The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCAA)

A UNESCO protected World Heritage Site covering 8292 sq km consists of the Ngorongoro Crater itself, Empakai Crater, Olduvai Gorge, and Ndutu, including the short grass plains of the southeastern Serengeti ecosystem.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a pioneering experiment where people (the Maasai), livestock, and wildlife co-exist and share the same protected habitat. The stunning spectacle of the Ngorongoro Crater, its steep walls falling some 610 meters to the floor, is undoubtedly one of the highlights of a safari tour in Tanzania. The crater floor is home to thousands of everyday animals, including the rare black rhinos, zebras, wildebeests, gazelles, hippos, elands, elephants, and a large predator population of lions hyenas, and jackals.

Why Visit Ngorongoro:

  • All wildlife essentially to East African can be found in the Ngorongoro crater
  • Extensive migrations, an outstanding natural event on the plain in the west and North
  • Best Chances to see rhino in Tanzania
  • Superb scenery, extending from plains to the volcano
  • A top-rated park

What to Do:

  • Game viewing in the crater
  • Safaris in the crater’s highlands
  • Hiking with a guide – a good variety of trails
  • Birds watching in the crater
  • Cultural tourism with Maasai and Hadzabe tribes
  • Archaeological finding at Olduvai Gorge and shifting sand attraction

Getting There:

  • An easy drive from Arusha
  • Scheduled and Charter flight

Best Time to Visit:

  • Since the wildlife mainly stays in the crater all year round.
  • However, given that the crater floor does get busy with vehicles, it can be more pleasant to visit during the low season.
  • Whenever you visit Ngorongoro, you are guaranteed excellent safari action.