Treasures of the World - Heritage of Mankind
Ngorongoro - Noah's Crater, Tanzania
Ngorongoro - Noah's Crater, Tanzania - Every morning sees the same spectacle: thick fog drifts down 500 meters from the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater and dissolves shortly before it reaches ground level. The crater floor forms an oval 19 kilometers long and 17 wide with a lake of nitric water in the middle that almost evaporates during the dry season, laving a white salt flat. What water is left looks pink because of the flocks of flamingos that inhabit the crater. Almost all the animals that live on the neighboring Serengeti can also be found here: elephants, gazelle and antelopes, baboons and monkeys, lions, jackals and hyenas but here they crowd into a confined space. During the day, Massai tribesmen herd their cattle down from the edge of the crater and let them graze side by side with buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, although the pride of the gamekeepers, the few rhinos there, rarely show themselves on the slopes. The relative seclusion and abundance of water have turned the crater floor into a verdant haven for wildlife, a Noah's Ark for endangered species...