Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Ngorongoro, the Birth of Life
You're watching the impressive buffalo in the tall grass and then a couple of Egyptian Geese, splendid, engrossed in their courtship ritual, suddenly distracts you. You ask your Guide to reverse your Land Rover gently, while carefully preparing to take that photo; but suddenly, the guide's soft cry roots you to the spot: “Rhino - mother and her baby!”.
Don't move - Calm the racing of your heart! Promise the Guide not to put your foot out of the vehicle & meanwhile the geese for their part, carry on, as if alone in their world, with their dance in black and white.
Ngorongoro Crater, the second largest crater in the world (taking its diameter -16 km) is only a small part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a vast & diverse region of 8,500Km ².
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) ensures the protection of the wildlife, but unlike in the totally exclusive National Parks, settled human presence is not completely forbidden: the Maasai tribesemen whose ancient lands these are, have the right to build small villages & to follow their pastoral traditions with their limited livestock.
This unique & much-heralded feature of the NCA is a really distinguished attempt to help humans and wildlife to co-exist in harmony & mutual respect.
Safaris down into the Ngorongoro Crater must be done in 4x4 vehicles only..
Wildlife diversity within the Crater is extraordinarily rich. There are more than 30 mammal species including the last few remaining black rhinoceros and the small biotopes
The best season to visit is undoubtedly during the months of April and May when the Crater is covered in wild flowers & blossoming shrubs, when the wild animal population becomes very dense & the tourists more scarce!
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Other sites worth a visit
- Empakai, an amazing extinct volcano with its lake of emerald colours, mysterious, remote..
- Olmoti, a more accessible, eroded volcano peak, a full day trek with an armed Ranger.
- Olduvai (see § Special)
- Old donyo L’engai (see § About Kilimanjaro)
Endulen and Eyasi Lake, up in the Maasai country, beautiful landscapes, rolling mountain ranges