Ngorongoro Conservation Area United Republic of Tanzania

15/04/2020

The stunning landscape of Ngorongoro Crater, combined with its spectacular concentration of wildlife, is one of the greatest natural wonders of the planet

While you may be confined at home due to COVID-19, it’s still possible to enjoy the beauty of this mixed (cultural and natural) World Heritage site.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna woodlands and forests, from Serengeti National Park to the Great Rift Valley, with wildlife coexisting alongside semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists practising traditional livestock grazing. The site includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest caldera, and Olduvai Gorge, a 14km long deep ravine. It is globally important for biodiversity, due to the density of wildlife there, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles into the northern plains. Spectacular wildebeest numbers (well over 1 million animals) pass through the property as part of the annual migration of wildebeest across the Serengeti ecosystem. In addition, archaeological research has yielded evidence of early hominid footprints dating back 3.6 million years.

Discover the online exhibit of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, with the technical support of Google Arts & Culture

Dr Freddy S. Manongi, Conservation Commissioner of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, describes how the site is dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.

The site is still open to the public, but rangers ensure that visitors respect social distancing.

See a video about Ngorongoro Conservation Area (UNESCO/TBS)

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