A World Heritage Site, the crater hosts almost every species found in the region except giraffe (they can’t negotiate the steep incline down.) There are cheetah, hippo, plains species and a myriad of birds. Here is one of the few remaining places it’s possible to encounter the highly endangered black rhino.

It is also possible to see elephant (mostly lone or “bachelor” bulls, contented prides of lion, a resident herd of wildebeest, zebra, various gazelles, impala, baboon and much more. Nearby is the famous Olduvai Gorge, where the Leakey family conducted their research for several decades and made many famous contributions to the field of anthropology.