Three million years ago, there slumbered a massive supervolcano in what we now call Northern Tanzania,which formed Mount Kilimanjaro. Its summit scraped the ceiling of Africa and its slopes were so vast they directed their own weather patterns and water flow. All was well with this sleeping sentinel until one day the mountain woke up. Then it fell down.

The volcano erupted with a blast so ferocious that it caved in on itself, an implosion creating a caldera spanning a hundred square miles: 12 miles wide and 2,000 feet deep. What had once claimed the highest peak on the continent was now a mere impression, inverse to its former glory.The bad luck was overturnes as  over the course of a few million years this geologic divot was  filled with life. First, it caught pockets of fresh water. Second, lush vegetation developed, and thirdly,the wild ones arrived.

Why should you visit the Ngorongoro Crater?

  1. It’s One of the Largest Unbroken Calderas on the Planet (That’s Not a Lake)
  2. Over 25,000 Wild Creatures in the Caldera (Gulp. This includes 7,000 wildebeest, 4,000 zebras, 3,000 eland, 3,000 gazelles, 600 hyena, 200-300 elephants, over 60 lions, 30 rhinos, and many others. In all, over 25,000 wild creatures call the Ngorongoro Crater home. That is a whole lot of wild.
  3. More Lions Per Capital  than anywhere in the world.
  4. One of the few places on Earth to see the Black Rhino and complete your big 5. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most likely areas in Tanzania to see the endangered Black Rhino, as a small population is thriving in this idyllic and protected environment. It is currently one of the few areas where they continue to breed in the wild.
  5. Earliest Ancestors lived here as discovered by Dr Leakey.The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is where people and their early ancestor have co-existed with wildlife for nearly four million years back.This World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve encompasses a spectacular mosaic of landscape that includes the breath-taking Ngorongoro Crater and the legendary Serengeti – the annual host of the World’s highest concentration and diversity of migratory animals numbering nearly two-million strong. As if this wasn’t enough, the Ngoro Ngoro Conservation Area also contains two important and internationally-known fossil and archaeological sites: Laetoli and Olduvai Gorge. Both continue to contribute significantly to understanding of humankind’s physical, behavioral and technological evolution.
  6. More than 500 different species are found in the Crater
  7. One of the few placeswhere hotels and lodges are found in the rim and you you can stay here
  8. A one million wilderbeast might pass through this route on their migration journey especialy from December to March.
  9. It is one of the Africa’s Seven  Natural Wonders
  10. Best time to Visit?

Anytime is a good time ,but mostly between May to October when it is dry,the grass are not so bushy,so it is easy to walk around and see the animals

Recommended  Best Places  to Stay in the Ngorongoro?

1. AndBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Situated at the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, you will not be disappointed by the views offered by this magnificent location.AndBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge have carefully tried to replicate the Maasai hut style for their lodges, offering a truly authentic African feel to your stay.Each of the rooms includes its own en-suite bathroom facilities, central living area and their very own private balcony, which offers panoramic views of the Ngorongoro Crater.A true bird watchers haven there are over 300 birds to be seen throughout the crater. Many of which reside in the gardens of Ngorongoro Crater Lodge.It is one of our best recommended places for honeymooners as well.

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2. The Manor Ngorongoro.

The Manor at Ngorongoro, located in the north west Tanzania and with its 9 luxurious cottages (18 Suites), family cottage, and magnificent main Manor House, is one of the first safari lodges of its kind to blend East African hospitality with old-world Afro-European architecture and decor. Located adjacent to the famous Ngorongoro conservation area and within a 1500-acre Arabica coffee estate, The Manor is reminiscent of an elegant up-country farm home in the Cape Dutch-style of architecture,designed with its’ guests comfort in mind

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3. Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge.

Set in 50 acres of virgin Tanzanian bush in the Ngorongoro volcanic landscape, this all suites wood log cabin style retreat is located a few steps from the Game Reserve Gate and 20 minutes’ drive away from the Ngorongoro Crater that is said to have the most dense concentration of wildlife in Africa.

This all inclusive property features 20 spacious private log cabins with fire place, a restaurant, a bar and conference facilities. Indulge in moments of relaxation at the swimming pool or at the Earth & Rain Spa after a full-day game drive.

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Doreen Nyamka,is a Tanzanian Business Woman, proud of her African Heritage. She is a serial entrepreneur, a wedding and destination planner,BNBer and runs an online Real Estate Digital Platform. She helps African Women on a journey to self discovery,establish businesses they love and earn income through her African Million Dollar Mum movement. She is a mom of 4, married and lives in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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