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Ngorongoro Crater Area

Ngorongoro Crater Area
Ngorongoro lies just 60 kms NW of Lake Manyara, 190 km W of Arusha and 145 km SE of The Serengeti. At the heart of this huge and diverse conservation area (8,288 sq km) lies the incomparable crater, once a young volcano that eventually collapsed leaving a perfect calder 18 kms across and 1 km deep - the largest in the world. At the craters edge is a fantastic panorama.

You enter by descending the thickly wooded rim, a mixture of Strangler Fig, Red Thorn Acacias and Rub Vines, attracting a variety of birdlife, on to the crater floor with its prominent soda lake, Magadi. The stage is set which includes Seneto Springs, Gorigor Swaps, Terai Forest and the Gol Mountains. This microcosm supports some 30,000 large mammals, including Plains Game, Lion, Leopard and Buffalo. Clambering in the trees are Olive Baboons, Blue Monkeys and Bushbabies. Olduvai is famed for its fossil finds - about 150 species of prehistoric mammals including the Leakey's discovery of 400 fragments of a skull. Discovery here began by accident back in 1911. Olduvai gains its name from the Masai word for the wild sisal that is prolific here.

 

 

Accommodation:

Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Rhino Lodge

 
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