New access road will save tourists’ backs

Over the past 2 ½ years, a new road has been under construction that will make for a smoother and shorter trip for tourists heading to a popular destination on the Dark Continent.

New access road will save tourists’ backs

Over the past 2 ½ years, a new road has been under construction that will make for a smoother and shorter trip for tourists heading to a popular destination on the Dark Continent. It is a popular tourist location sounding more like a lunar landing than anything else.

The long drive over partly very rough tracks to some of the lodges along the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater have 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.

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The new road was financed by the NCAA through income generated by gate collections, and part of ongoing plans to improve the road and other infrastructure will benefit visitors, as well as safari and lodge operators. Ngorongoro Crater ( www.ngorongorocrater.org ) is the world’s largest unbroken caldera and is one of Africa’s must-visit parks, along with the neighboring 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.

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