The Ngorongoro Conservation Area starts just 20 minutes by car from The Plantation Lodge. After a drive of a further half-hour visitors reach the edge of the crater at an altitude of 2,300 meters where they are rewarded with a breathtaking panorama. When the morning mists float over the edge of the crater they reveal the large volcanic caldera. Some 25,000 animals live in the caldera which has a diameter of 19 kilometers. Zebras, buffalo, antelope, lions, black rhinos, hippos, elephants ... They all feed on the abundant grazing grounds and the groundwater of the crater floor. During the day they share this area with the Maasai, who drive their cattle into the crater to graze.