Activities in Ngorongoro crater are the unique experience of the Tanzania’s best wildlife national park. Ngorongoro Crater is not only unique and scenic but also among the oldest and largest national parks in Tanzania. Ngorongoro Crater is UNESCO World Heritage site and it was also voted among the 10 Natural wonders of Africa. The park hosts the world’s largest broken Caldera. The crater is part of Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area which is managed by Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Authority. In early 18th century the park was all under Serengeti national park. It was till 1959 that the conservation area was created to accommodate the local Maasai people who were relocated from Serengeti national park.
Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area is the only protected area in Tanzania where the locals are staying together with wildlife at the park. They are both peaceful and leaving amicably in the same area. The famous movie “Out of Africa” was partly filmed in the Ngorongoro crater hence giving it wide publicity and bringing more tourists to the area. Your dream Tanzania safari comes true after visiting Ngorongoro crater. This park is famous of the largest prides of predators especially the lions. Its also among the few protected areas where you can see all the African big 5 with rare black Rhinos. Other animals found at the crater are: Elephants, leopards, buffaloes, hippos, jackals, wildebeests, warthogs, zebras, hyenas and many more. The crater also hosts over 500 bird species.
Top things to do and see in and near Murchison Falls National park (Activities in Murchison Falls National Park)
Gifted by nature, game drive is one of the key Activities in Ngorongoro crater. All game drives at the park are done inside the crater. Meaning that you have to descend down to the crater for a full day game drive. With our experienced driver guides you will explore the vast park with our open roof safari cars. The game drives are done in the morning hours as well as evening. The morning game drives are more rewarding when nature is still active. During the game drives you will enjoy close view of wildlife in their natural habitat. Some of the most thought game during your Murchison falls safari include: Lions, Leopards, Buffaloes, Bushbucks, Jackson’s hartebeest, Uganda Kob, Warthogs, Dikdik, Elephants, Hippos, wildebeest, hyenas and many others. Giraffes are seen along the conservation Area not inside the crater.
Hiking to the Gol Mountains:
The Gol Mountains are found within Serengeti National Park. The slopes are excellent for wildlife viewing and cultural encounters with the resident Maasai Herdsmen. At the base of the Gol Mountains is the famous Nasera Rock where tourists can spot a variety of birds and hundreds of baboons. The Leakey family excavated remains of humans who lived there during the stone age period. The Gol Mountains will capture your imagination if your dream is to explore the remote African wilderness
Bird watching (Birding)
Birding s one of the greatest Activities in Ngorongoro crater with over 500 bird species that are distributed to the different habitats at the crater and in the Conservation Area. Birding is one of the best wildlife experience in Tanzania especially in Ngorongoro Crater. Birders callthe crater the little birding paradise. Some of the birds seen include: White Thi hornbill, Yellow-billed stork, Adbims stork, Secretary bird, Osprey, African Dater, Goliath Heron, Veracious Dove, Long-Toed Plover and many more.
Hot Air Balloon Safaris
Rise at dawn over the savannah – watch the sunrise and then glide over the park above the tree-tops where you can see the most wildlife like: buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, antelopes. Watch the predators below as they come home from a night’s hunt. The Hot balloon safaris are done in Ngorongoro crater Conservation Area. This is around Ndutu area where the great wildebeest Migration starts from during calving season.
Visiting the Maasai
The Maasai are one of Africa’s most intriguing tribes. Although they live outside the crater itself, they are allowed to graze their animals around the crater rim or bring them down the crater for water during the dry months of the year. While visiting the Ngorongoro Conservation area, an arrangement can be made for tourists to visit one of their homes or cultural centers to learn about their traditions and culture. It is more rewarding to visit villages/families that are less visited so that you have a more enriching experience instead of stage-managed tours.