The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, that includes the famous and gigantic Ngorongoro Crater, is the flagship of the tourism industry in Tanzania.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock annually to this recently declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania has some of the highest concentrations of large mammals, including predators, in Africa, and is the only place in the world that supports human communities living in harmony alongside wildlife.
Reasons to visit:
- Fantastic wildlife sightings in the Ngorongoro Crater.
- Meeting the local Maasai people.
- The Olduvai Gorge and museum.
- Breathtakingly beautiful gorges, craters and lakes beyond the Ngorongoro Crater.
- Excellent walking safaris.
- Luxury lodge accommodation.
- Many nearby attractions.
The Ngorongoro Crater is famous around the world for its huge size. It is 610 metres deep with a floor that covers 260 square kilometres. The crater came into existence some three million years ago when a large volcano exploded and then collapsed. Had this volcano remained standing, it is speculated that it would have been at least the height of Mount Kilimanjaro, if not even higher. In 2013, the crater was deemed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.
The Maasai people are pastoralists who have called the Ngorongoro area their home for over 200 years. Nowadays there are about 42,000 of them living within the NCA. They are allowed to bring their livestock to graze in the crater basin, but may not live there. Elsewhere, however, they can construct bomas and cultivate the land as they please. It’s an amazing experience to meet these incredible people and to learn about their unique culture – something that can rarely be done elsewhere in the world.
Although not nearly as large as the Ngorongoro Crater, the Empakaai Crater is another area well worth a visit. The crater is about 6 kilometres wide and half of this area is covered in a deep alkaline lake. Thousands of flamingos can be found wading in the lake’s shallower parts. There is also a 45 minute walk from the outer rim of the crater down through the slopes of the forest to the bottom of the crater. You will enjoy some fantastic views from the top, and if the day is especially clear, you will even see Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance.
Laetoli and Olduvai Gorge
In terms of human evolution this gorge is the most important place in the world, and day trips to the gorge enable you to see the discoveries with your own eyes. Hominid footprints, about 3.6 million years old, were found here preserved in volcanic rock at Laetoli, and they are some of the earliest signs of mankind. In the same area many more discoveries have been made, including evidence of four different kinds of hominids, the skull of Zinjanthropus, or the ‘Nutcracker Man’, fossils, evidence of large predators and gigantic plant-eaters and various other interesting things. The gorge is still the site of ongoing excavations for further archaeological discoveries.
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