Facts About Ngorongoro Crater  : What is the background of Ngorongoro Conservation Area? Have you heard about the wonders of the world found in Tanzania? Well, you can’t speak of them without including the Ngorongoro conservation area!  This was first discovered by an Austrian explorer, Oscar Baumann in the late 1800s. it was later established officially as a conservation are in the 1951 for the sole purpose of protecting it from overexploitation and poaching. It’s among the UNESCOs world heritage site, categorically named so in 1979 and as a world biosphere reserve in the 1980. This is all an effort to encourage ecotourism, natural resources and the natives’ interests.

Where is it located exactly?

Contrary to the common assumption, the African continent is actually a continent that has countries and within countries there are regions, The Ngorongoro is located in Tanzania within the Arusha region which is the Northern part of Tanzania between the Serengeti in the northwest to the Great Rift Valley.

Proper name? 

Contrary to the popular knowledge the Ngorongoro is rather a Caldera than a crater, it spans up to 809440 ha. In 1959 it was established that it can stay a multiple land use area with wildlife coexisting with semi nomadic pastoral society.

What is special about Ngorongoro?

Unlike the believe that its only special for its geographical origin and historical, there is more to that!

Well, for starters it’s among the few places that has a wildlife coexisting with human in harmony while able to maintain the ecosystem and naturally balanced systems. In addition to that, the Ngorongoro harbors one of the rarest endangered species to extinction the black rhino. It’s also one of the places, alongside Maasai Mara and the Ngorongoro that you can see an out of proportion goose bumps worth migration of the wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle when migrating into the North Pole.

Facts About Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater

Why historical?

The historical nature of the Ngorongoro spans a little more from how the rocks sank to form its basin, it goes further to how there an anthropological and archaeological component is evidenced by the human dynamics’ ancient prints, and foot prints that date ack 3.6M years ago.

Local impact?

Contrary to the perception that the income from the tourism activities is usually squandered by the politician in power, Ngorongoro income actually is invested directly into the social service of the citizens within and surrounding the conservation area. There has been an outgrowth of schools, better electricity, health services and more accessible infrastructure year by year.

Which month is best for Ngorongoro Crater?

It’s open to visit all year round, although there are particular seasons more interesting than others. 

The wet season has specifically few animals at your disposal to see because they are busy hiding in the shelters from the rain and roads are slippery and inaccessible towards the hidden shelters, also you are not likely to spot them on a water search because they can access water from the wetlands that sometimes collects from the rain enough to drink from. There are few people who still visit and when they are lucky to spot animals, it becomes a cool private visit since it’s not the season most people would prefer. 

June through September and December through February however, is a dry season and all the animals are out in the park sun basking, hunting and may be in search for water near the water sources. During this season you are likely to spot all the big five!

What more?

There is a whole bird-dictionary-worth of birds in additional to the wildlife, if you are photographer it’s definitely one of the places you can be able to take your gallery worth photos.

There are also best views of the gold mountains, and the olduvai museum to calm you down and stimulate the knowledge gap you may have about the human cradle.

Are honeymoons suitable?

Most of the influxes of the visitors are actually honeymooners! There are beautiful accommodations near the lodge that has beautiful view of the crater and the animals, sometimes you may find the less harmful animals on the door step of your lodge. Giraffes whose physique is not accommodating to descend and ascend through the steep slopes choose to remain on the higher altitudes. That why you won’t be able to spot a giraffe while in the crater. 


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