Kifaru - Rhino

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

This volcanic crater in Tanzania is one of the most magnificent places you can visit while you are there. It is a story that keeps unravelling by the minute, and you have the opportunity to see it for yourself.First of all, this is one of the oldest sites you get to see in Africa. It is believed that Ngorongoro was formed millions of years ago (2.5 million, to be more precise) from a large active volcano whose cone collapsed inward. This was a result of a major eruption that created the largest intact caldera in the world. Some professionals in the field even believe that this was the highest peak in Africa before it erupted.
ngorongoro crater
Ngorongoro Crater: Photo by Tony Reumerman
Nowadays, it is a conservation area and a favorite stop for many tourists worldwide. The given name has an onomatopoeic origin – Maasai pastoralists named it after the sound that the cowbells make (ngoro ngoro).Ngorongoro is worth visiting if you are in the area, mostly because of the unique scenery and abundant wildlife. While you are there, you may encounter crocodiles, leopards, zebras, hippos, cheetahs, lions, antelopes, and many more.Another interesting fact about this area is that the lions are considered isolated there. The reason for that is the epizootic die-off that happened in 1962. It left these lands with only a handful of survivors. The following decade was focused on repopulating, and three different coalitions of males managed to establish offspring.You can enjoy a walking guided tour while in Ngorongoro and become one with the untouched nature!

They say that somewhere in Africa the elephants have a secret grave where they go to lie down, unburden their wrinkled gray bodies, and soar away, light spirits at the end.

Robert R. McCammon

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