Trip Start Sep 07, 2006
Trip End Sep 29, 2006

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Ngorogoro Serena Lodge

Flag of Tanzania  ,
Friday, September 22, 2006

This conservation area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a unique park to visit. It is actually what is left of a huge volcanic crater not far from the world famous Olduvai Gorge (which is also part of the conservation area) where early man once walked.  Volcanic craters form stunning backdrops to some of the richest grazing grounds in Africa.  Ngorongoro, itself, is the world's largest intact volcanic caldera with 1800 foot high walls and a rich volcanic floor.

The animal life here is pretty spectacular with what supposedly claims the highest density of mammalian predators in Africa.  We saw hyena, tons of lions, jackals, elephants, zebras,  waterbuck, wildebeest, and hartebeest.  We even, distantly, saw a black rhino.  What we missed were cheetah and leopard and cape buffalo, but they are supposed to exist here as well.  What is also amazing are the huge dust clouds of sand and volcanic ash which formed each day we were at the park.  The lodge we stayed at perches on the crater rim and we were able to observe some beautiful sunsets here.

This is definitely a must stop destination of you are visiting Tanzania.
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