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The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera – 610 metres deep, 20 kilometres across and 260 square kilometres in area. It was formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago.
The crater plays host to almost every individual species of wildlife in East Africa, with an estimated 25,000 animals within the crater, and the protected environment and plentiful water and food available on the Crater floor throughout the year means that many of them never leave (resulting in serious in-breeding among the lions, for instance). This “captive” wildlife means that great sightings are guaranteed year round.
We spent one whole day driving in the crater and during that time saw:
~ rhinos (a mother and baby)
~ lions (a pride of five asleep under a tree)
~ cheetah family (parents and three cubs)
~ gazelles (both Grants and Thompsons)
Birds seen included:
~ crested cranes
~ black kites
~ sacred ibis
~ marabou stork
You can read about the other destinations we visited on this trip on my Tanzania, Tarangire and Zanzibar pages.
- In a nutshell:A paradise for humans and wildlife (except perhaps for the inbred lions)
One morning Reginald asked if we would be interested in visiting some typical Maasai homes, to which the answer was... more travel advice
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