New road makes access to Ngorongoro easier


(Posted 12th July 2014)

The long drive over partly very rough tracks to some of the lodges along the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater has just been turned into a smooth road trip, after the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, the body charged with the management of the crater, opened a brand new paved road. Main beneficiary are guests of the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge and visitors will shave off a cool 45 minutes of a previously back breaking drive via the Lemala Gate access road and now arrive in style.

(A view of the new road along the Ngorongoro Crater rim)

The new road was constructed over the past two years and financed by the NCAA through income generated by gate collections, part of ongoing plans to improve road and other infrastructure benefitting visitors, safari- and lodge operators. Ngorongoro Crater ( is the world’s largest unbroken caldera and is one of Africa’s must visit parks, along with the neighbouring Serengeti. Also located within the crater conservation area is Olduvai Gorge, one of the world’s foremost archeological sites where traces of mankind dating back 1.9 million years (Homo Habilis) have been found by the Leakeys and scores of scientists who came after them for more digs. It is here that human habitation traces have been found from 1.9 million years ago up to the days of Homo Sapiens.

The information about the new road was accompanied by added good news for Ngorongoro Serena which will be featured in the August edition of Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of the top 50 lodges and resorts in Africa and the Middle East alongside sister lodges Serengeti and Lake Manyara Serena (See ‘s August edition for particulars).

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