The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (map) in Tanzania borders the Serengeti National Park and consists of the crater highlands, plains and woodlands. The main attraction is undoubtedly the main Ngorongoro crater. Measuring 20 kilometers wide and 30 kilometers long, it is one of the largest caldera in the world and boasts a stunning diversity of wildlife.
Large herds of wildebeest, buffalos, zebras, impalas and elephants, closely followed by lions, cheetahs and hyenas make their way into the crater each year where there is sufficient food and water.
There are various lakes and streams in the crater which are home to hippos and flamingos. Black rhinos can also be found roaming the crater floor. I was very lucky to witness a pair of cheetahs hunt down a gazelle – the poor gazelle was no match for the sheer speed and power of the cheetahs – a spectacular experience.
The views from the crater’s rim, where most of the hotels and lodges are situated, into the crater 600 meters below are truly breathtaking. The Serena and Sopa Lodges offer the most stunning views.
During the annual migration, herds of wildebeest can often be seen climbing the steep edges of the crater in a single file, a truly astonishing sight.
For many visitors, the Ngorongoro crater is one of the highlights of a safari in Tanzania. I agree, it should not be missed.