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Ngorongoro Conservation Area is located in the Arusha region of Tanzania. Ngorongoro is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers a great biosphere that has remained unchanged.

The popularity of Ngorongoro spans more than 80 years and is popular for sites such as Olduvai Gorge which shows a long and extensive archaeological sequence of human evolution.

Ngorongoro conservation area spans a variety of highland plains, forests, savannah and savannah woodlands. These environments provide a great habitat for some of the largest groups of wild animals in the whole of Africa.


On your visit to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you can take part in any of the following activities.

  • Visit Ngorongoro Crater
  • Explore Olduvai Gorge
  • Wildlife Game drive
  • Guided Hiking
  • Photography
  • Birdwatching

Wildlife In Ngorongoro

You will find the following animals when you visit the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

  •  Elephants 
  •  Giraffes
  •  Hippos
  •  Black Rhinos 
  •  Lions
  •  Wildebeest s
  •  Zebras
  •  Leopards 
  •  African Wild dog
  •  Gazelles
  •  Cheetahs
  •  Buffalos
  •  Elands
  •  Hyenas
  •  Antelopes

When To Visit

Ngorongoro can be visited at any time of the year. Summer months are the most recommended because you will be able to catch the migration of animals from dry areas to areas with drinking water.

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Getting There

Ngorongoro is located 170 kilometres east of Arusha. The drive from Arusha will take you approximately 3 hours to reach the Ngorongoro crater.

You can also use local chartered flights from either Arusha airport or Kilimanjaro International airport.

Where To Stay

There are very many options for accommodation in Ngorongoro. Since this is a very popular hotspot for tourists, you will find very good lodges and hotels for your needs - luxury or budget.