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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.

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.

Most common animals in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Rhinos, Hippos, Lions, grant Gazelles, Thomson Gazelles, Zebras, Wildebeests, Warthogs, Highland Antelopes, Elephants, Jackals, Ostriches

Ngorongoro crater
ngorongoro crater

Oldonyo Lengai Mountain

Oldonyo Lengai Mountain, also known as the “Mountain of God,” is an active stratovolcano located in Tanzania. It is the only active volcano in the world that erupts natrocarbonatite lava, a unique type of lava that is rich in minerals such as sodium, potassium, and carbonates.

Oldonyo Lengai is considered a sacred mountain by the Maasai people who live in the region. The volcano is known for its steep slopes and rough terrain, making it a challenging climb for experienced hikers and climbers.

The summit of Oldonyo Lengai offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape, including Lake Natron and the East African Rift Valley. Climbers can also see the volcanic ash and lava flows from previous eruptions, as well as the active fumaroles and vents that release sulfurous gases.

While the climb is physically demanding, the experience of reaching the summit of Oldonyo Lengai is truly unforgettable. It is a unique opportunity to witness the power and beauty of a true natural wonder.

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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Olduvai Gorge

Olduvai Gorge is a site in Tanzania that is renowned for its significant paleoanthropological discoveries. It is often referred to as the “cradle of mankind” as it has provided valuable evidence of the evolution of early humans. The gorge has yielded numerous fossil remains of hominids, including some of the oldest known specimens of the genus Homo. It has also provided insights into the behavior and technology of early human ancestors. Olduvai Gorge is considered a crucial site for understanding human origins and has been a key location for research in the field of paleoanthropology.

Olmoti Crater

Olmoti Crater is a volcanic crater located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania. It is part of the East African Rift system and is situated at an elevation of 3,050 meters above sea level. The crater is approximately 2.5 kilometers wide and is known for its stunning views and unique geological features.

The crater is surrounded by lush forests and grasslands, making it a popular destination for hiking and wildlife viewing. Visitors can see a variety of bird species, as well as animals such as buffalo, elephants, and monkeys. The nearby Empakaai Crater is also worth a visit for its stunning scenery and diversity of flora and fauna.

Overall, Olmoti Crater is a beautiful and peaceful spot in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, offering visitors a chance to explore a unique and diverse ecosystem in the heart of Tanzania.

Olduvai-Gorge - Ngorongoro crater
Ngorongoro conservation area