Olkarien gorge

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An extremely deep and narrow gorge that cuts through the Olgol mountains, near the northern border of the Ngorongoro conservation area. It serves as a primary nesting site for the Ruppell’s Griffon vultures as well as a hiking destination and an attraction for tourists.

It is about 8 km long from end to end and the river bed is almost flat - with gentle slopes but the walls are vertical in most places, rising as far as a kilometre from the river bed. This makes it a one of a kind gorge in the entire rift valley escarpment.

What to do there?Hiking, bird watching, photos, picnics.

Best time to visit?Any time of the year

Location of Olkarien gorgeOlkarien gorge is located deep inside a mountain near the northern border of Ngorongoro conservation area. For more information on its location, please see the map.

How to get there?Most of the way from the entrance of the conservation area has to be done by vehicle, although the last bits of exploration of the gorge has to be done on foot.

As it is inside the Conservation, area, you would need to pay for the required permits to visit it. (see the NCAA website for more info).

AbbreviationsNCAA - Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority
m.a.m.s.l. - metres above metric sea level

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