Kilimanjaro: A Visit to the Ngorongoro Crater

Posted by: Jeff Martin | February 22, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro

Jambo from Plantation Lodge,

When you see Ngorongoro Crater for the first time, it almost leaves you speechless. It is massive; the crater is 26 miles in diameter, and you look down almost 2,000’ to the crater floor. There are countless little black spots scattered throughout the 125 square miles of the crater floor. You can’t really make out what animals they are from this distance, but there are thousands of them, with most estimates claiming 25,000 residents.
We have to drive about 1/2 way around the crater rim before we come to the “descent” road, with impressive views the whole way down.
The luck from yesterday continued today as we saw so many interesting animals. From new born wildebeest and zebras, warthogs, lions and lion cubs, cheetah, cape buffalo, black rhinos, ostrich, elephants, to hippos, and gazelles, we were very fortunate to see them all.
We ended the day with a visit to a Masai village and then headed back to the lodge for a little relaxing time before dinner.
Tomorrow is our last stop on the safari circuit, ending at Tarangire National Park. While not too far away, it is very different from the first two parks we have visited, and should give us our best chance of seeing leopard.

Good night,
RMI Guide Jeff Martin

A herd of wildebeest in the Ngorongoro Crater. Photo:  RMI Collection Lunch along the watering hole in the center of the Ngorongoro Crater.  Photo: RMI Collection The team at the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater ready to explore the floor of the crater.  Photo: Jeff Martin

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