Ngorongoro Crater

About Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is by far the Africa’s most stunning geological feature, a genuinely amazing sunken caldera that is home to a diverse range of habitats and nearly all of the wild animals. The Ngorongoro Crater, identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, its the most well-known and visited zone of the entire Ngorongoro Conservation Area, as well as the most scenic area with the highest concentration of animals on the African continent; it is also the only place in Tanzania where you can easily spot the Big 5.

It is really a massive non-flooded caldera that developed 3 million years ago as a result of the collapse of a volcano that was believed to be as tall as 4,500-5,800 meters. The crater is 2,200 metres above sea level and measures 19 km in breadth, 16 km in length, and 610 metres in depth, with a surface area of 265 km2; the slopes are intact and covered with dense forest up to a height of 3,200 metres above sea level.

 

best time to go

The species that lives in the crater itself are there all year, thus it’s ideal for animal viewing all year. Because of its vastness, the region may get busy during peak tourist seasons, which include the dry season from July to September and the baby season following the first rains from December to February. March and April are often the wettest months, with severe rainfall making some routes inaccessible.

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