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Ngorongoro Crater Highlands

The Ngorongoro conservation area and its highlands are within the cover of this area. The crater alone covers an area of 168 square Kilometers with a diameter of about 19 kilometers. The rim is below 2000 feet above sea level. There are many highland in this area especially western edge of the rift valley in the Ngorongoro crater. Some of the Highlands of the Ngorongoro conservation area are:

Mountains Lolmalasin and Losirua in Ngorongoro

Mountain Lolmalasin is the tallest mountain the Ngorongoro conservation area. It’s also third tallest mountain in Tanzania behind Mountain Meru and Kilimanjaro. It stands at an altitude of about 3,700 meters above sea level. The Mountain Losirua is attached to the Lolmalasin Mountain and it stands at an altitude of about 3,260 meters above sea level.

These two mountains are found on the eastern border of the Ngorongoro conservation area. They are in the vicsinity of the Olmoti Crater on the way to Empakaai Crater. You can hike these mountains in just one day.

The Kerimasi Mountain of Ngorongoro Conservation area.

The Kerimasi Mountain is a volcanic mountain and is also known as the Mlima Kerimasi (from the Kiswahili Language). This mountain stands at an altitude of about 2,620 meters about sea level. The mountain is an extinct volcano. The biggest part of the mountain is located in the Engaruka ward in one of the sectors o the Ngorongoro conservation area. The mountain is located in the great east African Rift valley.

Ol Doinyo Lengai Mountain of Ngorongoro Conservation area.

Mountain Ol Doinyo Lengai is most times misspelled due to its complex name. This mountain stands at about 2,890 meters above sea level. It’s located north west of the Arusha City about 240 kilometers. It’s located on the rift valley and overlooking the stunning Lake Natron. The Masai people consider the Mountain Ol Doinyo Lengai as a sacred place and call it the “Mountain of God”.

The Gol Mountains Mountain of Ngorongoro Conservation area.

The Gol Mountains provides a great walking holiday experience that’s takes you through the forests and the craters and hills. It’s above the escarpment of the Tanzania Great Rift Valley. While on the Gol Mountains, you will have beautiful views of the Ngoro Ngoro Crater and a greater insight of the Empakai cater which is a UNESCO world heritage site.

The Gol Mountains are an ancestral home of the famous Masai people. These mountains have fertile soils that facilitate the growth of grass on the plains that attracted the Masai people to this area since they are pastoralists. The area is also on the boundaries of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro conservation Areas. The Plains also facilitate the migration of Animals from Serengeti to Masai Mara in Kenya and Back.

The Gol Mountains are about 915 meters above sea level. They are covered in plains that have short grass. The Gol Mountains are located along the Ngoro Ngoro area on the Northern Edge. These mountain ranges are made up of several ridges. Several scientists have asserted that these ridges have characteristics of some of the oldest geological structures that have existed for over one million years.

Best time to visit.

You can visit this area any time of the year. It is however advised that you make a safari here during the dry months. The dry months are between December to February and Mid June to September. This is a tropical area and despite these months being dry, it can rain any time. The wet months are between October to November and March to Mid June. You can still visit even in the wet months. It doesn’t mean that during the wet months it rains all day every day of the week.

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