|Ngorongoro Crater is located between the Serengeti and Lake Manyara (see map). It used to be an active volcano some 8 million years ago, whose cone collapsed leaving the existing crater more accurately known as a caldera. At 2,286m above sea level, it is the highest unbroken caldera in the world and the second largest extinct crater in the world. The crater is almost 610m deep and covers an area of 260 square kilometers.
The drive to the crater offers fantastic views…the walls of the Rift Valley, and the stunning Lake Manyara are a few to name. Upon reaching the rim of the crater, the sheer size and beauty of the crater itself leaves one speechless! At this altitude, the mornings are cold and often extremely misty…as the day progresses and you have completed the decent into the crater with the aid of a four wheel drive vehicle, you find that the mist clears, revealing the beautiful treasures of this spectacular crater...
There are 25,000 large animals within the crater itself. Elephant, zebra, wildebeest, warthog, hyena, buffalo, impala, and lion are to name a few. Ngorongoro Crater is undoubtedly the best place to see the magnificent and rare black rhino. In addition, more than 100 species of bird that are not found in the Serengeti are to be found here. A large population of flamingo can also been seen.
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