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Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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This astounding conservation area and Unesco World Heritage Site encompasses the Ngorongoro Crater, Oldupai Gorge and much of the Crater Highlands. It can be experienced in many ways – from a vehicle safari to the floor of the wildlife-packed Ngorongoro Crater to a rugged trek in the Crater Highlands to a foray into the past at Oldupai Gorge. However you choose to visit, it's an essential part of any Northern Tanzania journey.

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1. Ngorongoro Crater

7.75 MILES

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2. Olmoti Crater

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3. Oldupai Museum

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4. Laetoli

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5. Empakaai Crater

26.06 MILES

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6. Ghorofani Market

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7. Gol Mountains

29.52 MILES

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