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Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater is a top selection for any list of the world's greatest natural wonders and among the top 3 of the 7 natural wonders of Africa.

Ngorongoro Crater was created when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself 2 to 3 million years ago. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 and is the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world. Its diameter is about 19km and the walls of about 610m in height.

Before In 1951 Serengeti National Park was declared, encompassing split into the present-day Serengeti National Park, and the current Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is renowned both for its beautiful geological splendour, and being a natural reserve which is home to some of the densely large animals populations found across Africa.

Ngorongoro conservation area now encompasses a large area of the short grass plains on the southern side of the Serengeti Plain and the Ngorongoro Highlands on the west side of the Great Rift Valley with a range of largely extinct ancient volcanoes.

Ngorongoro Crater Location

Ngorongoro Crater South west corner there is the Lerai Forest, which is mainly comprised of yellow fever trees (acacia family type).

Ngorongoro Crater north of the forest is a shallow soda lake called Lake Magadi and Ngorongoro Crater east you will find Gorigor Swamp and the Ngoitokitok Springs where ponds of hippo are to be found.

Ngorongoro Crater north is on the whole, much drier and consists of the open grasslands which characterizes the Crater floor, where the majority of the resident game resides.

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Ngorongoro Crater Safari

Ngorongoro Crater safari is the best choice for wildlife safari and photographers adventure. A hassle free, ideal destination for first-time safari, returning, groups travel and families visitors. The wide range of resident wildlife and the easy with which the animals can be observed makes Ngorongoro crater destination very unique.

Ngorongoro Crater Safari Costs

How much it cost for a Ngorongoro Crater Safari? Here are the truths about Ngorongoro Crater Safari Costs.

First and foremost, do not select your Travel Agency/Tour Operator based on price alone. Price should be only one factor of your overall decision. Remarkable adventure is not a thing to shop for a cheap "deal", nor is it a thing to overpay needlessly. What you are looking for is high quality and remarkable service at a reasonable price.

Many people look for a cheap Ngorongoro Safari. However, “Sometimes low cost means not good”

But it is not good to assume high priced operators are better simply because they charge more. Ask yourself some important questions and get the answers.

  • Who knows the Ngorongoro Crater better? An international company operating across the world including Kilimanjaro climbs, safaris, Mediterranean cruises, European wine tasting tours, tropical getaways, bike rides through country sides, scuba diving trips, cultural city tours, etc or a local destination management company in the same country?

  • Do you want a game drive with a foreign guide who was flown in for a couple trips per year, or a local guide who has encountered and handled various situations, with hundreds of clients, during his many years of service?

  • Who can tell you better about the Ngorongoro crater, the wildlife, the fauna, and the culture of the place?
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When To Travel To Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater floor does get busy with vehicles during the high season; it can be more pleasant to visit the Ngorongoro Crater during green low season.

However, since the wildlife mainly stays in the crater all year round, there is really no good or bad time to visit the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater. The presence of higher water levels in Lake Magadi at the centre of the Ngorongoro Crater results in higher concentrations of flamingos.

Whenever you visit the Ngorongoro Crater, you are assured excellent and remarkable adventure safari. Kiliedu Travel. will take care of all your adventure needs.

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Ngorongoro Crater Animals

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the best place in Tanzania to see 'The Big Five'. The African black rhino, largest tusker elephants, Ngorongoro Crater Lions, leopards and buffalos are healthy available in the Ngorongoro Crater.

The Ngorongoro Crater has a healthy population of other animals like the hyena, healthy herds of wildebeest, zebra. serval cat, cheetah, jackal, Grant's and Thompson's gazelle, flamingo, bat-eared foxes and approximately of 400 other species of bird.

You are assured for a remarkable adventure on any Ngorongoro Crater safari.

Generally, the mineral-rich floor of this spectacular bowl, The Ngorongoro Crater is largely flat, open and covered in nutritious grasses, much to the liking of large herds of zebra and wildebeest, which graze here.

These extensive open plains are home to herds of buffalo, Thomson's gazelle, Grant's gazelle and tsessebe often called topi.

You will find Africa's best population of black rhino here, which are often seen in open grasslands. Breeding herds of elephant pass through the Ngorongoro Crater itself only rarely, but you will see a scattering of old bulls, including some of the biggest tuskers left alive in Africa today. The only surprising absentees from the Ngorongoro Crater are Impala and Giraffe; it is thought that this is perhaps because of the lack of open woodlands and browsing species of trees which these 2 tend to thrive on.

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Ngorongoro Crater Lions

The Crater's lions of Ngorongoro population varies significantly over time, the one constant being their complete disregard of vehicles; they will hunt within yards of a vehicle, and when exhausted even seek shade beside them. Ngorongoro Crater lions are known with its habit of climbing trees.

Spotted hyenas are even more common here, often competing with the lion, and there's are a small but growing number of cheetah. Leopards are around, especially in the vicinity of the Lerai Forest. Side-striped and the lovely golden jackal are often seen skulking around, whilst bat-eared foxes are a rarer sight.

Ngorongoro Crater Access

The Ngorongoro crater can be accessible easily by flight or car. There are daily flights to Arusha from Dar Es Salaam where you would be met by a safari guide.

Alternative you can fly to Lake Manyara airstrip, which is about an hour from the Ngorongoro Crater and you may be picked up by a safari guide.

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Ngorongoro Crater Attraction

  • Empakaai Crater: The Empakaai Crater is a deep soda lake covers about half of the 6km wide. This caldera is much smaller, yet endearing in its own way. You'll often find thousands of flamingos in the shallows of the emerald lake giving it a spectacular pink color.

    The views from the rim over the Ngorongoro Crater to Ol Doinyo Lengai are thought to be some of the most spectacular in Africa on very clear days you can even see Mount Kilimanjaro and Lake Natron.

  • Olduvai Gorge: The Olduvai Gorge is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world and has been instrumental in understanding human evolution.

    Olduvai Gorge has the most extensive history of any place on earth. It has been proved that various Hominid species have lived here for millions of years. Hominid fossils preserved in volcanic rock, which date back to 3.6 million years ago gives the proof of this historic evolution.

  • Laetoli footprints: This is the most ancient footprints ever found on earth. It has genuine fossils of some of the extinct animals that used to live in the area.

Ngorongoro Crater Accommodation

There is no accommodation within the Ngorongoro Crater. This implies that, there are two different accommodation options; either staying on the Crater rim or on the Rift Valley Escarpment.

  • There are various lodges on the Crater rim overlooking the floor with an incredible views and easy access to the Ngorongoro crater.

  • Still there are good other lodges and camps in the hills of the Ngorongoro crater, which do not have the views but are still extremely convenient and are more affordable.

  • Alternatively, you can stay at Karatu which is less than 20km from the Ngorongoro Crater.
The advantages of Karatu include the comparative lack of crowds, and better value, smaller and more intimate lodges which offer a range of activities such as walking, mountain biking, game drives to nearby Lake Manyara, local bird watching and cultural visits.

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The Big Five Of Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater is a can't-miss destination in Tanzania which offers a classic Big 5 safari experience in the unique setting of an ancient volcanic caldera.

The African black rhino, largest tusker elephants, Ngorongoro Crater Lions, leopards and buffalos are healthy available in the Ngorongoro Crater.

Ngorongoro Crater scenery is spectacular, predators are abundant and it's not unusual to see the Big 5 in a single day.

The Ngorongoro Crater is the obvious choice and the best place in Tanzania to see the Big Five.

Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most beautiful natural wildlife safari sites in the world and an exceptional place to interact with people from the Maasai tribe.

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Ngorongoro Crater Activities

Activities inside the Ngorongoro Crater itself are limited to game driving; there are a couple of picnic spots in the park, but getting out of the vehicle is strictly limited to these areas. However, a full range of activities is on offer in the wider Ngorongoro Conservation Area, including walking, trekking, excursions to Olduvai Gorge and visiting the Masai and other tribes.

Volunteering activities are also available to the community of Ngorongoro Crater like the Ebeneza Maasai children center.

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