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Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCAA) serves as a remarkable testament to the successful integration of diverse land uses, offering a truly unique experience for wildlife enthusiasts and those passionate about preserving local culture. 

This expansive UNESCO-protected World Heritage Site spans an impressive 8,292 square kilometres. It encompasses a rich tapestry of ecosystems, including the Empakai Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Ndutu (comprising the short grass plains of the southeastern Serengeti ecosystem), and the iconic Ngorongoro Crater.

The Ngorongoro Crater, a natural masterpiece, takes centre stage within this conservation area. Its immense, sheer walls plunging 610 meters to the crater floor create a mesmerising spectacle that stands among the pinnacle attractions of any Tanzanian safari expedition. What distinguishes the Ngorongoro Crater is its role as a haven for nearly all the vital large mammalian species of the East African plains.

Remarkably, it houses one of Tanzania’s healthiest populations of critically endangered black rhinos, making it a premier destination for rhino enthusiasts. Additionally, the concentration of apex predators, spearheaded by hyenas and lions, remains unparalleled globally.

Reasons to visit Ngorongoro Conservation Area

  • Witness the incredible diversity of East African wildlife within the Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Experience the awe-inspiring annual migrations that grace the western and northern plains.
  • Enjoy the best chances of encountering rhinos in Tanzania.
  • Immerse yourself in the stunning and varied landscapes, from expansive plains to towering volcanoes.
  • Explore a top-rated park known for its rich biodiversity.

What to Do

  • Embark on thrilling game drives within the Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Discover the highlands of the crater on safari excursions.
  • Go hiking with experienced guides on a range of scenic trails.
  • Delight in birdwatching amidst the diverse avian population of the crater.
  • Immerse yourself in cultural tourism experiences with the Maasai and Hadzabe tribes.
  • Explore the fascinating world of archaeology at Olduvai Gorge and witness the intriguing shifting sands attraction.

Getting There

  • Conveniently accessible by road from Arusha.
  • Scheduled and charter flights from Arusha, Zanzibar, or Dar es Salaam for a seamless journey.

Best Time to Visit

  • Wildlife thrives year-round in the crater, making it a rewarding destination at any time.
  • To avoid crowds and enjoy a more serene experience, consider visiting during the low season.
  • Regardless of when you visit Ngorongoro, you are assured of an exceptional safari adventure filled with remarkable wildlife encounters.


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