Ngorongoro Crater is home to a wide variety of mammals, including the famous big five (5), namely rhino, buffalo, elephants, leopard and lions. Apart from these, there are many other animals in this crater, including hippos, hyena, warthog, zebra, eland, gazelle, wildebeest and many more. This makes Ngorongoro Crater probably the best place in Tanzania to spot and watch the big five easily, among other wild games.
The crater is also home to hundreds of bird species. It is spectacular in terms of birdlife, including migratory ones known to travel across continents from Europe, Asia and other parts of Africa. The shallow soda lake near the centre of crater floor attracts flamingoes and other water birds, making it an ideal place to watch their movements and feeding habits as they happen.