A Photo Tour – Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

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A Photo Tour – Ngorongoro Crater

Although the entire continent of Africa is blessed with an insane amount of natural beauty and wildlife; we’d argue that Tanzania leads the way. With the seemingly untouched white sand beaches of Zanzibar, the iconic silhouette of Mount Kilimanjaro and national parks bursting at the seams with some of the world’s most exotic wildlife, Tanzania is nature lovers dream!

A Little Background

Ngorongoro Crater was our main reason for travelling south from Kenya after experiencing once in a lifetime safaris in the Masai Mara. We booked a tour with a company in Moshi called Rafiki Backpackers that would take us to  Tarangire National Park, which surprised us with its huge number of elephants and wondrous baobab trees.

Ngorongoro Crater which is the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera is as unique a place in the world as you’ll find. The crater which measures about 260 square kilometres (100 square miles), is home to about 25,000 animals and one of the densest number of Masai lions in Africa.

The crater does act as a bit of a bio-dome of sorts as only about 20% of the wildlife will ever leave the crater. 

The crater is home to the infamous “Big Five”:  buffaloes, rhinos, lions, elephants and leopards. In the same way that Tarangire National Park was an elephant lovers dream, Ngorongoro Crater is paradise for big cat lovers; you are virtually guaranteed to get an up close encounter with lions. We even had a lioness lie in the shade behind our Landrover!

Please enjoy our photo tour of Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania:

Lions of Ngorongoro

The Pride Enters the Swampy Crater

Hippos of Ngorongoro

The Hippos of Ngorongoro

Young male lion

A Young Male Lion

The wildebeest

Wildebeest on the Move

The serval cat of Ngorongoro

The Elusive Serval Cat

Elephant in Ngorongoro

An Elephant Emerges From the Swamps

Zebra Ngorongoro

The Zebras Little Friends

Lioness Ngorongoro Crater

Pensive Lioness

African Buffalo Ngorongoro

A Massive Cape Buffalo

Hamerkop Ngorongoro

The Odd Looking Hamerkop

A Zebras eye

My Eye is On You

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The Local Pub

Lion relaxing in Ngorongoro Crater

Relaxing in the Midday Sun

Secretary Bird Ngorongoro

A Flamboyant Secretary Bird

Baby hippo Ngorongoro Crater

Baby Hippo Protected By Family

Lion in the shade

Finding Shade Wherever She Can

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Have you ever been to or are wanting to travel to Ngorongoro Crater? Please let us know about your experience, we would love to hear from you!

Cheers and thanks for reading,


Ross & Alyse

Ross & Alyse at Ngorongoro Crater



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