The first stop, after having crossed the entrance of this amazing crater, is the Crater View Point, a belvedere that, from the top of the Rim, overlooks the caldera evoking unspeakable feelings.
The history of this crater is unique. Million years ago, in this area, there were some volcanoes that collapsed after a big explosion and formed the calderas with their great variety of wildlife that settled in this kaleidoscopic environment which can be admired today.
The top, or Rim, is 3,500 meters high. The eastern part is covered by montane forests, while the western is bushland, as it receives less rain during the year. In the center there is the Ngorongoro caldera, a large grassland with wooded areas hosting acacia trees, such as in the Lerai forest, near the Lake Magadi, in the middle of the crater.
The conservation area also includes two smaller calderas: Olmoti and Empakaai, where interesting guided walks with armed rangers are offered.
An astonishing wildlife: all the big five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and some black rhino), ungulates, birds, hyenas and many others.
Local Maasai inhabit this area: they usually graze their cattle and offer tourists their services as watchmen of lodges and tented camps.