Ngorongoro Conservation Area-NCA

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About NCA

NCA was established in 1959 by the NCA Ordinance No 413 of 1959 as a multiple land use area, established specifically to promote the conservation of natural resources, safeguard the interests of NCA indigenous residents and promote tourism. NCA is the one of its kind protected area in Africa where conservation of natural resources is integrated with human development.

The main feature of the NCA include the Ngorongoro Crater, The Serengeti Plains that support about 2.0 millions migratory wildlife species of the Serengeti Mara-ecosystem (TAWIRI, 2003) and the catchment forest; the Northern Highland Forest Reserve (NHFR) known as ‘Entim Olturot’ in Maa language. Other important features found in the NCA are the archaeological and palaeontological site located at Oldupai Gorge and the early human foot-prints that were discovered at Alaitole in Ngarusi area. Because of these particular features and the harmonious co-existence between wildlife and people that has existed for many years, NCA was accorded the status of a World Heritage Site and listed as one of the International Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Reserve Programme.

Ngorongoro GiraffeFacts About Ngorongoro

The Ngorongoro Crater under Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the most beautiful places in Africa, and certainly with the most spectacular settings  of phenomenal splendor.

To be precise, it is breathtaking in its beauty. Covering an area of 8,292 sq. km. the Ngorongoro was established in 1959 as a multiple land use area. Three species of animals co-exist: wildlife, livestock  and human beings. The physical features includes: extensive plains, highland plateau, volcanic mountains, scenic craters, as well as a superb mountain forest. The most striking feature in the area is the Ngorongoro  crater of course. The first view of it is absolute splendor.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers 8,292 square kilometers. It is one of the three divisions that comprise Ngorongoro District in Arusha Region.

Where to stay

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area has several campsites, Tented Camps, Lodges and Hotels within and outside Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

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