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Animals/Wildlife in Ngorongoro Crater & Conservation Area

Ngorongoro conservation area is home to a wide variety of animals, over 100 different animal species which guarantees rewarding game viewing opportunities while on game drives in Ngorongoro conservation area.

Game viewing sites in Ngorongoro conservation area include:

  • Ngorongoro crater
  • Lake Ndutu surroundings near Serengeti national park
  • West of Gol Mountains in the short-grass plains

The Ngorongoro Crater is the heart of the Ngorongoro conservation area. It is the main attraction to the conservation area.

A UNESCO world heritage site that is densely populated with different wildlife species. It was formed after a volcanic eruption happened in Ngorongoro conservation area and the mountain collapsed in on itself forming the largest unbroken caldera in the world.

The presence of the fertile grounds led to growth of dense vegetation and different habitats the attracted a number of animals to the crater floor. Over 25,000 animals call the crater home.

The most sought-after residents of the crater in Ngorongoro conservation area are the African Big 5.

  • African Buffalos: These are found in large numbers grazing around the crater floor.
  • African Elephant: Can be spotted in the forests and grassland plains of the crater.
  • Lions: Over 50 lions inhabit the crater floor. Making for the most population of lions per capital in any conservation area.
  • Leopards: Very elusive but can be spotted on a good day in the crater
  • Black Rhinos: These endangered species can easily be spotted in Ngorongoro crater. They are closely monitored by the conservation area authorities.

Other animals found in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area include:

Wildebeests and zebras (these are residents in the crater, they don’t take part in the annual migration), cheetahs, hippos, gazelles, topi, spotted hyenas, jackals, rare wild dogs, hartebeest, elands, kudus, warthogs, waterbucks, impalas, kobs, giraffes (Lake Ndutu areas) among others.

Besides animals, Ngorongoro is also home to a rich and varied bird-life. Adventure awaits you in Ngorongoro conservation area.


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