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Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Peak Time

Jun - Oct

Best Time To Go

Year Round

Famous For

Best Opportunity to see the Big 5

Price Per Day

$ 500 - $ 3500

Size in Sq.Km

8,292 Sq.Km

Introduction to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) in northern Tanzania is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that spans approximately 8,292 square kilometers. It is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and significant archaeological sites. The centerpiece of the NCA is the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive volcanic caldera, which offers some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in Africa, including sightings of the Big Five.

In addition to its natural wonders, the NCA is home to the Maasai people, who live harmoniously with the area’s rich biodiversity. The region also includes the Olduvai Gorge, a key archaeological site that has provided crucial insights into early human evolution. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area exemplifies the successful integration of wildlife conservation, cultural preservation, and sustainable tourism.

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The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is not only a wildlife haven but also a cultural and historical treasure. It features the Olduvai Gorge, where some of the earliest human fossils were discovered, and lush highlands that offer stunning vistas. The diverse ecosystems range from grasslands to forests, supporting a variety of species. The Maasai people, who have coexisted with the wildlife for centuries, add a rich cultural dimension to this extraordinary region.

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Ngorongoro Conservation Area faq's

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is a protected area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in northern Tanzania. It is renowned for the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera.

The NCA is situated 180 kilometers (112 miles) west of Arusha, in the Crater Highlands region of Tanzania.

The area is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros). Other animals include zebras, wildebeests, hyenas, cheetahs, and various bird species.

The best time to visit is during the dry season, from June to October, when wildlife viewing is at its peak. However, the area can be visited year-round.


It is recommended to have vaccinations for diseases such as yellow fever and take anti-malarial medication. Consult with a healthcare provider for personalized advice.

Yes, the area is generally safe for tourists. However, it is important to follow safety guidelines provided by park authorities and tour operators.