The Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority was formed in 1959 and covers 3,202 square miles. The Ngorongoro Crater is teaming with game, birds and plants which are all found inside one wondrous extinct and intact volcanic caldera. More than 600 meters deep and a diameter of 28 kilometers, this place will leave you gobsmacked and totally in awe of the expanse and majesty of creation.
Ngorongoro Crater is a prime spot for viewing Africa’s Big five game i.e. the Lion, Buffalo, Leopard, Elephant and the magnificent Black Rhino. Meet the famous local tribe of Maasai and get a first hand experience of their culture and traditions at the local Maasai villages (Bomas) or buy some souvenirs at the local Maasai village market. The Ngorongoro is the only protected area in the world that uses a multiple land-use plan that allows human beings to co-exist with wildlife; notably the ancient Maasai tribe that have harmoniously lived here for so many years.
“Wilderness gave us knowledge. Wilderness made us human. We came from here. Perhaps that is why so many of us feel a strong bond to this land called Serengeti; it is the land of our youth.”
― Boyd Norton.
Area: 8,292 km2 (3,202 sq mi).
Location: North-east Tanzania.
Temperature variations: 7°C(44°F) to 20°C(68°F) with colder weather at night and early morning.
A world-class natural wonder.
Visit the archaeological sites of the Olduvai gorge which is famous for Dr. Louis & Mary Leakey’s discoveries of Ancient human and wildlife remains at the new state of the art Olduvai museum. Explore many other magnificent and wondrous sites in this volcanic landscape, like the Active volcano of Oldonyo lengai, the shifting sands, the Empakai crater, Olmoti and the Serengeti’s endless plains plus the legendary shifting sands. Enjoy your stay in any of the lodges or tented campsites that surround the crater.
Times and seasons.
The short dry season from January to February is good for seeing wildlife on the highlands since animals come up the crater to find food since it decreases on the crater. From March to May the long rainy season bring cold temperatures (7°C) with heavy downpours & muddy roads. The crater is the greenest during this time with abundant wildlife & plenty of fodder. From June to October, the long dry season is marked by clear skies, good game views & high game visibility as animals cluster near water sources. Wildlife can easily be found on the crater rim & highlands. November and December usher in the short rainy season. This is the holiday season & the roads are accessible since there is interchanging moderate rainfalls & sunshine, that allows good game viewing with scenic lush green environment.