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The Empakai Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the famous conservation areas in Tanzania. It’s a true wonder of Africa and that’s why it’s a UNESCO world heritage site since 1979 and on the list of the seven wonders of Africa. This area has beautiful view and scenery that it provides to the visitors that come to this area.

The Ngorongoro conservation area is not limited to just the Ngorongoro crater. There are very many other attractions in the area. The park covers an area of about 8,292 Square Kilometers. This vast land will give you a lot when you come to explore. Some of the other attractions to expect here Olduvai gorge. This place is believed to have held the oldest human remains. Some people call this the “Cradle of Humankind”. Paleoanthropologists Louis Leakey and his wife Mary Leaky in the 1950s discovered the oldest human remains at this site.

Besides the Crater and the site with the oldest remains, there are many other attractions. The Ngorongoro conservation area boosts of about 25,000 species of animals. In the rainy seasons, there will be over 1.7 million wildebeests the will migrate into the ndutu plains for calving.  There are about 470,000 gazelles and over 260,000 zebras that will also go into calving during this same season and area.

The Ngorongoro conservation area will give you a chance to see the endangered black rhinos and the Giant African tusked Elephant. The area also has the wild cats of Africa that include: Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards, Caracals and Servals.

The Empakaai Crater

The Empakaai Crater in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Empakai Crater is not as popular as the Ngorongoro crater but trust me it’s beautiful and worth the visit.. The crater has a diameter of about 8 kilometers. The waters in the lake occupy the entire floor of the crater. This lake is about 300 meters deep with very steep sides.

The lake is at an elevation of about 3,200 meters above sea level on the western side and about 2,590 meters above sea level on the eastern side. The lake appears to have a blue color. While at this lake, you can have beautiful views of the Oldonyo Lengai Mountain. You will also have a glimpse of the Lake Natron.

There is a campsite on the rims of this lake and you can organize with your tour operator and book in advance to have this facility booked for you. But you can also have a picnic lunch here.


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