simple game-review. The high number of herbivores bolster the most thought populaces of predators found anyplace in Africa. It is one of the main places in Tanzania where you can really prevail with regards to recognizing the "Big Five", and has East Africa's biggest populace of dark rhino.

The crater is additionally home to probably the greatest and most established tuskers left alive in Africa today, and flaunts one of the densest populaces of lions on the mainland. There are enormous groups of bison, Thomson's gazelle, Grant's gazelle and topi, just as solid populaces of panther, spotted hyena, zebra, wildebeest, and warthog. You can likewise observe hippos and a number of cheetahs.

This conservation area is remarkable for its common excellence and the wealth of untamed life. Ngorongoro is an incredible spot to visit when going on safari in Africa, and multi-day down in the crater will make memoirs for a lifetime.

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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