Located in the Ngorongoro conservation area, the Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and has often been referred to as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. It lies in an exceptional geographical position, forming a spectacular bowl of 265 km2 with a heavily forested rim rising to 600m. The crater is thought to have appeared 2.5 million years ago from a large active volcano whose cone collapsed. It is home to between 20 and 30,000 wild animals including the highly endangered black rhino.
Africa’s Garden of Eden
The Ngorongoro Crater floor consists of a number of diverse habitats that include grassland, swamps, forests, and Lake Makat, a central soda lake filled by the Munge River. These varied environments attract a wealth of different animals that come to drink, wallow, graze, hide and climb. Although animals are free to move in and out of the contained crater, the rich volcanic soil, lush forests, and spring source lakes on the crater floor mean that both grazers and predators tend to remain here throughout the year. This makes the Ngorongoro Crater a great area for game viewing.
The world’s largest intact and unbroken volcanic caldera that is not a lake
A diverse habitat that’s home to a large concentration of animals, including the Big Five
A UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Africa’s natural wonders
Home to the Olduvai Gorge, which is a popular archeological landmark
Luxurious accommodation on the crater’s rim with panoramic views of the area and spectacular views of Africa’s magical sunsets
NGORONGORO CRATER MAP
Besides the high probability of spotting all the Big Five, Ngorongoro crater is also home to nearly 30,000 large mammals and the largest concentration of predators. This makes it a top destination for the best game viewing experiences on a Tanzania safari.
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