8 October 2019

Ngorongoro Crater

Gibb’s Farm overlooks the centuries-old Ngorongoro Forests and is surrounded by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The abundance of plants, birds and wildlife offer you the opportunity to experience nature first-hand and to see just why the Ngorongoro Crater is considered to be among the world’s great wonders. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands, and forests.

10 amazing facts about the Ngorongoro Conservation Area:

  • The conservation area was established in 1959 as a multiple land use area, where Maasai pastoralists coexist with wildlife.
  • The Maasai pastoralists named the crater after the sound produced by the cowbell: “ngoro ngoro.”
  • Around three million years ago a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself forming the Ngorongoro crater. It is 610 metres deep and its floor covers 260 square kilometres.
  • The crater was voted by Seven Natural Wonders as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa in Arusha, Tanzania in February 2013.
  • The area became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
  • Approximately 25 000 large animals, mostly ungulates, live in the crater. Including black rhinoceros, African buffalo (Cape Buffalo), hippopotamus, blue wildebeest, Grant’s zebra, common eland, and Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles.
  • Lake Magadi, a large lake in the southwest of the crater, is often inhabited by thousands of flamingoes.
  • The crater has one of the densest known population of lions.
  • 1.7 million wildebeest, 260 000 zebra, and 470 000 gazelles pass through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area during the annual migration, they move south in December and move north in June.
  • The Ngorongoro Conservation Area has a healthy resident population of most species of wildlife. Cheetah, lion, spotted hyena and jackals have been spotted.

Gibb’s Farm is perfectly located close to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and offers 3 great ways to experience this vast wilderness.

Farm to Ngorongoro Crater Rim Walking Safari

Guided by the Gibb’s Farm naturalist and rangers from Ngorongoro Conservation Area, this exciting six to seven-hour wilderness walk takes you to awe-inspiring, untouched forests where you will encounter unique plant life, animals and rare birds. Starting at Gibb’s Farm, you hike to the Ngorongoro Forest and ascend the slopes to the crater rim with magnificent views of the crater floor below.

Waterfall | Elephant Caves

On this two-hour hike through the forested slopes of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you will discover a magnificent waterfall and incredible “elephant caves” created by elephants digging up the earth to ingest the vitamin-rich soil. You may see buffalo, bushbuck, waterbuck, and baboons, also attracted by the soil.

One Day Ngorongoro Crater Safari

Experience a one-day wildlife safari, starting early in the morning in closed safari vehicles with pop-up roofs. A magnificent experience is sure to be had! Lunch is served picnic style, surrounded by the natural wonders around you as well as the exceptional wildlife, roaming freely, with which you share this extraordinary paradise.