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Did you know?

  • The stomach of crocodile has a size of football ball, he eats little, but many times per day.
  • Hippo weights 3,2 tones and is one of the heaviest land mammals.
  • Giraffe is one of the rare animals that have horns at birth.
  • The elephants walk on tiptoe, because under their heel they have thick layer of fat.
  • The biggest snakes of the world can eat a human in one time and a meal lasts for one year.
  • Flamingos get the color of their feathers because of their specific nutrition.
  • African elephant can run faster then a human and can walk several hours without any rest.
  • In first year of hippo’s life 45% of them die.
  • Shark is swimming with average speed of 3km/h and maximum speed of 95 km/h.
  • Giraffe has a same number of vertebrae like most of the mammals, but theirs are much longer.
  • Bushbabies got a name because of their sounds that reminded first explorers of crying babies.
  • Elephants communicate through vibrations that they make by hitting the ground with their feet.
  • Most of the elephants sleep standing and only 2-3 hours per day.
  • Hippo can stay 5 minutes under the water-surface and can even run on the bottom of the lake.
  • The biggest known shark in the world was 13 meters long and had 15 tones
  • Leopard likes to drink water everyday, but he can stay without it up to one month.
  • Wild elephant can eat 230 kg of food and drink 125 liters of water per day sometimes at once.
  • Near relative of African ostrich is South American nandu and Australian emus.
  • Ostrich, zebra and giraffe can kill with their kick even the mighty lion.
  • Turtles, birds and crocs like to rest on the backs of hippos.
  • African tribes are hunting bushbabies by leaving a palm wine in the forest and collecting drunk animals from it.
  • Warthog can run 50 km/h and they are very skillful to defend themselves.
  • The head of the rhino weights 200 kg.
  • Black leopard or Panther was first considered as different species, but in same family can be puppies of normal and black colour.
  • The biggest turtle in the world is belonging to the species of leatherback and weights 752 kg.
  • The grey rat is living everywhere in the world except polar countries. One couple can have up to 800 babies in just one year.
  • Insect-eating bats produce ultrasound of very high frequency, with echoes that bounce back, they get all necessary information.
  • One of the most shamefaced animals in area of high and low tide is octopus.
  • The longest recorded jump of bushbaby from one branch to another was more then 7 meters.
  • From 1830 on each year 10 to 30 thousand slaves were sold at slave market on Zanzibar.
  • Coconut palm can live up to 100 years but can reproduce only 20 years.
  • Warthog’s only enemies are lion and leopard.
  • In darkness leopard can see 6 times and hear 2 times better then human.
  • Monkey species of red colobus are living only in forest Jozani on Zanzibar Island.
  • Cheetahs are running 120 km/h, but only 20 seconds. This is still enough for successful hunting.
  • Insectivorous bats obtain most of the water they need from their prey, cave bats can lick up condensation.

Ngorongoro conservation area

The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the world's natural wonders. It is a very special place to visit. It covers quite a lot of land, more or less 8300 km2, but only 230 km2 or 3% from total surface was declared a World Heritage in 1978. Ngorongoro Conservation Area is very divers protected area where you can find from breathtaking outlooks, important archeological sites, awesome mountains, forests, huge grassland plains, extinct volcanoes and amazing number of wildlife. It has almost everything what East Africa can offer, so it’s like perfect microcosm of East Africa. The most important role of Conservation Area Authority is to fulfill needs of the animals and to give them opportunity of normal life without much interruption. They are protecting wildlife, their natural environment and they try to accommodate also the needs of Massai people living in Conservation Area as well as needs of their livestock.


This protected area is located in the Great Rift Valley gigantic fracture. Volcanoes, mountains, plains, lake, forest and archaeological sites are part of it. At 2.286 m above sea level, is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is 190 km west of Arusha or it is 4 hours drive or 1 hour charter flight. From Lake Manyara is 60 km or just a 2 hours drive.


It is home to up 30.000 animals in an area naturally enclosed by the slopes of the volcano (bit the animals can leave). It is bounded by Lake Eyasi in the southwest and the Gol-Mountains in the north. It has some of Tanzania's last remaining black rhino. Animals are free to leave or enter the crater but most of them stay because of the plentiful water and food available on the crater floor throughout the year. More than 100 species of birds not found in the Serengeti have been spotted here. Birds found in Ngorongoro include flamingos and other water birds.

Time to visit

It is possible to make a visit any month of the year. April is considered as rainy season. Also don't miss a whole day in the crater and watching the sunset above the crater.




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