Ngorongoro Conservation Are is among the world’s breath taking natural wonders with a breathtaking setting and one of the places to see the big five. Once a giant volcano, Ngorongoro Crater in northern Tanzania is the only unbroken volcanic caldera found in the whole world. It is believed that before its explosion it was more elevated than Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest pinnacle of Mount Kilimanjaro.
The crater together with the surrounding highlands makes one of Africa’s most unique and beautiful regions. The craters make a stunning background to several of the majority rich and fertile grazing grounds in Africa. The walls of the crater rim are steep and soar 400 to 610m high giving off an incredible natural drama as predators and prey pursue and graze their way into the open grasslands, acacia woodlands and swamps on the crater base, giving off a wonderful spectacle.
Ngorongoro is a haven to approximately 25,000 animals and around 400 different bird species. You can find a good population of black manned lions that trail the grasslands, robust herds of wildebeests along with endangered black rhino, zebras, hyenas, and leopards.
Apart from, other wildlife including bat-eared foxes, Giant and Thompson’s gazelle, cheetah, jackal plenty of hippos. You can also spot pink-hued flamingos, warthogs, hartebeests, water bucks, bush bucks and Bohor’s reed bucks. Apart, from the diverse wildlife, you can also find the Massai tribes in the area, who dwell in around the carter who have been grazing in the area since millennia.
Best time to visit
Travelers can visit Ngorongoro Conservation Area all year round. Although the wildlife viewing remains consistent, however, it is easier to spot the flourishing wildlife population amid the dry season.
What to see?
You can witness the splendor 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.
The other major attractions of Ngorongoro are Lake Ndutu, shifting sands, and Oldupai Gorge, the cradle of mankind.
How to get there?
You can reach both via airways or roadways to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Roadways: Ngorongoro Conservation Area is 160 km away from Arusha while 140 km away from the Seronera area of Serengeti National Park.
Airways: You can take charter flights from Kilimanjaro International Airport or Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar Es Salaam to reach Ngorongoro airstrip.
You can do a lot of activities at Ngorongoro Conservation Area listed below are some of them:
- Game drives
- Walking safaris
- Aerial safari
- Archaeological site visits
- Maasai cultural tours
- Bush dinners