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What is the Ngorongoro Crater?

The Ngorongoro is part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is a conservation ea and a UNESCO World Heritage Site located 180 km (110 mi) west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania.

Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera within the area, is recognized by one private organization as one of the seven natural wonders of Africa. The conservation area is administered by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, an arm of the Tanzanian government, and its boundaries follow the boundary of the Ngorongoro Division of the Arusha Region. It has been reported in 2009 that the government authority has proposed a reduction of the population of the conservation area from 65,000 to 25,000. There are plans being considered for 14 more luxury tourist hotels, so people can access “the unparalleled beauty of one of the world’s most unchanged wildlife sanctuaries”, however the people who own the land has had few benefits of tourism, also no management job in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area has gone to the local Maasai pastoralists, who were helped by a 2013 international Avvaz campaign from being evicted from pastries bordering Serengeti National Park because a private luxury safari company’s interests. (Wikipedia, 2013)

Zebra Stands Inside Ngorongoro Crater

Open Space Inside Ngorongoro Crater

Travelers on a Game Drive Inside Ngorongoro Crater

Bushtracks’ African Safari Trips traveling to the Ngorongoro

Explore Inside the Ngorongoro Crater During a Bushtracks Expeditions Safari

Here is one of our sample itinerary descriptions for a safari that visits the Ngorongoro Crater. We call it ‘The Best of Kenya & Tanzania Safari’.

Here’s a description:

Take a safari in some of eastern Africa’s most famed wildlife destinations: the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park before heading to Kenya’s Masai Mara, home to Kenya’s largest predator population. Begin in Lake Manyara National Park where you can see tree-climbing lions, elephants and huge troops of baboons. Next stop is the legendary and breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater where the wildlife abounds followed by the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti hosts the largest concentration of wildlife in the world, and is home to one of the great wonders in the world, the Great Migration. Your final visit will be in Kenya and the inspiring natural scenery of the heart of Africa’s Great Plains, the Masai Mara and its unspoilt wilderness. The views across the rolling golden grasslands studded with acacia trees, rivers and forests are dazzling, the sense of space overwhelming.

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The first version of this article was posted on 11 Dec 2013 at 12:00 PM.


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