Rioja on the rim
Trip Start Jul 24, 2012
27Trip End Aug 19, 2012
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Ngorongoro Crater Rim Campsite
By 6am we were on the road and starting our penultimate game drive of the trip out of the Serengeti National Park. As yesterday had been such an amazing day everything from this point forward was going to be a bonus
We watched them play as 4x4’s sailed past us oblivious to what we were watching. It was fantastic and such a great end to our Serengeti visit. As the migration had already passed and with it being the dry season we weren’t sure that we would get to see much at first but how that changed and it turned out to be the most fruitful of our game drives – maybe we were just extremely lucky? I don’t know? Still the Painted dogs that we had also wanted to see were left un-ticked from our wildlife list – oh and the aardvark – of course.
We continued our journey and were relieved to apparently be out of tsetse fly territory which enabled us to concentrate on the real animals
We stopped for a lunch break at the Serengeti viewpoint which has facilities and a couple of shops. We were thrilled to find that the shops sold wine, and as the last couple of campsites that we had stayed at didn’t even have flushing toilets never mind a bar we all decided for Simon’s birthday that it would be red wine night as we were heading to altitude so we guessed it would be perfect conditions for a crafty mug of red. We got a bottle of Porcupine for 12 Dollars which we didn’t think so bad as there certainly wasn’t any other competition in the area. We all packed our bottles away well - stuffed in between sleeping bags and pillows to avoid any costly breakages on the rough roads
On our way towards Ngorongoro crater we stopped at a Masai village so some of the guys who hadn’t had the chance to see the village in the Masai Mara could take a look at how they live. We got an excited greeting but when they realised that only three of us would be paying the entrance fee some of the men got angry with us taking photographs and came over to tell us to stop. They asked to read my book – which was uncharacteristically a really girly book – it was funny to watch all these Masai warriors reading a soppy love story – I was thankful though it wasn’t Hannah’s 50 shades that they had asked for.
Whilst the three girls were being showed around some of the Masai guys invited some of the guys on the truck to play football – I only noticed the goals made from branches at this point. Matt, Callum, Tom, Ben and Simon joined in and came back absolutely thick with dust but happy – Simon’s birthday just kept getting more bizarre – how would he beat this next year?
We arrived at our new camp on the rim of the Ngorongoro crater – the largest volcanic caldera in the world – at 6pm
It grew dark and we ate fried rice and sat with scarves and hats around the campfire – it felt freezing. The red wine had certainly helped though and we all had a bit of a game of Chinese whispers which as always was hilarious. We sang Happy Birthday to Simon and then went to bed hoping that the elephant was long gone.