Ngorongoro is often referred as the eighth natural wonder, it has been listed as a UNESCO site which is considered the most beautiful and unique place in Africa where man and wildlife stays together in one area. Ngorongoro was established as a conservation area in 1959 where before this year the area was a national park along with serengeti from 1951to the year of its separation.
The area was separated to allow serengeti national park attain its current international status of a proper national park but as well allowing the Ngorongoro to be a conservation area which houses the Maasai people, their livestock and wild animals all together in the area. The remarkable and world famous geographical feature is the “Caldera” with a rim of just over 600metres at its highest point. The alkaline soda lake of caldera is a home to huge flocks of flamingos, the whole crater has quite unique almost magical atmosphere and its believed to be a home of more than 30,000 animals here –half of them being Zebras, and wildebeests. The area offers the sightseeing of the endangered species of black rhino which is some of the last surviving specie found in Tanzania difficult to spot anywhere else in the country.
The area is a home to impressive elephants with huge tusks who takes advantage of its ample shade in the midst of the day, outside of the crater Maasai tribesmen on the Ngorongoro highland hills have traditionally continued to have the grazing rights to herd their cattle and goats as they have done this for many years of their life –at Ngorongoro conservation area the Maasai are common to see dressed on their traditional blankets with their laden donkeys walking alongside zebras and wildebeests which this kind of mixed habitats of animals and human being is what makes Ngorongoro conservation area more unique and different from the national parks.
This area has a lot more to offer from game viewing to the hikes in the highlands heading to the north east towards the two smaller craters –Olmote and Empakai and can continue on the active volcanic mountain of God “Oldonyo lengai” and Lake Natron where you get to alongside the cattle trails and camping are often amongst the Maasai Bomas allowing our customers to interact with these legendary people in their natural own settings.
Things to do at Ngorongoro
Game Drives at the crater
Hiking at Ngorongoro Hills
Visit a Maasai Boma experiences
Visit Olduvai Gorge and Museum
Donkey/Horseback riding, and cycling safaris (highlands area only)
Day trips are possible to Ngorongoro.
When to visit the park
Wildlife safaris inside the Ngorongoro Crater are superb at all times of the year. The dry seasons between June to October is surely the best time for nearly all the parks in Tanzania since animals are more easily seen as grass are shorter which is the same case on the crater floor where its grass is shorter allowing our customers to watch wildlife without limitations. However, the scenery is equally as spectacular in the wet season months (November and between March and May)
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