After an ecological survey to experiment multiple lands by the pastoralist, conservation, and tourism if they could co-exist by Dr. Bernhard Grzimek and his son, Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) was established in 1959.
It’s an international Biosphere reserve and a World Heritage site covering an area of 8,292 sq km. it’s the world’s largest inactive volcanic caldera formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself three million years ago. The collapsed Caldera where mostly game viewing is done measure approximately 19km (12m) by 14km(9m).
Several habitats are found within the conservancy which includes open grassland, scrub bushland, highland heath, and mountain forest. The area contains paleontological and archaeological sites. Laetoli hominid footprints are preserved in volcanic rocks dating almost 3.6 million years around Olduvai Gorge.
The man had lived within the Ngorongoro eco-system for more than three million years, evidence of hunting and gathering fossils discovered show Man has been migrating in and out of the area.
NGORONGORO CRATER WEATHER
Daytime temperatures are mild and drop slightly at night with an average range of 13/14 °C (55/57 °F) during the cold months of June. June to August is the coldest months
NGORONGORO CRATER LOCATION
Ngorongoro Conservational Area is located on the Eastern part of the famous Great Rift Valley approximately 120 km (75 M) on a paved road all through to Ngorongoro Main entrance gate. Altitude of the crater ranges from 1020 m to 3587m and the crater floor is 1,800 meters (5,900 feet) asl. The crater rim is at 2300 m (7500f) asl. The crater is 19.2 km in diameter, 610 meters deep and covers an area of 304 sq km.
Ngorongoro Crater Hotel
Several accommodations are available at Ngorongoro crater, some on top of the crater while others are within and around the crater rim. They include Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge, and Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. Please contact us for booking.
Best Time to Ngorongoro Crater.
Ngorongoro Crater is an all year round tourist destination; however, it’s better visiting the crater during the dry months of June all through to September when the grasses are shorter and warmer.
Ngorongoro Crater Safari
Ngorongoro Crater safaris can be organized through DK Grand Safaris from Nairobi as an extension of a safari or from Arusha Town – Tanzania.
Some of Ngorongoro Crater Safari packages offered by DK Grand Safaris include; family safari, Honeymoon Safari, Private Safaris, Customized and Photographic safari. The safari packages will include accommodation, safari in land cruisers, game drives, park fees, and park entrée fee, professional guides etc.
Ngorongoro Crater Animals
More than 25,000 animals like in and out of the Ngorongoro Crater which includes; several zebras, gazelles, large male elephants, wildebeest, buffalos, hyenas, lions, jackals, black rhinoceros, etc.
Approximately 500 species of birds have also been recorded in and around the Ngorongoro conservational area which includes; Ostrich, Guinea fowls, Africa Fish Eagle, Francolins, Whistling ducks, Cape teal, Yellow-billed duck, Egyptian goose, little grebe, Seasonal Flamingos etc.
Ngorongoro Crater Culture
About 200 years ago, the Maasai people arrived within the Ngorongoro Conservational Area. Approximately 42,000 live around the crater with their cattle’s, donkeys, goats and sheep’s though they migrate during the dry seasons searching for greener pastures for their livestock’s.
Safari to Ngorongoro Crater
DK Grand Safaris
Ngorongoro Information Centre – Arusha
P.O. Box 776