The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a protected area and a World Heritage Site located 180 km west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. The main feature of the Ngorongoro Conservation Authority is the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. It is well known for its geographical splendor and a natural reserve of the densest population of mammals. Nearly three million years old, the crater shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. The conservation area encompasses a large area of short grass plains and the Ngorongoro highlands. To the north forest, there is a shallow soda lake “Lake Magadi” and in the east there is “Gorigor Swamp” and “the Ngoitokitok Springs” where pods of hippo are to be found.
Why you should go to Ngorongoro Crater?
Besides its stunning scenery, there are so many reasons to visit, and the facts below are just a few:
- Largest unbroken caldera on the planet
- Over 25,000 wild creature
- Good chances to spot a black rhino
- Great bird watching
When it was a volcano, it is thought to have been in similar size with Mount Kilimanjaro.
There are as many as 40,000 people live in the conservation area. They share the land with an incredible amount of wildlife.
You have here a high chance to complete your BIG FIVE by watching a black rhino. Surprisingly, you won’t see any giraffes in the crater.
The Ngorongoro is one of the natural seven wonders of Africa and around 450,000 people travel every year to the Ngorongoro. The region has also witnessed some of the famous people including Prince William, Bill Clinton & the Queen of Denmark. Another recognition this place has, is that the oscar winning movie “Out Of Africa” was partly shot in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Its dazzling beauty and being a paradise of animals also referred it as “the Garden of Eden”.
How to Reach Ngorongoro Crater?
The Ngorongoro Crater & the conservation area is easily accessible through daily aircraft flights from Dar es Salaam to Arusha. From Arusha, it is approximately a 4 hours journey to be in the Ngorongoro Crater Area. You can find many lodges around the area for you to stay. Experience a lifetime adventure and observe the wildlife in its natural and undisturbed habitat.