Wildlife & Animals – Ngorongoro

The star attraction of the Conservation Area is the Ngorongoro Crater: an extinct volcano teeming with wildlife often compared to the Garden of Eden. Wildlife viewing in the crater is out of this world. All major animals are easily seen. The only exception is giraffe, which is present in the Conservation Area, but not in the crater because of the steep descent. Elephant are common, including some very big tuskers. All big cats can be spotted, and the density of spotted hyena is quite extraordinary.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantCommon
GiraffeOccasional
HippoCommon
BuffaloCommon
ZebraAbundant
WildebeestAbundant
LionCommon
LeopardOccasional
CheetahCommon
HyenaAbundant
Wild DogVery Rare

Wildlife Highlights

A real special of the crater is the black rhino. Rhino is hard to see in Tanzania, and black rhino is typically very shy – sticking to thick vegetation. This is not so in the crater, where they have a predictable routine of spending the night in Lerai forest, and the day in open grassland. Black-backed and golden jackal are equally common in the crater.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is excellent in the crater throughout the year. The scenery of the crater is most spectacular in the Wet season, from November to May, but at that time the grass might be long in places. This can interfere with seeing some of the smaller animals. From March to May the rains can be continuous for days.

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