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Ngorongoro Crater mega panorama This is one of the world&#039;s most famous wild landscapes. The Ngorongoro crater is part of the larger Ngorongoro conservation area,  a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Africa&#039;s 7 natural wonders. Some refer to it as nature&#039;s greatest Amphitheatre or Noah&#039;s Arc. The area is also known as the birth place of humanity.<br />
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The crater is the largest collapsed volcano cone in the world. The remaining crater is truly huge. In this photo I am standing on one edge of the crater, overlooking a crater inner field of 17 by 21 kilometers. Not only is this a geological marvel, it is also a wildlife marvel. Most of the animals living on the crater floor are somewhat stuck there. Birds and courageous mammals can escape, but most feel trapped. Although the crater floor is huge, it is also extremely flat. This brings some spectacular wildlife dynamics: predators and prey have few places to hide and are in constant eye contact. Try living, sleeping or raising young ones in such a place of constant threat. Africa,Geotagged,Ngorongoro,Ngorongoro Crater,Serengeti area,Tanzania Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Ngorongoro Crater mega panorama

This is one of the world's most famous wild landscapes. The Ngorongoro crater is part of the larger Ngorongoro conservation area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Africa's 7 natural wonders. Some refer to it as nature's greatest Amphitheatre or Noah's Arc. The area is also known as the birth place of humanity.

The crater is the largest collapsed volcano cone in the world. The remaining crater is truly huge. In this photo I am standing on one edge of the crater, overlooking a crater inner field of 17 by 21 kilometers. Not only is this a geological marvel, it is also a wildlife marvel. Most of the animals living on the crater floor are somewhat stuck there. Birds and courageous mammals can escape, but most feel trapped. Although the crater floor is huge, it is also extremely flat. This brings some spectacular wildlife dynamics: predators and prey have few places to hide and are in constant eye contact. Try living, sleeping or raising young ones in such a place of constant threat.

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  1. As for this being a mega panorama, it requires special instructions to appreciate it.
    1. Make sure you are signed in
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    5. Zoom and pan around using your mousewheel and by dragging
    Posted 7 years ago
  2. A few zoomed in shots:

    Ngorongoro Crater floor detail - 1 A view from the Ngorongoro crater edge, 600m above the crater floor. As you can see, the crater floor is very flat. The black dots are Wildebeests, Zebras and a few Buffalos. You can be sure that this view contains hundreds more species less visible from this distance.<br />
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This scene also shows the sand road in the top area of the image, which is used by rangers and tourists.  Africa,Ngorongoro,Ngorongoro Crater,Serengeti area,Tanzania

    Ngorongoro Crater floor detail - 2 A view from the Ngorongoro crater edge, 600m above the crater floor. As you can see, the crater floor is very flat. The black dots are Wildebeests, Zebras and a few Buffalos. You can be sure that this view contains hundreds more species less visible from this distance. Africa,Ngorongoro,Ngorongoro Crater,Serengeti area,Tanzania

    Ngorongoro Crater floor detail - 3 A view from the Ngorongoro crater edge, 600m above the crater floor. As you can see, the crater floor is very flat. The black dots are Wildebeests, Zebras and a few Buffalos. You can be sure that this view contains hundreds more species less visible from this distance. Africa,Ngorongoro,Ngorongoro Crater,Serengeti area,Tanzania


    And a last mind-blowing fact: before the collapse of this volcano, 3 million years ago, by estimation it was 5KM high.
    Posted 7 years ago, modified 7 years ago
  3. Very beautiful! That volcano really had to have been massive to create such a large landscape. What a unique place. Thanks for sharing! Posted 7 years ago
    1. Yes, it is hard to comprehend how large it is when being there. Only in clear weather, as on the picture, you can see the opposing edge of the crater. It is so large that your mind finds it hard to believe it is a crater, if that makes any sense. Posted 7 years ago
      1. It is difficult to wrap your mind around. Most people probably look at it and just think its simply a valley. I've never seen anything like it. Posted 7 years ago
  4. A truly remarkable place and a magnificent photo, thanks Ferdy, so lovely to see. Posted 7 years ago
  5. Wow..Truly amazing photo and a lovely place...!!! Posted 7 years ago
  6. amazing!!! :) Posted 7 years ago
  7. Thanks all! Posted 7 years ago

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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Nov 12, 2013. Captured Sep 1, 2013 11:05 in B 144, Tanzania.
  • NIKON D7000
  • f/3.5
  • 1/500s
  • ISO160
  • 18mm