In geographical terms, the Ngorongoro Crater is a pretty special place, being the world’s largest, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. It is one of the best places to go to view Africa’s great animals, including the ‘big five’.
Wildlife - Ngorongoro crater
The UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s safari highlights. The name Ngorongoro is from a Maasai word meaning ‘Gift of Life’. In geological terms, the Ngorongoro Crater is actually a caldera, caused by the collapse of a large volcano 2-3 million years ago. The crater floor covers over 260 km² while the depth is some 610 m.
Your guide with Taswira Africa Safaris, will first take you to a lookout so that you can gaze at the magnificent views from the crater rim before descending into the crater itself. You will have the opportunity to see elephants, lions, buffalo, zebras, hippos and many other species of animals and birds. There are over 25,000 animals in the crater, including the black rhino.
The Ngorongoro Crater is beautiful at any time of year and teaming with wildlife. You may experience clear views of the crater bowl or mists rolling down into the base - either way a memorable experience.
There is an astounding variety of accommodation surrounding the Ngorongoro Crater, from lodges sitting on the rim, with amazing views, to lodges in nearby towns and fertile farmlands. A couple of our favourites are Gibbs Farm and the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge.