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Our Trip To Ngorongoro Conservation area

We left in the morning after having breakfast prepared by our excellent cook Charles from Shidolya Tours and Safaris. After a few kilometers, we headed uphill over the Rift Valley, we saw multitudes of baboons playing on the street. When we reached the top we had a great view of the valley and the lake Manyara below. We had to stop at the gate to pay,It took a while for him to get all the permits. While we waited, I tried to get a map of the park thinking it will be free, but they were quite expansive. Before going down into the crater, we saw herds of water buffalos. There were also villages of Masai with their small round huts. Some Safaris stopped there, but that was not part of our deal. We had many Masai kids trying to sell us all kinds of stuff. We stopped for a few children. One time I opened the window and gave them a small bill and by accident I dropped it on the street. The kids jumped on it like vultures, there was nothing left of the bill, all shredded. I felt bad.

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.

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We stayed at the Twiga Camping and Lodge
We stayed at the Twiga Camping and Lodge

Two pictures of the Rift Valley
Two pictures of the Rift Valley

Rift Valley in Tanzania
Rift Valley in Tanzania

Tara and I standing on top of Ngorongoro
Tara and I standing on top of Ngorongoro

Ngorongoro, Tanzania
Ngorongoro, Tanzania

Buffalos on our way to Ngorongoro
Buffalos on our way to Ngorongoro

Masai village
Masai village


Close-up of the Masai village
Close-up of the Masai village

Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Magadi
Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Magadi

Masai Children  near Ngorongoro
Masai Children near Ngorongoro

Specially designed 4 wheel drive safari vans, Tara in the window
Specially designed 4 wheel drive safari vans, Tara in the window

A lion can be seen far away
A lion can be seen far away

Wildebeest grazing in Ngorongoro
Wildebeest grazing in Ngorongoro




Zebras
Zebras







Herds of zebras mixed with wildebeest
Herds of zebras mixed with wildebeest




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Baby zebra laying on the ground

Zebras are a beautiful animal
Zebras are a beautiful animal

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Secretary bird
Secretary bird

Hippo in a pond
Hippo in a pond

Flowers under a dark sky
Flowers under a dark sky

Sky getting dark in Ngorongoro
Sky getting dark in Ngorongoro




The majestic crowned crane
The majestic crowned crane

Weavers looking for tourist food
Weavers looking for tourist food

Beautiful weavers getting really close
Beautiful weavers getting really close

Birds nests possibly of weavers
Birds nests possibly of weavers

Safaris are big business in Ngorongoro
Safaris are big business in Ngorongoro




Ostriches in the distance
Ostriches in the distance

Elephants are few
Elephants are few







The king of the birds, Ostrich
The king of the birds, Ostrich

Lions
Lions




Best site of the day: the lions
Best site of the day: the lions

Michael and Bernhard Grzimek tomb
Michael and Bernhard Grzimek tomb

Climbing out of the crater
Climbing out of the crater