Exploring Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the adjacent Serengeti National Park means the most awesome wildlife experience on Earth.
Rising up from the eastern arm of the Great African Rift Valley, Ngorongoro was once a gigantic volcano. Today, its peak long since collapsed into a caldera, it is an extensive highland area with the spectacular 600-metre deep crater as its focal point. The Area, located 180 Km west of Arusha in the Highlands area of Tanzania, became UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
Well known for its wide variety of wildlife, the big five can perfectly be seen in a single morning. In addition, this place has an extremely rich birdlife and offers a unique landscape for bird lovers in the depth of Tanzania. Both, the Ngorongoro highlands and the crater offer excellent birdwatching opportunities, with over 500 species recorded.
Astonishing plumage is the norm around Ngorongoro crater. Most noticeable are white-eyed slaty flycatcher and Livingstone turaco. The grassland are home to impressive ostriches, magnificent kori bustards, elegant secretary birds and glorious crowned cranes. At the forest edge, noisy gangs of Hunter’s cisticola berate any traveler, while cinnamon-chested bee-eaters hawk insects from exposed perches.
Although birdlife is generally good throughout the year, the best time for birdwatching in Ngorongoro encompasses from November to April when migratory birds from Europe and Northern Africa are present, and many resident birds are in breeding plumage.
For a further birdwatching experience, nearby Lake Manyara provides opportunities for viewing and observing over 380 bird spices. According to the season, along with the lake shores one can sight large flocks of white pelican, pink-backed pelican, cormorants, flamingos, storks and many other migratory birds.
Birdwatching in Ngorongoro is an absolutely unique and irreplaceable experience. A must-do for all bird lovers!