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Ngorongoro Crater floor

History: Initially Ngorongoro was part of Serengeti National Park.  However, in 1959 the Conservation Area was established to accommodate the needs of Maasai people who are traditionally pastoralists and main residents of the area. Today local people (especially Maasai) are allowed to graze and settle within the area. 

General: The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the largest area in the northern part of Tanzania; once was volcanic terrain: from the rift valley escarpment and lakes, and still active Oldoinyo Lengai Mountain. The area stretches from Lake Natron in the Northeast, to Lake Eyasi Escarpment in the south west, Gregory Rift Valley to the east and Serengeti Plains in the west. 

The area comprises of several great geological and natural topographical features attract and fascinate many tourists visiting the Ngorongoro, blended with cultures of the tribes (Masai, Tindiga and Hadzabe) living in and the surrounding areas:-

The Crater Highlands: A chain of volcanic peaks and depressions, which form the topographical backbone of Ngorongoro and provide some of its finest views and scenery.

Ngorongoro Crater: the largest unbroken caldera in the world which is unflooded. The crater is home for up to 25000 large mammals, mainly grazers - gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest, cheatah, leons, and warthog.

Empakai and Olmoti Craters: These are two other craters within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which share the ecosystem with the Ngorongoro crater.  provide breathtaking views from the rim and amazing sceneries like Munge River water fall and caldera.

Olduvai Gorge: is a deep erosion scar on the eastern edge of the Serengeti ecosystem. It runs from Lake Ndutu to the Olbalbal swamp and depression just west of the Ngorongoro Crater; a gorge that houses the fossils the earliest living man.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ol Doinyo Lengai (the only active volcanic mountain in Africa and the only natrocarbonatite lava eruptive mountain in the world), it borders the area on the northern part

Gol Mountains are divided by the valley of Angata Kiti which leads to the Salei Plains. A facinating area to explore by four wheel vehicle or by foot and a chance to revel in solitude and peace

Other features include: Shifting Sands, Oldeani and Makarot Mountain, Malanja and Balbal Depressions, Kashei Hills, Koitoktok Spring, Lolmalasin and Losirua summits.

Activities in Ngorongoro:

Game drive/viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater; Tours/Visits to the Historical sites of Olduvai Gorge, Laetoli (a site of Ancient Footprints), Shifting Sands;

Hiking in the Ngorongoro Highlands - there are walking trails/expeditions which takes from 7 to 9 days from Olmoti Crater to Oldoinyo Lengai/Lake Natron through Empakai and Ngare Nairobi, which involves culture interactions with Maasai people and wildlife viewing

All these activities can be combined with tour/safari to the national parks as Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Tarangire; or extending the tour to visit the Bushmen (Hadza) of Lake Eyasi in the south west of Ngorongoro Conservation Area or drop to the rift valley and climb Mountain of God, Lengai.

Oldoinyo Lengai from Ngorongoro Highlands
Oldoinyo Lengai from Ngorongoro Highlands

Pastoralism, conservation of natural resources and tourism are the three, main components that are given equal consideration in policy shaping decisions. The NCA aims for the historic balance of people and nature in a way which has not been possible in many parts of the world.

Distances: 3 hours from Arusha, 1 hour to Lake Manyara, 1.30 hours. to Tarangire and 2 hours to Serengeti National Park
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