The Ngorongoro Crater is considered the best place to see the Big Five on safari in East Africa, and one of the top places to visit in Tanzania. The crater, which was formed by a huge volcano, is the largest intact and unfilled caldera in the world and home to over 25,000 large mammals.
Often referred to as ‘Africa’s Garden of Eden’, this vast, natural crater is a breathtakingly beautiful setting for some of the highest densities of wildlife across the continent. As one of the most renowned natural wonders in Africa, it can get busy with visitors and it’s not uncommon to have many vehicles on a lion sighting. For this reason, the number of vehicles in the park is limited.
The Ngorongoro Crater was formed when a massive volcano exploded and collapsed around three million years ago. The cone collapsed, creating the caldera which today, creates one of the world’s most spectacular settings for a safari. The Ngorongoro Crater is the best place in Tanzania to see the Big Five, including a population of endangered black rhino and some of Africa’s last big tusker elephant. The crater is also home to good populations of lion, leopard and hyena along with healthy herds of wildebeest, buffalo and zebra. Other wildlife here includes serval, cheetah, jackal, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle and flocks of flamingo.