The Ngorongoro Crater was formed when a large volcano erupted and collapsed on itself.

When undertaking a Tanzania safari, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located to the west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands of Tanzania. To the northwest, it adjoins Serengeti National Park and to the south and west are volcanic highlands that include Ngorongoro Crater. Southern and eastern borders run along the Great Rift Valley.

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About Maasai in Ngorongoro

In Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Maasai people thrive amidst the wildlife. Their nomadic lifestyle and vibrant culture, characterized by colorful attire and intricate beadwork, have endured for generations. Living in traditional bomas, they coexist with wildlife, practicing sustainable herding and contributing to conservation efforts. Some diversify into tourism, offering cultural experiences to visitors. Despite challenges like land encroachment, the Maasai remain stewards of their land, preserving their heritage while embracing the future.

Conservation Area

And the People there

Approximately 40,000 people live in the conservation area. There are around 30,000 animals ranging from leopard, cheetah, elephant and hyena to warthog, buffalo and impala. The area is also one of the best places to see the endangered black rhino and black-maned male lions. Black Rhinos were brought back from the brink of extinction and now their population, has bounced back to over 5,000 worldwide, about 30 of which can be found at Ngorongoro Crater.

Facts about Ngorongoro

“The Garden of Eden”:

The Ngorongoro Crater is also affectionately referred to as ‘the Garden of Eden’ due to its dazzling beauty and being a paradise for animals.

Hollywood Connection:

The Oscar-winning movie Out of Africa was filmed partly in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

No Giraffe:

You won’t find any giraffes in the crater. It’s thought they can’t enter as the sides are too steep for them to walk down. However you may still be able to find them around the crater.


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