Kilimanjaro: Martin & Team See Thousands of Animals at Ngorongoro Crater

Posted by: Jeff Martin | August 05, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Hello from the Ngorongoro Wildife Lodge,

We were driving down into the crater at 7:00 am this morning for a full day of game viewing. We saw at least 10,000 animals today, mostly zebra, wildebeest, cape buffalo, and gazelles. But the two black rhinos (mother and baby) is what stole the prize. We first saw them way out in the distance, but they continued to travel in our general direction and so we waited patiently. They ended up crossing right in front of us, about 100 yards away, and we were the only group to see them. Timing is everything when it comes to safari.

We also saw lions, a cheetah, hyenas, a serval cat, and elephants. It was quite a day. After spending the majority of the day in the crater, including a picnic lunch, we headed back up the road to the crater rim. At the top, we stopped at a traditional Masai village to learn about their culture and how they live off the land. It was a lot of fun getting a tour of their huts and watching them perform their traditional dances.

It was then time to head back to our lodge to grab a drink and head out on the patio to watch the sun go down over Ngorongoro Crater.

Tomorrow, we travel to Tarangire National Park where we plan to spend another full day game viewing. The only animal left on our “Big Five List” is the leopard. We have heard that our chances are good that we can see one in Tarangire.

- The Kili Team

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