Ngorongoro Conservation Area


In 1959, the Conservation Area including Ngorongoro Crater received protection under the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Ordinance. The site was allocated for multiple use and wildlife roamed the floor adjacent to the livestock of the semi-nomadic Maasai farmers. To this day, protection continues under the Ordinance, with the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority in charge of wildlife conservation. Its concerns include measures to prevent poaching, monitoring of invasive species, management of tourism and infrastructure control.

The Ngorongoro Crater is only a part of a much larger eco-system – the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The magical Crater is obviously the major attraction, but the Conservation Area is also home to off-the-beaten-track areas such as Empakai Crater (a smaller and water-filled Ngorongoro) and the forests that lead towards the active volcano of Oldoinyo Lengai . These remote areas are without doubt among Tanzania’s hidden gems.

The Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera, holds Africa’s Big Five in the continent’s most dramatic setting. Fantastic cats, as well as huge tusker elephants and a large population of black rhino, are the major highlights.

Located in northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s most famous parks. Two to three million years ago, this ancient volcano, supposedly as high as Kilimanjaro, imploded, leaving the world’s largest intact caldera, complete with 600m-high walls. Over the years, the fertility of the volcanic soil and year-round water supply has attracted one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa. Today, Ngorongoro is a truly stunning site and has some of the best of anywhere we operate safaris. Where else can you go on safari in an extinct volcano packed with the Big Five?!

Things to do

  • Visiting Olduvai Gorge
  • Visit moving sand
  • Balloon safari in Ndutu Area
  • Empakai crater
  • Walking safari on the rim of the crater
  • Masaai Tribe visit

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