NGORONGORO CRATER NATIONAL PARK

 ngorongoro-crater national parkThe Ngorongoro Crater was formed by a large vocano exploding and collapsing into itself; the crater

is 610 meters deep and its floor covers 260 square meters.  Here in the Ngorongoro Crater, wildlife

and humans co-exist; the only conservation area in Tanzania where this has been permitted. In 1959

the Maasai residents of the Serengeti were moved to the Ngorongoro Crater Area and have co-

existed with the wildlife ever since.  Cultivation is limited to a subsistence level, to protect the

wildlife’s ecosystem; the wildlife being the major concern of the government.

Tourism is a huge industry in Tanzania, and the Ngorongoro Crater is a big draw, after the Serengeti

National Park itself. Being next to each other, and the constant wildlife moving back and forth

between the two, it has helped to reinforce both National Parks’ maintenance.

Over 25,000 large animals live in the crater; including black rhino, Cape buffalo, hippos, blue

wildebeest, Grant’s zebra, eland, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, waterbucks, Tanzanian cheetah,

East African wild dog and African leopard.  It also has the densest known population of Maasai

Lions.

There are numerous lodges built on the rim of the Crater; offering spectacular views of the crater itself.

Many of these accommodations have all the modern conveniences, despite their isolated locations.