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Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

Introduction

Often referred to as "Africa's Eden", the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation area is located in Northern Tanzania, approximately 180kms northwest of Arusha, lying south-east of the Serengeti National Park and just north of Lake Manyara National Park. It is the largest intact crater in the world, being 610 meters deep, 16 kms across and covering an area of 540 sq kms.

The Conservation area is regarded as a natural wonder of the world (the 8th) and is a fine blend of landscapes, people and wildlife. It is one of Africa's main archaeological sites, and has been declared a World Heritage Site. The Crater teaming with wildlife, with virtually all the big game species found here, including; zebra, wildebeest, black rhino, antelope, giraffe, buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard, and plenty of monkeys. All the elephants you will see in the Crater are large old bulls. Female breeding elephants are not known to come into the crater as the steep sides are a hindrance to them. The area is also an ornithologists' paradise, with the thousands of flamingos wading in the shallows of Lake Magadi and hundreds of other species of birdlife.

A safari to Ngorongoro Conservation Area will normally include a visit to Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world. This is where the Leakeys discovered the hominoid remains of a 1.8 million year old skeleton. Some evacuated fossils also go to show that the area is one of the oldest sites of hominoid habitation in the world.

The best time of the year to visit is from December to May. This is when you are likely to experience the spectacular sight of the annual Wildebeest migration, which spills over into the Ngorongoro Crater from the Serengeti National Park. However, wildlife viewing in the Ngorongoro is excellent all year round.

Safaris in Ngorongoro Crater

Nature Safari 3 Days, 2 Nights Safari in Tanzania
Nature Safari 3 Days, 2 Nights Safari in Tanzania
Popular 3 day private camping or lodge safari in Tanzania. Visits Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Perfect for wildlife photographers and families.
3 Days - USD $1,057
Ngorongoro Crater & Tarangire National Park Safari
Ngorongoro Crater & Tarangire National Park Safari
Short safari spending two days visiting Tarangire National Park, popular for elephants and the stunning Ngorongoro Crater, egarded as Africa’s “Garden of Eden.”
2 Days - USD $807
Weekend  Safari Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater
Weekend Safari Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater
Enjoy your weekend by visiting Lake Manyara National Park the famous tree climbing lions, and Ngorongoro Crater, the eight wonders of the world. Tour Leaves Arusha every Saturday.
2 Days - USD $821
3 Days: Natures Paradise Safari in Ngorongoro Crater
3 Days: Natures Paradise Safari in Ngorongoro Crater
Visit the most famous and different world of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. It is the largest in the world 670m deep and 260km wide. See the Big 5 wildlife and other wildlife/birds. Starts and ends in Nairobi, Kenya
3 Days - EUR €584

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