The World's Largest Inactive Caldera

Often called the eighth natural wonder of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact crater in the world. About 2 million years ago the Ngorongoro volcano erupted, and its walls collapsed. The volcano floor sank to create a natural enclosure with its 600m tall walls. Now, at over 19 kilometres wide, Ngorongoro Crater is filled with great areas of acacia forest, hippo filled swamps and open grasslands.

These different habitats contain over 30,000 animals – including elephants, warthogs, flamingoes, magnificent birdlife, the rare black rhinoceros and all the predatory cats. The Maasai can also be seen grazing their cattle alongside the buffalo and wildebeest.There are several documented resident lion prides just within a one-hour game drive radius from Seronera. During the dry season, the resident prides begin to shift west and north in their territories and concentrate in the central region of the park.

Ngorongoro's Diverse Fauna

The African Gnu

At the start of the first rainy season thus January, February and March you will be sure to catch the wildebeest in Ndutu, which is an area in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and normally is where the calving occurs in a gap of 2-3 weeks for most of the wildebeest.

The Laughing Hyena

Spotted hyenas are one of the most common large predators in East Africa and the Ngorongoro crater is no exception. Most people think that hyenas only scavenge, but in fact hyenas are very organised and successful hunters, being able to take down anything they target

The Grant Zebra's

Grant’s zebras are the most common species of zebra in the world, and the ones you recognize from film and television. These are also fairly common in the region, and you should have no trouble spotting them on your trip.

The African Bush Elephant

Tembo or African elephants, are the largest land animals on the planet. They play a critical role in the ecosystem. During the dry season, they use their tusks to dig up dry riverbeds and create watering holes many animals can drink from. Their dung is full of seeds, helping plants spread across the environment.

The King of The Jungle

Lions in the Ngorongoro Crater went through a population bottleneck in 1962, caused by an epizootic die-off that left only a handful of survivors. Over the next decade three different coalitions of males established and sired offspring. The Crater lion population recovered rapidly, and by the mid-80’s there were over 100 lions. The successful prides on the Crater floor gave rise to large male coalitions.