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Ngorongoro Conservation area offers one of the richest wildlife viewing experiences on the African continent. Situated in the Arusha region of Northern Tanzania, this conservation area in Tanzania is a world UNESCO heritage site. The area allows visitors to sample locally grown and brewed coffee, safari through a crater, and hike up another and walk in the footsteps of early man. The area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests which attract tourists from all walks of life. Home to 25000 large animals, Ngorongoro is one of the top tourist sites in Tanzania attracting tourists from across the globe. One of the famous attractions in Ngorongoro is the Ngorongoro Crater which is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and home to the highest density of big game in Africa. With a diameter of approximately 19 km and its majestic walls that rise just over 610 m, the crater floor covers an area of 260 sq km. Today over 40,000 Masais reside n the area making the Ngorongoro Conservation Area one of the famous places in Tanzania that has garnered most of the tourists. The conservation shares a boundary with the Serengeti National Park and one must drive through the conservation in order to get to the Serengeti.

Places To visit In Ngorongoro

Lake Magadi

For nature lovers, Lake Magadi in Tanzania is a paradise to look out for. Well known for its wading birds, including flamingos and Pelicans, Lake Magadi is a famous tourist attraction in Ngorongoro attracting thousand o tourists every year from across the globe.

Lerai Fever Tree Forest

The Lerai fever tree forest is one of the famous tourist attractions in Ngorongoro which consists of tall, slim yellow barked acacias. The distinctive form and striking colours of the fever tree makes it famous among the travelers. These trees are usually found near river banks in eastern and southern Africa.

Olduvai Gorge

Situated in the midst of Serengeti national park and the Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge is famous for being the site where 2 million year old human fossils were found. It is a top tourist spot in Ngorongoro that allows the history buffs to dig out more about the past. Visit the Oldupai Museum that showcases the facts about fossils.

Ngorongoro Crater

Once a gigantic volcano, Ngorongoro Crater in Northern Tanzania is the largest intact caldera in the world. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth.

Olmoti Crater

Nestled 3080 meters above sea level within Ngorongoro highlands area, the name Olmoti comes from Maasai language meaning cooking pot. It is a perfect place in Ngorongoro for hiking and walking trails. Olmoti crater is where Massai people pasture their cattle alongside eland, bushbuck, reedbuck and an occasional buffalo.

Gol Mountains

Located in the Southeast Sector of the Serengeti in Northern Tanzania, Gol Mountains is an ideal spot in Tanzania for wildlife viewing. The Gol Mountains are home to the Maasai, who still follow their traditional way of life in a cashless society, unaffected by modernity.

Hadzabe Tribe

Visiting Tanzania can be incomplete without visiting the Hadzabe tribe which is a popular spot in Ngorongoro. This tribe has estimated population of less than 2,000 individuals and is one of the last tribes to stay true to their tribal history.

Best Time To Visit Ngorongoro

Ngorongoro has a unique ecosystem and is a year round destination in Tanzania that can be visited by the tourists anytime of the year. The best time to visit Ngorongoro is from June to September which is the peak season and again during the December to February calving season that follows the November rains. For game viewing and wildlife spotting, the month from June to October is the best at animals gather around waterholes. To avoid any crowd go in the month of March or April where you might witness more rainfall and fewer visitors. 

Things To Do In Ngorongoro

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Visit to Mount Meru

Enjoy awesome views of Mount Meru though most of the mountain lies on Arusha National Park. Mount Meru has an impressive variety of wildlife and diverse vegetation. You can also choose to go for a safari in the forest reserve and explore the city of Ngorongoro.

Explore Meserani Snake Park

Located 25km from Arusha on the way to Serengeti and Ngorongoro, Meserani Snake Park is one of the top tourist sites in Ngorongoro which has attracted people from all walks of life. The park is home to 48 species of snakes, reptiles and a few bird species. You can also visit an onsite Maasai cultural museum and learn the Maasai culture.

Experience the culture of tribal people

Your visit to Tanzania would be incomplete without getting to know about the tribal people of Tanzania. The Cultural Heritage Centre found in Arusha, Tanzania features the ways of all the tribes of Tanzania in one building.

Visit Oldupai Museum

Situated close to Ngorongoro conservation area, Oldupai museum showcases the history and information about the findings made in and around the Olduvai Gorge. There is also a view point overlooking the gorge which lends breathtaking view of the Gorge.

Bird watching in Lake Eyasi

Nestled between the Eyasi Escarpment in the north and the Kidero Mountains in the south just southwest of Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Eyasi is a perfect spot in Tanzania for bird lovers. Lake Eyasi has palm trees around it as well as the acacia trees hence supporting a mix of birds, including huge flocks of flamingos and pelicans especially during the rainy season.

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How to Reach Ngorongoro

By Air: The closest airport to Ngorongoro Conservation area is Arusha airport in Arusha town. The most advisable option to fly to Arusha Airport is from Kilimanjaro International Airport. You can also fly to Nairobi, Kenya and then board a shuttle bus to Arusha.

By Road: The road from Arusha to Lodoare Entrance Gate is 160km long. The entire journey is on tarmac and it takes about two hours to reach the Ngorongoro conservation area. A 4×4 vehicle is essential when entering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park.

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