Ngorongoro Caldera

Ngorongoro Caldera

Today was a full day of going to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This area, named after the Ngorongoro Crater, which is the world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. At roughly 3,202 square miles in area, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has a wide variety of wildlife, including the big 5. Today’s game drive was mainly within the crater itself.

Lake Magadi inside Ngorongoro Crater

The big opportunity today was getting to see Black Rhinos. We were not disappointed as we were able to see first a lone rhino, then then, just a few minutes later, three more. Unfortunately, all were several hundred yards from the roads we were required to stay on. But it was still a site to see as these endangered animals are becoming more and more rare to see in the wild.

Black Rhinos in the distance

Ngorongoro Crater is also home to Lake Magadi, which is often inhabited by both greater and lesser flamingos. It was quite a site to see with thousands of flamingos standing and feeding in the water.

Greater and Lesser Flamingos resting

After a long day of exploring the crater floor, it was time to head back to our lodge for some good food and an opportunity to sit around the fire pit and talk about today’s adventures.

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