Ngorongoro Crater

The pachyderms and porcupines of the Ngorongoro Crater

on Friday, 04 March 2011. Posted in Ngorongoro Crater, 2011, Tanzania

Ngorongoro, Tanzania

The pachyderms and porcupines of the Ngorongoro Crater

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.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

on Wednesday, 03 February 2010. Posted in Ngorongoro Crater, 2010, Tanzania

Awe inspiring landscape and wildlife

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

We wanted to be down into the Crater before anyone else to really appreciate its uniqueness, so an early morning call and some freshly brewed coffee set us on our way. The caldera spans a mere 150 square miles but shelters an amazing array of creatures and we saw most of them. From black maned lions resting in the morning light to cheetah stalking the grasslands. From thousands of zebra wandering the savannah to the irredescent pink flamingoes that crowd the soda lakes. The wildebeest give birth at this time of the year as the rich grass of the short plains support them and we were lucky enough to witness one from start to finish. The wildebeest are not blessed with looks and have a tough life constantly dodging lions and crocodiles so as the poor little guy scrambled to his feet, looked around and saw his mum you could see him say to to himself ‘Damn I was born a wildebeest!’.