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  • Flamingoes flying low in the crater
  • A Tanzania safari game drive in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Panoramic photo from the rim of the crater as seen from your Ngorongoro Conservation Area safari.
  • A zebra in Ngorongoro Crater

When undertaking a Tanzania safari, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located to the west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands of Tanzania. To the northwest it adjoins Serengeti National Park and to the south and west are volcanic highlands that include Ngorongoro Crater. Southern and eastern borders run along the Great Rift Valley.

The conservation area was originally part of Serengeti National Park when it was established by the British in 1951. However, after repeated conflicts between the Maasai who lived there and park authorities, the Maasai were evicted to the newly created Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 1959. The area was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1979 because it provided protection for wildlife while allowing human habitation, which was unique in Tanzania.

The most famous part of the conservation area is the Ngorongoro Crater. It was formed when a giant volcano exploded and then collapsed around two to three million years ago. The crater hosts some of the highest densities of lions in the world and is a good place to see the endangered black rhino on a Tanzania safari. Wildebeest, zebra, elands and Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelles also live in the crater. The rim hosts leopards, elephants and buffalo. In total, the crater houses a permanent population of more than 30,000 animals.

The Great Migration, one of the most incredible natural phenomena in the world passes through Ngorongoro, moving south in December and then returning north in Junesometing special to be expeorenced on a Tanzania vacation.

 


 

Tanzania Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Tanzania travel.

Learn about the history and culture of Tanzania, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Tanzania's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Tanzania for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Tanzania safaris today!

 

Extend Your Trip

After your African Safari, why not consider one of Goway's Europe tours or Egypt tours en route from Tanzania or perhaps a stopover in Dubai on one of our United Arab Emirates tours

 

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