Tanzania Beyond Kilimanjaro: Visit the Unique Ngorongoro Crater

August 20, 2014 at 3:21 pm Leave a comment

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area shines as the jewel of Tanzania’s tourism and travel industry. It spans a vast landscape, from the Serengeti National Park to the north to the eastern arm of the Great Rift Valley and contains three awe inspiring volcanic craters, the Olduvai Gorge and limitless expanses of savannah and forest. Visiting Ngorongoro allows you to travel to Tanzania, but escape the crowds of Kilimanjaro. Imagine immersing yourself in one of the most beautiful places on earth!

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Established as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area holds the unique Ngorongoro Crater. The area was established a UNESCO site because of the high concentration of wildlife coexisting in harmonious proximity to the semi-nomadic Maasai people and several high-quality, renowned historic sites.

Ngorongoro Crater

Of the three volcanic craters that lie in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Ngorongoro Crater is truly the most astounding. Its base area covers more than 260 square kilometers and reaches 610 meters depth at the deepest point. The two other craters contain beauty, too: the Olmoti crater holds stunning waterfalls, and the Empakai crater boasts a deep lake and vivid green crater walls. Travel to Tanzania and see one of the world’s most majestic landscapes.

The Big Five (And More)

As a whole, the area is often referred to as “Africa’s Garden of Eden.” The 610 meter deep crater, and conservation area as a whole, is home to more than 30,000 animals. It’s the highest concentration of wildlife in Africa and an attraction for wildlife and travel enthusiasts. The conservation area holds the highest density lion population on earth. You can even catch a glimpse of endangered species like the Black Rhino and hundreds of bird species.

The annual migrations are simply astounding. Over one million wildebeest, 75,000 zebras, and hundreds of thousands of gazelles move through this area twice a year. Imagine seeing this natural phenomenon—it’s an unforgettable experience.

The variations in climate, landforms and altitude in such a specific area have resulted in overlapping ecosystems and habitats full of amazing wildlife. As you move higher in elevation from the floor of the Ngorongoro crater, you’ll find leopards, large elephants, buffalos, hyenas, and cheetahs populating the rainforests.

Origins of Life

The Ngorongoro area has long been subject for research on early humans. It has produced definitive evidence of human evolution and interactions with the environment over a span of almost four million years. The area contains early hominid footprints as old as 3.6 million years. In the Ngorongoro crater, there are historic remains that show the development of stone technology and the transition into the use of iron.

See It Yourself

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is more than just the famous crater. The highland area is filled with beautiful lakes, rainforests, and villages. Zara Tours has several itineraries for travel to Tanzania—both in and beyond the crater area. It’s even possible to go camping! Visit Zara Tours to learn more today.

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