Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Safari in the Ngorongoro crater!
This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a unique biosphere which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. There are very few places in the world where you can find such a large population of wildlife throughout the year. Deep within the crater, enclosed by towering walls, you have a good chance of spotting ‘The Big 5’: lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. Other wildlife includes serval cat, cheetah, jackal, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle, flamingo and bat-eared foxes, as well as approximately 400 species of colourful birds
The Ngorongoro crater (260km2) is the most densely populated game area in the world. There are an estimated 25,000 animals on the crater floor including the 'Big Five': elephant, buffalo, lion, rhino and leopard. The rim of the crater is about 600 meters above the crater floor in the middle of which is a salt lake.
At night herds of zebras and elephants climb to the edge of the crater and in the daytime the Maasai herd their cows and goats down into the crater allowing them graze on the green crater floor. When you visit the north of Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater should not be missed!
Running 45 kilometers along the Great Rift Valley between Ngorongoro crater and the Serengeti, this gorge is named after the Maasai word for the wild sisal plant. Often referred to as 'the cradle of humankind', East Africa is one of the most important anthropological areas in the world. Louis and Mary Leakey began searching for evidence of early humans in the 1950s, and in 1974 the well-preserved skeleton of 'Lucy' was discovered and has since retained the fame as the oldest human ever found.
Game drives descend into the Ngorongoro Crater through a lush highland forest, with magnificent birdlife to be spotted among the different tree species. Once on the grassy crater floor, you may discover a large variety of grazing herbivores, as well as the predators that are attracted by this abundant supply of prey. The crater has formed its own ecosystem due to its enclosed nature, and is one place where you can certainly tick all the boxes as approximately 30 000 animals live on the crater floor! Depending on the time of year, you may see flocks of pink flamingo around the shores of the shallow Lake Magadi, while the surrounding swamp is inhabited by hippo. The north of the Crater is where the bulk of the resident game resides thanks to the drier, open grasslands. Keep your cameras ready for the spectacles of African nature often happen suddenly.
This 1,5 to 2 hour activity will be guided by an armed ranger. The rugged and beautiful Ngorongoro Highlands offers one of the finest blends of culture, landscapes and wildlife in Tanzania. The best way to experience the highlands is no doubt on foot. It’s diverse landscapes consisting of elevated volcanoes and craters, forests and vast grassy plains offers a remarkable experience for those hiking through this area. Hikers will experience first-hand how the Maasai people, who inhabit these highlands and the wildlife, coexist. This excursion gets you close to nature in a different way than from a safari vehicle and allows you the chance to get an authentic taste of the local culture at the same time.