Ngorongoro Conservation Area, is located in Africa in the northern part of Tanzania. It is a unique protected area in the heart of Africa, covering about 8,292 Km², where conservation of natural resources is integrated with human development as multiple land use area.
With no doubt, it is a must see travel destination, because within one will find the famous Ngorongoro Crater as one the World’s largest intact Volcanic Caldera, (The Cooking Pot”). It is a large, unbroken Caldera formed when a giant Volcano exploded and erupted some 3 million years ago.
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The Cooking Pot (Crater/Caldera)
Ngorongoro crater sinks to a depth of 6010m with a base area covering 260km². Apart from the main Caldera, Ngorongoro also has two un-volcanic craters, Omoloti and Empakai.
Ngorongoro Crater is a sanctuary for thousands of wildlife species found within the area. The crater offers a haven for animal’s enthusiasts, approximately 25,000 large animals, mostly ungulates live in the crater. It is the best place in Tanzania, to see the big five.
The highest population of endangered black rhino and some of the largest tusker elephants left in Africa today, are the prized parts (of Ngorongoro) but the crater is also home to strong population of lions, Leopard and hyenas along with good head of Wildebeest, buffalo and zebra.
Ngongoro conservation area is popular for large annual animal migration. The legendary annual wildebeest and zebra migration, also passes through Ngorongoro, during the large group migration. Beautiful, unforgettable scenarios occur.
The crater has a mixture of forest, canyons, grassland plains, lakes and marshes provide habitat for bird life. Over 500 species of birds, have been recorded within the Ngorongoro conservation area.
Maasai, The living community with wildlife
Within Ngorongoro, you will meet happy, strong and cultural people, the Maasai. It is the only site in the world with a high concentration of wildlife living with a human community. About 200 years ago, the Maasai arrived and have ever since colonized the area in substantial numbers. Their traditional way of life allows them to live in harmony with wildlife and the environment.
The Miracle Shifting Sand
The Crater is just one part of a much larger area of interrelated ecosystems. Miracle shifting sand and olkarien gorge are very beautiful features found in Ngorongoro conservation area. This remarkable black dune composed the volcanic ash from the Oldonyo Lengai is being blown slowly westwards across the plains at the rate of about 17m per year some 9m high and 100m long in scarf. And olkarien gorge is ecologically important because it is a vital nesting site of the Rüppell’s griffon vulture.
The oldest evidences of remains of the earliest humans
Olduvai Gorge is a world-famous archeological location in Tanzania, East Africa and it is widely regarded as the cradle of the mankind. It is the one of the most important pre-historic sites in the world. Olduvai Gorge carries some of the oldest evidences of the remains of the earliest humans. It is here that Marry and Louis Leakey unearthed the first world fossil of the earliest human including Zinjan thropus skull as well as homo erectus.
Ngorongoro is truly a unique site and opportunity one cannot afford to miss. Welcome to Ngorongoro, Tanzania, unforgettable. Welcome to Ngorongoro, the cooking pot of the World.
True vision Production ( TVP), a Tanzanian Video Production company in association with the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) . last year made a special documentary that is promoting the area at national at international levels to attract more visitors. Visit us on our page for more information.