Our Trip To Ngorongoro Conservation area
We saw some Masai warriors with their colorful robes mainly red or blue, they had spears. We found out it was to protect themselves against lions. Not a walking stick. I thought if they travel in group they could actually hurt a lion.
Tara and me, we took a picture on top of the rim. There was also the burial site of two Germans. Michael and Bernhard Grzimek, two famous German zoologist and conservationalist.
We drove down to the huge crater slowly because it's narrow and steep. This is what it's written in the website: "The jewel in Ngorongoro's crown is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq km in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder." When we reached the crater we were surprised to see kids selling jewellery. We bought a couple of necklaces made of wood, the kids were very happy. We may have overpayed but seeing the joy in their faces was priceless.
We saw most of the animals we wanted to see ,but we missed the leopards. There is no giraffes in the crater apparently it's too difficult for them to go down the crater because of their long legs.
This was our third park. We saw some animals for the first time. Two of the big ones were the rhino and the lions. We saw also alot of other popular animals: elephants, impalas, zebras, water buffaloes, birds of all kinds....This place is truly full of animals.
We waited a long time to see lions. I complained to our guide about the lack of sightings, but he did not seem to be worried. Our safari was almost over when we saw a few lions too far to take a descent picture. But, on our way out we saw a couple of them pretty close. Emmanuel our humble guide did not let us down. We had lunch by a big lake. The weavers kept landing on top of our safari van, four by four. They were looking for food. We left the park very happy about everything we saw. We highly reccommend our guide Emmanuel and his safari company Shidolya Tours.
We stayed at the Twiga Camping and Lodge
Two pictures of the Rift Valley
Rift Valley in Tanzania
Tara and I standing on top of Ngorongoro
Buffalos on our way to Ngorongoro
Close-up of the Masai village
Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Magadi
Masai Children near Ngorongoro
Specially designed 4 wheel drive safari vans, Tara in the window
A lion can be seen far away
Wildebeest grazing in Ngorongoro
Herds of zebras mixed with wildebeest
Baby zebra laying on the ground
Zebras are a beautiful animal
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Hippo in a pond
Flowers under a dark sky
Sky getting dark in Ngorongoro
The majestic crowned crane
Weavers looking for tourist food
Beautiful weavers getting really close
Birds nests possibly of weavers
Safaris are big business in Ngorongoro
Ostriches in the distance
Elephants are few
The king of the birds, Ostrich
Best site of the day: the lions
Michael and Bernhard Grzimek tomb
Climbing out of the crater