An ideal blend of myths, archaeological splendor, and natural heritage, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area befits the quintessential sketch of African safari destinations. The beautiful landscape attributed to the collapse of world’s largest volcanic caldera edges the fringe Maasai ecosystem to create an unparalleled splendor on the earth that is must visit during your travel to Africa. Nature has bestowed the area with the best concentration of wildlife and characteristic features giving credence to the epithet “eighth wonder of the world.”
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area adds an altogether different experience to Africa holiday packages often overwhelmed by illustrious Serengeti, Lake Manyara, and other national parks. It has two parts – the Ngorongoro Crater and the Olduvai Gorge.
A quaint volcanic caldera intermixed with the extended Maasai ecosystem, the Ngorongoro Crater unveils an unparalleled beauty of unchanged wildlife habitat to tourists on Tanzania safari tours. Maasai bomas overlooking the prehistoric crater and Olduvai Gorge imbibe them with an authentic wild charm. The Olduvai Gorge, a part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, is the oldest archeological site yet to be discovered. It holds the distinction of the first human footprints on earth. Dense wildlife population of and bird varieties add to the scenic ambiance making the crater a must-see among Africa tourist attractions.
The high density of wild animals and unique variation in ecosystems make the Ngorongoro crater outstanding among Africa travel destinations. More than 25,000 lions, black rhinos, hippos, wildebeest, zebra, hippos, cape buffalo, blue wildebeest, Grant's zebra, a variety of antelopes, impalas, and other mammals live in an area of about 100 square miles. The crater lions of Ngorongoro are unique in entire Africa. The area is also home to a variety of birds. Thousands of flamingos can be seen around Lake Magadi located in the southwest part.
An expedition to the Ngorongoro crater unveils several types of exotic systems each with its different flora and fauna. Created following an intricate combination of Maasai savanna and crater ambiance, the biological hotspot is a perfect natural indulgence for tourists on Africa holiday packages.
Eco-resorts and camping grounds overlooking the beautiful caldera offer a perfect way to enjoy African safari holidays in their exact wild embodiment.
Key Attractions: Beautiful natural ecosystem, scenic caldera, varied wildlife, safari camping, game drive, bird safari, massive volcano crater, Olduvai Gorge prehistoric sites, and Maasai villages; exclusive Maasai boma stay, tented camps, and lodges amid great natural scenery
Getting There: Located in the northwest Tanzania, Ngorongoro crater is about 155 km or 3-hour drive from Arusha. Alternately, you can visit Karatu and plan your African safari holidays covering the Ngorongoro crater, which is about 10 km from there.
Things to know
Location: Arusha Region, Northwest Tanzania
The Fame: Natural heritage, different ecosystems, high-density wildlife, bird species, volcanic crater, Olduvai Gorge, prehistoric sites, crater lions, hook-lipped rhinoceros, Maasai boma, safari camping
Exotic Animals: Crater lions
Things To Do: Game drive, African safari vacation tour, birding safari, walking safari, camping safari
Best Time To Visit: Any time during the year