Safari to Ngorongoro Crater, the world's famous safari destination

22 August 2013 

The Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania is the perfect place for a safari in search of the animals typical of the African continent, as it is characterized by an ideal environment that provides easy and exciting sightings. To the presence of many animals, it worth noting also the beautiful landscape dominated by the largest caldera in the world, with breathtaking views from the rim of the crater.

Ngorongoro crater
Ngorongoro photo. Image showing the volcanic crater of Ngorongoro, taken from the rim of the crater itself at an altitude of about 2500 meters, where there is a green rainforest. The Ngorongoro Crater is a very popular destination for safaris and is often present in the various nature documentaries thanks to the abundance of wildlife that this place hosts, with sightings virtually guaranteed.
Ngorongoro Tanzania

Ngorongoro picture. The descent into the Ngorongoro crater reveals the immense size of this caldera, the largest on the planet, which measures about 19 kilometers in diameter and that, for the beauty of the landscape but also for the wildlife that it hosts, it is declared "protected area" and included among the world Heritage sites by UNESCO.
Tanzania Ngorongoro crater Rift Valley
Ngorongoro photos. The bottom of the Ngorongoro caldera is located about 600 meters lower than the rim of the crater and, because of the physics of the air currents, most clouds remain concentrated mainly along the rim (left picture) where most of the rain falls. For this reason, within just a few hundred meters, the vegetation ranges from a green rainforest (right picture) to a savannah dominated by a large prairie with few trees (pictured left). The rainfall is, however, present even within the caldera (but with a seasonal pattern) and this feature has allowed the development of an ecosystem full of life, thanks also to the presence of numerous lakes where the animals can find water throughout the year.
Ngorongoro pictures. The wide open spaces of the savannah within the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, with clouds that wrap nicely around the raised rim of the caldera.
Hyenas Hyena

Hyena photos.

A few minutes after getting inside the Ngorongoro crater, we immediately begin to spot the first animals. In these photos, some hyenas.

Female lion Lions
Sleeping male lion Lazy lion
Photos of lions from our safari in Ngorongoro crater. There are of course lions and lionesses, who often sleep lazily in funny positions.
A safari to Ngorongoro Crater lets to observe lot of huge ostriches.
WildebeestWildebeest photos. A day tour to Ngorongoro allows you to see large herds of wildebeests, herbivorous animal looking not exactly "beautiful", but still very nice and with a beautiful voice.
Head of wildebeest
Kori Bustard
Like other areas in Tanzania, Ngorongoro crater also houses the Bustard Kori (Kori Bustard), one of the biggest African birds can fly, which can reach a weight of 20 kilos and a length of more than one meter.
Pictures of Ngorongoro crater. In Ngorongoro, zebras, wildebeests and elephants live all together without any problem.
Not forgetting warthogs, present virtually everywhere in Tanzania.
Hippos sleeping near the banks of a small swamp.
Safari in Ngorongoro
Photos of Ngorongoro Crater. Ngorongoro is a well-known destination for safaris and often tourists who travel to Tanzania simply opt for a day tour in Ngorongoro, perhaps as an extension of the holiday from a seaside resort, believing in such way that they did ​​a "safari in Africa". For this reason, like also in some other areas of the Serengeti, the traffic of jeeps or even buses can be a bit annoying, especially in high season when western countries are "closed for vacation". However, it must be added that this popularity is not simply due to the marketing rules of mass tourism, but also because of the actual beauty of the landscape and the ease with which you can spot many animals (in fact most of nature documentaries are actually shot right between these areas), not forgetting the excellent receptivity characterized by good facilities and well organized tour operators.
Rift valley in Africa
Safari in Tanzania Tanzania

The day trip to Ngorongoro crater continues through the bottom of the caldera that sees the constant movement of herds of wildebeest and zebras, moving to drink and to look for new pastures.
Small herd of wildebeests
Wildebeests going in a single line looking for water.
Male gazelle

In Ngorongoro crater, sightings of antelopes and gazelles, perhaps the most famous herbivores hosted by the African savannahs, are very frequent.
A lonely jackal looking for a meal.
Grey Crowned Crane Crane in flight
The beautiful grey crowned cranes also known as "South African crowned crane"
A group of zebras grazing fresh grass.
Wildebeest in Ngorongoro
Herd of wildebeest Wildebeest in the savannah
A large herd of wildebeest grazing on the bottom of Ngorongoro crater.
A lonely ostrich lonely.
Rolling zebra
Wildebeests and zebras
Zebras photos. Zebras and wildebeest live peacefully all together.
Ngorongoro panorama
Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge

Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge Photos taken with Nikon 10.5 fisheye lens.

Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge is a resort located in a panoramic position on top of the crater. Do not forget that, despite being in Africa and near the equator, the altitude of this place is nearly 2500 meters and therefore ... it's cold (and not a little!)

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