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Ngorongoro Crater – Tanzania

One of the world’s most astonishing and verdant natural wonders, made up of open grass areas where you can find a huge diversity of animals living there. The Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania has a stunning wildlife that makes its safaris unique, and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.

What can you see?

Lake Magadi is definitely a must-see from this place, you can find it in the middle of the caldera, where you can witness thousands of flamingos alongside with many other animals like rhino, eland, lion, and golden jackals.

The truth is that the most common African wildlife can be found in the caldera, and most animals are permanent residents of this site, the only exception are giraffes and that’s because they find the wall -that brings refuge and protection- too steep. The caldera opens after dawn and what is important for you to know is that there are two types of tracks: the tracks on the north rim, which are vertiginous and you’ll require a four-wheel-drive vehicle in order to have access to them; and the track on the south rim that allows a quicker and safer access to the caldera floor.

If you’re lucky enough, you will be able to see the Masai morani leading their cattle down into the caldera because they also have grazing and watering rights for their stock. Even though the fact that they bring a potential food source into lion territory may look dangerous to you, you don’t have to worry at all. After generations of experience, lions tend to disappear as soon as they arrive since they have a healthy fear of the Masai.

How can you get there?

In order to get here, the first thing that you have to do is take a flight to Arusha, you can take it either from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar with Air Excel. Then, it takes about six hours drive from Arusha in northern Tanzania to the Ngorongoro Crater. Also, overlooking the caldera, you can find a variety of lodges where you can stay, but we recommend you to stay on the south side as it’s not overcrowded and Sopa Lodge offers you fine views of the sunset and has access to safer roads.

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