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Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most famous safari destinations on earth- no Tanzania safari would be complete without a visit. Covering 265sq km, it is the world’s largest known intact caldera, with a drop from the top of the sides. With between 25,000-30,000 animals calling it home, it has one of the highest densities of wildlife of any area on earth. Not only this, its floor offers a good variety of terrain and landscape. With grasslands, swamp and areas of acacia forest, it provides habitats for a good variety of different animal and even a small soda lake. With springs feeding the fertile soil, the grazing is good which encourages the animals to stay put rather than migrate in search of new pastures. This in turn keeps the carnivores happy! It is also a haven for the endangered Black Rhino, attracted by the lush grazing and thick forest in which to live. Access to the crater is restricted to between 7 am and 4 pm in an attempt to control the volume of traffic that enters. As it is a comparatively small area, it is busier that the wide open spaces of the Serengeti, but still offers a unique safari experience.

The crater itself is but a small area of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a protected zone that covers some 8,300sq km. Only the indigenous people, the Masai, are allowed to live within it and they grant concessions to the lodges to operate on their lands. Soda lakes, volcanic peaks, rich forest all add to the diversity of the area and you can add to the list the world-famous Olduvai Gorge. It was here that the Anthropologist family, the Leakeys discovered some of the oldest remains of early man, dating from some 1.8 mission years ago. Subsequent excavation have increased these discoveries and include footprints dating back an estimated 3.7 million years. The Crater and conservation areas offer some of the most beautiful landscapes in the whole of Tanzania. Beautiful lodges offer breath-taking views and excellent service. No safari to Tanzania would be complete without a visit to one of the most famous safari destinations on earth.


1. Mobile tented camps are often sited on or around the Crater's rim

2. Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge is situated on the opposite side of the crater

3. Ngorongoro Farmhouse Lodge is found just outside of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

4. Gibb's Farm is situated half way between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater

5. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge occupies a spectacular spot right on the rim of the Crater

6. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is positioned on the eastern edge of the Ngorongoro Crater

7. Plantation Lodge is half-way between the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Lake Manyara National Park

8. Ngorongoro Serena Lodge is set on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, only 8km from the descent road

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