Ngorongoro Crater

RhinoElephantLionOstrich in Ngorongoro CraterZebraThe male Kori Bustard is the heaviest flying bird in the world
Ngorongoro Crater, located in the much larger Ngorongoro Conservation Area, is the result of a collapsed volcano which occurred about 2.5 million years ago. The crater is about 1000 feet deep and it is the largest unbroken caldera in the world.  It is considered to be a microcosm of East African vegetation and wildlife.

We spent three days in the crater the wildlife viewing was grand. It was the only place that we saw rhinos. The hippo pool, full of the playful monsters, was a delight to which we returned again and again. Lake Magadi (see illustration below) is critical to life in the crater and is a natural gathering place where many varieties of wildlife can be seen. Thousands of flamingos were among the daily viewing treats.


We stayed at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, a beautiful and luxurious lodge located high on the rim of the crater (you can see its location on the right side of the illustration above). This was the only place we stayed that provided electricity all around the clock ― quite a treat!. We grew particularly fond of our dining room host, Godson, who fussed over us at every meal.


Zebras in Ngorongoro Crater


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