Ngorongoro Crater tips

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the crater


The crater is 20 kilometers (12 miles) in diameter. Its ring-shaped wall is as high as a 200 story building and hems in the 260 square kilometer (105 square mile) flat crater floor where a year-round population of approximately 30,000 large safari animals roam.

If you built stadium seats on the crater's sloping wall, you could comfortably sit over 30 million spectators.

Bring a sweater or jacket

The rim is about 2,300 meters (7,500 feet) above sea level, so expect chilly evenings and mornings even though you are near the equator.

Not a real crater

Technically, the Ngorongoro Crater is a caldera, not a true crater because its circular wall is the remnant of collapsed sides of a dormant or extinct volcano. Its peak once rose 8000 kilometers (26,000 feet) above sea level.

About the Ngorongoro
Conservation Area (NCA)


The Ngorongoro Crater is part of the vast NCA. It is only a tiny fraction of that land mass.

Neighboring lands

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