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Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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A haven for thousands of East African wild animals, Ngorongoro Conservation Area is located in north of Tanzania.

Ngorongoro Crater lies within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area attracts a large number of tourist throughout the year. The area, 23 kilometers wide, covers the pristine wilderness of Africa. The crater is the coldest of the other 4 parks in northern Tanzania. You can go camping here but pack warm woollens as it gets very cold. While on your way to Serengeti you will have to pass through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and pay the entry fee too, so hop out of your vehicle and go and have a look at the crater and the amazing wildlife of the park.

There are exciting wildlife safaris and adventurous activities for travellers in the park itself. The conservation area is a large attraction in Tanzania and is said to be the part of the Serengeti National Park. Ngorongoro is home to a large number of animals and more than 100 species of birds- zebra, wilder beast, gazelles, buffaloes, elands, hartebeests, warthogs and others. Such concentrated numbers attract predators, mainly lions and hyenas, but also cheetahs and leopards and countless flamingos.

Ngorongoro in Tanzania is the largest collapsed volcanic crater in the world and fourteen kilometers of isolated natural beauty and is surrounded by a ring of extinct volcanoes and the floor, dotted with watering holes, shelters some 30,000 animals.

The largest crater in the world, the Ngorongoro, was actually created when a volcano collapsed. It is believed that the Ngorongoro volcano was taller than Mt. Kilimanjaro. Spot the animals at any time of the year at the crater in Tanzania- herds of buffalos and wildebeest, baboon, bushbucks, waterbucks, velvet monkey, lions, rhinos, bulls, herbivores, cats, pachyderms, scavengers and many more.

Best time to visit

The Conservation Area is a year-round destination. However, it is advised to avoid the rainy season (April and May) as the weather becomes humid.

Trivia

The Ngorongoro volcano was said to be the one of the world’s tallest mountains before it exploded and collapsed 2 million years ago! Be on a lookout for the ‘Big Five’- Elephant, Lion, Buffalo, Hippopotamus and Black Rhinoceros in the Ngorongoro Crater, you will surely spot them relaxing here. The sight is worth capturing in your cameras.

Timing

Early mornings and late afternoon are the best time visit the conservation area for sightseeing. You will have to pay US$30 as admission fee to enter the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and to visit the Crater the fee hass now increased to US$100 per vehicle. Each vehicle will only be allowed into the crater for 6 hours. If you want the full day in the crater then you will have to pay extra charges.


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