Tanzania safari - Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Bursting with wildlife, the Ngorongoro Conservation area lies between the Great Rift Valley and the Serengeti Plains. The area is claimed to be the 'cradle of mankind' after traces of early man were found.
A vast 8,000 sq km of varying habitats virtually guarantees sightings of the big five - lion, rhino, elephant, leopard and buffalo.
The Ngorongoro plains play a vital part in the annual wildebeast migration as it is here that the calfs are born before heading into the Serengeti in search of fresh grass.
The reserve has pioneered multiple land use, integrating Maasai pastoralists, conservation and tourism.
Millions of years ago nine volcanoes were formed in the Ngorongoro highlands. The very climbable Oldonyo Lengai (Mountain of God) is still active.
Footprints found preserved in volcanic ash at Laetoli and fragments of early man at Olduvai gorge, have made the Conservation Area palaeontologically and archeologically important.
Highlights: Visiting Oldovai Gorge, crater highland hiking, visiting a Maasai boma and bush walking with a local Maasai guide.
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