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Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area January 15th 2012

We welcomed the farmhouse for its hot showers and the ability to do laundry for the first time since we finished our climb. It was nice to finally feel clean! We spent two nights at the Farmhouse which included afternoon siesta times, which we were all very excited about. After an evening of sending out laundry and hand washing what we could (laundry is VERY expensive here), we headed to bed early in anticipation for the crater the next morning. We met our team of drivers the next morning at just before 6:00 as we were only allowed to be in the crater for 6 hours. Leaving early meant less tourists and enjoying the morning views with some reprieve from the afternoon heat. The drive into the crater was something along the lines of Jurassic park ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area January 15th 2012

Our first night in the N'dutu wilderness camp was a slightly more wild experience. Although the canvas tents were more luxurious than we expected, including beds and porta-potties, we still felt a tad unsure of their safety rating should we be swarmed by animals in the night. The manager of the camp assured Morgan (with a totally straight face) that the canvas and plastic venting were completely "lion proof." Yeah. Right. This was why we were always escorted to our tents with a Maasai gaurd armed with a spear and also why we were not allowed to leave our tents until daylight. We headed out that afternoon on an evening game drive, with the hopes of coming across the wildebeests migrating. We were met with no success and were just a tad curious where you could ... read more
His Highness
so cute!

Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area December 28th 2011

We had to say goodbye to Edwin yesterday when he dropped us back in Arusha for our flight out. (He dropped us at the Arusha Hotel, made famous by John Wayne in Hatari, and they were milking that connection for every ounce of benefit.) Edwin is my one and only example of a safari driver, so it is hard to make comparisons, but we were thrilled with everything he had to show us and could not have asked for better. He works for Leopard Tours, one of the largest in Tanzania, with over 150 vehicles in their fleet. We saw their vans everywhere we went and they always exchanged a friendly wave or headlight blink. That connection certainly came in handy for another Leopard driver when he got stuck in the mud at Lake Ndutu, because ... read more
Hippo Family
Edwin, Barbe and I
Elephant in the Crater

Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area August 27th 2011

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Game Viewing: Lions, Elephants, Hippos, Buffalo, Cheetah, Zebra, Wildebeest, Hyenas, & Birds Game drives: 6:30am to 2:00pm – normally only one game drive a day as the park closed at 6:00pm. However I did manage two (2) drives in a day to try and maximize the game viewing. Guide: Killian – very good The Ngorongoro Crater is located in Northern Tanzania, once a volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world. It is an extensive highland area with a 600 metre (1,900 ft) deep Crater which is the focal point that shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. The views are spectacular and because the animals (except wildebeest & zebra) are not migratory, it is arguable one of the world’s natural wonders. From Zanzibar we flew to Aru ... read more
Mom & Daughter
Grooming Time

Transfer day from Serengeti NP to Ngorongoro Crater. Stopped at Olduvpai Gorge, not Olduvai Gorge, on the way to the Crater. Some German guy was in the process of naming a butterfly found in the area and thought the natives said Olduvai instead of the proper Olduvpai. Every since the world has known it has Olduvai instead on Oldupai. Not much to look at--just a gorge. However, has a good museum and visitor’s center. Learned a team last week may have made an important find in the 1.75 to 2 million year layer. The items are off to the lab to verify the date. Arrived at the Crater at 12:40 p.m. Is kinda of impressive from a landscape point of view. Not impressive from a wildlife point of view once you have been in the Northern ... read more


After a lovely breakfast (with some really excellent coffee!) we took a 20-minute Cessna Caravan charter from Arusha to Manyara, then got in our jeeps and were transported to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We spent the day driving around the crater floor, and we saw cape buffalo, zebra, baboons, warthogs, wildebeest, lions, cranes, ostrich, gazelle, eland and hyena. The highlight of the day was finding a wildebeest in a watering hole who was surrounded by hyena. There were over thirty of them and they just kept coming. We hoped for the best but knew the big guy didn’t stand a chance. And he didn’t. It was horrifying to watch, but that’s life on the savanna, all day every day. For our own lunch we were surprised with a catered affair in the floor of the ... read more
Maasai Warriors

Oh my goodness, we're not in Kansas anymore. After a 600am wake-up, early breakfast buffet and briefing, we were assigned our cars and bid farewell to Arusha. We drove through town on our way out. Saw the clock tower that is the midway point between the Cape of Good Hope and Cairo, the center of town, carts laden with fruits and vegetables, women with huge stacks of bananas. The market was going on in one town but I am not sure whether my photos will turn out. The towns could be in Mexico, except for all the Africans. Out in the countryside the Masai live in bomas, round huts made of elephant dung, with thatched roofs. Its really they still live the way they lived thousands of years ago. We entered Lake Manyara Park and ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area December 23rd 2010

The Ngorongoro Crater National Park is a dormant volcano with 240 square km of a flat treeless bottom that is an ideal grazing ground. Because of the ready availability of water, the animals here don't migrate. The only large animal that is absent is the giraffe. Either the steep crater sides or the lack of trees at the bottom probably explains why this is the case. The area west of the crater and east of the Serengeti is now a National Conservation Area. There are large herds of gnu, zebra, Tommies mixed in with Masai cattle, goats and camels in that in-between area. This is also the location of Olduvai Gorge, where the Paleoanthropologists / Wunderkind Leakey family uncovered the Lucy skull. So, in effect, this is the birth place of homo-sapiens. Well, from here up ... read more
Ngorongoro Lodge on crater rim
Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Landscape

Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area October 20th 2010

Day 8--Ngorongoro Crater We started the day with an early breakfast, so we could be among the first safari vehicles on the crater floor. Since this lodge was our little bit of luxury, the large breakfast selection was more than we were used to. When Francis picked us up we noticed he had washed our vehicle! It was a nice gesture, but it didn’t last long as the roads were to be some of the worst we’d been on. We loaded up with lunch boxes in hand. Did we mention the horrid lunch boxes with various food items that were unsafe to eat? Needless to say, lunch time was not a banquet! The drive down to the crater floor was nothing more than a “cow trail” of only one lane. The switchbacks made the view of ... read more
Losirwa Camp
Losirwa Bar

Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area October 14th 2010

Last night we stayed at a beautiful place called Ngorongoro Farmhouse. There’s a large main building with the rooms in detached duplexes that were very large and modern. It certainly didn’t seem like Africa! They are surrounded by coffee and flower fields. It’s back to tents tonight, so we appreciated the luxury. Francis met us for breakfast and took us to meet an Iraqw man named Paulo. His village is spread out over many hills and valleys that we walked with him. He explained his tribe and their culture. He was educated and placed a very high priority on education for his family. Paulo took us to an area of cliffs and gorges where there are caves. His people hid in these caves during a war with Uganda in the late 1970’s. We saw many ... read more
Our room at the Farmhouse
Coffee and flower fields
Marabou stork

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