Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Covering 8,292 square kilometres, situated 180 kilometres west of Arusha, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a protected area and a recognised World Heritage Site. Its main features include the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti Plains that support the migratory wildlife species of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem, and the catchment forest; the Northern Highland Forest Reserve. As well as the archaeological and palaeontological site located at Olduvai Gorge.
The Ngorongoro Crater is the main reason tourists visit the area. This large, unbroken, un-flooded caldera was formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed some three million years ago. The crater sinks to a depth of 610 metres, with a base area covering 260 square kilometres. The area contains large numbers of animals including Grants and Thomson’s gazelles, wildebeests, zebras, eland and the endangered black rhino. Higher up, in the rainforests of the crater rim, are leopards, mountain reedbuck, buffalo, spotted hyenas, jackals, rare wild dogs and cheetahs. The legendary annual wildebeest and zebra migration also passes through Ngorongoro, when they move south into the area around December then move out heading north in June.
The other well-visited site is the Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important archaeological sites in Tanzania that contains the oldest and well-kept archaeological records of human evolution. Researchers discovered fossil bones, a skull and footprints that are said to be over 2 million years old, along with hunting tools and weapons thought to date back 1.5 million year.
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&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
The Ngorongoro crater is the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world and provides sanctuary to some of Africa’s densest large mammal populations. The lodge is divided into three intimate camps; two with 12 suites and one with 6 suites, each one offering stunning views of the crater. Each of the stilted suites has been […]