28/07/03The view of the Ngorongoro Crater from the rim always reminds me the story of Noah's Ark.
The crater is a wildlife microcosmos: it has large grass plains, an acacia forest, a fresh water lake, a soda water lake, etc. Large herds of buffalo and wildebeest are clearly visible from the rim.
Wildlife density is one of the highest in Africa. Most of it permanently resident, it includes elephants (some of them with really big tuskers, as hunting was reasonably controlled, thanks to the presence of German settlers during the 20th century), a large pride of lions, leopard, cheetah, black rhino, giraffe, hyena, gazzelle, zebra, wildebeest, hyppo, flamingoes... Enough to fill at least two days of intense game viewing on your way to the Serengeti plains.
Before the creation of the Conservancy, Masai pastoralists used to live here, but all the Masai villages have now reallocated to the rim, and to the outer slopes of the ex-volcano.
A short interval in January-February, and Tanzania's winter (May to November) are the best months to go.