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Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Highlights

Spectacular Wildlife

With a population of approximately 25,000 large animals, mostly ungulates, plus the highest density of mammalian predators in Africa, Ngorongoro Crater boasts a natural enclosure to a wide array of spectacular wildlife. Lions, waterbucks, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelles, common elands, Grant’s zebra, and the blue wildebeest can be spotted here.

Home to Endangered Black Rhinos

Ngorongoro Crater is home to large mammals including the endangered black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis Michaeli) local population which declined from about 108 to 14 from 1966 to 1995.

Visit the Masai Tribe

Massai villages are dotted along the road en route Ngorongoro Reserve and we highly recommend stopping at a Massai village. Visiting the Massai tribe is a popular stop on nearly every safari you take through Tanzania and Kenya and the scene makes for stunning photographic opportunities.

 

BEST TIME TO GO


Wildlife viewing in the Ngorongoro Conservancy is available pretty much year round. However, the dry season is the best time since it is much easier to spot the large congregations of wildlife within that small caldera, as well as patches of the Great Migration.

 

ABOUT SERENGETI

Situated 180km west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania, Ngorongoro Crater is popularly known as the largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera in the world. Ngorongoro crater was formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago.

Voted in February 2013 by Seven Natural Wonders as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, this volcanic caldera became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The only conservation area in Tanzania that protects wildlife while allowing human habitation, land in the conservation area is multi-use and unique and it is controlled to prevent negative effects on the wildebeest population.

The name “Ngorongoro” has an onomatopoeic origin and it was named by the Massai pastoralists after the sound produced by the cowbell (Ngorongoro) and its conservation area also protects Oldupai or Olduvai Gorges which is considered to be the seat of humanity after the discovery of the earliest known specimens of the human genus.

In addition to the wide array of spectacular wildlife, over 500 species of birdlife have been recorded in Lake Makat, Lake Ndutu, and the Empakaai Crater Lake where over a million birds forgather.

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