Explore the Ngorongoro Crater – one of the great natural wonders of the world

One of the most impressive natural wonders of Africa is the incredible Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.  The Ngorongoro Crater is part of a larger conservation area that covers vast expanses of savanna grassland and highland plains that are home to a huge variety of animals and birds – many of whom are endemic to the region.  The Crater itself is often referred to as “Africa’s Eden” and is a place of great scenic beauty.  The Crater is a good year round game viewing destination and combines well with nearby beach destinations in Tanzania and Kenya.  It also combines well with a Tanzania safari to the Serengeti, especially during the annual wildebeest migration between the months of June and December.  The Crater is known for its large concentrations of predators and other nearby attractions to see including the Olduvai Gorge and the Cradle of Mankind.  The accommodation at the Ngorongoro Crater is limited to preserve the natural beauty of the  region and avoid huge visitor numbers associated wit mass tourism.  The camps and lodges are situate don the rim of the crater and offer a great deal of privacy.  The views from the guest suites are breathtaking – especially at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge.

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is set on the northern ridge of the crater and the design and architecture has been inspired by the Maasai mud and stick huts that are typical of the region.  The interiors are opulent and very spacious and the central living and expansive private decks offer fabulous views over the Crater floor.  The quality of guiding is excellent and activities include traditional game drives, walking safaris and cultural excursions to the local villages.  The Conservation area is inhabited by about 40 000 Masai pastoralist and the interaction between man and nature in this region is one of Africa’s best examples of peaceful co-existence between humans and animals.

Rebecca Sparrow is Marketing Manager at Safari.co.uk.

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