So we bid farewell to the wilds of the Selous and flew from south to north across Tanzania towards the famous Ngorongoro Crater. It is a beautiful flight as you look down and see the turquoise blue ocean with palm fringed beaches and the sudden change to dry open bushland speckled with huge granite outcrops. As we neared Arusha, we also got our first view of Mount Kilimanjaro looming up over the clouds with its white capped summit. It was then across the Great Rift Valley before we landed at the Lake Manyara airstrip cantilevered over the edge of the escarpment. We met up with Ali, our driver, and slowly made our way up the windy track to the Crater rim.