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Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s most famous sites and is said to have the highest density of wildlife in Africa.  Sometimes described as an eighth wonder of the world, the Crater has achieved world renown and attracts an ever-increasing number of visitors.  You are unlikely to escape other vehicles here, but  you are guaranteed great wildlife viewing in a genuinely mind-blowing environment.  There is nowhere else in Africa quite like Ngorongoro!
The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest intact volcanic caldera.  Forming a spectacular bowl of about 265 square kilometres with sides up to 600 metres deep, it is home to approximately 30,000 animals at any one time.  The crater rim is over 2,200 metres high and experiences its own microclimate.  From this high vantage point it is possible to make out the tiny shapes of animals making their way around the crater floor far below.  Swathes of cloud hang around the rocky rim most days of the year and it's one of the few places in Tanzania where it can get chilly at night.
 
The crater floor consists of a number of different habitats that include grassland, swamps, forests and Lake Makat (Maasai for ‘salt’) - a central soda lake filled by the Munge River.  All these various environments attract wildlife to drink, wallow, graze, hide or climb.  Although animals are free to move in and out of this contained environment, the rich volcanic soil, lush forests and spring source lakes on the crater floor (combined with fairly steep crater sides) tend to incline both grazers and predators to remain throughout the year.  The Ngorongoro Crater is an absolute must-do on a northern Tanzania safari holiday.


Ngorongoro Crater: wildlife highlights



Ngorongoro Crater is one of the areas in Tanzania where you are most likely to see the endangered Black Rhino; a small population is thriving in this idyllic and protected environment, and this is one of the few areas where they continue to breed in the wild.  Chances are also good of encountering leopard and fabulous black-maned lions.  Many flamingos are also attracted to the soda waters of Lake Magadi.
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  • Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino, Wild Dog and Cheetah. This park has 3 out of our Big 7  icon
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