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Get to Know Ngorongoro Crater

This is where vast herds of the Great Migration come to give birth in a 3-million-year-old collapsed volcano, Masai people live and fossils abound 

Ngorongoro Crater – a Unesco World Heritage site – is 600 meters deep, 20 kilometres wide and the largest unflooded, unbroken caldera in the world. It's an extraordinary ecosystem where you can find the Big Five or even, if you're lucky, the endangered black rhino on the Crater floor.When it was still active, the volcano deposited its volcanic ash on what's now the Serengeti plains towards the west, preserving many fossils in Olduvai (Oldupai) Gorge, discovered by Louis and Mary Leakey. The greater Ngorongoro Conservation Area conserves the fragile Ngorongoro Crater ecosystem and serves as an important space for the animals of the Great Migration to give birth at Lake Ndutu, which borders the southern Serengeti.

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Why Ngorongoro Crater?

  • Unesco World Heritage Site
  • Great Migration calving season
  • Biggest concentration of wild mammals in the world
  • Walking safaris on the Crater rim or to Lake Natron
  • Black rhino
  • The Big Five

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FAQs about Ngorongoro Crater

  • This magnificent Ngorongoro crater is over 600 meters (2000 feet) deep, with high walls towering around the crater edge and a massive area of 259 km2.
  • With Ngorongoro wildlife remaining in the steep-walled crater all year, the question of when to go on a Ngorongoro Crater safari is more about how many other people and vehicles you want to share the crater with.
  • High visitor numbers can be expected during the dry peak season of July to September, as well as the December to February calving season that follows the November rains.
  • With this in mind, the main rainy season of April to May is often regarded as the best time to visit the Ngorongoro Crater because there are far fewer visitors and the crater is lush and green in comparison to the dusty dry-season landscape.
  • The Ngorongoro Crater is a massive caldera formed over 2.5 million years ago when a volcano the size of Mount Kilimanjaro erupted and then collapsed on itself.
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