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The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of Tanzania and Africa’s most important archaeological and natural sites. This stunningly beautiful expanse is a kaleidoscope of indigenous peoples, landscapes, rolling plains and hills, abundant wildlife, and important archaeological discoveries including evacuated fossils, which show this area as being one of the earth’s oldest regions for hominoid habitation.
Located in the northern part of Tanzania and bordering the iconic Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, which is nestled at the foot of the Meru Mountain, which in turn yields views of the majestic and world-famous Kilimanjaro. The conservation area itself is a beautiful assortment of mountains, waterfalls, and volcanoes and because it is a protected district, only the indigenous peoples of the Maasai tribe are allowed to live within its borders.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area is home to the Olduvai Gorge, Lake Ndutu and Masek, which are both alkaline soda lakes, and the incredible Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro Crater has been dubbed as Africa’s version of the paradise Eden and is one of the 8 wonders of the world. This crater, which is more of a collapsed volcano, is the main draw card for tourists visiting Tanzania and features a wide variety of wildlife that live in its woods and forests.
Accommodation at the Ngorongoro Crater is perched on the crater’s ridges and overlooks awe-inspiring views of the surrounding landscapes. Popular activities to enjoy in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area include guided safari tours such as game drives, while hiking treks have become a sought-after option for enjoying this magnificent terrain.