Ngorongoro... Where did this famous place got its name from?
It is a Maasai word but it's not the Maasai who named this region. A long time ago some Maasai lost a cow and went to search it. They were accompanied by two white men. They found the cow because of the ringing of the cow bell which leads one Maasai to say "ngorongoro". Ngorongoro basically just means cow bell but the white men, not able to speak the Maasai language, thought that it is the place and started using the word. Ngorongoro was born.
Besides this amusing story about the name of the area, it is a one-of-a-kind place and could easily be considered as a wonder of the world. The Ngorongoro Crater is the worlds largest intact volcanic caldera. With the Crater rim ranging over 2,200m it has different clima zones, and from up there you get a magnificant view over the 265km2 Crater. This huge bowl the home for up to 30,000 animals at a time and just breathtaking!
You can basically see all the famous animal here but especially it's the place to go if you want a high chance to see black rhinos or leopards.
Filled by the Munge River the salty Lake Makat is only one of the habitats located inside the crater. You will find lush forests, huge plains of grasland and swamps which are all attracting different animals and make them remain here throughout the year.
But there are not only animals. In the Ngorongoro area are also a lot of Maasai villages which are worth a visit to meet this special and traditional tribe. The pastoralistic living Maasai are rich in traditions. Maybe they're most kown for their jumping and decorative accesouirs but visiting them will show you how much more there is!