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What’s special about the Ngorongoro Crater

How’s That Pronounced?

What’s special about Ngorongoro Crater? First of all, the name. To say it correctly, press your tongue to your top front teeth and make a long “Nnn” sound like you are humming but with an “n” instead of an “m”. Then roll right into the “goro” and repeat. The cadence is like “red rover, red rover…” Nnnn-GO-ro-nnn-GO-ro.

Best Game Viewing in Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater is a nearly perfect caldera — a collapsed volcano almost 100 square miles in diameter — which is home to some of the best game viewing in Tanzania, if not all of Africa. Here, you’ll find 25,000 large mammals including lions, hyenas, jackals, elephants, cheetah, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, and eland, just to name a few. Importantly, it is one of the few places visitors can see the rare black rhinoceros in Tanzania. It is also home to many interesting plant and bird species such as lesser flamingos, greater flamingos, secretary birds and much more.

International Biosphere Reserve

Ngorongoro Crater is so special that it has been declared a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Outside the crater in the surrounding Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) there are active and dormant volcanoes and vast plains which are home to millions of animals during the Great Migration.

Archaeological Finds

The NCA includes Olduvai Gorge, site of many significant archaeological finds by the Leakey family and others. You can also visit Laetoli, a site where early hominid footprints are preserved in volcanic rock 3.6 million years old.

Maasai Tribespeople

Traditional culture also abounds in the NCA, most significantly with the brave and majestic Maasai. The Maasai in this area live traditional lives in small group compounds, wearing colorful robes and jewelry, and carrying spears to protect their cattle.

Luxury Lodges

There are many wonderful places to stay in the NCA, from intimate tented camps to luxury lodges, so be sure to spend some time here when you visit Tanzania. For ideas on how you can safari in Ngorongoro, check out the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge and these great trips.

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Kent Redding
Kent Redding, President of AAC, has been named to Travel + Leisure's A-List an annual editors’ choice of the best travel advisers, for the past two years. Kent has 18 years of experience as an expert on Africa travel and adventure. During his tenure living in East Africa, he guided trips through the continent’s premier parks and studied with knowledgeable naturalists. He has summited Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru, kayaked in Lake Malawi, dune-bashed in Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, and rafted down the Zambezi River below Victoria Falls. He has explored Botswana’s Okavango Delta, trekked through some of Egypt’s vast deserts, mountain biked through African mountains and bush land, and tracked gorillas and chimpanzees in multiple countries. Leveraging his safari guiding and planning experience, today he enjoys helping our clients discover these impressive places. Kent is a Kenya Tourist Board Kenya Authorized Travel Specialist and a South Africa Tourism FUNDI . Additionally, Kent serves on the Board of Directors of AfricAid, a non-profit providing educational opportunities for Tanzanian girls, and served on the board of APTA, Rocky Mountain Region. In 2006 and 2007, he was named by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top travel professionals in the United States.
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