The Animal Kingdom
From December to April, the plains of Ngorongoro Conservation Area welcome the Great Migration of animals which take advantage of this magnificent land to feed and gambol.
More than 2,000,000 large mammals including wildebeests, zebras, elands, Grant's gazelles and Thomson's gazelles wander over these vast plains. During the calving period of January for zebras and February for wildebeest, they give birth to more than 400,000 young pups almost simultaneously.
During the rest of the year, the drier season, when the massed herds have moved on west and north in search of new pastures, the area keeps a resident animal population:
large herds of giraffes, many gazelles, cheetahs and hyenas and, over towards Ndutu, where there is more tree cover, elephants, impalas, lions and rarer species: bat-eared foxes, aardvarks, striped hyenas, ratels, zorillas and smaller gazelles such as the steinbok.
The elusive and magnificent wild dog are occasionally sighted in Olduvai area in small packs as well as tiny mammals such as genets, hyrax, mongooses, ground squirrels and African wild cats.
A safari for a couple of nights in Olduvai is a unique experience. There is a true aura of remoteness with the big sky, the mountain range panorama and a special stillness.