How to reach Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro crater is one of the famous wonders of the world and Africa, a lost world of wildlife and singular beauty in the near-perfect crater of a long-extinct volcano. This is one of the most astonishing places in northern Tanzania and should on no account be missed.
And apart from Ngorongoro Crater, lying within the boundaries of the 8292-sq-km Ngorongoro Conservation Area are some of northern Tanzania’s greatest sights, including Oldupai Gorge and much of the Crater Highlands (although not Ol Doinyo Lengai and Lake Natron).
Ngorongoro Conservation Area is among the world’s breath taking natural wonders with a breathtaking setting and one of the places to see the big five. Once a giant volcano, Ngorongoro Crater in northern Tanzania is the only unbroken volcanic caldera found in the whole world.
It is believe that before its explosion it was more elevated than Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest pinnacle of Mount Kilimanjaro.
The crater together with the surrounding highlands makes one of Africa’s most unique and beautiful regions. The craters make a stunning background to several of the majority rich and fertile grazing grounds in Africa.
The walls of the crater rim are steep and soar 400 to 610m high giving off an incredible natural drama as predators and prey pursue and graze their way into the open grasslands, acacia woodlands and swamps on the crater base, giving off a wonderful spectacle.
Ngorongoro crater is haven to approximately 25,000 animals and around 400 different bird species. You can find a good population of black manned lions that trail the grasslands, robust herds of wildebeests along with endangered black rhino, zebras, hyenas and leopards.
Apart from, other wildlife including bat eared foxes, Giant and Thompson’s gazelle, cheetah, jackal plenty of hippos.You can also spot pink hued flamingos, warthogs, hartebeests, water bucks, bush bucks and Bohor’s reed bucks. Apart, from the diverse wildlife you can also find the Masai tribes in the area, who dwell in around the carter who have been grazing in the area since millennia.
Best time to visit
Travellers can visit Ngorongoro Crater all year round. Although the wildlife viewing remains consistent, however, it is easier to spot the flourishing wildlife population amid the dry season.
What to see?
You can witness the splendour of the Ngorongoro crater by standing on its crater rim. However, It is home to around 35,000 animals including the Big Five of Africa, along with elephants, giraffes, hippos, waterbucks, zebras, buffaloes, warthogs, baboons and other primates.
Ngorongoro crater also has a rich birdlife with over 500 species of birds with migratory birds spotted from November to April.
However, The other major attractions of Ngorongoro crater are Lake Ndutu, shifting sands and Oldupai Gorge, the cradle of mankind.
How to reach Ngorongoro Crater by roadways and airways?
Therefore, You can reach both via airways or roadways to Ngorongoro Crater.
Roadways: Ngorongoro Conservation Area is 160 km away from Arusha while 140 km away from the Seronera area of Serengeti National Park.
Airways: You can take charter flights from Kilimanjaro International Airport or Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar Es Salaam to reach Ngorongoro airstrip.
Therefore, You can do a lot of activities at Ngorongoro Conservation Area listed below are some of them:
- Game drives
- Walking safaris
- Aerial safari
- Archaeological site visits
- Maasai cultural tours
- Bush dinners
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Museum in Oldupai Gorge.
There is a small Museum of Oldupai on the rim of Oldupai Gorge stands on one of the most significant archaeological sites on earth. It was discaovered in 1959 that Mary Leakey discovered a 1.8-million-year-old ape-like skull from an early hominin (human-like being) now known as Australopithecus boisei.
This discovery, along with that of fossils of over 60 early hominids (including Homo habilis and Homo erectus) forever changed the way we understood the dawn of human history. Sadly, the museum is a work in progress.
Gol Mountains is one Mountain in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Some areas within Ngorongoro Conservation Area are so far off well-travelled routes that there are no tracks other than those left by wildlife and traditional herders.
Gol Mountains area is infrequently visited because of their remoteness , northwest of Ngorongoro crater but still within the boundaries of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, is just such a place.
This remains one of the most traditional parts of northern Tanzania, home to Maasai tribes who still kill lions as their rite of passage into warrior-hood, and who still live outside cash society.