Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Caldera
Photo by: Chadica, Creative Commons

Anyone would agree to the nickname given to the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania: “The Eighth Wonder of the World.” This is the ultimate place for those who want to experience wildlife on-foot. It is nature’s magnum opus.

The crater is actually part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), which is a wild life conservation area. The NCA is at Arusha’s west in Tanzania’s Crater Highlands. The crater is the site’s main attraction. It is at Serengeti’s east in North Tanzania. It is also the world’s biggest existing and unbroken caldera.

This region has the same tropical climate of Tanzania’s entirety. Temperature ranges from 65 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The “long rains” come in the months of April and May. The climate and the geography of the place contributed to its rich flora and fauna.

Many years ago, a huge volcano erupted and collapsed in itself. The now huge crater serves as home to more than 25,000 large animals. The place is a reserve for plenty of game species that includes lions, zebras, elephants, wildebeests, rhinos and gazelles. Tourists are also welcome to see the hundreds of bird species. During winter months in Eurasia, there are several rare migrant birds.

Other than wildlife, Ngorongoro is a place for culture and history too. One can enjoy the traditions, music, art and food of the Maasai people. There are several museums too, displaying anthropological artifacts from the crater.

Just within the vicinity are first-rated hotels. Some of them are the Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge and the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. They offer world class cuisines: from the traditional Tanzanian food to Chinese and Italian dishes.

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