Ngorongoro Crater

Known as “Noah’s Ark”, the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most fascinating sites of Africa due to is biodiversity.

Sector Tourism
Issue Tanzania - Volume 1 On May 19, 2016

Ngorongoro Crater

Known as “Noah’s Ark”, the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most fascinating sites of Africa due to is biodiversity.

Buffalos, elephants, zebras, wildebeests, gazelles, leopards, hyenas, lions, hippos. These are just some of the species that inhabit the Ngorongoro Crater and share the space with more than 600 species of birds, which are included the color pink flamingos and many other wildlife.

This paradise has a very special inhabitant – the black rhinoceros, a species that is endangered, mainly due to poaching. Hunters looking for these animals for their horns, which are sold on the black market for the manufacture of cable daggers and medicines, for example.

Nevertheless, it is an ecosystem that is little affected by man. Even the numerous tourists attracted by both the fauna and the flora, only observe the wildlife, without interfering with their daily lives. For example, the cars can not leave the road, beyond the number of vehicles it is controlled.

In addition to the plains, which are a paradise for herbivores, the crater has a lush forest and a salty lake where the flamingos are found.

The Maasai herders elected for many years the Ngorongoro crater for grazing. These people coexist in harmony with the animals and the environment, but as it is a protected area, they can only take the cattle to graze, are not allowed to live or grow crops.

This marvel of nature formed from a volcano that erupted and is extinguished. Also known as “Noah’s Ark” was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is located 2,400 meters high, it has a depth of 600 meters and is located in northwest Tanzania.

Sources

http://www.ngorongorocrater.org/

http://whc.unesco.org


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