Tanzania: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Crater is one of Tanzania's most visited areas. It is one of the largest calderas in the world, 20 kilometres (12,5 miles) wide, 600 metres (1968 feet) tall, with a variety of animals and vegetation including grasslands, swamps, forests, saltpans and a freshwater lake. Ngorongoro Crater has been compared to Noah's Ark and the Garden of Eden.

You will have no trouble finding lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and many of the plains herbivores such as wildebeest, Thomson's gazelle, zebra and reedbuck. You will also see thousands of flamingo wading in the shallows of Lake Magadi, the soda lake on the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater.

Within the steep walls of the crater you will find considerable movement of animals and you may well come across local Masai tribes-people, who have grazing rights here, tending their cattle.

More places of interest in Tanzania

Arusha | Serengeti National Park | Tarangire National Park