What To See
Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the components of the Serengeti Ecosystem. Others are the Serengeti National Park, Loliondo Game Controlled Area, Maswa Game Reserve, Grumeti Game Reserve, the Ikorongo Game Reserve and Masai Mara in Kenya. It supports the greatest concentration of wildlife left on earth. This ecosystem completely encompasses the traditional migratory routes of the wild ungulates. The famous Serengeti Plains are shared by the NCA and Serengeti National Park. The dry season supports few herds of non-migratory wildlife but in the rainy season (November –May) the plains turn lush and green and millions of animals flood into this rich pasture. They include wildebeests, zebras, gazelles and elands, along with their predators and scavengers. Grasshoppers and dung beetles attract countless migratory birds. The best time to see this spectacle is from January through February when the wildebeest calves are born on the open plains. One hundred and fifteen species of mammals have been seen in Ngorongoro Conservation Area of which 48% (55) have been recorded within the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. The rhinoceros population in the crater continues to be excellent.