Ngorongoro Crater

 

Your first view will take your breath away. The Ngorongoro crater is a huge caldera formed after the collapse of volcano, 250 square kilometers in total. The crater is 600 meters deep and its spectacular setting and abundance of wildlife combine to make it one of the wonders of the natural world. Inside the crater there are over 20,000 large animals including some of Tanzania's last remaining black rhino. Animals are free to leave or enter the crater but most of them stay because of the plentiful water and food available on the crater floor throughout the year.

Other mammals include wildebeest, zebra, spotted hyena, hunting dogs, gazelles, hyena, jackals and primates like mice and grasshoppers. Open grassland covers most of the crater floor and feeds the herbivores. The crater has abundant yellow barked acacia trees in the Lerai forest making it a home to elephants, baboon, bushbucks, waterbucks and velvet monkeys. There are a number of wetlands too. The Lakes attract numerous flamingos, pelicans, blacksmith plovers, African cuckoos, Red-eyed doves and other water birds. More than 300 species of bird have been recorded. The wetland is also home to large numbers of hippos and smaller creatures such as frogs and snakes.

The crater is 14.5 kms wide, 600 meters deep and
covers 102 sq kms. The approach road skirts
the crater rim offering breathtaking views.
The rare Black Rhinoceros can be seen inside the crater.
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