Visiting Ngorongoro Crater is like stepping into an adventure movie: a sprawling, forested volcanic crater teeming with lions, cheetahs and flamingoes! Stretched out before you in this near-perfect blue-green caldera resides the densest concentration of wildlife in Africa. You only have to descend the crater walls with your guide to enter one of the most extraordinary habitats on the continent. It’s said the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the best place to see all the “Big Five”.
Where else could you find the highest density of predators in Africa, plus giant tusker elephants and seas of fuchsia pink birds? The 25,000 large animals here, living in the world’s foremost, intact volcanic caldera have earned the accolades that come with the titles of World Heritage Site and Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. Standing astride the 610m (2000 ft) crater rim, looking out over the lush expanse filling the 264 sq. km (101 sq. mi) crater you may get your first glimpses of the wildlife below – black rhino, hippo, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, hyena, jackal and gazelle – grazing and stalking over the grasslands, acacia forests and swamps filling the crater floor.
Temperatures are mild during the day and even cool in the evening. Average temperature is 16oC/61oF.
Game Drives – Ngorongoro Crater is a very special and unique environment whose eco-system must be cared for and protected. As such all safaris must be configured as vehicle game drives. There are virtually no walking safaris here. However, the trade-off is the opportunity to explore one of the most unique habitats in the world.
Picnicking – There are some beautiful picnic areas on the crater floor. Try Ngoitoktok Springs where you can enjoy the hippos by the water.
Masai Villages – At the crater rim some of the lodges offer tours to the local Masai Villages. Here you can meet the villagers, learn about their culture and history and partake of their crafts.
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