The Ngorongoro Conservation Area as a whole has much to offer but the jewel in its crown is the crater – an area of 265 sq km, which is 610 meters deep and 19 km across. The rim of the crater is an astounding 2286 meters above sea level. The floor contains a small soda lake, called Lake Magadi and it is estimated that 30 000 animals are living in the crater, making it the most intensive safari game viewing area on earth! It was therefore very fittingly declared a World Heritage Site in 1978. You have a chance of spotting wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, elephants and a small population of black rhino. Another major attraction to this picturesque park is it dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever elusive leopard.