Ngorongoro district

Ngorongoro district the study site in Ngorongoro district was the Loliondo Game Controlled Area (LGCA) and the Sale division, which is inhabited by lower-density Maasai and Sonjo communities with livestock production systems based on traditional pastoralism and limited crop cultivation. The district is inhabited by 175,000 people in an area of 14,036 km2, situated between latitudes 3° 14′ 29.4″ S and longitude 35° 29′ 16.08″ E Read more


Grazing areas

Compared to all the mapped districts, to a large extent Longido, Ngrorongoro and Monduli have large grazing areas compared to the Karatu district. The months that correspond to seasons were slightly different among the districts. For example, the wet season for Monduli and Longido was considered to start around January to April but for Karatu it does extend to May. The dry season was considered to start from May to July/August and can extend to September. October to December was considered extreme dry seasons for the pastoral communities in Longido, Monduli and Ngorongoro. The exteme dry spells will transition to drought periods (December – February) when there is no rain between October and February. Pastoralists mostly return to their parmanent settlement during wet season, except for Karatu district that has very few pastoral communities.

Ngorongoro grazing areas at different seasons
Ngorongoro grazing areas during wet seasons
Ngorongoro grazing areas during dry seasons