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Ngorongoro”the African buffalo, Thomson’s gazelles, crocodiles, hippopotamus, wildebeest”

Large numbers of blue wildebeest (gnu), Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Large numbers of blue wildebeest (gnu), Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Two thousand feet below, the crater’s floor opens up. The steep walls covered in forest guard the 265 square kilometer calderas. In it live the lion, the cheetah, the rhino, the laughing hyena, hippos wallowing in the muddy rivers, pink flamingoes lacing the salt lake and numerous other birds. No wonder, the Ngorongoro Crater is called the eighth wonder of the world
Until Ngorongoro became a conservation area joining the Serengeti, the Maasai roamed the crater floor and before them, stone age man had set up home here. In 1892 Oscar Baumann took the credit of being the first European to see the Crater. After that it was open territory.
When the Germans took over Tanzania, Ngongoro became the winter highlands of the ruling reich. Ngorongoro can be seen from space. There are no giraffes in the crater because their long spindly legs find the descent into the crater too steep and besides there aren’t too many acacia tree to forage on.

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