Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Tanzania

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is quickly becoming as famous as the neighbouring Serengeti Plains for its varied habitats, famous crater and rich wildlife populations. Located between the Great Rift Valley and the Serengeti, the Conservation Area is known for almost guaranteed sightings of the Big Five (elephant, buffalo, lion, rhino and leopard).

The varied environments of the Conservation Area include plains, bush, forests, and rolling volcanic peaks and turrets. Its saline lakes are home to large flamingo populations, as well as migrant populations of birds such as cranes, storks and wagtails.

Within the Conservation Area lies the Ngorongoro Crater, known as the eighth natural wonder of the world. Virtually all the Big Five live or travel within the crater rim, while along its edge, Masaai tribesmen graze goats and cattle on the highland plateaus. As a protected area, only Masaai (approximateily 42,200) are allowed to live within the Conservation Area and graze their animals around and within the crater. The crater provides a safe environment for the highly endangered black rhino, which number approximately 24 within the crater.

Olduvai Gorge is another main attraction of the Conservation Area. The steep ravine is the location where, in 1959, anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey discovered a 1.8 million year old hominid skeleton. That and many other important early human fossils discovered in the gorge make Olduvai one of the world's most important anthropological sites.

Tanzania Wildlife Safari and Zanzibar Beach Holiday

This Africa safari gives you an opportunity to see the best of Tanzania in over 7-days as you explore its different parks and reserves and see a wide range of African wildlife. Your wildlife safari starts by visiting the beautiful Lake Manyara National Park before searching for the Big 5 in the world-renowned Serengeti National Park.In Ngorongoro descend into the floor of the crater for a full day adventure. Finish your Tanzanian safari off with a visit to the Tarangire National Park.Extend your holiday in Tanzania with a three-day visit to the exotic island of Zanzibar where you will relax, unwind by lazing on the beaches and exploring historic Stone Town.

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