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 your racing heart! You promise the guide not to put your foot out of the vehicle and meanwhile the geese 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 and diverse region of 8,500km ².
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) ensures the protection of the wildlife, but unlike the totally exclusive National Parks, settled human presence is not completely forbidden: the Maasaï tribesemen have the right to build small villages and to follow their pastoral traditions with their limited livestock.
This unique and much-heralded feature of the NCA is a really distinguished attempt to help humans and wildlife to co-exist in harmony and mutual respect.
Safaris down into the Ngorongoro Crater must be done in 4x4 vehicles only.
Wildlife diversity within the Crater is extraordinarily rich for such a small biotope, there are more than 30 mammal species including the last few remaining black rhinoceros.
The best season to visit is undoubtedly during the months of April and May when the Crater is covered in wild flowers and blossoming shrubs, when the wild animal population becomes very dense and 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, exhibit beautiful landscapes and rolling mountain ranges