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Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a UNESCO world heritage site located on the northern highlands of Tanzania. The area is named after a Ngorongoro Crater, a large caldera located within the area. The name Ngorongoro originated from a Maasai communities who have lived within the area for a long period of time. Ngorongoro Conservation was established as a protected area in 1976. Together with nearby Ol duvai Gorge, homid fossils dating 3 million years ago have been found around Ngorongoro Conservation. The conservation area land is multi-use and unique because it is the only conservation area in Tanzania that protects wildlife while allowing human habitation and forms part of Serengeti Ecosystem.


Wildlife in the Ngorongoro Conservation

The main attraction at Ngorongoro Conservation Area is Caldera and abundant of wildlife inside the Ngorongoro Crater. Wildlife viewing is excellent in the crater throughout the year. The scenery of the crater is most spectacular in the Wet season, from November to May. Special animals to see while on your safari at Ngorongoro Crater include; black rhino, elephants, cape buffaloes, lions, cheetahs, leopards, spotted hyena and golden jackals, grants zebras, wildebeests, waterbucks, wildebeests, impalas, East Africa wild dog and nearby Lake Magadi there is also Lesser flamingos.



Ngorongoro Crater is located 3 hours’ drive from the town of Arusha or you can have chartered flight from Arusha to Ngorongoro Crater.

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