Senior Travel to Tanzania and the Ngorongoro Crater

Oct 1st, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

This one is “news to me.”  How about you?  I have never heard of this famous crater.  However it seems to be well known by world travelers such as Howard Hillman. Ngorongoro is a fascinating and unusual Conservation Area which includes the Ngorongoro Crater at its center, and then extends through the Crater Highlands, in which local tribes are permitted to maintain their traditional lifestyles in as natural environment as possible. The Crater is in Tanzania. 

So where is Tanzania?  See this link that features such famous scenes as The Serengeti Plains, Zanzibar and Mount Kilimanjaro.  So now do you know where it is?  If not, do what I did and bring up this map of Africa.  So now we know that Tanzania is in Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Kenya and Mozambique. 

So what is the capital? Since 1996, the official capital of Tanzania has been Dodoma, where parliament and some government offices are located. The capital was traditionally Dar Es Salaam.
The area around the crater is really fascinating.  The extraordinary volcanic landscape is rich and fertile, with stunning craters and lakes, and the high altitude creates a malaria-free micro climate.  For info on the crater go here. To have a look at the Crater, click here to view: Ngorongoro Crater video.  The crater is said to have the most dense concentration of wildlife in Africa. As such, Ngorongoro Crater has achieved world renown, and attracts a growing number of visitors each year. Even if time is limited this natural but accessibly small caldera ensures a rewarding safari. 

So are you ready to check out Tanzania?  Tanzania Travel has great visitor information.    jeb



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