Ngorongoro Crater

The Garden of Eden

When most people think of a safari in Tanzania, they think of the Serengeti; for good reason. It’s hard not to be mesmerized by the vast picturesque plains dotted with animals. But nothing prepares you for the Ngorongoro Crater. Also referred to as ‘the Garden of Eden’ due to its dazzling beauty and being a paradise for animals, it can change the way you look at the natural world. Exploring this enchanting world is among the most memorable experiences a traveler is very likely to have.

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Your first glimpse of the stunning Ngorongoro Crater will likely come from the viewpoint as you look down upon its sun-drenched, cloud dappled magnificence. Your hair stands at the sight of the crater below ringed on all sides by the tropical forest that drapes its walls. But that is not all. The second you start descending into the Ngorongoro Crater, something shifts in the air. In other parks, animal sightings may be far from each other, but here everything comes closer, tighter, and louder. Something out of a myth.

 

Think of the Ngorongoro Crater as a hyper-condensed safari experience, like bringing all the best in safari to one area. What you will experience is a high density of wildlife and more predator-prey interactions per capita than almost anywhere on the planet. Home to the entirety of the big five and a particularly good place to see lions and cape buffalo year-round, it is one of the best places in Tanzania to see the endangered black rhino. A visitor to Ngorongoro Crater should prepare to swivel the head all day, from the first minute to the last, as wildlife interactions shuffle everywhere you look.

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