Hidden valley Serengeti Tanzania – The mountain stood higher and mightier than nearby Mount Kilimanjaro. Its summit scraped the ceiling of Africa and its slopes were so vast they directed their own weather patterns and water flow. All was well with this sleeping sentinel until one day the mountain woke up. Then it fell down.
The volcano erupted with a blast so ferocious that it caved in on itself, an implosion creating a caldera spanning a hundred square miles: 12 miles wide and 2,000 feet deep. What had once claimed the highest peak on the continent was now a mere impression, inverse to its former glory.
But the glory returned. Over the course of a few million years this geologic divot filled with life. First, it caught pockets of fresh water. Second, lush vegetation developed, and third—you guessed it—the wild ones arrived.
Abundant water and grasses attracted ungulates, large predators, and countless bird species. Because of its enclosed topography, animals would descend into this bowl-shaped place and never leave.
The Hidden Valley, as the name suggests, is a secret spot away from tracks, located about 20 km North-West of Ndutu. It is necessary to go off track to reach it, It consists of a hollow in the ground that, during the rainy season, fills up with water and becomes an animal-attracting water hole.
Herbivores come here to drink, while predators stalk them, waiting for the right moment to jump them. It is possible to catch sight of big clans of hyenas splashing around in the mud around the basin.
This is a very delicate place from the environmental point of view, and access to it is often forbidden.
The most likely sightings are of lions, zebras, wildebeests, gazelles, cheetahs, ostriches, honey badgers, jackals and warthogs.