Ngorongoro Conservation Area
A Breathtaking Natural Wonder
The jewel in Ngorongoro's crown is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20 km across, 600 m deep and 300 km2 in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder.
The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera.
This geological masterpiece was formed as a result of an extremely large volcanic explosion which caused the volcano to collapse in on itself!thus creating the crater.
Today, the crater forms a bowl of 20 km (12.5 miles) wide with sides of up to 610 m (2,000 feet) deep and 304 km² (188 mi²).
The crater is dynamic ecosystem with diverse vegetation, woodland and forest covering the edges of the crater. There are two forests in the crater and several swamps.
The extremely fertile crater floor is the reason why there is such a highly concentrated of fauna and flora.
Over 20,000 mammals call the crater their paradise, including some of the only remaining black rhinos in the world.
The crater floor also boasts one of the highest carnivore densities in the world including large prides of lions, packs of hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and leopards especially on the rim forest. Large herds of zebra and wildebeests, buffalo and hippos are also found.
We recommend 2 days in Ngorongoro. This will allow you to enjoy the nature that surrounds you and explore nearby areas.
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