Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro-Crater is a World Heritage Site and probably one of the most beautiful areas in the world. However, the Crater itself is only 3% of the total Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which covers 8,280 square km. This vast area is littered with recently active volcanoes, towering mountains, undulating plains, rolling sand dunes, forests, rivers, lakes and the world famous Olduvai Gorge archeological site. A perfect caldera 18 km across, the Crater remains the main attraction of the conservation area. Within this one small area, swamps, lakes, rivers, grasslands, woodlands and forest provide virtually every habitat found in East Africa; in every habitat, wildlife is found in profusion.

Ngorongoro-Crater

ngorongoro-craterThe Ngorongoro Crater is a World Heritage Site and probably one of the most beautiful areas in the world. However, the Crater itself is only 3% of the total Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which covers 8,280 square km. This vast area is littered with recently active volcanoes, towering mountains, undulating plains, rolling sand dunes, forests, rivers, lakes and the world famous Olduvai Gorge archeological site.
 A perfect caldera 18 km across, the Crater remains the main attraction of the conservation area. Within this one small area, swamps, lakes, rivers, grasslands, woodlands and forest provide virtually every habitat found in East Africa; in every habitat, wildlife is found in profusion. the most important, and controversial, hominid finds known. 

Wildlife and pastorialists share the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA); it does not form a National Park and the Masai graze their cattle in this area as they have for centuries. The NCA Authority, established in 1959 by the Tanzanian government, is responsible for coordinating the wildlife, Masai grazing, forestry, archeological sites, education, research and tourism.