Your safari experience at Africa will not be completed if you do not visit the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. The crater is pretty small, only 8292 sq km compared to the other national parks in Africa. So what makes this place so special?The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest, inactive and unfilled volcanic crater or caldera in the world. The crater is the home to approximately 25000 animals and is one of the best places to view wildlife in Africa. The small area also makes it easier for sighting animals as there are fewer places to hide. The Ngorongoro Crater is also named as one of the seven Natural Wonders of Africa and has been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The crater is arguably the best place in Tanzania to see the Big Five.
If you are also in the mood to track the African Big 5, the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania is a short flight away from Zanzibar and offers some of the best wildlife viewings in a truly spectacular setting. Read everything about our Tanzanian adventure on our blog.
Next day we visited Ngorongoro crater which is one of the natural wonders of Africa. It is a huge round crater much below the surrounding ground level where wildlife exists naturally in plenty. We peacefully observed Jackals, hyenas, ostrich, pumba, hippos, zebras, antelopes and a huge pride of lions very closely. It is surely one of the top spot for wildlife fans.
After an early breakfast drive 60 Minutes and descends 2000 feet to the Ngorongoro Crater for a full day game drive with picnic Lunch. This caldera is an extinct volcano and the largest unbroken caldera in the world. The cone is believed to have collapsed nearly two million years ago, and while the cone was standing, it could have been as tall, if not taller, than Mount Kilimanjaro. The crater (2000 feet deep and 102 square miles) is a microcosm of East African scenery with abundant wildlife including more than25, 000 larger animals. This area offers an outstanding opportunity to see black rhinos, as they are protected around the clock. Over the years, the floor of this crater has become mostly savannah (grassland), with a soda lake whose size changes depending on the rains that are the lifeline of this amazing land. On this lake, marvel at the colorful flamingos and a variety of other water bird. Resident Species such as Ostriches, Crowned Cranes, and Kori Bustards are joined seasonally by migrant flocks of White and Abdim’s Storks. Patience may also reward you with glimpses of cheetah, hyena, jackal, elephant, warthog, buffalo, buffalo, hartebeest, eland and many other antelopes. Your wildlife-viewing will be dramatic, and the experience memorable. You will enjoy Picnic Lunch in the Crater Floor by the Hippo Pool. After Picnic Lunch you will continue with a short game drive before you return to your Lodge.