Moving time  5 hours 19 minutes

Time  10 hours

Coordinates 11588

Uploaded December 28, 2019

Recorded December 2019

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near Kibaoni, Arusha (Tanzania)

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Safari - Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro crater is a vast circular caldera over twenty kilometers in diameter located in the heart of the Ngorongoro massif, in northern Tanzania, in the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley.

This crater, now extinct, formed following the collapse of a volcano on itself when its magma chamber was emptied during a volcanic eruption. The Ngorongoro is the largest intact and not submerged caldera in the world with 326 km2 of area. It is located in the Ngorongoro conservation area, a protected area listed as World Heritage.

The Ngorongoro crater is located in northern Tanzania, west of Arusha, in the Ngorongoro district of the Arusha region. It is part of the Ngorongoro massif, an area of plateaus and volcanic peaks that stretches from Lake Eyasi (in the southwest) to Lake Natron (in the northeast), and is bordered by the Serengeti plain in the northeast. west, by the volcanic massifs of the Méru, Kilimanjaro and Monduli mountains to the east and by Lake Manyara to the southeast.

Its maximum diameter is 22.5 kilometers and its depth is 610 meters.

The basin with the relatively flat bottom does not have an outlet and precipitation accumulates there forming a permanent lake, Lake Makat or Magadi, and two marshes, the Mwandusi and the Gorigor. The crater also receives the waters of a river escaping from the crater Olmoti located to the north and flowing into Lake Makat.

Geology

The Ngorongoro is an ancient volcano which could have been much higher than Kilimanjaro and which emitted lavestrachytics and pyroclastic materials. Two million years ago, it collapsed on itself when emptying its magma chamber, creating the current caldera. No longer experiencing eruptive activity since, it is considered extinct.

The Ngorongoro crater constitutes an important wildlife reserve included in the Ngorongoro conservation area which adjoins the Serengeti located to the northwest. This conservation area is a major tourist attraction in Tanzania.

For the sake of nature conservation, the area inside the crater is decreed non-constructible and it is not allowed to graze herds there although they may drink there during a transit.

Hotels are located on the edges of the crater and organize day and night excursions there to observe the wild fauna.

Four hundred species of birds inhabit the crater. Among them are the flamingos which come, always during the rising moon, to land on Lake Makat. This lake is formed by the rains that pour into the bowl of the flat-bottomed crater, sometimes large bodies of water. We then see the hippos lounging there while the buffaloes wallow in the mud.

The forest that lines the inner wall of the caldera descends sparingly to the meadows where the herbivores graze. Trees store moisture in the rainy season and release it in the dry season. This explains why the very many animals find their food there all year round.
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Départ du Safari

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Au 4×4

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Vers l'entrée du parc

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Entrée du parc de Ngorongoro

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Paysages

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Vue panoramique sur le cratère

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Cratère du Ngorongoro

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Vue panoramique

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Cratère de Ngorongoro

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Animals

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Paysages

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Paysages

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Paysages

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Les lionnes

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L'autruche

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Le lion

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Grey crowned crane

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Buffalo and renard

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Les flamands roses

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La lionne

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Paysages

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Zèbre

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Buffalo

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Zèbre

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Paysages

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Petite pause

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Vue panoramique

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Retour

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Tribu Masai

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Tribu Masai

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  • Photo of Saadaoui Mohamed

    Saadaoui Mohamed Dec 28, 2019

    LocalisationCoordonnées :

    3° 10′ 39″ S, 35° 34′ 15″ E
    Pays Tanzanie
    Région Arusha
    District Ngorongoro

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