Photo Essay: Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater

Tanzania’s famous Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. The crater is the world’s largest inactive, fully intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera — roughly 100 square miles in size. It’s also home to 25,000 animals, including black rhinos, hippos, seasonal flamingos and over 7,000 wildebeest. Simply put, it’s one of the most stunning sites in Africa and well worth adding to your bucket list. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of one of the world’s most majestic places, Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater.

ngorongoro morning

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The morning sunshine adds gorgeous color to the valley

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Zebras playing around in the savanna

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The surreal sight of flamingos, wildebeest and zebras


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The colorful crested crane — one of the most flamboyant local residents

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A herd of wildebeest munching away the day, filling up on grass


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An elephant slowly makes its way through a marsh

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This hyena clearly doesn’t think it’s a laughing matter

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A local Maasai herder passing through

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Hippos are always lurking in the water


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A majestic view in the dry season

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One of the crater’s smallest mammals, Kirk’s dik dik



The setting sun creates an incredible red sky

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