When you stand on the edge of the crater taking in the vastness, the beautiful hues of blue and green, along with the historical relevance of the "birth place of mankind", you can not help but be overwhelmed. To date the Ngorongoro Crater is the only land mark that has brought me to tears upon first glance...so there is that. (& happy tears are kind of my thing) The crater is a collapsed volcano that now provides some of the best wildlife and game viewing in the world. I don't know for sure how it got it's name, but it is said that in order to keep track of their cattle, the Maasai, would tie iron bells to the cow's necks. The ringing of the bells were said to filled the crater with the sound "ngoro", "ngoro" resulting in the name the crater has today.