Explore Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve, is located between Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Parks about 190 kilometers west of Arusha. The Olduvai Gorge and Ndutu, the Empakai crater, the Oldonyo Lengai Mountain, and the Ngorongoro Crater itself make up the 8,288 square km-long Ngorongoro Conservation Area. In the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, humans (the Maasai), their livestock, and animals cohabit and enjoy the same protected area. This is a groundbreaking experiment in multi-purpose land use.

Animals in the wild are protected, much like in national parks. While the remainder of the Conservation Area is shared by animals, humans, and cattle, the craters of Ngorongoro and Empakai are set aside completely for wildlife. The Maasai, who make up the majority of Ngorongoro’s population, are pastoralists who travel far in search of pasture and water with their herds of cattle, sheep, goats, and donkeys. The Maasai have recently been urged to augment their customary diet of milk, blood, and meat by working on the land. The biggest Caldera in the world with unbroken walls is the Ngorongoro Crater, which serves as the area’s main point of interest.


Park Size

8,288 km2

Distance from Arusha

190 km

Road Transfer

3 hrs

Highlights at Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Game Viewing

Bird Watching

Guided Walks


Cultural Visits

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