Mt. Kilimanjaro: Exploring the Ngorongoro Crater

Posted by: Dave Hahn | September 25, 2013

If it weren’t for the spectacular wildlife within the great Ngorongoro caldera, we’d spend the day fascinated by the geography anyway.  We were up on the crater rim in dense cloud this morning, with just a hint of the vastness of the interior to this collapsed volcano.  But as we traversed the rim, we were granted better views of the expanses within.  Driving down in, we began to see “spots” and “dots” that gradually took shape as wildebeest, zebra and Cape buffalo.  We spent the day driving from one side of the crater to another, stopping for lions, jackals, hippos, rhinoceros, and birds great and small.  We began to see so many species that we seemed to stop taking notice of things like zebra and gazelle, which until yesterday had seemed exotic.  We watched a pair of ostrich, out on a date.  We saw seven lionesses conked out and sleeping within feet of the road.  We saw old and solitary bull elephants, wandering amongst bull elephant skeletons.  We saw warthogs and hyenas and herd after herd of wildebeest and zebra.  We saw male lions, fat and happy to be lounging about in the sun while every other animal wandered around them in wide circles.  After a picnic lunch near a lagoon full of hippos, we checked out a few more corners of the crater and then headed up the wall for our exit.  On the rim, we visited a Masai village and learned how the tribe manages to hold onto traditions while preparing their children for the modern world.  And then it was back to the luxurious Plantation Lodge for the evening.  Tomorrow, Tarangire National Park.

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

Wildebeests of the Ngorongoro Crater.  Photo: RMI Collection Enjoying lunch in the Ngorongoro Crater.  Photo: RMI Collection A visit to a Masai Village.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Yay, more photos! Beautiful! I’m so glad you have great weather.

Posted by: Mara on 9/25/2013 at 1:59 pm

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