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Ngorongoro National Conservation Area, Tanzania
The Ngorongoro National Conservation Area is located in Northern Central Tanzania and is contiguous with the Serengeti National Park to it’s West. The area is specifically famous for the Crater which is an ancient volcanic caldera dating back about 2.5 million years ago.
Although we visited some areas of the conservation area outside of the crater, the crater was certainly the highlight. The crater itself is about 610 meters (2000 feet) deep and about 260 square meters (1000 square miles).
The inside of the crater is generally made up of a giant plain that has several lakes in it depending on seasonality. There are very few trees or bush to speak of making for an interesting geography. The crater is a beautiful place as the simplicity of the plains running directly into a steep mountainous wall that runs 360 degrees around you creates a very surreal location.
As for wildlife, there are about 25,000 animals within the crater itself! And without trees or bush, they are all quite visible. The real challenge with the crater is the proximity in which you can get to animals. Although the park is relatively small, there are very few roads that you are able to drive on (off road is not permitted) making it difficult to get very close to animals.
Enough griping for now! We really enjoyed the crater even with the distance from theContinue Reading The Full Post >