There’s fascinating, then there’s Ngorongoro Crater fascinating. This unique destination has been labeled as one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.” It has also been referred to as “Africa’s Eden.”
Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world. The crater was formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago. The crater’s floor is about 2,000 feet below its rim and it covers approximately 100 square miles.
The crater floor is not just about measurements and numbers. It’s a lush and forested area that is literally alive. With over 30,000 mammals roaming the floor, the crater holds the densest mammal population in the world. Safarists visiting this gem will not only see the “Big Five,” but they can likely do so in just one day. Further, the crater more than delivers on sightings of wildebeest, hippos, warthogs, giraffes, zebras and pink flamingos.
Ngorongoro Crater represents one of the most unique and fascinating self-contained ecosystems on the planet, let alone Africa or Tanzania. Ngorongoro truly represents a “must-see” safari experience. A camera is definitely needed here, but so is a reminder to inhale for the crater is truly breath-taking.