The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans from Serengeti National Park in the north, to the Great Rift Valley in the east and covers more than 8,000 km2 (3,200 sq. miles). It consists of the Ngorongoro Crater, Ndutu, Olduvai Gorge, Empakaai, Olmoti Crater and Oldonyo Lengai Mountain. The blend of forests, valleys, savannah, craters, lakes and swamps provide habitats for a wide range of animals.
Natural wonder Ngorongoro Crater
The striking Ngorongoro Crater is the main feature of this area. This collapsed volcano creates an unique ecosystem with a wide variety of vegetation. That’s why today the crater is home to the highest concentration wildlife in Africa. It is choked with zebras, buffaloes, warthogs, baboons, elephants, flamingos, ostriches and hippos. Not to mention its high population of predators, including lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and leopards. Another big attraction of the Ngorongoro Crater is the Big Five – buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, rhino. You can see them all in this 20 kilometres (12,5 miles) wide and 600 metres (2,000 feet) deep crater. Enjoy the wealth of animals and beautiful colours of the landscapes. The views from the crater rim over the crater floor are incredible. Because of its natural beauty the crater is chosen as one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders.
During your safari it is also possible you will see people of the Maasai tribe, since they are allowed to graze their livestock in this area. If you really want to learn more about the lifestyle and rituals of this fascinating tribe we recommend you to book a Maasai Tour.
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