Imaggeo On Monday: Pot of Gold: Ngorongoro Crater

Imaggeo On Monday: Pot of Gold: Ngorongoro Crater

A double rainbow beams into the Ngorongoro Crater after rainfall as a couple of African buffalos graze within this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The largest intact caldera in the world, it extends 20 kilometres in diameter and is home to the Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and African buffalo) – a true pot of gold.


Photo and caption by Jack Park, shared on


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  1. How do the local Maasai communities interact with and rely upon the resources of the Ngorongoro Crater, and what efforts are being made to promote sustainable livelihoods in the area?

  2. How does the unique topography and weather conditions in the Ngorongoro Crater create favorable conditions for the formation of rainbows?


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