"Ngorongoro Crater - Eighth Wonder of the World?!!" Top 5 Page for this destination Ngorongoro by jackfruit

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The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) covers some 8,300 square kilometers in northern Tanzania. It boasts of the finest blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeological sites in Africa. It is also a pioneering experiment in multiple land use where the nomatic pastoral Maasai grow crops and live amongst the wildlife of the region.

Ngorongoro Crater is part of the NCA. The landscape of Ngorongoro is shaped by rifts and volcanoes. Ngorongoro Crater is in fact a caldera, not a crater. A crater is a volcanic depression. A caldera is a form of crater that is formed by the collapse of the volcanic mountain. Ngorongoro caldera was created by a volcanic collapse of the mountain that stood there a few million years ago, the height of which can be imagined today by staring at the steep crater walls. It is the world's largest caldera that has remained unflooded.

Today, the crater hosts a spectacular array of wildlife, the most famous of them being the elusive Rhino. If you are lucky, you will spot one or more of the 18 remaining rhinos in this crater. We were lucky enough to spot a mother-baby pair!

Lions, water buffalo, zebra, elephants, thompson's gazelle and warthogs are just a few of the wildlife that call Ngorongoro thier home. Giraffe is the only animal that doesnt reside here, due to the steep walls of the caldera.

Although the Maasai arent allowed to live inside the crater boundaries, you might see maasai herdsmen in the crater during the day - Maasai are allowed to graze thier cattle in the crater for a few hours a day.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots of wildlife, a rare chance to see the elusive rhino
  • Cons:Can get crowded with safari tourists!
  • In a nutshell:Simply breathtaking!
  • Last visit to Ngorongoro: Nov 2003
  • Intro Updated Feb 29, 2004
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  • MikeBird's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    the Hippo - sure it wasn't dead? Really greattips though thanks, Mike

  • grets's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2007 at 6:26 AM

    Hi Sunita - I had to laugh at your bush-toilet experience. I had the same 'problem' in the Masai Mara. LOL The lodge looks great. Who did you book your safari with - we are hoping to go in July.

  • PeteG's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2006 at 7:22 AM

    Really enjoyed your pages. Lovely pictures!

  • stavlois's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2005 at 2:52 PM

    excellent page, indeed the zebras photos are excellent.

  • LuisGuimaraes's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2005 at 4:11 PM

    "Zebras grazing in the crater" and "Elephants in the crater bowl" are 2 of the best photos on VT!

  • Myndo's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2004 at 12:03 PM

    Wonderful done pages on Ngorongoro. Seems you had the same experiences as we did - and enjoyed it as well. I have never seen a hippo wrong side up, though. You sure it was alive?

  • seamandrew's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2004 at 12:09 AM

    Jeesh, this page just blew me away. Sounds fascinating. I've seen documentaries on National Geographic Channel about Ngorongoro Caldera. Your pictures and tips make it hard to resist the urge to buy a ticket to Tanzania right now!

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2004 at 12:51 PM

    Asante for more great tips. More great reasons to extend a Tanzanian vacation.

  • laughingsun69's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2004 at 4:33 PM

    Hi great pages they bring back memories for me of how awsome this place is,Thanx!!

  • Waxbag's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2004 at 11:22 AM

    Oh Yeah, an upside down hippo. I have one on my Hwange, Zimb Page too. I thought I had seen the only one!


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