Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Home to Endangered Black Rhinos
Visit the Masai Tribe
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.
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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