NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is mostly known for the Ngorongoro Crater Lake with its amazing backdrop of the crater wall that rise to heights of 400 to 600 meters. It also has different attractions like the archeological sites of Olduvai Gorges and Laetolil, home for different attractive wildlife like birds, plants and animals (the “big five´´) and Maasai people who now live in the communities around the park.

zebras drinking water in NGORONGORO crater lake on a Tanzani wildlife safari

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is located west of Arusha region in northern Tanzania, established in 1959 and also added to UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979. Ngorongoro conservation area is 8300 square kilometers, with a diverse vegetation climate at the areas where it lies, this makes it a home for various wildlife like spotted hyena, lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant, black rhino, ostrich, kori bustard, bronze and tacazze sunbird among others.

 

HOW TO ACCESS NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

Ngorongoro Conservation Area lies is in the northern part of Tanzania west of Arusha province and is either accessed by road or air transport.

BIO DIVERSITY

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is covered by forests, savanna woodlands, grasslands, mountains, volcanic craters that is Ngorongoro, Empakaai and Olmoti, rivers and swamps making it gifted with a variety of plant and animal species. Most of the wildlife is concentrated on the crater wall, up the wall you could easily see different animals, birds and plant species. Ngorongoro is a home for mammal species, for example Spotted hyena, Lion, Buffalo, Leopard, Elephant, Black rhino, Wildebeest, Zebra, Black-backed and Golden Jackal, Giraffe, and many more. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area also inhabits over 480 bird species, these include; White-eyed slaty flycatcher, Flamingo, Superb starling, Livingstone turaco, Ostrich, Kori bustard, Bronze and Tacazze sunbird, Crowned crane, Secretary bird, Namaqua dove among others; it’s also a home for different butterfly, moth and tree species.

CLIMATE         

Ngorongoro has a mild temperate climate. The area experiences two wet seasons with heavy rains, from October to November and from March to May. It has two dry seasons from January to February and from June to September though there is moderate rain sometimes. In morning and evening, the crater rim gets cold and at night, it freezes most times. During day, the temperature is good throughout the conservation.

ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS ON NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA 

NGORONGORO CRATER

Ngorongoro Conservation Area has the famous Ngorongoro Crater which is the most attraction in the conservation area. This crater is one of the world´s largest unbroken volcanic calderas and one of the seven natural wonders of Africa. The area surrounding the crater is blessed with a stunning scenery with plants, trees, shrubs and grasses, these altogether harbor different animals like the endangered black rhinos which are rarely seen in Tanzania due to their shy behavior, elephant, leopards, spotted hyena among others, birds like ostrich, kori bustard, crowned crane, secretary bird etc. all these are easily spotted on the steep slopes of the Ngorongoro crater. Visiting the Ngorongoro Crater is good all around the year and rewarding.

BIRDING  

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is embraced with over 480 bird species making it a definite destination for bird watchers. The conservation area has various spots for bird watching, with unique and interesting birds for bird watchers and researcher. The Ngorongoro Crater area is a home for most of the birds in this area like African spoonbill, Northern anteater chat, Red-and-yellow barbet, Namaqua dove, Scarlet-chested sunbird, Rosy-throated longclaw, Rufous-tailed weaver, Augur buzzard, Capped wheatear, Eastern double-collared sunbird, Egyptian vulture, Fan-tailed widowbird, Kori bustard, Livingstone’s turaco, Greater flamingo, Hartlaub’s turaco, Hildebrandt’s francolin. Bird watching is good all-round the year but the best time is from November to April since migratory birds arrive from Europe and north Africa.

NATURE WALKS

Ngorongoro Conservation Area offers the opportunity to explorer the wild on foot, there are various nature trails depending on the visitor’s interests. During the walking various attractions are come across like the beautiful Landscape, rivers, species of mammals like primates like blue monkey, elephants, butterflies, moths, plants mostly trees and birds among others are quietly and closely observed.

GAME DRIVES

Ngororngoro Conservation Area is good for game driving due to a variety of wild life, during the drives, different animals and birds are spotted mostly animals like lions, rhinos, buffalos, giraffes, zebras, cheetahs among others.  The game drives are done at any time, a ranger should lead the drive for directions and so as to cover every detail. The game drives within the park are done during the day and evening accompanied by experienced rangers.

Other activities and attractions include; Picnics, camping, taking pictures, visiting the archeological sites of Olduvai Gorges and Laetolil, visiting the surrounding community and cultural sites of the Maasai like the sacred massive fig trees in the Lerai Forest.

ACCOMMODATION IN NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

There are so many accommodation facilities located in and around Ngorongoro Conservation Area, they range from the budget facilities to the mid-range facilities to the most luxury facilities. These facilities offer different types of accommodation including lodges, campsites, and cottages. Around the park are good accommodation facilities like lodges, hotels among others.

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