Best Park for Ngorongoro Safari

Updated 02.10.2022

Ngorongoro Conservation Area was established in 1959 and covers an area of ​​8,292 km2. Included in the list of UNESCO International Biosphere Reserves due to its integration with humans - only on its territory can live Masai tribes. Plains, forests, lakes, swamps and salt flats - all this provided Ngorongoro with the highest concentration of animals on the entire African continent.

The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the largest in the world with an intact caldera formed by the explosion and collapse of a giant volcano about three million years ago. The Ngorongoro Crater descends to a depth of 610 meters, with a base area of ​​260 square kilometers. If this volcano survived, then the mountain would be the size of Kilimanjaro.

In addition to Ngorongoro, there are two other volcanic craters in the reserve: Olmoti and Empakai, the first of which is known for its stunning waterfalls, and the second has a deep lake and lush green steppes.

There is also an active volcano Lengai - known to the locals as the Mountain of God. At the foot of the mountain is Lake Natron, the main breeding ground for flamingos in East Africa.

The area is home to over 25,000 large animals, including 26 black rhinos. There are 7,000 wildebeests, 4,000 zebras, 3,000 eland and 3,000 Grant and Thomson gazelles. The crater is also home to the largest known population of lions, with 62 individuals. Leopards, about 30 large elephants and more than 4,000 buffaloes live here, there are spotted hyenas, jackals, rare wild dogs, cheetahs and other representatives of the cat family. Over 500 species of birds are registered with the NCA. These include the ostrich, the white pelican, the rarest Cape crow, the brubro, the secretary bird, the paradise flycatcher, and the greater and lesser flamingos on Lake Magadi in the crater.

The reserve is home to all of the "big five", only in this area can you see the endangered species of black rhinoceros during Safari. Hippopotamuses also live in these parts, which is not at all typical for these latitudes.

Ngorongoro hosts a legendary annual migration of wildebeests and zebras and gazelles as 1.7 million ungulates move south into the area in December and north in June.

The reserve has the most important paleontological, archaeological and anthropological monuments. Here were found the remains of the first people in the world.

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