Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area is among the best places to visit while in Tanzania and one of the best places to see the big five, one of the world’s best wonders. This is the best places to see and the fact is the place is always crowded by the tourists who flock in to experience the beauty of Tanzania. Ngorongoro conservation area is found in the northern, it’s here where you will find the most beautiful crater and a place which is a territory of the Maasai people.
Ngorongoro region covers an area of 8292km² and its comprised of a crater with an approximation of 300km² and it is a UNESCO world heritage site, and it is bordered by Serengeti national park in the southern parts and it lies in the back drops of the Ngorongoro highlands. The area has got a mild temperature with wet season being in March- May.
Ngorongoro is where the most famous crater is found, this conservation area can be accessed via Arusha through Lake Manyara National Park by road, the place can also be accessed by a flight to lake Manyara which is a short distance to Ngorongoro. The crater can be accessed throughout the year and there is no good or bad time to go, and the most time to visit the place is during the low season as few visitors are seen during this season, this will enable you to have a great experience within the park.
Ngorongoro is one of the best wildlife destinations in Africa due to the existence of the big five animals, the population of wild animals within the area makes it a better place to be. Herds of Black Rhinos, lions, leopards, buffaloes and the largest Tusker elephants that are left in Africa are found here. Other animals seen here includes the hyenas, a population of wildebeest, zebras, cheetahs, Thompson’s gazelle, Bat eared-foxes and flamingo including over 400 bird species found here including those migrating from the European countries during harsh weather conditions hence providing you with photographic opportunities.
Take a visit to Ngorongoro Crater, this was formed after the giant, volcano exploded and collapsed which led to the cone of the caldera to sink inwards to come up with the best crater. After the Ngorongoro crater is the Empakaai Crater which is found in the great highlands and this is also considered to be an impressive crater.
Pink flamingos that are found at the shores of the soda ash lake found around the crater floor, before leaving the craters are the Olmoti volcano which is preferred to be a home to the various wildlife with enormous flora. This conservation area is where the archaeological plus the paleontological sites are found at the Oldupai Gorge where you will have a look at the human footprints that were seen at the Ngarusi area.
Visit the local communities; here you will interact with the local Maasai who the first people were to stay around the conservation area, before the region was known as “El-Nkoronkoro” which is translated as the “Gift of Life”. You will visit the Maasai homesteads where you will be entertained by the welcoming and hospitable people, these will take you through the traditional dances and songs, take you to the ground to participate in herding activities and also take a visit to the local markets within the different villages.