This wide area (around 8000m2) is not a National Park, but a Conservation Area because it is an inhabited area. It is really exceptional how the people live together with the animals and the nature. There are 9 vulcanos, all originate in the last 4 million years. The ‘Mountain of God’, Oldonyo Lengai, is still active. The wooded mountains, wide plains and the large lakes form a varieted landscape, where many animals live. It is possible to hike , from short walks to heavy trekkings. The archeological and paleontological research areas, where you can find human footprints of 3,6 million years ago, are very interesting to visit.
The vulcanic mountain Ngorongoro was probably higher than the Kilimanjaro. After liquid lava escaped, the top collapsed and emerged a huge flat caldera. This caldera has a section of 19km and a wall which is 600m high. In this world-wonder you’ll find plains, woods, lakes, and marshes with more than 1000 different species. A lot of animals stay here forever because the other parks are difficult to reach because of roads and small villages. So this is your chance to see it all, there are even some rhinos, although they are very shy. When you feel like camping, make sure you visit Simba campsite on the rim; but make sure you have a good sleeping bag because of the altitude it can be quite cold.