Ngorongoro Crater In Pictures

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Ngorongoro Crater In Pictures

My epic trip to East Africa started off with a bang: a full day trip to Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.

Regardless of the fact that I was staying in Arusha, a 110 mile bumpy drive from Ngorongro conservation area through the Tanzanian countryside  (you can see my post about that wonderful journey here), I felt that the opportunity to visit the world’s largest inactive and intact volcanic caldera brimming to the edge with incredible wildlife was unmissable.

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View from the edge

The Ngorongoro Crater is a large volcanic caldera in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania that was formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago. Including its steep slopes, the crater is about 15 to 19 kilometres across, and ranges in depth form rim to floor from 610 to 760 metres. The crater area displays a high density and highest biodiversity of wildlife in the world (!!!) with over 25,000 herbivores and over 300 large and small carnivores

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Ngorongoro crater has one of the densest known population of lions, who are truly regal creatures looking over their realm day and night.

Here, you will also stumble across black rhinos, whose local population unfortunately decreased from over 100 in the 1960s to about a dozen by the end of the century, African buffaloes, hippos, wildebeest, zebras, different types of gazelles, as well as waterbuck, hyenas, and warthogs.

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Since I was in Tanzania in the low season, I was a little unlucky with weather, but a little rain does not hurt anyone (there was much more of that during my three day stay in Serengeti!)

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DSC_8164DSC_8471And my fabulous day outing ended with a very pretty volcanic view (photo below)  close to my hotel, Arusha Coffee Lodge! The lodge was actually a hotel and mini-coffee plantation in one, which meant that the morning cup of coffee was truly excellent…

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Coffee plants around Arusha Coffee Lodge

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Time to tuck myself into bed…



5 responses to “Ngorongoro Crater In Pictures”

  1. Deasy Noel says:

    Love your photos, especially the one with the lion rolling on his back. Looks so innocent that way, haha.

  2. Hannie Blaise says:

    Wow, these photos are stunning! I’d love to go to East Africa one day.

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  3. Eilish says:

    This is amazing! I could only dream of going somewhere like this!! ..I love african animals! Great photos & great post! x

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  4. Helen Chik says:

    Wow this looks absolutely amazing! I’ve been dying to go on a safari and it looks like you got to see some amazing things!

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful images!

    Helen xx
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