Ngorongoro Conservation Area is also called the Aden of Africa. The conservation area at large covers 8292 Km sq and it is part of the larger Serengeti ecosystem. In this conservation area unlike the National parks, controlled human habitation and activities are allowed. In the Ngorongoro Conservation Area lies the largest unbroken caldera in the world; The Ngorongoro crater famously known also as “the eighth wonder of the world”.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a marvel n itself; a large unbroken caldera (collapsed volcano) ,covering 250 Km sq, and 600 meters deep with Makat soda lake acting as a permanent water source all year round. The lake attracts many birds like flamingoes, pelicans, the Egyptian geese and many other water birds. What amazes every visitor in this natures marvel is the abundance of wildlife with about 20,000 large animals within the confinement of the crater alone. The animals includes; Zebras, topis elands, hyenas lions leopards, the black rhino, gazelles, elephants and many other species.
The Olduvai gorge a prehistoric site and a world heritage site is also found in the Ngorongoro conservation area.
This site has earned Africa the name of “the cradle of mankind” and it is here where the Leaky family founding a river canyon 100 meters deep, the fossils of a hominid dating about 2 millions years old.
In this Ngorongoro conservation area , the Maasai have been living here successfully alongside the wildlife having arrived here more than 200 years ago. Today more than 45,000 Maasai people lie in this area.
A visit to Maasai homestead otherwise known as Boma is a perfect extra while visiting Ngorongoro.