Comprised of forests, savanna, and highland plains, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area covers a nearly 3,200 square miles area in Tanzania. It is a protected area governed by the Tanzania national Parks Authority and one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites (listed in 1979). One of the main attractions for the conservation area is the Ngorongoro Crater; it is the world’s largest intact, inactive, and un-flooded volcanic caldera. This crater formed approximately three million years ago after large volcano exploded and collapsed. Ngorongoro crater is about 12 miles across and 2,000 feet deep. Crater floor is about 100 square miles. Unlike smaller craters on top of dormant volcanoes, which also often are tourism destinations, Ngorongoro Crater is home to tens of thousands of large animals and people as well. It is a natural wonder worth visiting and protecting at the same time.
The Waterberg Region too is part of the main settling area of the Herero people. In August 1904, about 40 000 Herero men, women and children under the leadership of Samuel Maharero, were surrounded by 1 600 German colonial soldiers at the Waterberg and, in a devastating battle, almost annihilated. Only a few Herero were able to escape through the Kalahari Desert to Botswana. A military cemetery acts as a reminder of the tragic events.
The Waterberg Plateau Park is also a perfect stop-over point for visitors on their way to or from Etosha National Park, as well as being a wonderful destination for meetings and conferences for those that prefer a beautiful natural setting.