The Ngorongoro Crater is truly unique to Africa. The massive crater was formed by the implosion of an ancient volcano which formed the largest intact caldera in the world. The crater is an impressive 20 km in diameter. It is believed that before it erupted it may have been higher than Mount Kilimanjaro, which is famously known for its grand stature and being the highest peak in Africa. Long since having collapsed and eroded, the Ngorongoro Crater it is home to an extensive highland area with mother Nature's masterpiece of the 600m deep Ngorongogo Crater in the centre.
The Ngorongogo Crater is nearly three million years old and lovingly shelters one of the world's most stunning wildlife havens.
There is perhaps no other place on earth where this diversity of terrain and animals is concentrated in such a small area. More importantly the majority of the animals are resident year round making a safari here a fantastic experience. You will have a very high chance of sighting all the major African wildlife species here, including lion, elephant, leopard, cheetah and rhino. With an approximately 25.000 large mammal resident here you will be sure to experience the African wildlife safari of your dreams. The crater contains open plains, forests, freshwater lakes and soda lakes replete with pink flamingos. This area really represents is the entire safari!
All these obvious attractions though have resulted in high visitor numbers into a small area and traffic is now a real problem especially in the high season months. Increased permit fees and restrictions on the number of vehicles allowed into the crater each day have helped to alleviate this. We feel that whilst a trip to the Crater is not to be missed it is not a place to spend a long time and a half day game drive there en route to the Serengeti is sufficient.