Ngorongoro Crater

NGORONGORO CRATER

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Standing proudly in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area of Tanzania is the Ngorongoro Crater. The Crater is the largest intact caldera in the world. The Crater is a strong candidate for any list of the world’s greatest natural wonders. About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area, the Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder. Its geological splendour is indeed amazing and the natural reserve is home to the densest large mammal populations.

Due to the enclosed nature of the Crater it has virtually formed its own ecosystem. The crater has a stunning scenery. The main attractions of this area is the variety of flora and fauna found in a remarkably compact area. In the South west corner there is the Lerai Forest, which is mainly comprised of yellow fever trees, to the north of the forest is a shallow soda lake called Lake Magadi and to the east you will find Gorigor Swamp and the Ngoitokitok Springs where pods of hippo are to be found. The north of the Crater is, on the whole, much drier and consists of the open grasslands which characterizes the Crater floor; this is where the majority of the resident game resides.

Since the wildlife mainly stays in the crater, there is really no good or bad time to visit. You are guaranteed to see large concentrations of game on Ngorongoro safari with Kichaka tours.The high numbers of herbivores supports the densest populations of predators found anywhere in Africa. The reliable presence of these predators has helped to make any Ngorongoro safari so popular.  The Ngorongoro crater and wider conservation area is easily accessible. There is a daily light aircraft flight to Arusha where you would then be met by a safari guide.