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Ngorongoro Crater

Tourists should not miss out on their Tanzania Safari world heritage site. It is also among the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. The name Ngorongoro refers to the ‘gift of life. The crater is an intact inactive caldera in the globe.

It harbors a great variety of endangered species and a high concentration of fauna.

The rich volcanic soils are ideal for agriculture activities. There are big coffee farms around this place. This is home to over 25,000 mammals. You can spot the Big Five animals with ease. The freshwater lake supports diverse aquatic fowl.

This is home to wild dogs, golden cats, cheetahs, zebras, hippos, and the black rhino. The ‘Africa’s Garden of Eden’ has abundant wildlife, a diverse panorama, a unique ecosystem, and birding life.

The place comprises Olduvai Gorge, mountain forests, Laetoli, Lakes, swamps, woodlands, two main rivers, and grasslands.

The Maasai community is the indigenous dwellers of the Ngorongoro. A village trip is one of the ways to appreciate their culture as they entertain you. If you want to learn about human evolution, visit Olduvai Gorge paleoanthropological sites.

Some of the birds you can spot are; Livingstone’s turaco, capped wheatear, scarlet chested sunbirds, Verreaux eagle, kori bustard, Augur buzzard, slaty flycatcher, Hartlaub’s turaco, and northern anteater chat.

There are over 400 bird species. There are budget lodges and luxury camps and lodges. You can visit the crater throughout the year.

Animals at Ngorongoro Crater

Resident animals of Ngorongoro Crater include elands, the endangered rhinos, elephants, hartebeests, wildebeests, and zebras. All of the big five animals can be witnessed on a safari.

The swamp and freshwater pools of Ngorongoro Crater also have hippos.

Activities at Ngorongoro Crater

There are several safari activities in Ngorongoro Crater that you can get involved in. Some of them include wildlife viewing, visiting the Maasai communities, photographic safaris, bush picnics, etc.

Highlights of Ngorongoro Crater

  • One of the best places to observe the big five.
  • It has many important archaeological sites.
  • A great place to learn about the culture of Tanzania. 
  • Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact volcano crater on the planet.

Best Time to visit Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater can be visited all year round. But, in the Dry Season (from June to October) it’s much easier to spot Tanzania Wildlife.

The rainy season (from November to May) is also a great time to visit Ngorongoro Crater. The rain makes the surroundings green and vibrant.

Ngorongoro Crater is for sure one of the unique safari destinations in Africa. You’ll be delighted if you choose a safari here.

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