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From Serengeti National Park in the north to the Great Rift Valley in the east, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area encompasses the entire region. More than 8,000 square kilometers or 3,200 square miles are included in the total area protected by the conservation area. Ngorongoro Crater, Ndutu, Olduvai Gorge, Empakaai, Olmoti Crater, and Oldonyo Lengai Mountain are the components that make up this mountain range. Numerous species of animals make their homes in varied habitats, which include woods, valleys, savannahs, craters, lakes, and marshes.

Ngorongoro Crater
The main thing about this place is the well-known Ngorongoro Crater. About 2 to 3 million years ago, the big volcano blew up and fell in on itself. Because of this, a crater was made, which led to a unique environment with many different kinds of plants.

Today, more animals live in the crater than anywhere else in Africa. It is home to zebras, buffalos, warthogs, baboons, elephants, flamingos, ostriches, and hippos. There are a lot of animals that eat other animals, like lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs, and leopards. The Big Five—buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhinoceros—are also a big draw to the Ngorongoro Crater. In this 20-kilometer-wide (12,5-mile-wide) and 600-meter-deep (2,000-foot-deep) hole, you can see all of them. Enjoy seeing all the different animals and the beautiful colors of the land. From the edge of the crater, you can see the floor of the crater in a beautiful way. The crater is one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders because of how beautiful it is.

Maasai tribe
You can also visit the Maasai tribe while on tour. In this area, they are able to let their animals graze. We suggest that you book a Maasai Tour if you really want to learn more about the way of life and traditions of this interesting tribe.

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Most common animals in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Rhinos, Hippos, Lions, grant Gazelles, Thomson Gazelles, Zebras, Wildebeests, Warthogs, Highland Antelopes, Elephants, Jackals, Ostriches