Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the most beautiful places you'll ever visit. Nestled above the lush Ngorongoro Highlands and next to the Serengeti plain, this area offers a feast for the senses. The government has successfully managed to balance the Maasai's traditional way of life while conserving nature. It's common to see the Maasai wearing their bright red blankets as they graze their cattle next to zebras and lions.

The beauty of the Ngorongoro Crater (actually a caldera) is unsurpassed. Home to 25,000 animals, the crater boasts forests, canyons, lakes, marshes, grasslands, and plains. You can see all of the "Big 5" here, especially rhinos.

Due to anti-poaching patrols, the number of black rhinos in the park has increased, with almost 20 animals. That may not seem like a large number, but in the Serengeti, rhinos are so rare, that they are under armed guard and are not visible by the public.

The conservation area is one of the few places that you can do a walking safari. Although not allowed to walk in the crater, there are many areas to explore outside of it. Favorite spots to visit are Lake Natron, Embakaai Crater and Oldonyo Lengai volcano.

Even from a distance the Rhino is pretty intimidating. You don't want to get within 50 yards. They are quite aggressive.