Imagine the world’s largest inactive, intact, unfilled volcanic caldera and spanning 19 km. across. Now fill it up with almost every animal Tanzania has to offer. What you’re picturing actually exists, and is known as the Ngorongoro Crater. This National Park is one of the most famous in Africa, and with good reason. Few animals ever get in or out of the crater, with exception of the migrating wildebeest and zebras. This has led to inbreeding of the craters population, especially lions (as they don’t take too kindly on new males), in despite of this the population is surprisingly healthy and large.
The crater is also home to a few black rhinoceros, visiting the crater on your safari in the northern Tanzania will maximize your chances of seeing these shy, large mammals. We rarely recommend more than a total of one day in the crater, due to several factors: The park fee is 3-4 times more than any other park (greatly increasing the cost), the crater will seem surprisingly small when driving in a vehicle and let’s face it; there will be a lot of tourists. If it is of interest we can recommend stopping by the Olduvai Gorge. This is one of the most important paleoanthropological (the study of ancient humans) sites in the world. There has been found evidence of ancient human ancestors as far back as 2 million years – about the time when the crater last erupted (so no need to worry!).
On your drive to (or from, depending on route) the crater you will stop to have a breathtaking view of the area from atop the craters rim. Make sure you have charged your camera’s batteries, the view is truly one of a kind!
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