With 265 square kilometers, being the largest crater in existence and having a diameter of 20 kilometers, it is the home for 40,000 animals, including the big five. The caldera also contains perennial swamps which are an important migratory point for flamingos, and contains two patches of dense acacia woodlands called Lerai and Laindi forests. In the area, natural phenomena contain the deep water lakes of Embagi, waterfalls of Munge, the active volcano of Ol Donyo Lengai, and the shifting sands. Some of the earliest archeological finds containing Neolithic graves and rock workings have been aptly described as one of the wonders of the world. Among the exceptional bird life can be found Lammergeyer, Vereaux eagle, Egyptian vulture, rosy breasted long claw, golden winged sunbird, eastern double collared sunbird and Abyssinian night jay.
Ngorongoro Crater is a large and unbroken volcanic caldera. It is one of the most spectacular safari destinations in Africa, with incredible scenery and game viewing. The crater is 610m deep and the floor is 260km squared. The steep sides of the crater mean that it has become a natural enclosure for a very wide variety of wildlife, including most of the species found in East Africa. Most of the lodges are built high on the crater rim and afford amazing views over and into the crater, the perfect location to watch the infamous African sunset.This is one of the most magnificent tourist destinations in Africa unparalleled in its distinguished scenic beauty, wildlife and atmosphere. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is an area situated 180km west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands region of Tanzania.Land in the conservation area is multi-use, it is unique in Tanzania as the only conservation area, providing protection status for wildlife whilst allowing human habitation. The NCA is usually visited on the return journey from the Serengeti to Arusha. Stunning views and unique landscape are a certainty when visiting this spectacular region.