GUIDE ON NGORONGORO CRATER IN TANZANIA
Sited in the Great East African Rift Valley in northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area includes the wondrous Ngorongoro Crater, home to the densest concentration of wild animals in Africa. Within 260 sq. kilometers (100 sq. miles) of varied micro-climates, over 30,000 mammals, half of them rangy wildebeests and well-rounded zebras, together with their many predators, lordly lions, swift cheetahs, stealthy leopards, opportunist jackals, and skulking hyenas, with a vast cast of smaller mammals and birds, form a compelling destination for wildlife safaris in Tanzania. The caldera of a two million year old collapsed volcano forms an unbroken, 2000 feet (600 meters) high rim around a natural amphitheater within which the high drama of predator and prey is enacted on a grand canvas. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is also part of the Serengeti ecosystem but was separated from the Serengeti National Park in 1959, intending to enable the harmonious co-existence of man and his wildlife neighbors. Around 8300 sq. kilometers (3200 sq. miles) of prairie, bush and highland forests, including three spectacular volcanic craters, became the focus of the Tanzanian government’s imaginative solution to the problem of reconciling the needs of indigenous pastoralist tribesmen with the conservation of the area’s rich wildlife and the prospect of much-needed income from tourism. In 1979, it was announced as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is visited by enthusiastic adventurers on their AfricanMecca photographic safaris every year.
It is possible to see all five of the star players of the “Out of Africa” action on a single day. Some scenes of the Oscar-winning film were actually shot here, where elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, lion and leopard are close neighbors. On your extended Ngorongoro adventurous trip with AfricanMecca, you may also visit other volcanoes: Empakai, with its central lake set like an emerald in a jade green bowl; and Olmoti, with breathtaking waterfalls cascading 500 feet down its forested escarpment. For the more intrepid traveler, “The Mountain of God”, Ol Doinyo Lengai, challenges ascent of its precipitous slopes where evidence of its 2007 eruption can clearly be seen. Adjacent Lake Natron, saturated with volcanic ash over many millennia, provides one of the last safe havens for breeding lesser flamingos, protected by their toxic moat. Apart from ever-popular game-viewing Ngorongoro Crater floor safaris, the area offers unmatched historical and cultural riches. Prehistoric hominids emerged here, in the Olduvai Gorge, beginning the rise to today’s technological man. Proud, scarlet-clad Maasai pastoralists migrated to Tanzania in the 17th century, bringing their cattle with them. They live by and for their cattle, despising agriculture and hunting, and they have an impressive spiritual, artistic and cultural heritage which they are willing to share with visitors to their villages and bomas.
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CRATER GEOLOGY & WILDLIFE
The Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s supreme impressive geological features. It is actually a caldera, which was formed centuries ago when a massive volcano imploded and collapsed in on itself.
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WHERE TO STAY IN NGORONGORO
There is a varied choice of accommodation for bush tours in Ngorongoro, depending on your taste. Each is unique, but experiences are determined by an inimitable system of AfricanMecca Safari Tiers.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN NGORONGORO
Ngorongoro Crater safari experiences revolve simultaneously around unforgettable wildlife viewing opportunities within a vast and varied ecosystem, rich with historical and cultural associations.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT NGORONGORO
Seasonal climate fluctuations, migration and breeding patterns influence your choice of the best time to visit the Ngorongoro. All seasons have their advantages; however, it depends on your special interests.
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There are many memorable places to visit as part of your wholesome, ecological tour in Ngorongoro. Many attractions well worth visiting on your expedition are sited inside the crater but also outside.
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MAASAI TRIBE OF NGORONGORO
The iconic Maasai of the Ngorongoro and Serengeti wilderness have been herding their cattle for thousands of years. A proud, nomadic warrior race who count their wealth in cattle and children.
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Jambo Raza, The safari trip in Tanzania was terrific - Ngorongoro and Serengeti. Our guide, Rodgers is a gem - smart, funny, knowledgeable and always interested in us and our journey. Great guy. We would all recommend your group to our friends.
Robert J Hartman, Esq - Minnesota, United States
AfricanMecca's professionalism and care understands that what distinguishes Africa is its authenticity, the land, people and wildlife who do not share our world of fashion and fanfare that distinguish so many travel companies today.
Cyril Christo & Marie Wilkinson, Conservation Photographers, Authors & Wildlife Documentary Producers - USA
I can't thank AfricanMecca Safaris and everybody that I met as part of my African Safari enough for the most incredible and unforgettable vacation of my life. The lodge at Ngorongoro Crater and Kirawira Camp in the Serengeti were magnificent.
Dr Edda Gomez-Panzani - California, United States
I booked my safari holiday through AfricanMecca. They were the most helpful company I have ever dealt with and I work within the travel industry. I had the most amazing time. The holiday went as clockwork with no hitches anywhere.
Shelley Roberts - Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
The AfricanMecca Safari experience was great. All the connections were spot on and the lodges and camps were great - 1st class. The safaris were great with the time spent in Ngorongoro totally outstanding. We just totally loved it, a great experience.
Bruce and Susie Ironside - New Zealand
We took our decision on an extended and complex safari through AfricanMecca Safaris. They did a flawless job across the board. We traveled through Zanzibar (fantastic) Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti without a hitch.
Chris Traub - CEO, Strategic Executive Search (SES) Group - New York, United States
AfricanMecca Safaris created a remarkable honeymoon tailored to our interests and desires. The quality of service and delivery of experience was unsurpassed. I highly recommend AfricanMecca Safaris to honeymooners, families, or any traveler.
Noorin & Jason Nelson - Maryland, United States
Raza - I have to congratulate you. We had an absolutely wonderful trip - lifetime for me. All of your personnel in Africa were pleasant, positive. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge were incredibly beautiful and luxurious and Kusini Camp – Serengeti.
Mike and Ann Rosenblum - Illinois, United States
EAST AFRICA SAFARI TRIP IDEA FOR NGORONGORO IN NORTHERN TANZANIA
When visiting Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Selous, Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.
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