UNESCO World Heritage Site: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Situated in the Republic of Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a fascinating and thriving ecosystem. This vast and beautiful conservation area, covering more than 800,000 hectares, encompasses several habitats, from highland plains and savannah to forests and savannah woodlands. As well as hosting a rich variety of both flora and fauna, the area is also home to a number of nomadic Maasai farmers. Apart from being a place of great important to conservationists, this area is of immense significance in the world of archaeology, providing valuable insight into human evolution. Here is a guide to this truly extraordinary and awe-inspiring World Heritage Site.

Archaeological Treasures

The incredible Ngorongoro Conservation Area contains a plethora of vital evidence, helping to unravel the mysteries of human evolution and the region’s environmental history. This wealth of fascinating evidence provides archaeologists with a key insight to almost four million years ago. The conservation area is constantly providing more clues as to the precursors of modern humans, and how more modern behavioural patterns may have arisen. With large quantities of physical artefacts and fossils discovered, and potentially many more to be found, it is easy to see why the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is vital in trying to solve so many ancient mysteries.

The Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro crater is believed to have formed two to three million years ago due to the explosion and collapsing of an enormous volcano. One of the main attractions of the area, the crater reaches 2,000 ft. in depth, making for an incredible and astounding landscape. The Ngorongoro crater is where many of the wildlife reside, although during the cold, winter months and wet, rainy seasons many creatures vacate the area. The floor of the crater consists mainly of grass but has a few wooded areas making it perfect for a variety of wildlife. A stunning landscape to admire the Ngorongoro crater is undoubtedly one of nature’s awe-inspiring sights.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area boasts some truly eye-catching sights.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area boasts some truly eye-catching sights.

A Natural Wonder

With and utterly beautiful landscape and the sheer magnitude of wildlife that it contains, the  Ngorongoro Conservation Area is, without doubt ,one of the wonders of the natural world. Boasting an array of wildlife, there is an estimated population of around 25,000 large animals. Inside the crater itself animals such as hippo’s and black rhinos can be spotted feeding or perhaps bathing in the lake. And lurking around the crater rim are elephants, leopards, buffalo and more.

In the middle of the crater can be found hundreds of flamingos, which from far off look to create an outstanding and eye-catching pink border around the area’s beautiful lake. With many other of nature’s most mysterious creatures such as the wildebeest, Zebra and gazelle, also seen wondering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the area is full of fascinating and enchanting creatures.

Wildebeest and Zebra are just a few of the animals found in the area.

Wildebeest and Zebra are just a few of the animals found in the area.

Conclusion

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is full of wonder, mystery and excitement. Acknowledged as a great archaeological treasure and boasting some of the world’s most stunning sights and wildlife, the area is packed with true enchantment. An incredible location, it is no surprise the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is upheld by so many.

 

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Alan Horton

One Response to “UNESCO World Heritage Site: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania”

  1. Justin says:

    Great article! Will keep this one in mind when I am in that area again.
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