The Ngorongoro Crater is located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

The crater is an extinct volcano that erupted 2.5 million years ago. It is the largest intact caldera in the world. The caldera – or the cauldron – has an amazing ecosystem with abundant wildlife. The wildlife provides good conditions for predators, which explains why the crater has the highest density of lions in the world.

The crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site partly because it is home to several endangered species, such as the African wild dog and the black rhino, which you may be lucky enough to see on a safari in the base of the crater.

The only classic safari animal you won’t see in the crater is the giraffe. The giraffe cannot descend into the crater because the sides are too steep for its legs.