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Original Tanzania
The Original Tanzania Experience

Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Crater

This vast Crater and Conservation Area has been described as "The balance between Mankind and Nature". The sheer size of the Conservation area (8300km2) invites you to truly explore this nature lover's paradise. An opportunity to first view the Crater from up high gives a sense of entering a world in itself.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area aims to maintain the historic balance of people and nature in a way which has not been possible in many parts of Africa. This balance means the Maasai Tribe can enjoy their natural surroundings within a respectful distance from the wildlife. You will therefore enjoy seeing their way of life and probably meet with them on the roads. Within the conservation area, you can find incredibly rich viewing opportunities of wildlife as well as the largest unbroken Caldera (collapsed Volcano) in the world, covering 260km2. It is estimated that over 25,000 animals are free to enter and leave the crater, but most of them stay and this is because of available food and water sources throughout the year. As a result, it is the largest permanent concentration of wildlife in Africa.

Tanzania offers the incredible opportunity to visit the areas described by leading anthropologists as the 'Cradle of Mankind'. Within the Conservation area lies the world archaeological site: the Olduvai Gorge. This is the site of some of the most important fossil hominid finds of all time in 1959 by Mary and Louis Leakey: named "Nutcracker Man", Australopithecus Boisei who lived 1.75 million years ago. This famous archaeological site can be incorporated into your journey.

There's no "best" time to visit Ngorongoro crater as it is the richest wildlife ground in Africa; guaranteed to provide good game viewing all year-around.