The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCAA) is a huge area containing mountains, archeological sites, rolling plains, forests, lakes, dunes and of course the Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge.
The views at the rim of Ngorongoro Crater are sensational. On the crater floor, grassland blends into swamps, lakes, rivers, woodland and mountains – all a heaven for wildlife including the densest predator population in Africa.
The crater is home to up to 25,000 large mammals, mainly grazers like gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest and warthog. You will not find giraffe as there is not much to eat at tree level, or topi, because the competition with wildebeest is too fierce, nor will you find impala.
The crater elephants are, strangely enough, mainly bulls. There are a small number of black rhinos here too. The birdlife is largely seasonal and is also affected by the ratio of soda to fresh water in Lake Magadi on the crater floor.
In the northern, remote part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you will find Olmoti and Empakaai Craters, Lake Natron and Oldoinyo Lengai, Mountain of God, as named by the Maasai. Lake Natron is the only known breeding ground for East Africa’s flamingoes.
The ruins of a terraced stone city and complex irrigation system lie on the eastern side of Empakaai – the Engaruka Ruins. Their origins are a mystery as there is no tradition of stone building in this part of Africa.
11-day roundtrip - Mid-range - Wildlife Safaris North
Comfortable safari classic with upper midrange lodges and tented camps throughout Serengeti, Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater
10-day roundtrip - Luxurious - Wildlife Safaris North
Travel in style, this wildlife safari takes in the best of the northern safari circuit with a great selection of luxury safari camps located on prime locations
A Wildlife - Cultural safari with a wonderful twist and a turn, away from the crowds, wildlife safari combined with cultural experiences
8-day roundtrip - Mid-range - Wildlife Safaris North
This Wildlife Safari is designed to give you the best chances of seeing the parks in the northern circuit as well as the exciting annual wildebeest migration
This amazing safari allows you to spend time out of the safari vehicle to explore Tanzania and some of its parks and attractions on foot.
12-day roundtrip - Mid-range - Wildlife Safaris North
Combining fly camping, lodges and tented camps get the best out of Northern Tanzania visiting Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Lake Natron.
16-day roundtrip - Mid-range - Wildlife Safaris North
Explore the great plains of the Serengeti, the remote and beautiful shoreline of Lake Tanganyika and enjoy the excitement of trekking for Chimpanzees
13-day roundtrip - Mid-range - Wildlife Safaris North
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