Ngorongoro National Park

The Ngorongoro Crater is East Africa’s ultimate ’Big Five’ destination. Heavy-tusked elephant bulls haunt its groves and swamps, while a precious herd of black rhino is regularly seen in more open terrain, and dense populations of lion, leopard and other predators gorge on abundant herds of buffalo and other grazers. The relatively high traffic density within the crater is a downer for some, but the wildlife is exceptionally habituated as a result, allowing for a rare opportunity to observe unselfconscious animal behavior at close range.
Even without the wildlife, this crater at the heart of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area would rank among Africa’s most compelling scenic attractions. The relic of an extinct volcano which once stood taller than Kilimanjaro does today, this is the world’s largest intact caldera, and the view from the forested rim, across 260km2 of enclosed savannah, defies superlatives.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a protected area and a World Heritage Site located 180 km (110 mi) west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. The area is named after Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera within the area. The conservation area is administered by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, an arm of the Tanzanian government, and its boundaries follow the boundary of the Ngorongoro Division of the Arusha Region.It has been reported in 2009 that the government authority has proposed a reduction of the population of the conservation area from 65,000 to 25,000. There are plans being considered for 14 more luxury tourist hotels, so people can access “the unparalleled beauty of one of the world’s most unchanged wildlife sanctuaries.

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