Ngorongoro Crater

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Rain overnight and I don't think my flyless tent cut the mustard. At one point with strong gusts of wind outside I had water droplets landing on me.

A very steep road down into the crater - this place is so green compared to the Serengeti. Buffalo, wilderbeast and zebra everywhere. The population here stays all year round, whereas the wilderbeast in the Serengeti do their migrations because the quality of the grass deteriorates in the dryer seasons - not the case in the crater.

Some of the hillsides going up the crater wall were just so green and they were covered in the black dots of the ungulates swarming all over them as we viewed from a distance.

The animal highlights of this place to me after what we had seen before had to be all the Spotted Hyena, some flamingos in one of the soda lakes and the zebras with their reflections drinking from some of the watering holes. Oh an the German couple on a posh safari getting their food nicked by a group of invading Vervet Monkeys :-)

Other new animals we spotted here included the highly endangered Black Rhino, Crested Cranes, Kori Buzzards, the colourful Lilac Brested Roller and the Abdim Storks. The crater also contain a few of the pretty Yellow Arcacia trees.

A 2 hour drive out of the park and we were at the Panorama Campsite, up on the hillside overlooking Lake Manyara and all I can say is WOW. A 180 degree view across the lake, the national park, the plains towards the distant mountains on the horizon. And if that wasn't enough a cracking sunset behind the guest house!

2 fantastic days in a row. I love this safari business, I'm sure I'll be back some day!

Listened to a few 'traditional dancers' over dinner that night. Everyone seemed to like them although I though they were pretty crap and just scamming a bit of extra cash. We left them a little that they seemed happy with, but what got me was the fact they did were traditional Massai skirts, but for tops they wore just was regular street wear, including 2 guys who wore dirty white vests.
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