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Caldera in the sky

Ngorongoro crater is a volcanic crater. It's the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world. It's about 20kms across, 600 metres deep and 300 sq kms in area. The Crater is supports over 25,000 animals including all of the 'big 5' lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and Rhino(endangered black rhino in this case). There is a soda lake in the middle with Flamingos though, as you are not allowed near the lake, they are hard to photograph!

Plenty to see

A tour of the Crater must be done in a jeep with all other vehicles banned. There are lots of jeeps doing runs through the crater. As all vehicles must be out by 6pm it's a race against the clock to get in and see as much as possible in a short time.

As there are lots and lots of tracks and a large number of animals, it's a gamble as to what you might see depending where your drivers points the jeep. You never know what might be hiding in the long grass!! A safe bet when looking for Lions is anywhere where there is water or snacks (small animals). You can see from the track leading into the crater that water is in two main areas with one fresh and the other alkaline. You can get close to the fresh water so lots of potential for good shots!

A third smaller water area is where you will likely have lunch. At this location there are very hungry birds who will dive bomb you and try to snatch your food right out of your hand. Rather freeky when it happens!

It's a bit chilly at altitude

At just over 2500M it gets rather chilly here - especially at night. Remember to bring some warm clothes with you if you are planning to stay. It seems a bit weird to have thermal clothing on in the middle of a safari though you will thank yourself!! The rim of the crater is the coolest spot and this is where most of the camp sites are.

We went from 34C to around 5C (not sure what that is in Farenheit) so very cool at night. We managed to collect enough wood for a really good fire. A perfect setting for stories while we drank our cold beer - silly tourists! - and ate our beef & rice.

  • Last visit to Ngorongoro: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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