Ngorongoro Conservation Area Gates

Ngorongoro Conservation Area gates. Ngorongoro Conservation Area gates are the various entry and exit points of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, used by tourists and travelers accessing the conservation area. Ngorongoro Conservation Area Tanzania is one of the most scenic and out-of-this-world Tanzania national parks famous for hosting the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest unbroken volcanic caldera. Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a wide protected area, covering about 8,292 square kilometers hosting a wide variety of animals including the much sought after Ngorongoro big 5 animals; lions, leopards, buffalos, elephants and the rare black rhinos, among so many other Ngorongoro Crater animals recorded to be more than 25,000 in population.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area Tanzania is also a famous birder’s haven, hosting over 550 bird species, including the migratory bird species, and resident birds. Some of the common Ngorongoro Conservation Area birds include the African Spoonbill, Capped Wheatear, Ant Eater, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Kori Bustard, Secretary Bird, Ostrich, among so many others.

To access the conservancy to enjoy the various attractions and activities in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, one ought to use any of the available Ngorongoro Conservation Area gates. Ngorongoro Conservation Area has two main entry points that tourists use to get to Ngorongoro Conservation Area Tanzania. Ngorongoro Conservation Area gates include Lodoare gate south of Ngorongoro Crater, and Naabi Hill gate situated on the border of Serengeti National Park with the crater. Other Ngorongoro Conservation Area gates include Lemale gate, and Seneto gate.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area Gates
Lodoare Gate

Lodoare Gate

Lodoare gate of Ngorongoro Conservation Area Tanzania is the southernmost gate used by travelers to access Ngorongoro Conservation Area Tanzania. Lodoare gate of Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the most popular of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area gates used by tourists, because of its close proximity to Arusha town. Lodoare gate is in the southern base of the Ngorongoro Crater, about 140kms from Arusha. Lodoare gate is very close to the hippos pool, and Lake Magadi which hosts large flocks of pink flamingos. Lodoare gate is about 13.1km from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority headquarters.

While at the Lodoare gate, some of the services you can get include;

·         Pay for your Ngorongoro Conservation Area entrance fees and other fees. You pay using visa, MasterCard and other credit or debit cards accepted.

·         You can also get your permits here if you paid before-hand.

·         There is an information centre, from where you can get all the necessary information about the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

·         A canteen and souvenir shop can be found here, from where you can purchase refreshments or souvenirs.

Naabi Hill Gate

Naabi hill gate of Ngorongoro Conservation Area is another of the most commonly used Ngorongoro Conservation Area gates. Naabi hill gate is used to access both the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti Nation and Serengeti National Park. Naabi Hill gate is an administrative checkpoint, and hosts the Tanzania National Park Authority and Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority offices.

Naabi hill gate is a few kilometers from the border of Serengeti National Park. Some of the services or facilities you can use while at the Naabi hill gate include;

·         Pay for your Ngorongoro Conservation Are fees.

·         Acquire your permits to access the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

·         A coffee, canteen and souvenir shop from where you can purchase anything as per your liking are available at the gate.

·While at Naabi hill gate, you are rewarded with a 360 view area of the surrounding endless plains of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park.

Lemale Mini Gate

Lemale gate is one the Ngorongoro Conservation Area gates that tourists can use to access the conservancy. Lemale gate is a mini gate, located inside the conservation area. Lemale gate is both an entry and exit gate of Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Lemale gate is found in the north eastern rim of Ngorongoro Crater, along the route to Olmoti. It is about 1 hour to Lemale gate from Lodoare gate.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area Gates
Ngorongoro Conservation Area Gates

Seneto Mini Gate

Seneto mini gate is another of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area gates that tourists can use while in Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Seneto mini gate is inside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, in the western crater rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Seneto mini gate can be reached in about 30 minutes of road drive from Lodoare gate, as you head to the Olduvai Gorge which is about 1 hour from the gate. Seneto mini gate is near a ranger post, as well as hotels and campsites and an airstrip. Some of the services and facilities in Seneto mini gate include;

·         Purchasing Ngorongoro Conservation Area permits

·         Thorough inspection of your belongings and car is done here.

·         Travelers are rewarded with magnificent views from the viewpoint just opposite the gate.

The above are the various Ngorongoro Conservation Area gates that you can use to access and exit Ngorongoro Conservation Area Tanzania. Looking to visit Tanzania on Ngorongoro Crater safaris? Get in touch with a reputable tour operator to help you pitch together an amazing Tanzania safari tour package.

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