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Ngorongoro Crater: A Must See Safari Destination

A trip to the unique lands of Tanzania is not complete without spending a little time viewing one of the most remarkable geographical features on the continent. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest non-flooded caldera covering approximately 100 square miles with the walls of the crater rising to 8,000 feet above sea level. The Crater uniquely offers a large variety of habitats (each attracting different game and species) in a relatively small area. A caldera is the collapsed floor of an extinct volcano and while they occur around the world, few, if any, have created the natural habitats to sustain wildlife in these numbers. As part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) in the Tanzania highlands, this Crater sits as one of the region’s most marvelous attractions and is a designated World Heritage Site.

 Ngorongoro Crater is an excellent place to witness certain species such as:

Hyena (the densest population in all of Africa)

  • Lions
  • Bull Elephants (some of the largest tuskers remaining in Tanzania)
  • Spectacular Birding
  • Black Rhino

Most safaris include two nights at the Crater, but photographers in particular often prefer more days while others prefer only one day during the very busy months of July and August. Accommodations on the rim of the Crater offer the best views and the shortest travel time to get onto the Crater floor. Unique Safaris has its own semi-permanent camp, Lion’s Paw, on the eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater with a mere ten minute drive to the Crater floor.