As one of the unofficial wonders of the world, it is difficult to give a fair description to the enormity and beauty of the Crater. A steep wall of thick forest surrounds the circumference, which looks into a natural amphitheatre, 260 sq km in size.
Here, a complete eco-system unfolds
, consisting of grasslands, swamps, lakes, rivers, woodlands, forest and an arid area of shifting dunes. Thus the Crater is able to sustain a vast resident population of game,
including elephant, buffalo, hippo, wildebeest, gazelle, monkeys, black rhino, leopard and a huge concentration of lion and hyena. The surrounding conservation area is also home to the legendary Maasai tribe.
These unique people are seen high on the Crater rim, where young warriors (or children) tend the cattle, armed with nothing but a short spear.