When talking about travel destinations that truly take your breath away, perhaps the Grand Canyon in North America, Angel Falls in Venezuela or Mount Everest in Asia represent some of the more commonly known iconic pursuits but Africa’s Ngorongoro Crater shouldn’t suffer any inferiority complex given the jaw dropping wide open plains that make holidays to Tanzania extra memorable.
The wondrous crater forging part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area negotiates outstanding prestige on the African continent having been credited as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa as well as boasting UNESCO World Heritage status.
Located around 180 km west of Tanzanian gateway town, Arusha, the crater – which represents the world’s largest unfilled volcanic caldera – is booming with a diverse range of wildlife given the natural shelter from the steep sided edges of the region and lion, wildebeest and zebra represent just some of fauna that spectacularly roam this fascinating environment.
You may have heard of the Ngorongoro region being popularly referred to as the cradle of life or mankind given the thorough research and prevalence of fossils sourced from the nearby Olduvai Gorge down the years revealing that hominoids roamed the area as far back as three million years ago.
Taking this point in isolation, let alone the incredible aesthetic qualities of Ngorongoro on Tanzania holidays, it is incredible to think that you could be retracing the very first steps and birth of humankind.
The best way to take in as much of the Ngorongoro Crater and surrounds as possible is via minibus safari. There are a few options to take when on safari and it is recommended that tours are organised before you depart the UK but for those making latter decisions, many tours operate out of Karatu – another honeypot settlement on the fringes of the region – so touring options are anything but restricted.
The sheer scale of the Ngorongoro Crater can’t be truly realised until you are there yourself, and land stretches as far as the eye can see across the 100 or so square miles of plains. For those enraptured by nature, they will marvel at the geography of Ngorongoro and will soon understand how the area was formed – when a volcano exploded and collapsed making for the wide open landscape.
Tanzania really is blessed with stunning natural beauty and to think the nation also boasts Mount Kilimanjaro, packing it all in represents the only potential stress you may experience!