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ngorongoro crater

Embark on an unforgettable journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, an esteemed Tanzania Safari World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. Named after the Maasai phrase meaning "gift of life," Ngorongoro encompasses an intact and inactive caldera, making it a geological marvel on a global scale.

Within this breathtaking landscape, visitors will discover a remarkable diversity of endangered species and an extraordinary concentration of fauna. The region's volcanic soils are renowned for their fertility, nurturing thriving agricultural activities, including vast coffee farms. As you explore, you'll encounter an astounding array of wildlife, with over 25,000 mammals calling this place home. Spotting the renowned Big Five animals becomes a seamless experience, while the presence of a freshwater lake sustains a vibrant population of diverse aquatic bird species.

Ngorongoro is a sanctuary for wild dogs, golden cats, cheetahs, zebras, hippos, and the critically endangered black rhino. Often referred to as "Africa's Garden of Eden," this remarkable area showcases abundant wildlife, a diverse panorama, a unique ecosystem, and exceptional opportunities for birdwatching.

The vast expanse of Ngorongoro comprises various captivating features, including the renowned Olduvai Gorge, mountain forests, Laetoli archaeological site, picturesque lakes, swamps, woodlands, two major rivers, and expansive grasslands. Within this captivating tapestry of natural wonders, the indigenous Maasai community serves as the custodians of this land. Engage in a village trip to gain a deeper appreciation of their rich culture, as they warmly entertain and educate visitors. For those with a fascination for human evolution, a visit to the paleoanthropological sites of Olduvai Gorge offers a glimpse into our ancient history.

Bird enthusiasts will revel in the abundance of avian life, with sightings including the vibrant Livingstone's turaco, the charismatic capped wheatear, the striking scarlet-chested sunbird, the majestic Verreaux's eagle, the impressive kori bustard, the graceful Augur buzzard, the elusive slaty flycatcher, the colorful Hartlaub's turaco, and the charming northern anteater chat. With over 400 bird species recorded, Ngorongoro is a true haven for avian enthusiasts.

Accommodations within the area cater to various preferences, ranging from budget lodges to luxurious camps and lodges, ensuring a comfortable stay throughout the year. Whether you choose to visit during the dry or wet season, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area promises a remarkable and immersive safari experience that will leave an indelible mark on your memory.

Animals At Ngorongoro Crater

Resident animals of Ngorongoro Crater include elands, the endangered rhinos, elephants, hartebeests, wildebeests, and zebras. All of the big five animals can be witnessed on a safari.

The swamp and freshwater pools of Ngorongoro Crater also have hippos.

Activities At Ngorongoro Crater

There are several safari activities in Ngorongoro Crater that you can get involved in. Some of them include wildlife viewing, visiting the Maasai communities, photographic safaris, bush picnics, etc.

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