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Things To Do In Ngorongoro

Tanzania's most stunning and unique location, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, is home to a variety of wildlife and gives visitors a variety of activities and experiences. From wildlife viewing and cultural immersion to hiking and camping, there is no shortage of Things To Do in Ngorongoro.  Whether you're a nature lover, adventure seeker, or simply looking for a peaceful escape, Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the next Tanzania Safari Holiday Destination that you must visit.

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No traveler should miss the opportunity to spend a day on the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It is a rare place on the planet that can sustain such huge concentrations of wildlife, that too all year round. Quite an exceptional spectacle! And, not to forget the 600 m steep crater wall will only enhance your photographic and Tanzania Game Drive Exprience. The Ngorongoro floor is a Big Five territory and a must-visit place destination during Tanzania Safari Holidays.

The primary Ngorongoro Things To Do are the game drives that provide the best wildlife sightings on the crater floor. Game drives are conducted in a standard tour van and done in two shifts, morning and afternoon. Expect to see the Big Five of Africa during Ngorongoro Safari Activities. Also, birds, lakes, savannah vegetation, and lush forests are some add-ons that you are going to witness during game drives.

Out of all Ngorongoro Conservation Area Activities, visiting the Maasai village to learn about their rituals is the most intriguing one. They are semi-nomadic tribes that have lived in the conservation area for hundreds of years. During the visit to their villages, try to gain insights into their customs, dress, and food. You can also purchase handmade crafts from the Maasai market.

Olmoti Crater is a lesser-known volcanic basin in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It's lovely with a waterfall and wildlife. Enjoy stunning views on a guided trek to the crater. Another Ngorongoro Conservation Area volcanic crater is Empakaai. It is a beautiful lake that attracts hundreds of flamingos. Enjoy the stunning lake and surrounding views on a guided trek to the crater.

Apart from the above activities, there are plenty of other Things To Do In The Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Travelers can explore the 48 km Olduvai Gorge that extends through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Visit the Olduvai Museum and see the fossil displays, which tell the story of hominid fossils. Other popular Ngorongoro Conservation Area Activities include Lake Ndutu Safari, rim walks on the Ngorongoro Crater, bird-watching safaris, and visiting the last bushmen, the Hadzabe tribe. 

Lake Ndutu lies at the border of two wilderness areas; Serengeti and Ngorongoro, with no fence between them. Many wildebeests, zebras, and antelopes taking part in the Great Wildebeest Migration follow the path and reach the Ndutu plains in search of nutrient-rich grasses. A safari to the Ndutu region in the summer will give a different perspective of the iconic spectacle.

Rim walks on the Ngorongoro Crater are another important Ngorongoro Things To Do that no one should miss. While Tanzania Safari Goers are not allowed to hike into the crater area, what is allowed is to go on guided hikes along the rim of the crater.  The densely forested area with tropical trees is full of abundant bird life and wildlife, such as leopards. The birds of Ngorongoro Crater include the martial eagle, cinnamon-chested bee-eater, and olive sunbird.

Finally, one opportunity that as a traveler you would not want to miss is the rare opportunity to meet Hadzabe Tribe and some other bushmen remote to the park. Around 2000 of these bushmen live in the area. They still follow primitive ways of living and live off hunting and gathering. You will get to discover their secret ways of living on your Tanzania Safari Holidays.

Best Things To Do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Game Drive To See Big Five.
  • Guided Tours of the crater area
  • Tour the Maasai culture
  • Explore Olduvai Gorge
  • Guided walks
  • Hot air balloon rides

*NCA offers game drives, historical tours, and cultural tours.

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