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Day 10 - Ngorongoro Crater

Tanzania safari with rhinos

sunny 80 °F

The Ngorongoro Crater is basically a self-contained ecosystem, so the wildlife here is dense all year round. Because of the steep walls of the crater, you won't find any giraffes here, but this is one place where you are likely to see the rhino.

You have to pay national park fees every time you enter the crater, so everybody takes a box lunch to enjoy the day inside the crater. There are two lunch spots inside: one has monkeys that steal your food, and the other has kites (birds) that steal your food. We like the one with kites the best because it is an open area right by the hippo pool. On a windy day, it's fun to pull out our own kite to fly!

I have been to the Ngorongoro Crater twice before, and we have seen a rhino every time, but unluckily for us, they have always been a speck far in the distance. Today, we were luckier, and a mama rhino with her baby walked very near the road. We were the first car to see them, and it was amazing to watch how quickly the other safari vehicles piled up around us.

We were on a busy schedule, so we left the crater mid-afternoon. It's about a one-hour drive to the Olduvai Gorge, and I always enjoy the museum there. They also provide a talk, but I have never found it very interesting.

It's another half hour to the Serengeti park entrance, and another half hour or so to the Seronera Wildlife Lodge (depending on how many stops you make to see animals).

Posted by bolderwork 13:18 Archived in Tanzania Tagged ecotourism

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