Ngorongoro Crater of Tanzania

 

The Ngorongoro Crater is a large, unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera located about 180km west of Arusha, in the Crater Highlands of Tanzania.. The crater was formed two to three million years ago, when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed upon itself . Aside from herds of zebra, gazelle, and wildebeest, the crater is home to the “big five” of rhinoceros, lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo. The crater has almost every individual species of wildlife in East Africa, with an estimated 25 000 animals within the crater.The Ngorongoro Crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, shared by the Masai Tribe and their cattle, with the thousands of animals living in the crater, or passing through during the Ungulate (hoofed animals) migration. There is also a strong population of mamalian predators such as Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Hyenas and Jackals in the Ngorongoro. A side effect of the enclosure effect of the Ngorongoro is that the population of Ngorongoro lions is significantly inbred, with many genetic problems passed from generation to generation. The Lions are fat and large because of the abundance of food supply. Lake Makat in the middle of the crater is a salt water lake where there are thousands of Flamingoes. – Yusuf Hashim

Masai lady performing the welcome dance

Group picture

 

Masai lady

Decorative necklace

Masai village

 

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