CONSERVATION AREA + CRATER
The Ngorongoro Crater is part of the Ngorongoro Conservation area, a unique region where the wild animals and the traditional Maasai live side by side. Everything is being preserved here.
WILDLIFE – the biggest concentration of (predator) animals in Africa
From the crater rim, at an altitude of about 2300 metres, you will have a breath-taking view over this immense ‘living’ crater. Just 700 meter below you are about 30 000 wild animals, including the Big-5, roaming over the wide, green plains that are cut by small rivers and dotted with marshlands, forests and the white Lake Magadi.
The very fertile soil of the Ngorongoro Crater is an ideal substrate and the rich vegetation attracts a wealth of wildlife and predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs, but also elephants, monkeys, zebras, antelope, rhinos, buffalos, wildebeests and hippos. Most of these creatures are able to walk in and out of the crater over the crater rim, but you won’t find giraffes here as they are unable to walk up the steep slopes with their long legs!
Surface area Crater: about 260 km²
Location: Distance from Karatu: about 30 minutes
Activities Ngorongoro Area:
Every year thousands of people from all four corners of the world hope to visit the Crater to witness the amazing wildlife spectacle that unfolds here, which is why it is only possible to make a single game drive of a maximum of 4-6 hours per day. This is, however, more than enough time to explore the Crater.
Hiking Safari Ngorongoro Crater rim
It is possible to go for a 2-hour crater walk with a guide to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings and to view the far off wildlife at the bottom of the crater. The altitude means a pleasant temperature of about 20 degrees. This is a fun activity and different to the game drives that are done in overland vehicles in which you either sit or stand, on the lookout for wildlife.
Between the Ngorongoro Crater and the endless plains of the Serengeti, you will find the Olduvai Gorge. It is one of the most important sites for the prehistoric remains of humans in the world, making East Africa the Cradle of Mankind. The prehistoric tools and fossils found in the Olduvai Gorge area are some of the most ancient in the world and the gorge is the site of one of the oldest human settlements. A visit to this site during our safari is really worthwhile!