Ngorongoro Crater

All off Africa in one 'bowl'

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The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest intact -- and inactive -- caldera in the world. Formed more than two million years ago from a huge volcanic explosion, the Crater is now a UNESCO World Heritage site teeming with wildlife. Visitors can see more than 25,000 animals, including four of the Big Five. It's home to the biggest population of Masai lions in Africa and is where wildebeest come to calve during the great migration.

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Tanzania Migration Safari

Experience Africa's greatest wildlife phenomenon
Approx. 8 days
Arusha (1 days) → Karatu (2) → Serengeti (4) → Arusha (1)
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Spend a day in Ngorongoro’s volcanic crater looking for wildlife
Ngorongoro Crater

Spend a day in Ngorongoro’s volcanic crater looking for wildlife

Ngorongoro’s crater floor is home to a range of animals, including elephants, rhinos, leopards and many lions. Look out for the pink flamingos at Lake Magadi.

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