The floor of the Ngorongoro Crater has several main physical features. A permanent hippo pool can be found at Ngoitokitok Springs. Lerai Forest consists mainly of Yellow Fever Acacia Trees. The shallow soda Lake Magadi is constantly changing in size and shape depending on the season, as does the Gorigor Swamp. However the majority of the crater floor mainly consists of open grassland supporting large concentrations of grazing mammals and the predators that go with them.
The wildlife in the crater has become habituated to the processions of vehicles that descend daily. This means that getting close and taking good photos of the animals behaving naturally is relatively easy. We recommend that you stay in one of them many hotels or camps on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater so that you can leave early and be one of the first into the Crater.
Walking safaris around the Crater Rim are also possible, with an armed Ranger for your protection. This is a great experience for those fit enough to enjoy it.