The Ngorongoro Crater is a scenic wildlife safari destination just south of the famous Serengeti National Park. Due to its almost enclosed nature, the park is one of the best places to view Africa’s big 5. It has one of the highest population densities of lions in Africa. The wildebeest migration also passes here and the park ibecomes a temporary home for the over 1 million wildebeest and their travelling companions. Evidence of human evolution has been found by archeologists. The park is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Masai people live in the dispersal areas of the park and a visit to interact with them is usually a feature of Ngorongoro itineraries.
The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest inactive, intact, and unflooded volcanic caldera in the world. It slopes to a depth of 610 metres deep with the floor covering 260 square kilometers. The Magadi (or Makat) lake is a seasonal salt lake at the centre of the crater. It is fed by the Munge and Lerai streams. The Ngoitokitok Spring on the eastern wall feeds a huge swamp supporting the resident hippos, elephants, lions and other wildlife. It is not uncommon to find the Maasai herding their cattle in the crater though their activities are controlled. If staying at one of the lodges along the crater rim, exciting activities include mountain biking and guided (and guarded) nature walks.
The wildlife at the Ngorongoro Crater is both thrilling and satidfying. All of the big 5 are found here. Rhinos and elephants are in plenty as are lions, leopards and hyenas. Cheetahs can also be seen around populations of topi and Thomson ’s gazelle. Others include serval cat, cheetah, jackal, Grant's and Thompson's gazelle, flamingo and bat eared foxes along with approximately 400 species of bird.
- Mountain climbing
- game drives
- bird-watching tours
- trekking & hiking tours
- camping tours
- cultural visits
Sample Ngorongoro Travel Tours
Wildlife Watching Safaris
This is a quick “highlights safari” that is ideal for those who want to ...