Ngorongoro Conservation Area is situated some 190 km. west of Arusha, between Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Parks.
Covering approximately 8,292 square km, 8millions years ago when volcano erupted Ngorongoro was a huge active volcano larger than Kilimanjaro (probably).
With the approximation of 8,292 square km, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area combines the Ngorongoro Crater, the Olduvai Gorge and Ndutu, the Empakai crater and the Oldonyo Lengai Mountain.
On the open grassland of the crater floor can be seen many of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino grazing on the open grassland, surrounded by some of the large animals occupying the crater. Makat soda lake is the perfect view point for Flamingo and other birds species feedind
The Ngorongoro Crater reffered as one of the Wonders of the world, it is the central attraction in the area. 610 metres below the crater rim, has an area of 304 sq. km, with a diameter of 19 km.
The view of the Ngorongoro Crater is really amaizing. It is the home of ten and thousands of plains animals, including wildebeest, zebra, gazelles, elands, and a large predator population of lions, hyena and jackal which can all be seen at close. The altitude at the crater rim is about 2286 metres above sea level and in between May to September the temperature can get cool in evening. This is the largest Cardela in the world with intact walls.
For years Maasai continue to herd their cattle and goats outside the crater on highland hills. They move widely with their herds of cattle, sheep, goat and donkeys in search of pasture and water.
Maasai people are the main residents of Ngorongoro who have been encouraged to work on the land and perform their traditional activities eg’ diet of milk and meat.
Hikes in the highlands heading to north east of Ngorongoro Crater directing to two smaller craters, Olmoti and Empakai and going on to the active volcano Oldonyo Lengai (mountain of God) and Lake Natron.
Most of the hiking is done on cattle trails alongside the Maasai warriors and their herds and nights spent camping amongst Maasai houses (bomas), allowing visitors to interact with the Maasai in their own environment and learn their culture and tradition.
This is the lifetime Adventure
Ndutu is the main ground for the animals migration where large herds come together and linger for more than four months,(December to April), before they start moving across the Serengeti searching for green pastures and water.
Ndutu area forms an important part of the Serengeti ecosystem.