Ngorongoro Conservation Area


The views from the 600m (1968ft) tall Ngorongoro Crater rim are spectacular but the real treasure lies on its 20km (12.4mi)-wide floor. It’s been compared to Noah’s Ark and the Garden of Eden – but has the added advantage of actually existing. Noah might be a bit disappointed by dwindling animal numbers these days. But he’d have no trouble finding the lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and many of the plains herbivores such as wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelle, zebra, and reedbuck. Additionally, thousands of flamingo wading in the shallows of Lake Magadi, the soda lake on the floor of the crater.

Local Masai tribes people have grazing rights here, and you may well come across them tending their cattle. You can reach the crater by private bus from Arusha (on the main highway) at least as far as Karatu but it may be difficult to find anything going beyond there. There are also plenty of trucks as far as Karatu.

Here are the top activities to try on the Ngorongoro Conservation Area:

Bird watching

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is proud of having around 400 species of birds (a mix of residential and migratory birds). You shouldn’t miss bird watching activities so you can get the chance to witness the golden-winged birds, flycatcher, flamingoes and many more!

Amazing Wildlife

Explore the wild areas and get a close encounter with endangered species of black rhinos and countless wild animals.

Traditions, Rituals, and Celebrations

You should have experienced yourself, the rich culture in the Ngorongoro Conservation area. Upon your attendance, you will be entertained with traditional dances. You can as well join them on their jewelry making activities.

Witness remains of Homo sapiens

You can find the earliest remains of Homo sapiens to some spots on the Ngorongoro Conservation area. You will surely be amazed at other archeological and historical sites there.


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