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ngorongoro conservation area  
 

The dramatic landscape of the Ngorongoro Highlands is the perfect complement to the flatness of the Serengeti. Populated by Maasai tribes, this area of grasslands, volcanoes and forests makes utterly superb hiking terrain.

This vast protected area stretches from Lake Natron (the breeding ground of East Africa's flamingos) in the north-east, to Lake Eyasi in the south, and Lake Manyara to the east. The area includes the still active Ol-doinyo Lengai (meaning "Mountain of God" in Maa, the language of the Masaai) volcano (which last erupted in 1983), Olduvai Gorge and the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken caldera in the world. It has been described as one of the great natural wonders of the world.

Eight million years ago, the Ngorongoro Crater was an active volcano but its cone collapsed, forming the crater that is 610 meters deep, almost 20 kilometres in diameter, and covers an area of 311 sq. km. Spectacular as it is, the crater accounts for only a tenth of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

The crater is home to many species of wild game and birds. With the exception of impala and topi (due to fierce competition with the wildebeest) and the giraffe (because there is not much to eat at tree level), almost every species of African plains mammal lives in the crater, including the endangered black rhino, and it has the densest population of predators in Africa.

 





 

 

 

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