After an early breakfast, descend into this extraordinary volcanic crater for a spectacular full day game drive (packed lunch included).
Had it not become the world’s sixth-largest unbroken caldera, then what is now known as the Ngorongoro Crater could have been a towering volcanic mountain as high as Kilimanjaro. The crater is a large, unbroken, un-flooded volcanic caldera, formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago. The Ngorongoro Crater sinks to a depth of 610 metres, with its floor covering 260 square kilometres; estimates of the height of the original volcano range from 4,500m to 5,800m.
Animal populations in the crater include almost every individual species of wildlife in East Africa (with an estimated 25,000 animals within the Crater), including the “Big Five” of rhinoceros, lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), measuring 8,300 square kilometres, is the only place on earth where mankind and wild animals co-exist in harmony.
The NCA became a Man and Biosphere Reserve in 1971 and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.
Dinner and overnight at a luxury lodge in Karatu town.