Ngorongoro

Ancienet crater Ngorongoro – the heart of Tanzania

National Park overview

Ancient Ngorongoro Crater is a UNESCO world heritage and one of the most interesting parks of Tanzania. Here is the largest number of different species of animals per square kilometer. Park harmoniously fits into the natural landscape of the Great Rift Valley, framed by tropical forest, it has brought its natural beauty to the present day. You will find exciting trip to the crater edge, lunch on the lake shore with hippos and picturesque lakes with pink flamingos.

Inhabitants

Hundreds of animal species have found shelter in Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Early in the morning you can meet here cautious caracals and servals and peacefully grazing herds of elephants in the forests. Buffaloes are slowly strolling on the plain, zebras are frisking and wildebeests are enigmatically watching the safari car. In this harmony rhinos exist too, and it is a big rarity to meet them! Prides of lions are luxuriating, hiding from the sun in the shadow of the bushes.

Interesting facts

In 1951, thanks to the well-known researchers Michael and Bernard Grzimek, Ngorongoro area was declared as a national park and became reserved. Using their small airplane, painted in zebra stripes, they defined the boundaries of the park and counted the approximate number of individuals there. In one such flight a tragedy happened. Twenty-five-year-old Michael Grzimek died and in his honor a memorial has been established on the edge of the crater, near the crash site. It is one of the most important monuments of Tanzania and its headstone reads: "He gave all he possessed for the wild animals of Africa, including his life." His father Bernard wrote the famous book "Serengeti shall not die" which we strongly recommend reading for those who is going to the trip to Tanzania.

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Ngorongoro ON THE MAP