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The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is a protected area and a World Heritage Site located 180 km (110 mi) west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. The area is named after Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera within the area. The conservation area is administered by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, an arm of the Tanzanian government, and its boundaries follow the boundary of the Ngorongoro Division of the Arusha Region. It has been reported in 2009 that the government authority has proposed a reduction of the population of the conservation area from 65,000 to 25,000. There are plans being considered for 14 more luxury tourist hotels, so people can access "the unparalleled beauty of one of the world's most unchanged wildlife sanctuaries".

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Overview of Ngorongoro Crater

Walking past the city of Arusha, you will come across Ngorongoro Crater. Missed by most of the visitors, Ngorongoro Crater is unique in its own way.

Attractions like Meserani Snake Park and Lake Natron are the usual crowd pullers of Arusha and you might easily miss out Ngorongoro Crater amidst these top things to do in Arusha.

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  • Safari animals in a giant volcano crater, sounds amazing, and it is amazing! Really easy to get to compared to the Serengheti and even though it's not as vast, not even close really, you still get a safari experience just without giraffes.

  • The place itself is great but if u dont get a good driver, then you wont see anything. Also bring yr big camera as the car roads will normally stay very far from the animals

  • Have been reading and then watching videos about this place since I was a kid, and the first view from the crater rim brought me to tears. If there is an Eden left on this planet, this must be it. To have so many systems and consequently so many different species in such a comparatively small area has to be unique. Even watching the kites mugging people's food at a picnic spot - despite knowing that in a nutshell this is how the presence of humans alters behaviour - was interesting. Not easy to reach from NZ, but 100% worth it.

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  • A beautiful open crater land surrounded by mountains. Lots of friendly wildlife animals.

  • Been there last week. It was a one day safari here. Unfortunately we had less than that because it was rushed due to certain delays in departure. That is to be expected in Tanzania with 40km/ h speed limits! Nevertheless, for someone who got to be on a Safari in Africa for the first time, and first time seeing the big 5, it was amazing! No huge action happened, but it was still great!

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