Ngorongoro Conservation Area
PRESENTATION OF THE PARC
The area of Ngorongoro is as pristine and free from human involvement as anything else. Not because it’s hard to reach or it got discovered recently, but because human settlement is restricted and regulated with the exception of Maasai tribe within the area by Tanzanian Government and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, and is completely reserved for prosperity of wildlife.
The Ngorongoro Crater is world’s largest volcanic caldera formed millions of years ago when the volcano exploded and eventually collapsed on itself and is the etymological reason of the naming of this park. Filled with rich flora and fauna and picturesque sceneries, the place attracts tens of thousands of people globally and is a major source of income for Tanzania.
The 260 square kilometer that the slopes of the crater cover harbors variety and variety of plant species that can only be found here. The grasslands are also ideal for grazing, hence a high density of herbivores which also can be found here. The Ngoitokitok Spring and Munge Steam which are the major source of water originating from the crater and filling the nearby lakes are topmost picnic sites in Tanzania teeming with hippos, lions, and elephants.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PARC
• One of the largest protected areas in the world and an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Ngorongoro Crater is located in here which is world’s largest inactive, unfilled volcanic caldera. Besides that, Empakai and Olmoti Craters and the Laetoli footprint are other major attractions.
• Also preserved in here is Oldupai Gorge which is a ravine in the Great Rift Valley where earliest known specimens of human genus was discovered.
• The crater and the surrounding area accommodate 25,000 large animals, and also birds but mostly around Lake Magadi.
The World Heritage Site is located 180 km west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. This area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and Forests.
From Arusha, you can hop around the parks of the northern circuit by small aircraft on chartered or scheduled flights, or you can drive and do the whole circuit by safari vehicle. The best option to get to Arusha is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport. You can also book a cheaper flight to Nairobi in Kenya and take a shuttle bus to Arusha.
Mountain walking, wildlife viewing, interacting with Hadzabe Bushmen, arranging picnic at the Ngoitokitok Spring.
It is best from June to September for general wildlife viewing. June to October is the best weather in the Crater due to little rainfall.
It is one of Africa’s supreme impressive geological features. It is actually a caldera, which was formed centuries ago when a massive volcano imploded and collapsed on itself. It features an estimated 25,000 animals on the crater floor including the ‘Big Five’: elephant, buffalo, lion, rhino and leopard with a fantastic scenic views.
It is one of the most important pale anthropological sites in the world. It holds the earliest evidence of the existence of human ancestors. Fossilized bones and stone tools found by the paleoanthropologists’ states that Africa was the starting place of human evolution.
This is a nice sport for nature lovers and particularly recommended for birding excursions and walking Safaris.
You are guaranteed to see large concentrations of game on any of the Ngorongoro safaris. The mineral-rich floor of this spectacular bowl is largely flat, open and covered in nutritious grasses – much to the liking of large herds of zebra and wildebeest, which graze here. The high numbers of herbivores support the densest populations of predators found anywhere in Africa.
Provides a nice change after several game drives. The high-altitude climate, with temperatures of about 20 degrees, is very enjoyable after the game viewing. This is the nice place to walk and chill.
No matter what road you take, a wonderful safari adventure awaits!
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