Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The Ngorongoro conservation area covers 2286sq km and encompasses the volcanic area around Ngorongoro crater including the still active Oldonyo Lengai, and the famous Oldvai Gorge. The Ngorongoro conservation area is quite simply the most spectacular tourist destination in Africa unequaled in its magnificence, its wildlife and its atmosphere. Added to the beautiful scenery, the archaeological wealth and the wildlife, is a proud people – the Maasai – a pastroral tribe.
Ngorongoro crater is hard to beat for its beautiful scenery, its animal densities and its wildlife –watching opportunities. The crater – actually a caldera or collapsed volcano –has been declared a Unesco World Heritage site and the open grasslands on the crater floor host an astounding amount of wildlife. Highlights include the black rhinoceros and a large number of lions. Only giraffes and impalas seen not to find the crater to their liking. The surrounding Ngorongoro highlands offer many hiking routes to combine with your crater safari.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area harbors a population of some 25,000 large animals, mostly hoofed. The highest density of mammalian predators in Africa includes the densest known population of lion (estimated 68 in 1987). The property harbors a range of endangered species, such as the Black Rhino, Wild hunting dog and Golden Cat and 500 species of birds. It also supports one of the largest animal migrations on earth, including over 1 million wildebeest, 72,000 zebras and c.350,000 Thompson and Grant gazelles.
Therefore, Ngorongoro conservation scenery provides a potential touristic adventures in which visitors will create memories in their lives.