Ngorongoro National Park

Ngorongoro National Park, located in the crater highlands area of Tasmania and named after the Ngorongoro crater, a large volcanic caldera is considered to be a world heritage site. Established in about 1959, the park, also known as the Ngorongoro Conservation Area nurtures a harmonious co-existence between wildlife and the native people. It upholds the ideals of Masaai pastoralism and conservation of natural resources, which is why the Government brochure justifiably brags about the “unparalleled beauty of one of the world’s most unchanged wildlife sanctuaries.”

Here are five credible reasons why Ngorongoro National Park is one of the most beautiful tourist spots in the world and why you should put it on your bucket list for travelling.


Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Magadi

One of the main attractions of Ngorongoro National Park, apart from the wildlife, is the Ngorongoro crater, the volcanic caldera and the salt lake, situated at the very center of the crater, Lake Magadi, also known as Makat. The crater is adorned with many springs as well, which serve for the principal source of water for animals like hippopotamus, elephants and lions, and also for the local Masaai people. This area also harbors some of the most wonderful picnic spots for the visiting tourists!.

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The Masaai

The Ngorongoro National Park is thoroughly careful about the interests of the indigenous tribes, namely the Masaai. Today, there are about 42, 200 pastoralist Masaai living in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in perfect harmony with the environment and the wildlife. As the season changes from dry to moist, they move up and down the crater area according to their convenience. The tourists are allowed to visit the Masaai cultural bomas to learn about their lifestyle and unique culture, although keep in mind that the Masaai do not like to be photographed without consent.

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Wildlife

The primary tourist attraction of the Ngorongoro National Park is undoubtedly the diverse array of wildlife, living peacefully in the wide expanses of the lush-green Savannah forests and grasslands. The national Park is home to over 25, 000 animals, including wildebeests, zebras, rhinoceros, and gazelles. In the crater highlands, there live about 30 giant elephants, leopards, and reedbucks, buffalos, spotted hyenas and so on! Besides the animals, over 500 species of birds can be seen here, including ostriches, white pelicans, and flamingo birds. If you are a bird watcher, this might just be your dream holiday destination!

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Crater Lions

The Ngorongoro National Park attends to 62 lions, which arguably form the densest known population of lions. The population of lions is rapidly decreasing, and the chances of seeing a lion in other wildlife reserves are pretty slim, while in this national park, you will definitely not go back without seeing at least one.

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Olduvai Gorge

The Olduvai Gorge is a ravine that protects hominidae footprints, preserved in volcanic rock. They date back to about 3.6 million years, thus exhibit some of earliest signs of human existence on earth.

The Nogorongoro National Park is significant both for its abundant reserve of flora and fauna, its archeological and natural wealth. Therefore, it is safe to say that your tour to Africa is decidedly incomplete if you do not visit the park.