Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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Ngorongoro Conservation Area

A massive area encompassing over 8,000 square kilometers of which its central attraction is the famed Ngorongoro Crater often referred to as “Africa’s Garden of Eden”. The Ngorongoro Crater is described as the microcosm of the Serengeti ecosystem. The small area of only 265 square kilometers is home to over 25,000 large animals including 26 black rhinoceros, 7,000 wildebeests, 4,000 zebras, 3,000 eland and 3,000 Grant's and Thomson's gazelles. The Crater also has the densest known population of lions. The dense concentration of wildlife in a confined area allows for incredible game viewing year round.

Outside the crater on the Ngorongoro highlands, the iconic Maasai continue to herd their cattle and goats as they have done for over a hundred years. Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a part of the Serengeti ecosystem and the wildlife cross between the boundaries of the national park and the conservation area and it is only human habitation in the conservation area that differentiates it from the national park.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is also home to the well known archaeological site located at Olduvai Gorge and the early human foot-prints discovered at Laetoli. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area has been awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Things to do: game driving, walking safaris and cultural tours.