Ngorongoro Crater (called ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ‘8th Natural Wonder of the World’) offers amazing landscapes and phenomenal concentrations and diversity of both game and birdlife within a fascinating mini ecosystem. Wonderful flowers in late April and May but cold in June and July. Hugely popular so worth timing your visit carefully and seriously considering the off season (mid March to late May) to best appreciate this area in some semblance of privacy. Within the crater rim, large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze nearby while sleeping lions laze in the sun. At dawn, the endangered black rhino returns to the thick cover of the crater forests after grazing on dew-laden grass in the morning mist. Just outside the crater’s ridge, tall Masaai herd their cattle and goats over green pastures through the highland slopes, living alongside the wildlife as they have for centuries.
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