Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority

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Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority

Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority

The jewel in Ngorongoro’s (Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority) crown is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breath-taking natural wonder.

The Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s most famous sites and is said to have the highest density of wildlife in Africa.  Sometimes described as an ‘eighth wonder of the world’, the Crater has achieved world renown, attracting an ever-increasing number of visitors each year.  You are unlikely to escape other vehicles here, but you are guaranteed great wildlife viewing in a genuinely mind-blowing environment.  There is nowhere else in Africa quite like Ngorongoro!

The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera.  Forming a spectacular bowl of about 265 square kilometres, with sides up to 600 metres deep; it is home to approximately 30,000 animals at any one time.  The Crater rim is over 2,200 metres high and experiences its own climate.  From this high vantage point it is possible to make out the tiny shapes of animals making their way around the crater floor far below.  Swathes of cloud hang around the rocky rim most days of the year and it’s one of the few places in Tanzania where it can get chilly at night.

The crater floor consists of several different habitats that include grassland, swamps, forests and Lake Makat (Maasai for ‘salt’) – a central soda lake filled by the Munge River.  All these various environments attract wildlife to drink, wallow, graze, hide or climb.  Although animals are free to move in and out of this contained environment, the rich volcanic soil, lush forests and spring source lakes on the crater floor (combined with steep crater sides) tend to incline both grazers and predators to remain throughout the year.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority

Ngorongoro Crater: Wildlife Highlights
Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most likely areas in Tanzania to see the endangered Black Rhino, as a small population is thriving in this idyllic and protected environment. It is currently one of the few areas where they continue to breed in the wild. Your chances of encountering leopard here are also good, and fabulous black-maned lions.  Many flamingos are also attracted to the soda waters of Lake Magadi.

Ngorongoro Crater: Maasai village trips
Part of the reason behind the Ngorongoro Conservation Area has been to preserve the environment for the Maasai people who were diverted from the Serengeti Plains.  Essentially nomadic people, they build temporary villages in circular homesteads called bomas. There are possibilities to visit a couple of these now, which have been opened for tourists to explore.  Here you can see how the huts are built in a strict pattern of order according to the chronological order of the wives, and experience what it must be like to rely on warmth and energy from a fire burning at the heart of a cattle dung dwelling with no chimney. These proud cattle herding people have a great history as warriors, and even though they are no longer allowed to build villages inside, they continue to herd their cattle into the crater to graze and drink, regardless of the predators nearby.

Kilimanjaro Bound offer a large range of trips and excursions suitable for any budget or time available. We are there to organise everything that you need during your African Adventure.

Whether that is Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, going on Safari, experiencing a fantastic beach holiday on the island of Zanzibar or another Tanzania Short Tour.

Whatever you choose, Kilimanjaro Bound will take great care of you whilst you enjoy the beauty of our wonderful country.

Northern Tanzania Safari 8 Days

Important Information About
Your Tanzania Safari Adventure

Price Includes

  • Full board accommodation while on safari in the above mentioned en suite tented camps and lodges.
  • Private guide.
  • Private 4 x 4 safari jeep with pop up roof for game viewing.
  • Transfers in both directions between the International Airport.
  • Park fees.
  • Crater fees.
  • Airport Arrival / Departure Meet and Greets at the airport.
  • On safari – Vehicles equipped with ice chest with mineral water, wildlife guidebook, karibuni welcome packet with useful information for all guests.
  • Government taxes, VAT and service charges relating to accommodation and included meals.

Price Excludes

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival , USA and CANADA passport holders USD.100.
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.).
  • Meals not listed above.
  • Optional Tours (balloon rides USD. 500 per person etc).
  • Tips and any items of personal nature.

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