m Ngorongoro Krater muss Gott die Welt erschaffen haben. In the Ngorongoro Crater, God must have created the world. The largest volcanic crater in the world is like paradise on earth. That here is the origin of all life is not so outlandish, because here the oldest human bones of the earth were found. 3.6 million years are old. But other than that, Ngorongoro Crater in northern Tanzania is the most beautiful animal paradise I've ever seen. The Ngorongoro Conversation Area is adjacent to the Serengeti and is close to the town of Karatu and Lake Manyara .

From the crater rim down to the crater floor of Ngorongoro Crater

When we return from the Serengeti to Karatu, our destination is the Ngorongoro Crater. Of course we want to go down into the crater. The only problem is that on the bumpy roads a spring has broken on the axle and Guide Iddy has since taken his foot off the gas pedal. Before we drive down the steep crater walls, Iddy checks again to see if the jeep will endure. Fortunately, Iddy is just as adventurous as we are and our journey down to the crater floor is nothing in the way. The roads are steep and bumpy, we wind our way down the crater walls. There are 800 meters difference in altitude between the crater rim at 2,300 meters above sea level. and the crater floor.

In search of the Big Five in Ngorongoro Crater

The huge crater hole of the Ngorongoro Crater looks so unspectacular from above, what will await us below? The visit of the Ngorongoro Crater should, according to various guides, be the highlight of any Tanzania trip. But what should our experiences of the last few days still be able to top? Well, we are still in search of the Big Five: besides the elephant, the cheetah, the lion we still lack the rhino and the buffalo. Then we saw all five big animals that big game hunters appreciate most because they are the hardest to kill. But that's why the rhino is so hard to find, because it is threatened with extinction. Will we find what we are looking for in Ngorongoro Crater? The pure thirst for adventure shoots through our bodies as we drive down the crater walls.

Once down there, it feels like time has stopped. We drive through a landscape that knows only one thing, peace on earth. It may sound strange, but the animals here are much more peaceful than in the Serengeti. They have no stress, unlike the wildebeest wandering through the Serengeti and exposed to a thousand dangers, none of the animals here ever have to leave the crater. The crater is their home. Everything you know. Here every animal finds food and water and there is time to take care of the essentials such as these wildebeests here.

The focal point of the crater floor is Lake Magadi, where pink flamingos and other waterfowl frolic. From a distance the lake shimmers pink because of the flamingos. As we drive through the countryside, we eat our packed lunches. What could be better than eating in this paradise and just being allowed to be?

Safari in Ngogrongoro Crater: Eye to eye with the King of the Beasts

The buffalo belongs to the Big 5.

Suddenly a buffalo herd crosses our path. The critters just stand on the street and gawk at us. We have to wait until they are out of the way. Number 4 of the Big Five would be ticked off as well. A little further on, two hippos lie side by side in the grass and snore.

Then we see a jeep standing in a curve from a distance. What is there? We do not see anything. Iddy stalks the other Jeep and if this Jeep had not already stood there, we would have just driven past. The animals of Africa are so well camouflaged that they become one with their surroundings. In the yellow-throated grass, two lazy lions snore and stretch out all fours. It seems like they have just finished their lunch break and now need a nap.

These are our first male lions we see. Iddy says male lions are not so common as they are often solitary or walk through the steppe or lay in the grass and sleep. Looks like we've caught these two gentlemen here. Iddy drives us directly in front of the lion, who is starting to get a bit too colorful. He opens his heavy songs, begins to lick his paws. I can look him straight in the eye. Then he opens his mouth and yawns. Yeah! In front of me is a real showpiece, proud is his gaze. Face to face with the lion, I realize why he is called the king of beasts, everything in his gestures looks majestic, proud and vain. Slowly he gets up, wanders out into the steppe and looks out into the distance over his land. The king of animals. We have seen male lions! Chaka.

Incidentally, the females frolic on the other side of the Ngorongoro Crater. They have chosen a river mouth for their afternoon nap where they play with their little ones.

The last black rhinos in the Ngorongoro Crater

One of the last black rhinos in the world. In Ngorongoro Crater live only 15 pieces.

In addition to all the big animals, the Ngorongoro Crater is rich in many other animals. A total of 25,000 animals find a home here. Only the giraffe did not make it to the crater floor, her long neck was probably in the way. We see different species of birds, jackals, antelopes and in the end we even see # 5 of the Big Five: the rhino. It is inconspicuously hidden in the tall grass, only its long horn sticking out of the almost same-colored grass. Occasionally it stands there and looks as if it was not quite what it does here. A sad fact is that there are only between 10 and 15 of these magnificent black rhinos in the Ngorongoro Crater. There were more than 100 in the 60s. What a blessing that we have spotted one of the last few. Hopefully, the rhino will be able to multiply again. But with Tanzan's increasing population, soaring numbers of tourists and, unfortunately, poaching, this seems difficult.

We leave the crater again through acacia forests and the green fog forests, which look like a twisted jungle. At the top is the Kraterlodge - a luxury resort overlooking paradise on earth. We continue to Karatu.

My accommodation in Tanzania:

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Worth knowing about the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania

  Bernhard Grzimek campaigned in the late 1950s for the Ngorongoro Crater to become a protected zone. Since 1979 he belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Site . and since 2010 also a UNESCO World Heritage Site . On the crater rim is the grave of the Frankfurt zoologist Prof. dr. Bernhard Grzimek and his son Michael. Michael crashed during the filming of the documentary "The Serengeti Can not Die" at the age of 25 when he flew his plane over the crater. A bird had caught in the engine.
Landscape in the Ngorongoro Crater: dense cloud forests on the crater rim, grasslands, heath and bush as well as Lake Magadi.
Size of the crater: 26,400 hectares, 21 and 17 kilometers in diameter
Animals in the crater: Big 5: lions, elephants, cheetahs, buffaloes, rhinos, various species of birds, antelopes and gazelles, hippos, wildebeests, zebras, monkeys and more.
Costs Attendance: Parking fee $ 60 per person plus driver and vehicle $ 200 per day.
Best time to travel: The Ngorongoro Crater can be visited all year round, however, keep in mind that during the rainy season the steep roads can be very slippery. The best time to visit the Ngorongoro Crater is from June to October (dry season) and from December to March (after the small rainy season).

How much is a safari in Ngorongoro Crater admission?

Parking fee $ 60 per person plus driver and vehicle $ 200- $ 300 per day.

When is the best travel time for a safari in Ngorongoro Crater?

The Ngorongoro Crater can be visited all year round, but keep in mind that during the rainy season the steep roads can be very slippery. The best time to visit the Ngorongoro Crater is from June to October (dry season) and from December to March (after the small rainy season).

Is a safari in the Ngorongoro Crater worth it?

in any case. All the national parks that I visited in Tanzania are worthwhile and belong to the most beautiful, which I have seen so far on my many trips.

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