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Ngorongoro Crater a must-see destination during Tanzania safaris

There's no trip quite like a Tanzania safari. Aside from offering the chance to get a close-up view of some of the world's most famous animals in their natural habitat, they also provide spectacular views of the landscape. So it should come as no surprise that Tanzania was named as the top safari in the world after an extensive study by the online marketplace SafariBookings.com. There are certain spots in Tanzania that are particularly impressive for viewing wildlife, but the Ngorongoro Crater stands above the rest.

Experts estimate the enormous crater was formed around 2.5 million years ago when a large volcano erupted and collapsed on itself. The crater is like few others on Earth and it is truly massive. It measures between 10 and 12 miles across and stands at about 100 square miles. The rim rises about 2,000 feet above the floor, bringing the outside edge to about 5,900 feet above sea level. But there's more to the Ngorongoro Crater than its immense size, it's also home to millions of different species of wildlife, making it one of the must-see features of Tanzania safaris. 

Much of the wildlife activity takes place on the caldera's expansive floor. It's there that many of the crater's most famous residents, including elephants, leopards, black rhinoceroses, buffalo and zebras tend to congregate.

In addition to the stunning array of wildlife, you should also make a point to take in some of the marvelous views that surround the carter. Certain mountains are particularly majestic including Ol Doinyo Lengai, which sits on the leeward side of the highlands. An active volcano, Ol Doinyo Lengai is the third tallest mountain in Tanzania, and stands as a testament to the natural beauty of the African Rift Valley. 

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