In more than century now nature education have been a global tools towards acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding of local environmental problems to help our community attain positive plans consist of solutions and solve the existing problem.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is a protected area and a World Heritage Site located 180 km (110 mi) west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. The area is named after Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera within the area. The conservation area is administered by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, an arm of the Tanzanian government, and its boundaries follow the boundary of the Ngorongoro Division of the Arusha Region.
The 2009 Ngorogoro Wildlife Conservation Act placed new restrictions on human settlement and subsistence farming in the Crater, displacing Maasai pastoralists, most of whom had been relocated to Ngorongoro from their ancestral lands to the north when the British colonial government established Serengeti National Park in 1959. The construction of luxury tourist hotels in the Conservation Area allows people to access "the unparalleled beauty of one of the world's most unchanged wildlife sanctuaries", according to a government brochure, even as thousands of Maasai have suffered forcible eviction and have been denied access to water sources for their livestock.
The name of the crater has an onomatopoeic origin; it was named by the Maasai pastoralists after the sound produced by the cowbell (ngoro ngoro). Based on fossil evidence found at the Olduvai Gorge, various hominid species have occupied the area for 3 million years. Hunter-gatherers were replaced by pastoralists a few thousand years ago. The Mbulu came to the area about 2,000 years ago and were joined by the Datooga around the year 1700. Both groups were driven from the area by the Maasai in the 1800s. Massive fig trees in the northwest of the Lerai Forest are sacred to the Maasai and the Datooga. Some of them may have been planted on the grave of a Datago leader who died in battle with the Maasai around 1840.
- 3 Nights & 4 Noons
- Supporting school-based environmental projects around Ngorongoro Conservation Area through Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots and Scouting including: o Composting, o Life Skills, Adventure, Camping o Gardening, and o Soil Maintenance.
- Introduction to African Nature & Environmental overview
- Attending local village and local traditional dance at final day noon
- Conducting African BBQ at night during the program
- Signature of Mangrove Conservation Nature book as donation of $100 USD to the Mangrove Rehabilitation Project
- Enjoy Nature view from Arusha City to Ngorongoro Area during pickup at the hotel/airport
- Visit Mikoko Scout Group Office and Mikoko Tours & Safaris for trip signature project before departure to Ngorongoro
Itinerary Cost: $ 2,500 USD
Pick up from Arusha and transfer to the Ngorongoro Conservation area. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and after lunch we will descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife for an afternoon safari tour, Rest at the campsite/hotel while have program overview and trip plan for the next days.
Dinner and overnight as per the standard and type of accommodation option requested.
Wake up morning, have breakfast at the hotel/campsite then start trip for game drive.
Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park, is it’s dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the south western corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here.
Wakeup in the morning then start a trip to Arusha Airport or Kilimanjaro International Airport for departure back to home country.