One of the most spectacular sights in Africa.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a wildlife haven in Tanzania. It is both a breath-taking sight and an extraordinary place. The great buttressed slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater lies at the south-eastern edge of the Serengeti. Nearly 3 million years ago, Ngorongoro towered alongside Kilimanjaro as one of the highest peaks in Africa. Now all that remains is the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world, at 18km wide. A steep wall of thick atmospheric forest surrounds the rim of the crater. And from this rim you look down onto a natural amphitheatre, 260 sq km in size. The mineral-rich crater floor is host to an unbelievably high concentration of game, with water being provided by Lake Magadi. So naturally most of the game have no reason to leave.
It is understandable that an Ngorongoro safari remains virtually a ‘must’ on anyone’s first safari to Tanzania. However this popularity has naturally brought its own problems. The vast number of safari vehicles daily descending into the crater in peak season can destroy the very sense of wilderness that you seek. Some how the lions continue to hunt in complete disregard for the safari vehicles following them. But it is more difficult for you, the visitor, to ignore the dust and the relative crowds. The Tanzania wildlife authorities have tried to limited access to the Ngorongoro Crater by increasing park fees, but this has not had much effect. You will have excellent game-viewing on your Ngorongoro safari but it will not be an exclusive experience. So, at Cedarberg, we aim to combine a visit to the Ngorongoro crater with a greater focus on untrammelled wilderness elsewhere on your Tanzania safari.
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