Safari so goodi !

Trip Start Oct 20, 2008
Trip End Apr 13, 2009

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

After a days rest in Moshi, we are picked up by our Safari guide, a local man called Patrick from the Chagga tribe & our cook  and we head on the 4 hour journey to  Ngorongoro Conservation Area which is situated 180 km (112 miles) west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. It covers an area of 8,288 kmē (3,200 square miles) - about the size of Crete.The main feature of the NCA is the Ngorongoro Crater, which is the world's largest unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera., is 610 m (2,001 ft) deep and its floor covers 260 kmē (102 square miles

The area to the north-west adjoins the Serengeti National Park and contains a population of approximately 25,000 large animals, along with reputedly the highest density of mammalian predators in Africa living in the crater. These include the black rhinoceros and the hippopotamus. The crater has the densest known population of lions, numbering 62 in 2001. On the crater rim are leopards, elephants, mountain reedbuck, and buffalo.

We enter the park & drive at about 10 mph on a dirt road & immediately we come across a herd of Elephants grazing just 4-5 metres from the road. We stop & take pictures and soak up the sheer beauty of these massive creatures. Patrick moves on slowly and soon we are encountering a bewildering array of creatures from Giraffes to zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and many more.

We stop at a watering hole for lunch & Patrick lets us out of the jeep for the first time so we sit & watch the hippos in the pool while keeping a wary eye out for lion or leopard. I point to the skull of a large animal lying on the dirt nearby and ask Patrick if he thinks it is belonging to a safari guide. He laughs and says its more likely to be a tourist !

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