Ngorongoro Crater

A population of about 25,000 large animals, including the highest density of mammalian predators in Africa, lives in the crater.
These include black rhinoceros, hippopotamuswhich are usually very uncommon in the area.

NGORONGORO CRATER

Destination Overview

Towered alongside Mount Kilimanjaro nearly three million years ago as one of the highest peaks in Africa. Forged during the tumultuous birth of the Rift Valley, its volcanic top erupted at the time that ancient man first walked the plains. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) covers some 8,300 sq km. It boasts the finest blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeological sites in Africa. It is also a pioneering experiment in multiple land use. The concept of multiple land use in conservation perspective is a deviation from a traditional approach of regarding conservation as complete absenteeism of human interference.

Where to find the Ngorongoro Crater

Basic Facts, Attractions

Miles of open grasslands which cover most of the Crater and the large quantity and diversity of animals are sure to take your breath away

  • Size - 265 sq km with sides up to 600m deep and over 2,200 metres high

Attractions

  • A population of about 25,000 large animals, including the highest density of mammalian predators in Africa, lives in the crater. These include black rhinoceros, hippopotamuswhich are usually very uncommon in the area.
  • There are also wildebeest, zebra, eland, Grants and Thomson’s gazelles.The crater has the densest known population of lion. On the crater rim are leopard, elephant, mountain reedbuck and buffalo.
  • Lake Magadi, filled by the Munge river in the centre of the crater is, like many in the rift valley, a soda lake supporting flocks of flamingo and a variety of other water birds;. More than a 100 species of bird not found in the Serengeti have been found in the crater including; ostriches, kori bustards, secretary birds, and crowned cranes as well as vultures, egrets, herons and geese.

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