Travel Guide

Ngorongoro Wildlife

The most famous wildlife sightings in Africa can be found in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Being a component of Tanzania's magnificent Serengeti National Park environment, Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. The highest density of wildlife happens to sustain in this area; no wonder it is referred to as the 8th natural wonder of the world. The Ngorongoro Wildlife diversity is unmatched which is a testament to its ecological richness.

Ngorongoro Wildlife information

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the few places in the world where visitors can see the Big Five animals in their natural habitat. The Big Five include elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos, and rhinos.  In addition to the Big Five, other Ngorongoro Conservation Area Animal species include hyenas, wildebeests, antelopes, warthogs, zebras, giraffes, and more.

The Great Migrations Serengeti is a phenomenon that occurs every year between June and September, where over 1.5 million wildebeests and zebras migrate across the Serengeti plains, passing through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Witnessing this migration during the Ngorongoro Wildlife Safari is a one-of-a-kind experience, as visitors can see the herds of animals moving across the plains, crossing rivers, and dodging predators.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is not only home to a vast population of mammals but also boasts over 500 bird species. Some of the notable Ngorongoro Conservation Area Birds include ostriches, Grey Crown Cranes, Secretary birds, flamingos, eagles, kori bustards, and vultures. Visitors can take a bird-watching tour to soda lakes and spot some of the unique bird species in the area such as ducks, waders, and herons.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is home to many endangered species, including the black rhinoceros. The area has a dedicated rhino sanctuary where visitors can see these majestic animals up close. You can also learn about the conservation efforts adopted in the place to protect these endangered species

As you enter the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you are going to be greeted by a world of majestic creatures, from the iconic Big Five to the soaring birds of the sky. The main attraction of the conservation area is the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest volcanic caldera in the world. Just a few miles from the main gate of the crater and you will get an amazing view of animals and landscape from the viewing point of the crater.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area animals are attracted to the Crater Lake area to quench their thirst while the swamp present nearby is a major spot for elephants and cape buffaloes to cool themselves off. A Tanzania Safari Holidays will also get you to discover a large number of hippos in the swamp hippo pools present in the Ngorongoro Area.

Ngorongoro Wildlife Safari to the lakes in the conservation area will let you discover a large variety of birds hovering around the soda lakes. The Lereal forest inside the Ngorongoro Wildlife Park is not only a great spot for spotting bird species but also a hiding point for predators looking for foodstuffs.

Top Wildlife Attractions in Ngorongoro
  • Crater floor- wildebeest, zebras, buffaloes, predators
  • Lerai forest- waterbuck, bushbuck, eland
  • Gorigor swamp- elephants
  • Surrounding plains - giraffe, impala.
  • Lake Magadi- Flamingoes

*At such large concentrations, the Ngorongoro animals seem to be less not affected by tourists’ volume.

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