Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Carater

Overview

Ngorongoro conservation area is among the gorgeous places that Tanzania is gifted with. It’s also among the Seven Wonders of the World. This 8228 square kilometer crater with 600m tall walls was established in 1959 as a conservation area. This was for conserving the natural resources and promotes tourism. It’s the only place where you can see the big five at once and the place where people live with animals.

Best known for

The Ngorongoro came from a collapsed volcano mountain which gave rise to the main caldera and other two. These are Olmoti and Empakai which has flocks of flamingos as Ngorongoro. The crater is gifted with lots of kinds of wild species. This includes 7000 wildebeest, 3900 zebras, 3000 Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle together with 26 black rhinos. There are also giraffe but in the conservational area not in the creater. There also about 30 large elephants, hyena, buffalo, lions, leopards and many more.

  • This park is best known for

    • Its selected as the 7th natural world’s wonder
    • Its place you can see the black rhino which are very rarely seen.
    • Best site for bird watching due to presence of high population of birds such as flamongos decorating the soda lake.
    • It’s the only area where you can see the big five at once these are lion, cheetah, buffalo, elephant and black rhino.
    • On the eastern side of the Empaakai crater there is a remain of the edged city and irrigation system (the Engaruka Ruins )
    • Has a larger concentration of wild animals with an exquisite view of the crater brim
    • Also has some historical sites(archeological site) such as the Olduvai gorges which holds the skull of the first man on earth.
  • When to go

    Ngorongoro conservation area gives a superb view during the wet season when it’s evergreen. This between November and May when during the rainy season. Apart from that anytime of the year is good time to visit the crater due to the moist climate. Also the semi-arid that make the animals not leave the crater.

  • Activites

    • Game drive within the crater and bird watching at the lake.
    • Paying visit to the masaai tribe’s villages.
    • Viewing the shifting sand.
    • Walking around the rim of the crater and camping along the crater.