The stunning Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA?) is situated 180 km (112 mi) west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. The area is part of the Serengeti ecosystem and adjoins the Serengeti National Park to the northwest.
The NCA is a spectacular volcanic landscape with awe-inspiring craters and lakes, and includes the Ngorongoro Crater at its center. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world?s largest intact caldera, forming a bowl of about 265 sq km, and includes 20-30,000 wild animals. Although the animals are free to roam in and out of the crater, the rich land and abundant water entice the wildlife to remain throughout the year.
The NCA has a resident population of most species of wildlife, including strong cheetah and lion populations. Additionally, the annual ungulate migration passes through the NCA, moving south into the area in December and moving north in June. A trip to Tanzania would not be complete without a visit to the NCA!.