A GENUINE GARDEN OF EDEN
When at last you arrive at the highest point of the hillsides of the Ngorongoro crater, a garden of Eden on Earth opens up at your feet. You will never have seen anything quite like it, so much life one single space. For this this Maasai, who arrived here two thousand years ago called it el-Nkoronkoro “Gift of life”
The crater forms part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, in 1979 it was declared a World Heritage site by Unesco. It covers an area of 8000 km2 and where the Oldupai Gorge can be found, an important site for the investigation of the evolution of the human species.
In Ngorongoro one can find hippopotamus the springs of Ngoitoktok, flamingos in lake Magadi and even large herds of elephants. The abundance of water and pastures allow the presence of wildebeest, zebras, buffaloes, Grant gazelles, different antelopes, wild boar and of course large predators such as lions, hyenas and jackals. There are still around 30 black rhinoceros which is specially protected as it is a very threatened species.
THE WEATHER IN TANZANIA
Average Temperaturel: 20º
Temperatures range: 30º / 10º
Dry Season: From June to October
Wet Season: From November to May
PLACES OF INTEREST AND ACTIVITIES IN NGORONGORO
Incredible surroundings which are approximately a 40 minute walk down and a one hour climb back up from where it’s possible to see thousands of flamingos on the edge of the lake. Very recommendable, not only for the view of the lake from the top of the hillsides but the views once in the interior of the cone.
This area of apparently boundless meadows extends between the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park to the west of the Great Rift Valley. Between December and May it becomes a “hotspot” of the great migration, with thousands of herbivore feeding on the green grasses after the first rains. The sacred mountain of the Maasai called Oldonyo Lengai is located in the area.
The crater is one of the largest volcanic calderas in the world. Its walls have created a natural barrier which concentrates a unique ecosystem concentrates with open meadows, acacia forests and humid areas and swamps. More than 25.000 animals concentrate in its 200 square kilometres.
VISIT THE NGORONGORO CRATER
TREKKING IN THE EMPAKAI CRATER
SAFARI ON FOOT IN THE NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA