Wildlife wonderlands don’t get much better than the Ngorongoro Crater, possibly one of the most iconic animal-viewing areas in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site (and with very good reason), the cavernous bowl-shaped crater is in fact a caldera, formed two to three million years ago when a large volcano exploded and collapsed in on itself. Today, the flat floor is covered in nutritious grasses and home to an unprecedented number of black rhino as well as black-maned lion, magnificent tuskers and smaller plains game, but surprisingly no giraffe. We’ll leave you to ponder why when you visit!
If ever there was an area that ticked all the safari boxes, it would be the Ngorongoro Crater. Fabulous Big Five sightings, thrilling wildlife action, iconic animals, extraordinary landscapes, excellent guides and world-famous lodges – the list goes on. Just be prepared to share the excitement with other safarigoers.
Explore the dramatic Crater Highlands, a series of active (ish!) volcanoes surrounding the crater itself, where time seems to have stood still. Hike to lakes pink with flamingos, or mingle with the local Masai.
Several of the lodges that line the Ngorongoro Crater’s rim are large and perhaps not quite as personal as others in Tanzania. If you like your camps small, intimate and authentic, let us know and we’ll point you in the right direction.
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