Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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What is the size of the conservation area: 8,292 sq km (3201 sq miles)
When was it established: 1959
What is the distance from Arusha: 167 km (104 miles)

Most popular tours visiting Ngorongoro Conservation Area:
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The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact caldera in the world, and some scientists maintain that, before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mount Kilimanjaro, the current highest point in Africa…

Ngorongoro Crater (Ngorongoro Conservation Area) is the largest intact caldera in the world, and some scientists maintain that, before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mount Kilimanjaro, the current highest point in Africa. Covering a mere 260 square kilometres/100 square miles, the 600m/1969ft-deep Ngorongoro Crater is home to a permanent population of more than 30 000 animals, and is one of the few places in Africa where you stand a very good chance of seeing the Big Five in the course of a game-drive. It features the spectacular Lerai Forest which is one of the best places in Africa to spot leopard. There are around 70 lions in the Crater, and about 15 black rhino. It also features two lakes, one is a salt water lake and the other is a fresh water lake.

The Ngorongoro Crater forms part of the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area where the wildlife is protected. The local Maasai have permission to graze their cattle on the Crater floor, and it is not unusual to see Maasai cattle and buffalo grazing together, with a lion gazing fixedly mere metres away.

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