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Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is located in Northern Tanzania. The centerpiece of the region is a 19 kilometer-wide unbroken caldera, the largest of its kind in the world. Scenic grandeur and stunning views are the hallmark of this Ā«Garden of EdenĀ». The crater floor, 600 meters below, is a natural haven for 25,000 animals. Lush highlands, waterfalls and mountain forests surround the crater, falling away to the tawny plains and alkaline lakes of the Great Rift Valley.

However, the growing number of tourist vehicles, crisscrossing the area in search for animals, is creating a network of tracks that disrupts the grass cover, with possibly serious consequences for the plant and animal species. The Maasai people, known as nomadic herders and warriors, were evicted from the crater in 1974 and live today on its rim.