Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the natural wonders of the world with astounding settings and wildlife concentrations. Ngorongoro with its diverse and pristine ecological features combined with the enormity of the area, it can easily be mistaken for a paradise on earth.
Established as a multiple land use area, with wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai tribes practising traditional livestock grazing, it homes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera, at its centre. It is believed that before its eruption it was more elevated than Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak of Africa.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area is situated in the game rich northern circuit adjacent to the Serengeti National Park. With one of the highest wildlife density in Africa, it offers one of the most rewarding game drive opportunities.
Ngorongoro vegetation is varied consisting of lush green, rain-watered vegetation and desert plants. The area is made up of semi-arid plant species, uncultivated lowland flora, highland forests and plentiful short grass that are used for grazing.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area is home to more than 25,000 large animals and 400 bird species. It has a high population of predators, including lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and leopards. The carter is packed with zebras, buffaloes, warthogs, baboons, elephants, flamingos, ostriches and hippos.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area also hosts Olduvai Gorge which is known as the cradle of mankind since the earliest known human specimens were discovered from this place.
Apart from the pristine and mesmerising landscapes and thrilling game view you can also have cultural interactions with Maasai people, who dwell in and out of the area.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area is open for tourists throughout the year. Even though the wildlife viewing remains almost constant all year round but, it becomes easier to spot the thriving wildlife population during the dry
Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of its kinds formed on the volcanic caldera. It hosts a number of landforms and water bodies with varied wildlife.
You can witness the splendour of the Ngorongoro by standing on its crater rim. It is home to around 35,000 animals including the Big Five of Africa, along with elephants, giraffes, hippos, waterbucks, zebras, buffaloes, warthogs, baboons and other primates. Ngorongoro also has a rich birdlife with over 500 species of birds with migratory birds spotted from November to April.
Apart from the pristine landscapes and varied wildlife, the other major attractions of Ngorongoro are Lake Ndutu, shifting sands and Oldupai Gorge, the cradle of mankind.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area is well-connected by airways or roadways.
It is 160 km away from Arusha and takes about 2-3 hours drive time to reach Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It is 140 km away from the Seronera area of Serengeti National Park. You can also take a shuttle bus or taxi service to reach Ngorongoro Carter.
You can take flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport or Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar Es Salaam and then take a charter flight into the Ngorongoro airstrip.