Wildebeest, Impala, Cape Buffalo, Zebra, Warthogs, Grant’s Gazelle, Thompson’s Gazelle, Lion,
Flamingos, Ostrich, Hyena
Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Ngorongoro Crater
North Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is home to one of the continent’s most impressive safari experiences.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site includes one of the seven Natural Wonders of Africa; the Ngorongoro Crater, which is an inactive volcanic caldera (a large crater formed by volcanic explosions) measuring 30,000 hectares.
Inside the Crater, you see a wide variety of animals and distinct landscapes within a small area. There are grass plains, volcanic peaks, rainforest treed areas, and calm crater lakes. Drive down into the Crater and spend a day (or more) on game drives in this unique landscape. Imagine what it must be like for the Maasai, whose traditional land this is, to walk their herds of cattle down into the crater and then back up before nightfall! If you can, stay a night in one of the luxurious lodges that overlook the Crater.
The variety of animals in a small space is hard to imagine until you see it. Wildebeest, elephants, lions, buffalo, zebras, warthogs, Grant’s and Thompson’s Gazelles, and even the black rhinoceros may show themselves. Learn from our experienced guides about the wildlife and birdlife, and observe them interacting in their natural habitat. Keep your camera at the ready!
Beyond the Ngorongoro Crater, there is the rest of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to discover. Whether you are interested in cultural tourism and would like to visit a Maasai village and see a boma, or whether you want to visit the Olduvai Gorge Museum, the world’s most famous archeological site in East Africa, or whether you want to explore the amazing natural scenery, if you have the time, there is always more to discover in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Beyond the Ngorongoro Crater
Beyond the Ngorongoro Crater, many other possible adventures await in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You may choose to
Explore the Oldupai Gorge Museum
one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world
Visit a Maasai village
learn about the Maasai culture
Trek down to Lake Empakaai Crater
where pink flamingos flock in the shallows
Hike the Olmoti volcano
3 km round trip with panoramic views, and the chance to see the Munge waterfall in season
Ngorongoro Crater Sighting
Early one morning in the Ngorongoro crater, a guest and I watched very interesting behaviour as a hyena and a female lion fed on the same buffalo carcass. This is very unusual to see as lions will rarely share their prey with other animals, but in this case the carcass was too big for this lionness on her own and there was more than enough for everyone. To see something like this, you need to be in the right place at the right time, which is why most of our game drives start at 6:00 am. These types of unusual sightings are what make each safari unique.